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Alton from Windmill HillWelcome to the Alton Society. We hope you find our website interesting and informative. We would love to hear from you so tell us what you think, both good and bad! Contact us at thealtonsociety@gmail.com. 

NOTE We were unable to produce our Summer Newsletter but our Spring 2020 Newsletter is available online.  This is important while residents who are used to collecting a paper copy from the Public Library or Community Centre are unable to do so during this Covid-19 lock-down. Click here. 

Latest News

Our Litter Pick

This autumn’s Town Litter Pick, supported by Keep Britain Tidy’s national campaign, took place on each of the six days beginning on the 21st September. Volunteers were out daily in groups that complied with Covid-19 regulations to cover specific areas in the town. The pick was organised by the Alton Society and supported by Alton Town Council.


64 Volunteers took part. They included teams from Nationwide Building Society, a local firm called Jisp and Alton’s Specsavers branch. Alton Lions covered two days and our MP Damian Hinds turned up on Friday to help. A number of local councillors: Steve Hunt, Chris Lawrence, Ginny Boxall and Matthew Baylis put in a shift, as did representatives form several Alton residents’ Associations.


We disposed of 55 rubbish bags, 61 face masks (these had been left on the ground rather than put in a bin) and too many cigarette butts to count. It is astonishing that irresponsible smokers continue to blight our environment.


We plan to repeat the event in the Spring but many of us will be going out between now and then to tackle the scourge of litter. If you want to help in the future then contact us at thealtonsociety@gmail.com

Draymans Way entrance to the Brewery Site

Here’s our exciting Proposal for the Wey Walk crossing over Draymans Way, at the entrance to the Coors Brewery site.

What we aim to achieve:

  • An attractive pedestrian/cyclist friendly space straddling Draymans Way
  • A traffic-calming ‘table’ to stop the road being used as a race-track.
  • Open up the entrance to the CALA Homes site, to make it more attractive and welcoming, and
  • Address the Highways’ objections to a direct pedestrian route straight into the site,  and create a much better connection with the town centre.

Draymans Way Crossing

NCS Fundraiser

We have received a message from one of the team leaders of National Citizens Scheme (NCS) about a fundraiser that they are doing along with NCS people across Hampshire to raise money for local charities, trying to walk 2020 miles in one day. This is the group who helped us in Flood Meadows as part of the NCS. We think they is worth supporting so have decided to put the link here to their fundraising page:
https://ncs.pb-education.co.uk/projects/personal-bests-hampshire-fundraiser/?fbclid=IwAR1aEtzyV8z7-Sx5eb4-vPkwpUZLO3F2notcvqMmTPJcCcF3hLnXzwYUndk

Agenda for Change

We have now launched our  Agenda for Change –  a 12-point plan which aims to bring meaningful improvements to the planning decisions affecting Alton.  This follows our article in the Herald on the 23rd April, in the wake of a series of damaging planning approvals of major schemes, and which have persistently worked against Alton’s interests.

Community First

Working across Hampshire, Community First is working with districts with three clear aims:

  • Any Hampshire residents requiring support and advice in this crisis should email support@cfirst.org.uk. Hampshire First is continuing some of its own services such as transport, shopmobility and wellbeing service and will endeavour to put people in contact with their local community support.
  • Do you want to volunteer? Go to http://www.volunteerwessex.org to register your interest.
  • “We are here to support our members,” said a spokesman for the charity. “If you have any questions, contact us. We’ll be updating twice weekly. Go to http://www.cfirst.org.uk/community-first-enews/ to get on our mailing list or email support@cfirst.org.uk
    Tim Houghton, Community First’s CEO, said: “We are working with a wide range of agencies and groups to ensure that elderly and vulnerable members of our communities are supported at this difficult time.
    “If you are worried about a neighbour, friend or isolated relative we can signpost you to the local community support that’s available’.
    “Across our communities we have an army of volunteers coming forward to help those most in need. We want to build on this social action and provide people with the tools to carry on this essential role.
    “If you are coordinating a team of volunteers and would like to offer support please contact us via our website http://www.cfirst.org.uk and a member of our rapid response team will be in contact with you.”

Alton Society Grants

Hop over to our Grants Application Page for news of the grants recently awarded to local community initiatives. Click on “About Us” then click on Grant Applications.

Friends of Alton Station

Friends of Alton Station are working hard to raise funds to save our Heritage Footbridge. The first part of the plan was to rescue the bridge. This has been partially successful and what has been saved is stored at a local firms so it can be refurbished and restored to its former glory. The Friends plan is to put it back up over the Mid Hants Railway(MHR) Line’s track as a viewing platform. MHR have expressed no objection. Visit the Friend’s website and make a donation, or visit their Facebook Page.

Wey Valley Radio 101.1FM and online

We have a regular slot on Tuesday morning at 10a.m. Tune in and have a listen! We give an update on local issues and local history slot.

Friends of Flood Meadows – Community Action

Come and join the Friends of Flood Meadows to help with tidying, clearing litter and maintenance. We meet at the Tanhouse Lane end of the meadows at 10am on the third (3rd) Sunday of the month. Our next session will be on the 15th November. If you are able to help please contact us as we must control our numbers We are organised in small units and observe social distancing. If you can come send us an email at thealtonsociety@gmail.com.

The Friends are a family friendly group.  Children are welcome and it helps them to learn about our local environment. Bring gardening gloves and wellingtons (though we do have some spares)! Normally we finish with a coffee or tea and a biscuit. However at present we ask the volunteers to bring their own refreshments for a chat after the session.

Trees

Did you know that we have a member who is an expert on Trees? If you join the Society then he will be happy to give you advice free – your £12.50 subscription is worth it just for that! Send us an email at thealtonsociety@gmail.com if you are interested.