Jolly Olly Quiz Night, 8th May

Here is the link for Jolly Olly’s Virtual Quiz Night on Friday 8th May at 7.30pm.

As many of you will realise, our  Quiz Night, on 8th May, will coincide with the 75th anniversary celebrations of VE Day and we plan to reflect this in our evening of fun together. Two of our question rounds will link to WW2 and we will be dressed in red white and blue for the occasion. It would be great if you could join us in dressing up or decorating with flags or bunting!

During our Quiz Nights at Jolly Olly’s we always have a break for our customers to enjoy a half time sharing platter.  Sadly, I can’t offer this service this time! Were we to be holding the event under normal circumstances I would have been giving the platters a VE celebration twist! I do, however, have some VE themed ideas for tasty snacks and drinks that you might like to try making for yourselves so that you have plenty to drink and nibble while you quiz your way through the evening. You could try; ginger beer or homemade lemonade to drink and there are  some great recipes listed on the The 1940’s Experiment website. This is a site developed by Carolyn Ekins who attempted a year living on 100% wartime rations in 2012.

The recipes include; rock buns, cheese whirls, glory buns and many more.  My favourite recipe is for bare cupboard cake, which could only have been made by saving up a few weeks of rations, but it is a celebration, after all, so I might have a go at that one!

Recipe for Bare Cupboard Cake


200g caster sugar
2 tablespoons margarine or oil
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt
175g raisins, currants or sultanas
350ml water
250g plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda


Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Lightly grease one 7 or 8 inch cake tin.
In a saucepan over medium high heat combine: the sugar, margarine or oil, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground allspice, salt, raisins and water. Bring to the boil and continue to simmer on low for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes.
Sift the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda together. Add the flour mixture to the cooled raisin mixture. Stir until just combined. Tip mixture into prepared tin.
Bake at 180 C / Gas 4 for 30-40 minutes until skewer comes away clean from middle.

Essential maintenance and grass cutting to continue in parks and open spaces

07 April 2020

Grass cutting and essential maintenance will still be carried out in the borough’s parks, open spaces and verges in the coming weeks, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has confirmed.
The borough council will continue to deliver this work in line with the government’s strict social distancing guidelines with operatives working alone in a safe space away from members of the public.
The borough council’s parks and open spaces have remained open for people to carry out their daily exercise during the COVID-19 outbreak. To ensure these areas remain safe, clean and a pleasant place for individuals or members from the same household to exercise in, the council’s operations team will continue to maintain them.
Essential work will also take place where safety is an issue and to ensure the ongoing maintenance of certain sports facilities, such as cricket wickets and the bowling green at Stratton Park, which require regular, specialist attention.
Cabinet Member for Environment and Enforcement Cllr Hayley Eachus said: “We are now into the cutting season and the grass will grow very quickly in our parks and open spaces, which are being used for daily exercise by people living nearby. Working independently and observing the government’s social distancing guidance, we will continue to maintain these areas to reduce the chances of ticks in long grass and to enable people to clear up any dog mess left by their dog. For road safety reasons, we will also cut verges on highways to maintain sight lines.
“This is a changing picture and the safety of our team and the public is of paramount importance. We will continue to monitor the situation, while observing the guidance from government, but feel we can safely carry out this work for the benefit of people using these spaces for exercise.”
The borough council’s Safe Space campaign is reminding people to exercise safely if cycling, running or walking in public by keeping at least two metres away from each other.
Residents are also being told not to meet up with friends following the latest guidance around gatherings of more than two people, except for family members from the same house.
The council’s community safety patrol officers are working closely with the police and taking appropriate action to break up any gatherings in public areas.
For more information about the council’s response to COVID-19, please visit

Waste collections temporarily reduced to protect service and bin crews

08 April 2020

Bin collections are set to be reduced temporarily to ensure waste, recycling, glass and clinical waste collections can continue in the borough during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, working with Serco, has taken the difficult decision to reduce the frequency the grey waste bin is collected to protect its bin crews and sustain the service for the duration of the pandemic.
This means residents will be asked to only put out their green recycling bin and glass container on their normal recycling collection day and the other week put out their grey waste bin. The waste bin will be collected every fortnight instead of every week. The day of the week that bins are collected will not change.
The temporary changes to the service will start from Monday 20 April and will be monitored and reviewed regularly to respond to changes in government guidance as they emerge.
Many councils within Hampshire already have a fortnightly waste collection service and recently one other has had to reduce its waste bin collections following the outbreak of the virus.
Bin crews in Basingstoke and Deane have continued to work hard to deliver the waste collection service during these challenging times and the council has already taken steps to reduce the pressure on the service by suspending garden waste and bulky waste collections.
These changes have enabled weekly waste collections to continue for several weeks longer than anticipated but, to allow staff to follow guidance on self isolation, this cannot be sustained indefinitely and measures need to be put in place to protect the crews and ensure residents receive a regular and reliable service.
Those residents currently receiving an assisted collection, as they need help to put out their own bins and do not have anyone who can do this for them, will continue to get this support from the bin crews. The clinical waste service will also continue to run as normal for those customers who are registered to use this service. Households with smaller 140 litre waste bins will be able to leave out two extra black sacks. Those households with larger 240 litre waste bins can only fill their bin as normal.
Support and information will be available through the council’s website, social media and e-newsletter to help residents reduce the amount of rubbish they put in their grey bin and maximise the amount of recycling they put in their green bin and glass container.
Cabinet Member for Environment and Enforcement Cllr Hayley Eachus said: “Our bin crews are working very hard to complete all of the waste, recycling and clinical waste rounds in the borough while facing the same challenges with staffing as organisations up and down the country, owing to COVID-19.
“This is a fast moving situation and we have been, and continue to, closely monitor the staffing levels every day with the crew’s health and reducing the risk of spreading the virus being paramount. We face a new challenge each morning and have had to look at all the options for sustaining a service for the duration of the pandemic.
“Our crews have been tremendous and their commitment to delivering a service for our residents during these challenging times is something both they and we are incredibly proud of. But they cannot put themselves or others at risk and they must follow the government guidelines if feeling unwell, therefore we have been investigating reducing our waste collection service in line with other authorities.
“We are very privileged to have a weekly waste collection service which we have tried really hard to maintain but it is clear this service is not sustainable during this difficult time. The sensible and most realistic option is to temporarily move to fortnightly waste collections.
“Temporarily moving to a waste collection service one week and a recycling the next means we can also maintain our glass and recycling collections for residents. We will keep this under review and will go back to normal collections as soon as possible after the government restrictions have been lifted and we can safely do so.”
Cllr Eachus added: “We know our residents value their waste collection service and consider it one of the most important services we deliver, but these are unprecedented times and this is the only way to continue to deliver a reliable service. We apologise for this temporary disruption and thank our residents for their understanding and ongoing support during this difficult time. We will do all we can to support our residents to reduce the amount of waste they place in their grey bins and keep them informed of what to recycle in their green bins.”
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Oakley Ramblers

Following the government announcement about the Coronavirus (16 March 2020) the committee have decided to suspend all walks for the foreseeable future. This is a disappointment but we would rather be safe than sorry. There is of course nothing to stop you from doing a walk yourselves.

The Hub

Following the Government’s advice the Hub will be closed until we are advised we can re-open. In the meantime, please ring St Leonard’s Church Office on 01256 782724 if you need any advice, support or contact with others.

Opening doors to new homes at council event

First time buyers looking to get on the property ladder in Basingstoke and Deane are being invited to find out more at a free information and advice session.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council will host the Help to Buy event at the Civic Offices on Wednesday 25 March from 3pm to 8pm.
People can drop in to get advice about various schemes including the Government’s Help to Buy and Shared Ownership. There will also be representatives from housing associations, independent financial advisors and building societies on hand to answer questions.
This is the seventh housing event hosted in the Civic Offices over the past four years and supports the council’s drive to provide opportunities for people across the borough to buy their own home.
This drive includes a new council loan scheme – Basingstoke and Deane Own Home Loan – to help people under 35 on the council’s housing register to buy new or existing homes with loans of up of £30,000.
Cabinet Member for Homes and Families Cllr Tristan Robinson said: “Buying your own home is an aspiration for many people but the market can seem just that bit too far out of reach. As a council we want to give as much support as we can to help our residents to achieve this goal.
“We’ve held a number of Help to Buy information events in the past which have been very well attended. This is a great opportunity to come and get free financial advice, understand what support there is and the types of homes available.”
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Two latest traffic surveys on the B3400

Report 8 is particularly concerning with the very high volume of speeding traffic and some of the high speeds achieved.  Also of concern is how the various developments, especially Manydown, that are taking place will affect traffic volumes in the future on this already very busy road.

Full reports can be found on Parish Council web-site

Stephen Harding

Manydown planning decision date set

A date has been set for councillors to decide on the outline planning application for land at Manydown in Basingstoke.

The borough council’s Development Control Committee will meet on Tuesday 24 March 2020 to consider the application outlining the main principles for a new community of up to 3,520 new homes, businesses, shops and community facilities, schools and a 250 acre country park.

Chair of the borough council’s Development Control Committee Cllr Paul Miller said: “Manydown is the largest site allocated for housing in the Basingstoke and Deane Local Plan. Given the size and complexity of the development and the amount of information councillors will need to consider, an additional meeting has been arranged to focus on the outline planning application.”

The outline planning application seeks permission for the principle of developing the site, including the type and size of development and the infrastructure to be provided. It does not provide a detailed layout of the development or the designs of buildings and spaces.

If approved, outline permission would be followed by planning documents setting out key principles for the layout, land use and character of the development and which areas would be built when. Then there would be further detailed applications covering the exact locations of the streets, community facilities and houses and their sizes, styles and design. Residents will have further opportunities to comment as detailed proposals are drawn up as part of the planning process.

The applicants are Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council, acting as landowners, who acquired a lease on the land to help to meet the borough’s future housing needs.

The application was first submitted in 2017, with updates and amendments made in 2018 and 2019. Throughout the process there has been extensive work by the planning and highway authorities, together with the landowners, to respond to feedback during several stages of consultation.

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