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We are delighted to announce that Tanya Applegath has won this year’s award for Outstanding Services to Alton.   The award will be presented at the Society’s AGM on November 17th at 10.30am at the Alton House Hotel, Normandy Street, Alton.

This award is given to an individual who has worked hard to make a difference in our Town: through work or voluntary activity. It will often be through both.

The individual must be shown to have worked in a manner that supports the aims and objectives of the Society.

This year’s winner is 35-years-old, runs her own business known as Wildly Upbeat Printers from a unit in John Trimmer Walk and has lived all her life in Alton. Having studied for a business degree she has put her undoubted talents to good use setting up her own enterprise.

Tanya has been tireless and enthusiastic in her efforts to promote the commercial health of Alton. She co-founded the Alton Matters group of businesses, encouraging and supporting small businesses’ development.

She is determined to help make the Town a lovely place to work, visit and relax in. She is a member of the Alton Town Team which works hard to promote the Town a “go to” place for businesses and visitors.

She has set up initiatives to promote local businesses through innovative competitions at key times (Christmas, half terms).

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Tanya at work

She has produced her own leaflets promoting Alton with its unique history.

While her positive leadership has persuaded others engage in community initiatives, she supports many causes outside the retail sector too, for example, she is a trustee on a local charity.

Her “can do” attitude inspires us all. She is highly motivated and has a lot of self determination. She says “Don’t ask what Alton can do for you but rather what you can do for Alton”.

Tanya was amazed but delighted to have won this award.

15 September Report Back

We are proud of you Alton! Over 60 of you turned out to help us with our Autumn Litter Pick. You were fantastic and all ages took part (see pictures below). The weather was kind and we shifted over 70 bags of rubbish. The main problem was cigarette butts.

There are hotspots and we will tackle the landlords and tenants who are responsible for some of these areas. We shall report these places to the Enforcement Officers at East Hants District Council.

Thanks to the George Pub who provided us with free coffee and to EHDC waste contractors idVerde for the loan of litter pickers and high viz jackets. Richard Wren for the free gloves and Alton Town Council for clearing the rubbish bags. What a team!

Lord Mayor Treloar Hospital Site – Crest Nicholson  Ref: 30021/066

We have strongly objected to this Reserved Matters application to  build 280 houses – the biggest development to hit us yet.  (Click here for our comments in full).  Whilst the developers have responded to some of the problems raised at the June consultation, there are many issues remaining, including:

  • the potential desecration of the butterfly meadows,
  • the idea of a ‘country park’ (a nonsense in our view),
  • a deplorable lack of sustainable energy design, and
  • inadequate pedestrian links.

The deadline for comments has passed.

New Grants Policy

The Alton Society is delighted to announce that it has a new Grants Policy! This is designed to help local organisations promote new projects or support existing ones. It can be used to start up a new group. The criteria is outlined in the Alton Society Grants and you can apply by completing the application form.

Chairman Nicky Branch has been pushing for this: “We have funds available, which can be put to good use in our community. The usual upper limit will be £250 per grant, and the application must tie in with the Society’s aims.  I hope this new community grant will be welcomed and well used.”

A spokesperson for the Society’s Community Group is looking forward to receiving  applications. He added, “In the past we have helped small groups such as Wey Valley Radio to buy equipment, and supported the Friends of Alton Station in trying to save Alton’s historic railway bridge. This new policy will help us decide who needs assistance, and it will guide applicants on what they need to do to apply”.

Other News

Friends of Alton Station

Friends of Alton Station have launched their Phase I  funding target to save our Heritage Footbridge. The target is £170,000.00. The plan is to rescue the bridge, refurbish it and restore it to its former glory. The Society has already made a donation. If you want to help then visit their website and make a donation.

Wey Valley Radio 101.1FM

We support the new community radio station called Wey Valley Radio. We have given a  grant of £200 towards new equipment. WVR broadcasts on 101.1 FM. It features local news, comments and music.  Tuesday morning at 10a.m. is a regular slot for the Alton Society. Tune in and have a listen!

Friends of Flood Meadows – Community Action

Flood Meadows –  Come and join the Friends of Flood Meadows to help with tidying, clearing litter and some maintenance. We meet at the Tanhouse Lane end of the meadows at 10am on the third (3rd) Sunday of the month (next date is 21 October 2018). It is 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 always finish with a coffee or tea and if you are lucky a chocolate biscuit.


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 £12.50p 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.

Alton’s Town Team Matters – Latest

We are delighted to announce that Alton’s High Street has been shortlisted with 26 others for a special category in the Great British High Street Award. The Judges visited us on 25 September 2018. We were chosen to welcome them and to tell them about what we do in the Town and how we work with other community groups to make the Town lively with events and celebrations in the High Street. You can support the Town if you are on Facebook or Twitter. Go to the Great British High St and look up Alton, then vote!

The Town Team is run by Alton Businesses through Alton Matters, Alton Chamber of Commerce and Industry and some individuals who care about the prosperity of our Town including the Alton Society and Alton and District Residents Association.

We recently completed a walk through the Town to check on what needs to be done to ensure we continue to be an attractive destination for visitors. We did this for the first time in August 2017 so we were able to gauge our progress. Missing signs continue to frustrate us but the Business Development manager assures us that these will be sorted very soon. The Bon Bon shop has been sold. We look forward to seeing the plans to develop the site.

Some retail premises need repairs to their frontages and funds to assist them will be available this Autumn. Litter black spots were noted and it may be possible to help some premises by funding cigarette butt bins on their buildings.

We are pushing for the railings on Crown Hill and in Bakers Alley to be repainted. The cover to the walkway between the back of Iceland to Sainsbury’s has (at last!) been cleaned.

As a result of our efforts, BT Openreach carried out a refurbishment of the area of land in front of their building. This is an excellent result and they have been thanked for their efforts.  However the area needs regular maintenance and BT are tackling this.

There is a plan to complete a Business Survey. The idea is to find what works and what doesn’t for Alton’s businesses. We are sure that a number of items will be raised including business rates, car parking charges and rents.

Our objective is to ensure that Alton is an attractive and pleasant Town to visit and spend time in.