Extras – April 2018

Anvil Arts Summer Brochure

The Anvil Arts Summer Brochure is available here.

Basingstoke and District Disability Forum

Basingstoke and District Disability Forum (BDDF) was originally formed in 2008 within the local voluntary sector. 

We became independent in 2012 with a dedicated trustee board, attaining registered charity status in 2014 (no.1155660). 

We aim to be the main, membership-based organisation in our community for anyone affected by any type of disability. This includes disabled people and their carers, as well as fellow charities and local businesses.
BDDF is run by a board of trustees who volunteer their time, along with a paid facilitator and a group of dedicated volunteers. We have a wide range of skills and experience in all types of disabilities and associated issues affecting children and adults. 

Our vision is a district where everyone is equal. 

Our mission is to promote inclusion and opportunities for anyone with a disability, by providing information and bringing people together. 

Why not come along to our Quiz Night?

Widgit’s Farm

I have set up a petition against the destruction and developing of the farm on Cufaude Lane (also know as Widgit’s Farm). 

I am a local resident who feels passionately about the countryside and farmland. I desperately want to save Widgit’s Farm from development, not only is this a hard working farm but also accompanied by nature filled fields and beautiful surrounding countryside. Cufaude Lane, which is listed as a ‘National Cycle Route’ is slowly losing its identity and in my view, and I’m sure many others, this is a damaging and irretrievable change to our precious environment.

Below is a link to the online petition;


Mrs Tanya Salah


Sorry there was no January report. Household duties in Sydney kept me firmly chained to the kitchen sink when I wasn’t wallowing in the sea to avoid heat exhaustion. I’m back in Lions harness now with my nose firmly stuck to the grindstone. (Picture that!!!)

One of the problems now facing us, and every other organisation which relies on distribution lists, is that there is new Data Protection legislation which requires that we hold positive authority to hold some personal details on our database. We have formed a committee to see how we can best comply. But I draw it to your attention now because you may soon find yourself deluged with a blizzard of requests from uncle Tom Cobley and all to give permission to hold basic communication information about you.

Our first event of the year was the concert given for us at QMC by the Moscow Drug Club. Everyone has been raving about it. Not only did they love their music, which can best be described as gypsy jazz, but they loved the musicians themselves who mingled freely with the audience during breaks. They were very friendly as well as being exceptionally talented and versatile on a variety of instruments. We hope we will be able to entice them back to play for us again.

Our next events are a Quiz Night at Cliddesden Millenium Hall on 7 April: Contact Philip Wilson philipjhwilson@btinternet.com  to reserve your table for 4 (remember we can only accommodate 22 teams), hotly followed by a double bill at QMC on 14 April – Grant Saunders, a hilarious stage hypnotist, and dancers from the Basingstoke Academy of Dance. You can buy tickets direct from our website www.basingstokelions.org.uk, from mauricehockley@hotmail.com or tel: 01256 421867, or Toucan Travel at the Chineham shopping Centre. This promises to be one of our most interesting shows.

In my last report I mentioned our first Bunnings Sausage Sizzle. Well, sausages are always favourites with Lions so we’ve done several more. Quite apart from raising money for charity they provide an excellent opportunity for our members to have fun working together, and it seems no one has gained too much weight.

This brings me to the vexed question of membership. Through our fundraising and welfare work we have helped many people and many organisations over the past 50 years. But, without new members, that help which has been vital to so many may soon disappear. I would therefore earnestly entreat you to consider joining us. You can easily get in touch with us through our website www.basingstokelions.org.uk by putting your contact details on the “Contact Us” page. Someone will get in touch and invite you to come along to one of our meetings where you can meet us and see what we are like; there would be absolutely no pressure on you to join – just an opportunity to ‘suck it and see’…

The Silent Enemy: How PTSD Damages Our Soldiers

Fir more information please follow the link below:


R.C.S. Ltd Recruitment Opportunity

The Romsey Community School Limited (R.C.S Ltd) are pleased to share with its partners and colleagues that they have been successful in securing £485,000 from Big Lottery as part of their Building Better Opportunities Fund. R.C.S. Ltd will manage The Alliance Programme and work across the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership area, with 7 Delivery Partners providing one to one support and ensure access to critical interventions that will ensure they are able to move closer to the work place and eventually into the work place.

Collectively the partnership will work with with 150 people across the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership, all of whom will receive end to end support and assistance to combat their personal barriers that prevent them from entering the work place, right through to finding employment and sustaining their working life. The programme ends on 31st December 2019.

The following information provides a Job Description for the role of Participant Coordinator, please send a CV and covering letter to bbo.rcs@gmail.com or post your application to The Community Office, Romsey Community School, Greatbridge Road, Romsey, SO51 8ZB. For more information, please send an inquiry at http://www.rcsservices.org.uk.

The closing date for applications is Friday 23rd March 2018

(Interviews will take place on Thursday 29th March 2018)

Sunflower Cafe

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

The latest article can be found here.

Linguatastic Language Academy

Aside from the excitement of snow coming to the area (Linguatastic’s doors were still open for those who could make it to us safely), World Book Day celebrations, Mother’s Day preparations and Easter Egg hunts, we were involved in a very exciting event (well, in all honesty, at the time of writing, the event hasn’t yet taken place but)…

The first ever international rugby game at Basingstoke Rugby Club – England vs France U20’s Women – took place on Saturday 17th March. A group of Linguatastic students started proceedings by singing both the English and French Anthems on the pitch, broadcast across the PA system.  It was of course, an important event not only for Linguatastic, but for Basingstoke, for youth and for girls/women especially!  Do have a look at our Facebook page to see photos and find out more about how the event went.

Half of this month, is taken up by Easter holidays, but that doesn’t mean the learning needs to stop! Here are some interesting facts about Easter around the world:

In Mexico, Easter consists of two separate observances: “Semana Santa” stands for the entire Holy Week, from Palm Sunday to Easter Saturday, whereas “Pascua” is the observance of the period from the Resurrection Sunday to the following Saturday. 

In France, Easter is known as “Paques”. To mourn the crucifixion of Christ, starting on Good Friday, church bells are not rung for three days.  On Easter morning, the children hurry into the garden to watch the bells “Fly back from Rome”.

In Norway, the Eastertide starts early i.e. a day before the commencement of the Lent season. This day is known as ‘Vastelavent’ or ‘Schrovetide’. From this day, Norwegians start celebrating the upcoming festive occasion, spring season and a new working year. 

God påske… Happy Easter (in Norwegian) from us all at Linguatastic!


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