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. 

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

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.

This decision will next come before Full Council, very soon, for ratification. 

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.

Chawton Park farm Poster A4

Recent News – Litter Pick 1st June to 5th June

We had 71 volunteers attend over 5 days and picked up enough litter to fill 66 rubbish bags. 19 of these contained recyclable items. A Deposit return system would help solve the problem of plastic, glass bottles and cans as such a system rewards with money all items recycled. The main item of litter in the Town Centre were cigarette butts (this has been the same for the last 3 years). Read our Press Release and hop over to our dedicated Litter Pick page for a detailed report and photographs!

Thank you to all our helpers. 

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


We need your help!

There are opportunities for you to join us with interesting responsibilities on our Built Environment Group (BEG) and for the office of Treasurer. The BEG scans local applications. It is usually on a weekly basis and most applications are non-controversial. However, due to our scrutiny we are able to alert Altonians to applications which often have a far-reaching effect, and this can lead us to help modify or indeed stop poor developments. Clearly, some planning expertise is preferable but you will have help from colleagues.

As to the new Treasurer, he or she would take over from November 2021. It would help if the person taking the role had a degree of familiarity with accounting process in order that reports can be given to the committee and we can deal with the requirements of the charity commission .Dealing with financial matters would be an advantage. This is not a burdensome task as the finances of the Society do not involve many entries.

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

Outstanding Services to Alton Award 2021 – Further details here!

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.

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 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. In accordance with government guidelines, we are going to have a special session on 27th June. If you wish to help we need to know to plan how we will carry out our work. Meet at the Lenten St bridge end 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)! 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.


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.