Extras Archive 2022

This is an index into the articles that didn’t make it into the printed magazine during 2022.  They are presented in alphabetical order by month and a search facility is available to help you locate specific information.


Basingstoke and District Railway Society

Our May presentations promise yet more interesting variety in our programme.  On Wednesday 11 May, Mike Bunn, an expert on French railways, returns to tell us about the Paris Suburban Railway System. This meeting starts at the slightly earlier time of 7.30pm.  Then, on Wednesday 25 May at our usual meeting …  Read More

Basingstoke Civil Service Retirement Fellowship

After the usual tea, coffee and biscuits, the Chairman, David Cowling, opened the meeting by welcoming everyone and on behalf of the members congratulated the Secretary and Treasurer, Tony and June Brazier on their upcoming Golden Wedding Anniversary. In thanking everyone Tony asked that people helped themselves to a crème egg and then gave details of the next trips…. Read More  …

Basingstoke Deane Rotary

Basingstoke Deane Rotary continues to support the work that other local charities and local groups do to improve the lives of people living in the borough.  That support may be financial, by hands on support or just by raising the their profile by publicising the good work that they are doing for our community. This month we are highlighting The Pink Place together with the Blue Space.  Read More

Basingstoke Gang Show 

BASINGSTOKE GANG SHOW IS BACK! The sensational Basingstoke Gang Show is returning to The Haymarket in February 2023 and you could be centre stage! …  Read More

Basingstoke Male Voice Choir

Singing is one of the oldest enjoyments known, going back at least 4,000 years.  The Basingstoke Male Voice Choir hasn’t been around quite that long! Founded in 1964 it has performed at hundreds of venues, toured overseas, and raised many thousands of pounds for charities. We sing in accompanied four-part harmony, and perform a range of music … Read More

Crime Prevention Bulletin

Crime Prevention Update – Issue 39, April 2022 – An update from the Force Crime Prevention Team. …  Read More

The Disability Forum – Scarecrow Trail

Come and join Basingstoke and District Disability Forum (BDDF) on 28th-29th May for this fantastic annual community event. ‘The Rolls Royce of Scarecrow Trails’ returns, which follow this years’ theme ‘A Moment in History’ … Read More


Basingstoke and District Railway Society

The year so far has seen an increasing number of members returning to our meetings and our April presentations add yet more variety to the programme.  On Wednesday 13 April, Andrew Goodman, Managing Director of Moveright International returns with I Moved It My Way  .. Read More

Basingstoke Civil Service Retirement Fellowship

There were 42 members at the meeting held on Wednesday 2nd March when the Group held their Annual General Meeting. The Chairman opened by welcoming everyone and said how fortunate it had been that the 2020 AGM went ahead just before the lockdown… Read More  …

Blue Lamp Trust

The Blue Lamp Trust is a Hampshire based registered charity (charity number 1137786). It is a unique partnership between Hampshire Police, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, business and the community.  Read More

Hampshire and ISle of Wight Wildlife Trust

Seagrass: The Solent’s superhero – Beneath the waves of the Solent are hidden underwater gardens of seagrass. These marine flowering plants are known for increasing biodiversity in our coastal waters. However, they are now beginning to gain widespread recognition for their potential to reduce the effects of climate change and what better time to celebrate this superstar marine plant than during Seagrass Awareness Month, which spans all of March. Read More

Money Lifeline – Basingstoke

Struggling with debt? Free face-to-face advice available in Basingstoke to help you. Money Lifeline may be able to help. We are a free debt advice charity offering confidential advice to sort out debt and related money problems.  Read More

National Women’s Register – Chineham and Old Basing

Our planning meeting last month produced many interesting ideas for the year ahead and we are looking forward to some old favourites, like our annual wine tasting and National telephone quiz, plus some new activities including an afternoon tea to celebrate the Platinum jubilee, an evening of Music and Mains dinner, a talk from a forensic scientist and much more. Read More

Southern Co-op

A regional co-operative, which is removing all single-use carrier bags and plastic bags for life from sale, is urging shoppers to switch to reusable bags to help tackle climate change.  Southern Co-op, which has just over 200 convenience stores across the south of England, is hoping to deter customers from treating bags for life as if they were single-use. Read More

St Michael’s Hospice Celebrates 30 Years

This year marks 30 years since St. Michael’s Hospice started seeing patients on Aldermaston Road.  The Hospice has always been funded by the local community and St. Michael’s think the community should be celebrating the role it has played in maintaining this vital service. To remember the extraordinary ways in which the community has kept the hospice going, the Hospice is launching its anniversary with an appeal for stories. Do you have a story to share about care you or a loved one received?   Read More

Basingstoke Civil Service Retirement Fellowship

There were 55 members at the Civil Service Retirement Fellowship meeting held on 2nd February who were welcomed by the Chairman, David Cowling. The Secretary, Tony Brazier, then gave details of the forthcoming trips planned for this year and reminded everyone of the AGM to be held at the next meeting in March to be followed by lunch at the Conservative Club. .. Read More

Basingstoke Dean Rotary

Royal Marines at the Anvil  – The afternoon of Sunday 30th of January saw us hosting the The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines for our 13th ‘nearly annual’ concert. It was very good to be able to welcome them after a 2 year break and they were on great form, with an excellent and varied programme that particularly showcased solos … Read More

Basingstoke u3a

Happy and healthy together as spring takes hold, our members emerge cheerfully from winter and lockdown. We’ve all had a difficult two years, and keeping ourselves cheerful, and out and about, hasn’t been easy for everyone. But the days are lengthening, the temperature’s rising, and our outdoor groups are flexing their muscles and getting ready to enjoy 2022. Read More

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

Winter into spring is a wonderful time to see wildlife, and birds especially. As the cold grip of the Arctic winter takes hold on the lakes, pools and marshes of Northern Europe and Russia, huge numbers of swans, ducks and geese retreat to the relative warmth of the UK. The UK’s lakes, rivers, reservoirs and coasts offer a winter home to an estimated 2.1 million ducks!  Read More

Probus – Hears How a Piece of String Connects to H-Bomb Test

There will be many readers from the older generation who remember the nuclear bomb tests in 1957/8 that took place in the remote South Pacific on Montebello Islands, Malden Island and perhaps more famously, Christmas Island. David Stiles, the speaker at the latest meeting of the Probus Club of Basingstoke … Read More

Romsey Community Services (RCS)

RCS are running two free Childcare/Parenting online courses (via Zoom). Read More

Southern Co-op

Food to be sold past “best before” date.  Hampshire Convenience stores across Hampshire will be selling selected products past their ‘best before’ date as it relates to quality, not the safety of the product.  With the aim of keeping more food in the human food chain, Southern Co-op has expanded its Reducing Our Foodprint initiative with products being reduced to just 20p. Read More

Basingstoke & Dean Borough Council – Garden Waste Collections Resume

Garden waste collections are set to resume as staffing levels stabilise following a period of staff absences. The fortnightly service will restart in Basingstoke and Deane from Monday 24 January 2022 and in Hart from Monday 31 January 2022. The garden waste collection service was suspended on Monday 10 January to enable staff to prioritise the core waste and recycling services, where there was a backlog of collections from the Christmas and new year period.  Read More

Basingstoke and District Railway Society

At the time of writing the Society intends to present its twice-monthly ‘live’ meetings, but with the continuing uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, please check our website or call the Secretary to confirm that meetings are to go ahead. Read More


Eurovision Song Contest. Over the years watching the Eurovision Song Competition you probably wondered about the voting pattern of various countries. Gordon Lewis, the speaker at the latest meeting of the Probus Club of Basingstoke, knows that your suspicions are correct. Read More

RCS – Course in Career Choices

Free ‘Career Choices’ course coming up online via Zoom. Read More

RCS – English for Speakers of other Languages

RCS are running a free ESOL courses. They are English courses to support adults whose first language isn’t English. Read More

RCS – IT Skills for Work

RCS are running a free IT course – “IT Skills for Work” Read More

RCS – Wellbeing Course

RCS are running a free Wellbeing course Read More

Befriending Service – Odiham Cottage Hospital

New Volunteering Opportunity for 2022.  Odiham Cottage Hospital’s Befriending Service is a volunteer led service run and managed by the Hospital and covers the areas of Odiham, Hook, Hartley Wintney and Old Basing and surrounding villages. Our clients are those who have become lonely and isolated due to living with a long-term health condition, or are receiving palliative care. Read More

Crime Prevention Bulletin

Update from the Force Crime Prevention Team. Edition 35, Dec 2021. Read More

Hampshire and IOW Wildlife Trust.

Where do butterflies go in winter? – Think of butterflies and usually we associate them with sultry summer days, but have you ever wondered how these delicate insects survive harsh winters in the UK? Butterflies are ectothermic – or cold-blooded – meaning they cannot regulate their own body temperature and instead rely on external heat sources to warm up. This is why butterflies perch on leaves to bask in the sun or, conversely, seek shaded spots to cool down. Read More

Merton Junior School – Governor vacancy

We currently have a Governor vacancy at our school and we are looking for a committed person to join the Team. We welcome applications from our parents and members of the community who may have experience in one of the following: Finance, Human Resources, Health & Safety, The Legal profession, An Educational setting Read More

Tree-Cycle …

… your festive firs. Make this year’s Christmas green and recycle your real Christmas tree. Garden waste service customers in Basingstoke and Deane can put their real Christmas trees out for collection with their fortnightly garden waste in the New Year. Read More

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