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Ellisfield Wine Walk – Friday 8 June 2018

This year the Ellisfield Wine Walk will take place on Friday 8 June 2018.

Theme: Not Going To Russia!

Enjoy wines from the countries who failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Finals – but who wants to go there anyway?  Click the Wine Walk Flyer 2018_ for a map and more details.


  • Zani Robinson (Chile), Coopers Farm, Bell Lane
  • Bev Staunton (Italy), Southgate, Green Lane
  • Gordon Dunse (South Africa), The Thatched Cottage, Green Lane


Starts: 7pm
Finishes late: At hosts discretion
Donations per glass: £2.50

All proceeds in aid of the Memorial Hall.
Each host will have flags outside their house – so you’ll know you’re at the right location!

Memorial Hall AGM – Tue 15 May

Memorial Hall Committee 2018 AGM

At 7.30pm
on Tuesday 15th May 2018
Memorial Hall,
Church Lane

We hope you will be able to join us for our
Annual General Meeting.

The AGM is open to all Ellisfield residents who may, if they wish, ask questions and make suggestions in regards to the running of the Hall and the organising of village events.

Refreshments will be served following the meeting.

AGM Minutes – May 2017 for viewing before 2018 AGM

Bluebell Walk – Monday 7 May 2018

Off the Beaten Track
Bank Holiday
Monday 7th May

A 5k walk, partly on private land, through bluebell woods, by kind permission of

Viscount Lymington

£5 per adult £1 per child up to 16
Dogs on leads welcome

Muddy at some points!

Raffle Cake & squash to purchase halfway


Start at Home Farm Barn, Farleigh Wallop (RG25 2HX)

between 10.30am and 11.15am.

Lunch: Hot Dogs and Venison Burgers for sale
back at Farleigh Barn
In aid of St Martin’s, Ellisfield and St Andrew’s, Farleigh Wallop
Info: Bernard Cazenove 01256 381279

Retirement of Cllr David Richards from the Parish Council

“David Richards served on the Parish Council for nearly 10 years. His thoughtful
and well balanced contributions were always much appreciated. His special
responsibilities included representing Ellisfield at the Basingstoke & Deane
Association of Parish Councils (BDAPTC) which he regularly attended, and
Highways issues. As Ellisfield’s point of contact with Highways, he had the
thankless task of time and again communicating our pot hole problems. Others
would have given up in frustration but he manfully discharged the duty for a
number of years, for which we are very grateful. He also, at the time of the flash
floods two years ago, produced a comprehensive map of Ellisfield’s grips, drains,
culverts and ditches. We are grateful for his service and we will miss him.”

Tim Guinness 21st March 2018

Success of flood prevention measures

Photos from the Parish Council.

Heavy rain on 10 December 2017 was successfully dispersed into the prepared run off areas as the following photos show:

Water flowing from Green Lane through drainage grips into Flood Pits behind Lower Common excavated by Hampsire Highways February 2017

Water contained in flood pits behind Lower Common following heavy rain Sunday 10 December 2017

Water contained in flood pits at the bottom of Furzen Lane following heavy rain Sunday 10 December 2017

Ellisfield Superfast Broadband options – EBAG

Where are we on Broadband?

Ellisfield Broadband Action Group (EBAG) is exploring options to bring Broadband to all of Ellisfield. We can confirm that the North is in the BT Superfast Broadband for 2018. However, at present there are no plans for the South of the village. The options for the South of the village are BT Superfast Broadband, Microwave (both require village funding) or 4G mobile as self-service (may not be available everywhere in the village). However, for BT Superfast Broadband the good news is that since we started the initiative 3 years ago, the funding rules have changed
and we can currently apply to subscribe to a ‘match funding’ scheme whereby any village pledges will be matched by HCC. Our hope is that the village will work together as a collective on the funding gap. We in the South of the village have to demonstrate to HCC and BT that we have sufficient interest registered by the residents. You can subscribe to any/all of the following options.


This is a long term and on-going option, providing the funds are raised, that would be implemented in 1-3 years delivering broadband speeds of between 10-25 meg. In order to progress this, we need you to register your interest.
This does not require any financial commitment.  Go to:

  • Type in your postcode,
  • Press ‘find’,
  • Select your address,
  • Press ‘register your interest’
  • Complete the simple form – title, name, email, landline telephone number, Press ‘submit’.
  • Please can you let Ali Swanston know that you have registered or telephone her on 381171.


This is wireless option that comes with an entry cost of £350 per household and additionally requires a subsidy voucher/code from HCC. It will deliver unlimited broadband with a minimum speed of 15 meg to all residents (North and South) who subscribe. This will initially be for a 1 year term to be extended thereafter. Note. Portsmouth Estates including Hill Farm already use this service. Vouchers/code are only available until the end of December 2017 but it could be installed by 31st Jan 2018. To register for a subsidy voucher/code (finishes end Dec 2017), go to:

  • Go to bottom of the page,
  • complete the simple form – title, name, email, landline telephone number,
  • press ‘submit’.
  • You will then receive an email from ‘ saying that you are eligible for the scheme.
  • There will be a link to:
  • and a case number.
  • Click the link, this will take you to the application page, complete all pages – have your case number handy.
  • You should then receive another email from The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport confirming that you qualify and giving you a subsidy voucher/code (valid for 60 days but can be extended).
  • Please could you let Ali Swanston know that code by email or 381171. We will collate them and submit them together



Mobile broadband is available in some parts from of the village and comes with a limited data capacity contract e.g. 40GB per month. Should you require more information on this service please contact the EBAG team for more information by emailing: Ali / Andy Swanston

EBAG volunteers will also be visiting properties in the South of the village to gauge interest, answer questions and help with registration(s). By tracking numbers we hope to speed up the processes.

Thank you in advance for your support.


working in conjunction with the Parish Council – Gavin Park Weir, Ashley Turberfield, Julian Wright, Andy/Ali Swanston, Alix Taylor, Charlie Hellewell, Dirk/Janette Bacon