Hound Parish Council are very proud to announce the opening of the new playground at Butlocks Heath Recreation ground. The playground is scheduled to open on Monday 22nd July in time for the start of the school holidays.
The temporary security fencing will be removed during the day on Monday 22nd July and in the absence of any unforeseen delays we expect this to be completed by lunchtime. The fencing has been left in place longer than originally planned to allow the grass to grow through the safety matting.
We believe that this will be a real asset to the Parish and that anyone visiting Butlocks Heath Recreation ground enjoys the new playground.
If you are thinking of visiting the new playground and are unsure of the location this map will help.
Getting advice and support if you don’t live near a town centre is not always easy. Many people need a bit of a helping hand to find the right services that will help them stay living safely and independently in their own home and to get connected to their local community.
If you enjoy meeting people, want to get involved in your local area and see people’s lives improve because of your help, one of Age Concern Hampshire’s volunteer roles could be right for you.
Village Agents are volunteers who provide information to local people of all ages on topics such as finding help in the home or garden, transport, groups and clubs in the area, preventing falls, finding care providers in the home, day centre or residential care, meals on wheels, personal alarms etc.
Often, just giving information is not enough and Village Agents can also provide the extra help that a person may need to follow up on the information provided, e.g. they may make a phone call on behalf of someone, fill in a form with them, arrange transport or take them to a local group for the first time.
Village Agents make themselves known in their local area by attending events and groups so that people get to know who they are and that they can be approached with queries. They also get to know key people in local agencies including the parish or town council, GP surgery and other voluntary organisations working in the area. The role is very flexible and usually takes a few hours a week. There are around 50 Village Agents across Hampshire. Training and support is provided.
Information Home Visitors
The Information Service at Age Concern Hampshire (Freephone 0800 328 7154) often receive queries by phone from people who actually find it quite difficult to manage on the phone. We have a team of volunteer Information Home Visitors who can visit those people at home to provide information face to face on local services and social groups or to help people fill in forms.
These volunteers decide what size area they would like to cover – usually several villages – and the Information Team at Age Concern Hampshire contacts them when a home visit is needed locally. Mileage expenses can be reimbursed. The bigger the area covered, the busier the role is likely to be but on average a Home Visitor may be asked to provide one or two visits per month.
What kind of person are we looking for?
Village Agents and Information Home Visitors need to be good listeners and able to communicate clearly and effectively with a range of people and organisations such as older people, carers, relatives and professionals.
Both roles will involve some travel so use of a car is essential. It is helpful if the volunteer is confident to use email, the internet and Microsoft Word. They need to be aged over 18 years and willing to undertake training.
Contact the Village Agent Coordinator on 01962 892443 for more information or email VillageAgent@ageconcernhampshire.org.uk
Eastleigh Borough Council have informed us that a review of polling stations is currently underway and the information can be found on Eastleigh’s website at: https://www.eastleigh.gov.uk/council/elections-and-voting/review-of-polling-districts-polling-places-and-polling-stations-2019
If you wish to comment, please o so through EBC's website.
The latest edition of the NewsHound is now available and is currently being delivered across the parish. If you wish to read the electronic version, please click on the below link.
The agenda for the Planning Committee meeting on Monday 22nd July has been published.
The meeting is at Hound Parish Hall starting at 7pm.
The agenda for the IT Committee meeting on Monday 15th July has been published.
The meeting is at Hound Parish Hall starting at 7pm.
TerraCycle® and Walkers® have partnered to create a free recycling scheme which accepts all crisp packets and we are pleased to advise that we are now a drop off location for these via TerraCycle. This means that you bring any brand of crisp packet and the outer packaging from a mutlipack and place it in the box at the Parish Office.
So that the bags can be recycled properly - and in line with other household recycling - we would ask you to properly empty your packaging before placing them in the box and please do not fold the crisp packets into triangles as these cannot be accepted.
We are working on other ideas that will help all of us reduce our carbon footprint and ensure that the Parish becomes as environmentally friendly as possible and we hope to have some further updates soon. If you have any suggestions or would like to get involved, please contact the Parish Office.
What is TerraCycle?
TerraCycle is Eliminating the Idea of Waste® by recycling the "non-recyclable." Whether it's coffee capsules from your home, pens from a school, or plastic gloves from a manufacturing facility, TerraCycle can collect and recycle almost any form of waste. We partner with individual collectors such as yourself, as well as major consumer product companies, retailers, manufacturers, municipalities, and small businesses across 20 different countries. With your help, we are able to divert millions of pounds of waste from landfills and incinerators each month.
If you are interested in finding out more, you can view their website here.
Work has gone really well and we are nearing completion of the new play area. All play equipment is now installed and we are allowing the grass matts an opportunity to bed in and settle, while waiting for the new benches and signage to arrive.
We plan to open the play area within the next 2 weeks and you can see picture updates here.