HVA meeting Tuesday 9th November

The next HVA meeting will be at the Village Hall on Tuesday 9th November starting at 8pm.  Please come along if you would like to.  Click this link for the agenda.


A prayer station for COP26 at Holy Rood;

the church is open daily for visitors to pop in for quiet reflection


Holybourne Cup

Congratulations to Rob Law who has been awarded the Holybourne Cup this year for all the outstanding work he does for the village which includes organising the fireworks each year.  Well done Rob! A photo of Rob receiving the cup can be seen in the village photo section of the photo gallery.


HVA meeting

The next HVA meeting will be on Tuesday 14th September at 8pm in the Village Hall.  All welcome.  Please click this link to see the agenda.


London Road – drainage improvement works

Essential drainage improvement works will be undertaken on London Road, Holybourne between Complins and No. 79 London Road.  This will also include some minor repairs in Thornton End, adjacent to no. 43.  Due to the close proximity to the entrance of Treloar Collage, it is necessary to start these works during the school holidays to minimise the disruption when the new term starts in September. These works are currently programmed to start on Monday 16th August 2021 and are expected to take up to 5 weeks.  During this time the road will remain open to vehicular traffic, with a combination of minor traffic management and temporary traffic lights in place to undertake the works safely.  On occasions the traffic lights will be in operation 24 hours a day.


Holybourne Village Association AGM

The AGM for the HVA will be held on Tuesday 12th October at 8pm at Holy Rood Church.  Alistair Emery from Belport (the Estate Management Company for what was Froyle Estate) will be coming to give a talk at the meeting.  We hope by holding the meeting in the church, we will be able to socially distance a little more.  However, if you would prefer to join us by zoom, please let me know at secretary@holybourne.com, as I will be trying to set this up.  The HVA committee are also looking for new members, so please also contact me if you would be interested in joining it.  The agenda for the meeting can be found by clicking on this link – Agenda AGM 2021


The Holybourne Honeys have an updated programme with events for the rest of the year.  Click on the link to find out more.

2021 Holybourne Honeys’ programme


All going ahead on Sunday the 25th July in the village sports field. Nothing to threaten anyone in any way, just an opportunity to picnic with your family safely distanced from other families. Music, a live band, PoshNosh, the Cricket Club bar, Holybourne Honeys, the Church and acres of space to run around and play in. Let’s all come together to show we are still a caring sharing community.
Gates open from 12 but very laid back so if you want to come and pitch your blanket or gazebo, I’ll look forward to seeing you.


Due to COVID, Andrews Endowed School has to have its windows open all through the day.  It would therefore be much appreciated if bonfires could be lit out of school hours and at weekends if possible.  Many thanks.


There has been such a great community feel to the village during this pandemic that I thought it was time to reach out, as a member of the HVA, to explain a little about what we do and canvas some more support from residents for it.

The Holybourne Village Association (HVA) was established in 1974 to fulfil the role of a Parish Council, and represent the views of the village in areas such as planning or matters of public interest, as well as organising social events and raising money for local charities or projects.  All the committee members are volunteers, although any Holybourne resident is automatically a member and free to attend the monthly meetings – on zoom at present but soon, hopefully, in the village hall.

The meetings are on the second Tuesday of every month.  The next one will be at 8 pm on Tuesday 8th June.  If you have even a small amount of time to give and could consider coming on the committee, please come along to any of the meetings before the October AGM (note – there is no meeting in August) to find out what we do.  We would love more Holybourne residents to be involved.

Please e mail me at secretary@holybourne.com if you would like a zoom invitation to the next meeting on the 8th June or look at the HVA page on www.holybourne.com for more information.


From 29th March all the churches across the Parish of the Resurrection will be open again for public worship services.

The rule of six will be in place and we will be following strict social distancing and other public health guidelines. Therefore BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. Please email the office… potr.alton@btinternet.com ASAP to request the services you wish to attend and we will try to accommodate you.

We have a whole range of live services to journey through Holy Week and Easter across all four of our churches. I am really looking forward to seeing you again in person at one of our services.

The rule of six will be in place and we will be following strict social distancing and other public health guidelines. Therefore BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. Please email the office… potr.alton@btinternet.com ASAP to request the services you wish to attend and we will try to accommodate you.

From then on we will be holding midweek and Sunday worship and will need to carry on taking bookings as before.

Specifically the services at the Church of the Holy Rood in Holybourne will be:

·        2nd April – Good Friday Service at 9:30 am

·        4th April – Easter Communion Service at 9:30 am

It is possible (if we are over booked) we may ask you attend one of the other services. When booking it would therefore be helpful if you could indicate your first choice and your second choice just in case we are over-subscribed. Thank you for your understanding.


Message from Holyrood Church:

Teddies starts online tomorrow at 10am with a story, song and craft relating to Palm Sunday.  We’re going to see how it goes but hope to do it regularly.  Aimed at pre-school children.  If you would like to add that to the website that would be great.  I’ve put something on the Facebook page.  People can message me or Gordon for the Zoom link.    gordon.randall@sky.com or ruthmaryrandall@gmail.com

I am so pleased to announce that from 29th March we will be opening our churches across the Parish of the Resurrection again for public worship services!

We have a whole range of live services to journey through Holy Week and Easter across all four of our churches. I am really looking forward to seeing you again in person at one of our services.

The rule of six will be in place and we will be following strict social distancing and other public health guidelines. Therefore BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. Please email the office… potr.alton@btinternet.com ASAP to request the services you wish to attend and we will try to accommodate you.

From then on we will be holding midweek and Sunday worship and will need to carry on taking bookings as before.

Specifically the services at the Church of the Holy Rood in Holybourne will be:

·        2nd April – Good Friday Service at 9:30 am

·        4th April – Easter Communion Service at 9:30 am

It is possible (if we are over booked) we may ask you attend one of the other services. When booking it would therefore be helpful if you could indicate your first choice and your second choice just in case we are over-subscribed. Thank you for your understanding.


Jo, Paul, Sophia and Stan are moving on from the Holybourne Shop and Post Office.  We would like to say a big thank you to them for all they have done for the village over the last seven years;  the support they have given to us over the last year especially has been much appreciated.  We wish them the best of luck for the future.  We would also like to take this opportunity of welcoming Sid to the village and we hope that he will be very happy here.  He will be taking ownership of the shop on 25th March 2021.


New Defibrillator for Holybourne

After recognising that the defibrillator that has been situated at the White Hart in Holybourne was reaching the end of its life, the HVA was grateful to be able to replace it due largely to grants from District Councillor Graham Hill and County Councillor Andrew Joy.

HVA Chairman David Houghton commented, “Graham and Lesley Cook have looked after and maintained the original defibrillator for the last 12 years and deserve the thanks of the whole village. It was however becoming obsolete and obtaining spares was proving impossible. The new one, which is registered with the local ambulance service, is an updated automatic model which includes a CPR function to guide users through the whole resuscitation process.”

Licensee of the White Hart, Carey Robertson is taking over responsibility for the new one and is pictured with Councillors Hill and Joy and HVA Chair, David Houghton.

See the photo in the photo gallery.


The new defibrillator is now installed and fully functional in the cabinet outside the White Hart.  We would like to thank Graham and Lesley Cook who fundraised for and maintained the original defibrillator.

January 2021

The formal public consultation period has now begun for the proposed parking restrictions in Holybourne.  The Notice Document and maps outlining the proposal are below.  The closing date for comments is 29 January 2021.

Notice is hereby given that East Hampshire District Council pursuant to an arrangement entered into under Section 19 of the Local Government Act 2000, with the Council of the County of Hampshire, propose to make a permanent Order under the provisions of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, the effect of which will be to introduce a prohibition of waiting on lengths of Adams Way, Carpenters Close, Cranford Drive, Gaskell Close, London Road, Lower Neatham and Newman Way, a “no waiting between the hours of 11.00am and 1.00pm”, Monday to Friday inclusive on lengths of Adams Way and a “no waiting between the hours of 8.00am and 9.30am and 2.30pm and 4.00pm”, Monday to Friday inclusive on lengths of Complins, Gaskell Close and Thornton End, Holybourne.
Alternatively, these documents are available to view on the East Hampshire District Council website at: www.easthants.gov.uk/tro. Any comments supporting or objecting to the proposal, together with the grounds on which they are made, or any other comments must be received by 29 January 2021, please quote Ref No. AS/TRO/436. These may be sent:-
• by using the online response form at the above web address
• by email to tro@easthants.gov.uk
• in writing to the undersigned below
Please note that objections or comments to this proposal will be kept on a file open to the public.
Dated this eighth day of January 2021.
East Hampshire District Council
Penns Place
Petersfield GU31 4EX
5th January 2021

The HVA will be holding a Zoom meeting on Tuesday 12th January at 8pm.  If you would like to join us please contact Kate Carmichael on secretary@holybourne.com for a zoom invite.

10th December

Dates for your diaries

12th December – A couple of the Mill Cottage Farm Experience donkeys, accompanied by some of the Nativity characters including Mary, Joseph and the shepherds, will tour the village between 2 pm and 4 pm. It’s hoped this will be an opportunity for children and adults alike to stand in the safety of their doorways and driveways and offer a wave and a cheer as the Nativity scene passes by. Along the way there will be an opportunity to make a donation to Bushy Leaze Children and Family Centre and the Women’s Refuge.

16th December – Tune into your local radio from 6 – 7pm.  Stand on your doorstep and sing along to the carols being broadcast. To find Radio Stations that you can tune into take a look at  https://www.doorstepcarols.co.uk/is-your-area-involved-  

A song sheet for the evening can be found at  A song sheet for the evening can be found athttps://www.doorstepcarols.co.uk/Documents/Words-Nov-20_compressed.pdf


4th December 2020

HVA Meeting 8pm on Tuesday 8th December

If you would like to join this meeting, please e mail Kate Carmichael on secretary@holybourne.com and she will send you a zoom invite.


19th November 2020

News from Treloar’s

Last week we broadcast our first ever Virtual Student Concert on YouTube and Facebook.


While our campus is closed to visitors, this event has enabled us to share some of the magical things that take place at Treloar’s. We had such an amazing response to the film from former students, families and supporters, we want to share with the wider community.

With Christmas just around the corner and many Christmas Fairs cancelled or postponed, The Dummer Fair committee have created an online Auction to support Treloar’s . They have sourced over 90 amazing experiences, holidays, gifts and treats. If you’re looking for a very special gift, look no further

The auction website is live for viewing now.

Bidding opens at 6am on Friday 20th November and closes on Sunday 22nd November at 8pm.

5th November 2020

Annual Holybourne Remembrance Service – Saturday 7th Nov 20 at 1100hrs

Delayed and revised Public guidance for Remembrance Services has been adopted to permit Holybourne our private and representative, albeit reduced Service this year.  More than ever, as a village, we need to remember those who have been lost and taken from our village as a result of Service for their country, a sacrifice by those who gave their tomorrow for our today.  As a community, at a time when again we are enduring more losses across the country, it is right that we should pay our respects to those fallen.  This year, not only will we mark 75 years since VE and VJ Days, it is also 100 years since the first Cenotaph Service was conducted.

Please be aware this year there will be no public parade and the road will not be closed.  Village representatives are assembling (within the rules) to conduct a reduced Service, for and on behalf of us all.  Led by serving villagers, Deputy Lord Lieutenant Alan Titchmarsh and Captain John Fitzpatrick RN will lead our short ceremony, say prayers, observe a 2 minute silence at 1100hrs and lead wreath laying for and on behalf of the community.

Rather than attend in person (any public assembly is not permitted or advised), we have provided representation on your behalf.  We ask that where possible, the village may wish to gather at their doors or in private at 1100 hrs on Saturday for 2 minutes, to quietly reflect and pay respect to those lives we have lost.  In addition to the usual wreaths we lay, we intend to lay an NHS wreath to thank those in Public Service whom have supported and enabled us all to manage the current pandemic.

For those that wish to reflect privately, we provide the link here to guide your private reflection and memories at such a significant time for the country (thank you Revd Gordon Randall)…  Holybourne Remembrance 2020.

27th October

Holybourne Winter Fayre

Great News! The Holybourne Village Winter Fayre is going ahead. A dynamic team are beginning to organise what we hope will be a morale bosting event to be held between 11am and 3pm on Saturday 28th November. It will be held at a single central venue in the village and we want as many people involved as possible. If you would like a stall space, then let me know by email to jerrymjj@outlook.com. If you can juggle, entertain, sing or dance then let me know. If you are prepared to help in any way at all, please please let me know. If you want to sell or display your lockdown wares then let me know. We want it to be absolutely fabulous and a wonderful precursor to Christmas. What can you offer to make it a spirit boosting time? We want the village to come together for this.  Could you spread the news please? If everyone who has time could help, we’d have a fantastic event and you’d feel so good about yourself… More to come very soon. Questions to me please.  Jerry Janes

15th October 2020


Please note that there will be no firework display in Holybourne this year.

15th October 2020


The Holybourne Cup is presented each year by the HVA at the AGM to someone who has worked hard for their community.  This year is an exceptional year.  The Holybourne Cup has been presented to Jo and Paul Guppy of Holybourne Shop and Post Office and Carey and Lorne Robertson of the White Hart.  A very big thank you and congratulations to both couples who have been outstanding in helping the community over the pandemic.  See photo gallery for pictures.

20th September 2020

Holybourne Village Association AGM

This will be held on Tuesday 13th October at 8pm via Zoom.
This year has shown us just what a fantastic community we are part of in Holybourne and it would be lovely to see lots of people supporting the HVA.  Please e mail me at secretary@holybourne.com for a zoom invitation.
If you would like to help out on the committee, please let me know as well so that we can put names forward.
We look forward to seeing you there, albeit remotely!!

11th September

“Report Your Local Flooding Issues”.

We have recently had some heavy rain downpours that have highlighted significant weaknesses in our village’s rainwater drainage systems. To avoid a repeat of the 2014 flooding problems it is important that we understand where these weaknesses are and, more importantly, alert the relevant authorities of their presence.
Could we therefore ask anyone who witnessed any recent actual or potential flooding issues to:
  • Allow us (Holybourne Village Association – HVA) to collate this information by sending details (and photos if possible) via email to roblaw860@gmail.com.
  • Inform the relevant authorities of the same via the following website: https://www.hants.gov.uk/landplanningandenvironment/environment/flooding  This might seem a complicated website but it is important to report flooding issues to the correct authority. They collect and collate all reports that they receive and pay more attention to those with the highest number of complaints, effectively those who shout loudest come to the top of the list.
Many thanks for your help in keeping this issue visible to relevant authorities and help us, over time, improve the situation.

11th September

HVA Minutes for July

These have now been published on the website.

2nd September

Holybourne Village Association Meeting

The next HVA meeting will be held on Tuesday 8th September, via Zoom.  If you would like to join this meeting, please contact Kate Carmichael at secretary@holybourne.com and she will send you a Zoom invite.

19th August

Holybourne Magazine

Why not read the latest issue on-line?  Click on the link at the top of the page and read on your tablet or phone.


13th August

Holy Rood Church news

Great news!  The Church of the Holy Rood, Holybourne, will be open for 9.30am non Communion services on Sundays 16, 23 and 30 August.  We have to adhere to guidance regarding sanitisation, face masks, no singing, limited numbers, social distancing and so on, and you do have to book so please email potr.alton@btinternet.com with your contact details (for track and trace) including the number of people in your party or call Rev Gordon on 01420 549567 if you would like to join us.  It would be great to worship with you.  In addition, services continue to be available online via our website https://www.potr-alton.co.uk/

10th August


Yoga classes with Sue will resume in September, on Mondays and Wednesdays.  Look at the Events Calendar to find out more.

10th August

Mill Cottage Farm Walk

Why not take a walk past the farm?  This week the trail is “Optical Illusions”. There are 9 to find……. 🙂

16th July

HVA – June Minutes

These are now available to read in the Holybourne Village Association section

25th June

Planning application for Veolia Incinerator

The planning application for the Veolia incinerator has now been submitted.  It can be viewed at


11th June

Ideas for improving the play area in Holybourne

Alton Town Council are looking to improve the play area in Holybourne next year.  If you have any ideas on how it can be improved, please e mail Kate Carmichael – secretary@holybourne.com.  Any ideas will be put forward to our local Councillors.

11th June

Changes to household waste recycling centre

From 15 June, all HWRCs will revert to their normal summer opening hours of 9am until 6pm, seven days a week. Anyone wishing to visit a site will need to book a slot in advance. People will be able to book a 30-minute slot up to 48 hours in advance. Bookings can be made online at: www.hants.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling

Telephone bookings, for those without access to the online system, can be made by calling 023 8017 9949.

Anyone wishing to book a slot will need to provide their name, car registration and, for online bookings, an email address. Bookings will be limited to one slot per household per week. More information about using the HWRCs is available online.

6th June 2020

Articles wanted for magazine

The deadline for submissions for the HVA village magazine is the 26th of June. I’d love to include articles and photos which reveal how people in the village have spent the lock down so far. Please, even if you have never written anything since leaving school, have a go at describing what you have been up to  with your family or alone. How have you kept boredom at bay or have you been able to continue to work as normal either at your place of work or at home? What have been the challenges and the successes? What have you learned to do in the time you might have had. What will you keep doing once it is all over?
It needn’t be a huge essay. A hundred words or less would be good, just a snippet of life. Tell your story and let it be recorded for posterity. Go on. Have a go!  Submissions to me, jerrymjj@outlook.com or 81, London Road.

25th May 2020

Message from Stuart Sharpe – member of the GB Disabilities Trampoline Squad

While some schools have been able to source supplies of hand sanitiser to help protect staff from Covid-19, some have been left with very little or no sanitiser at all.

I have been involved with primary schools over the previous couple of years as a trampoline coach, running a weekly session for primary school children at a secondary school in Alton, as part of an initiative to allow children to experience different sports. I am a member of the GB Disabilities Trampoline Squad, a former three times British disabilities cat 1 champion, as well as a volunteer trampoline coach for Alton Trampoline Club.

As I am currently furloughed from Bottega dei Sapori (Maggie and Tizzy’s), I thought I would use my time to raise funds for local nursery and primary schools to purchase some much needed hand sanitiser.

Following initial discussions, local distilleries have agreed to produce the much needed hand sanitiser. Now, I need help to raise the funds to pay for it. Hand sanitiser is essential to protect teachers/key workers in schools in order that they can care for the children.

The target set should allow the purchase a good quantity of two different sizes, 250ml and 30ml for use in the schools. All donations will go towards the purchase of hand sanitiser.


15th May 2020

Holybourne Heroes?

At this time when we are acutely aware of the debt of gratitude we owe to everyone who has kept society going while many of us have been staying at home, I’d be grateful to learn of those from the village who really have been working in the front line, in hospitals looking after patients with the virus. Their courage and our debt to them are immeasurable and I’d like to record their names for the village magazine and would also like to suggest that thought is given to some sort of permanent memorial. The war they are fighting is no less threatening or frightening than soldiers faced in the world wars and we do our best to remember them. What do others think? Please contact Jerry at  jerrymjj@outlook.com

16th April 2020

Message from Jerry Janes – editor of the Holybourne Magazine

I am the editor of the village magazine. At the moment very little is happening that would normally form reports for the magazine. There are however many many things going on that I don’t know about. If you are involved with or know of something that might merit an article in the magazine, please let me know and I’d welcome news of what is going on in the village. You might like to write and let me know how you are spending your days if you’re locked in or what the world is like on the outside if you are not. I’m going to have a hard time putting the magazine together if I don’t get contributions so if you have something to offer please don’t be shy about sending it to me. My email address is jerrymjj@outlook.com

24th April 2020

Social Distancing Street Party

May Day bank holiday has been changed to Friday the 8th May to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day.  Let’s celebrate with a social distancing street party – a picnic in our front gardens.  I have put a poster advertising this in the calendar and put the date in the diary!  Tell as many of your friends as possible.  Time – midday onwards.

15th April 2020

Message from Holyrood Church

Although we have had to lock the church, people ARE most welcome to wander through the churchyard to enjoy the space, take time for reflection and perhaps visit graves.  There has been some discussion on social media to the contrary so we would like to make it clear that the churchyard IS open and everyone is welcome so long as they adhere to social distancing rules and so on.  Notices have been put up to say this.

26th March 2020

Please click on the link for information on bin collections 

15th March 2020

Weekday activities at the church (Teddies, Coffee Mornings and Lent Lunches) are ‘suspended’ for the time being owing to recommendations from the Church of England regarding coronavirus. However, Sunday 9.30am services will take place as usual (with various restrictions in place) as will the weekly prayer meetings on Tuesdays from 11.45am to noon. All welcome.

March 2020

Coronavirus Community Response

Please click on this link to take you to the page.

17th February 2020

If taking waste to the household waste recycling centres after April, cars need to be registered with www.hants.gov.uk/vehicle-registration-hwrc.  Up to 3 vehicles per household can be registered.

29th January 2020

Howards Lane will be shut to traffic until 8th February.