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. 

Outstanding Services to Alton Award 2021

Dr James Willis and his wife Lesley Willis jointly win the Outstanding Services to Alton Award for 2021

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The award is given to those who have worked hard to make a difference in our Town: through work, voluntary activity or both. James and Lesley Willis have lived in Alton for nearly 50 years. James working as a highly respected General Practitioner; Lesley as a Biology teacher. Both passionate environmentalists, they are founding and very active members of Alton Climate Action Network (ACAN) and the Alton Local Food Initiative (ALFI). They also share a love of performance arts and are longstanding members of the Alton Fringe working both onstage and offstage. James was Chairman of the Alton Society for three years; he used his considerable knowledge and authority in the cause of the town to which he is so committed. Lesley was a trained Citizens Advice Bureau volunteer for several years and both have been governors in local education institutions.

The above barely does justice to the passion and commitment they have brought to these and other causes in a lifetime of engagement in our public and civic life.  They have made a demonstrable difference to the town, which, as a result, has been incredibly enriched. When told about the award they were both surprised and astonished. They are delighted that it is a joint award, recognising how well they support each other in their many endeavours.

Say ‘NO!’ to 1,200 Houses at Chawton Park Farm!!

We are delighted with the huge turnout for our Protest at The Butts, Alton, on Saturday 18th September against the monstrous, out of place, unsustainable Chawton Park Farm development proposal.  There was a great atmosphere of a community united and of one mind.  Four great speeches, not just from the Alton Society (Carol Palmer) but also from the Chairs of Chawton and Beech Parish Councils (Jason Simper and Graham Webb respectively), and from EHDC Councillor Stephen Hunt.

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Please also register your concern by signing this petition. Details about what we’re aiming to achieve with this petition can be found here.

Thank you for your continuing support of this cause!

Background Information

Alton is threatened with a ‘garden village’ of 1,200 homes, primary school and community centre in a narrow scenic valley bounded by Ancient Woodlands and Sites of Interest to Nature Conservation. The Alton Society has protested in the strongest possible terms to East Hampshire District Council (EHDC) against this development.  

After guidance from Angela Glass, the Chair of the Planning Policy Committee (PPC) at EHDC, the committee voted in favour (one against) of taking only this site forward for further investigation out of the original 10 sites that were identified in 2019.

See The Alton Society’s Statement for further details including points to raise with our MP Damian Hinds,  EHDC Councillor Angela Glass and Simon Jenkins, Head of Planning at EHDC & Director of Regeneration & Place.

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Our Autumn Newsletter 2021 is now available! Browse our online copy. Previous newsletters can be found here

We need your help!

Come and join our Built Environment Group (BEG). The BEG keeps an eye on local building applications. The planning authority publishes plans on a weekly basis and most are non-controversial. However, due to our scrutiny we are able to alert Altonians to developments which often have a far-reaching effect on our Town and environment and this can lead us to help modify or indeed stop poor developments. Clearly, some planning expertise is preferable but not essential. You will have help from colleagues.

Please contact the Chairman on 07786 983 679 for more information or send an email to thealtonsociety@gmail.com

Community First

Head over to our Community pages for information on specific groups and activities to support Alton’s communities. This includes support from Community First specifically in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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.

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 Society news.

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 meadows at 10am on the third (3rd) Sunday of the month. Our next session is on 15th May 2022. Meet at the Tanhouse Lane end of the meadows at 10am with gloves and wellies. See you there!

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)! We finish with a coffee or tea and a biscuit……or two.