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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 that our Spring 2020 Newsletter is available on line.  This is especially 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

“How the planning system is failing the people of Alton”

Here is the complete press article featured in the Alton Herald (23rd April – page 32).  We can no longer accept the long term damage being inflicted on our town by unscrupulous developers without the level of scrutiny we are entitled to expect.

And here is our more detailed Design Critique Summary  relating to the McCarthy & Stone plans for the Magistrates Court site.

 

The Coronavirus Crisis – We think this is important to get help if you need it:.

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 often have a “favourite building or pub” slot with a little local history.

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. We were able to work on the 17th May with restricted numbers. We were organised in units of two and observed social distancing. It was very successful and despite the lower number of volunteers a tremendous amount of work was done. The next session will take place on the 21st June. If you want to be one of those helping then 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.

Check our Sustainability Group report with essential advice on Water Use under the Sustainability page.