Tuesday, 28 November 2017


Christmas is really coming and excitement is mounting!  The Events Team have again built a grotto in the library.  Bring the children and experience the winter wonderland and visit Father Xmas in his house.  £2 a child and they receive a wrapped gift and chocolate.  BIG BIG thank you to volunteers, library staff and men's shed for building this magical kingdom!

Monday, 27 November 2017


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For a few years there has been talk of redeveloping Wellington Way.  There is going to be a consultation in Waterlooville library on some of the proposals.  So if you do not want a 9 storey block (height of church!) to be built consisting of studio flats with little parking then this is the time to make your views known!  The following was posted on facebook by Havant Borough Council, so just in case you missed it here it is again.
  1. In May of this year a Development Consultation Forum was held at the council in relation to the partial re-development of Wellington Way Shopping Centre
  2. We have been informed that the development team are now carrying out their own additional Public Consultation at the Waterlooville Library from Wednesday 29 November to 3 December inclusive. It is understood that members of the applicant’s development team will be available to discuss the proposals on the afternoons of 29-30 November and 1 December.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017


What a fantastic effort from the staff at J Edwards and Co-operative Funeral care, who raffled 2 luxury hampers, a bottle hamper and a sweet hamper, as well as selling mulled wine and mince pies to all  at the Xmas event.. They managed to raise an enormous £197 which goes back into the Events Team, allowing us to put on more FREE events for the local community. Well done everyone! Were you the lucky winner???


The Christmas Event may be over but there is lots more happening in Waterlooville. Thursday is the monthly cinema 'Viceroys House' 7.30 in the St Georges Hall. Then it will be the monthly Car Boot sale in the Precinct on Sunday 3 December and then the Christmas Grotto in the library. Keep looking for more information. All these put on by the volunteers of the Events team.

Monday, 20 November 2017


While some towns moan that council cuts mean they have no Christmas Lights – Waterlooville came together this weekend to create a great event to switch theirs on.
So many people gave their time for nothing:

  • ·         10 acts performed on stage in the cold (and rain at the start of the day)
  • ·         TS Tenacity led the lantern parade and the police and air cadets provided the marshalls
  • ·         The Rotary club sent Santa and his fantastic light up sleigh (and the donkeys came!)
  •         Princesses from Princess Party Entertainment and Friends provided photo opportunities
·        And, of course, the volunteers from the Waterlooville Events team were on their feet for 9 hours (in addition to the months of work planning the event) to make sure it went as smoothly as possible.
Local Businesses played their part:

  • ·         Leaders Estate agents paid for all our advertising
  • ·         O2 sponsored 2 of the workshops for children to make their lanterns for the parade
  • ·         24 local businesses made a donation towards the cost of installing the lights
  • ·         Clinton Electrics went the extra mile and spent far more time than budgeted for to install the lights.
  • ·         We Big Local sponsored a Lantern Workshop
  • ·         Profile productions gave us a very generous discount on the stage. 
  • ·         and we must not forget Wilko who donated all the batteries for the lights
We had tremendous support from the council employees to help us through the nightmare of documentation and rules.  Individual councillors also gave us some of their personal grant allowance towards two  extra lantern workshops and the cost of installation.  

We hope to increase the number of lights every year subject to attracting the funds to buy them. Things can always  be improved so give us feedback for next year.   
Overall the Waterlooville Community came together and nearly 1000 people enjoyed the entertainment and the switch on.   Waterlooville should be very proud!

Thank you to Archibald &Edwards for photo

Sunday, 19 November 2017


Do you want free children's activities at the 2018 Waterlooville Summer Fete?

If so the Waterlooville Events Team needs your help!  It will not cost you a penny just 5 minutes of your time.

We estimate over 2000 of you attended our Summer Fete this year (hopefully you all enjoyed it), many of you will have taken advantage of our free children's activities. We provided Samba and Circus workshops, a mobile farm, giant bubbles and laser quest - all completely free of charge, allowing you to entertain your children without breaking the bank. 
We managed to do this with a grant of £1000 from Hampshire Country Council and the support of other organisations such as the Peter Ashley Activity Centre.
We would like to provide something similar for 2018 so we have applied for £1000 from the Aviva Community fund.  When voting ends Tuesday (21st November) lunchtime the 180 'projects' with the highest number of votes will be awarded £1000.
It is impossible to tell how many votes we will need but at the moment we only have just over 800 which we believe will not be enough.  Each person gets 10 votes to cast so this means that less than 100 people in Waterlooville have voted for us.
It takes only a few minutes and despite having to register you will not receive lots of spam (I have not received a single email from them).
There are a number of worthwhile causes in the area competing for votes so if you have already voted for another project we quite understand but PLEASE do not let us loose this money due to apathy.
We can hardly expect the other Hampshire council tax payers to subsidise our event again next year if we have not done everything we can to get the money from a commercial organisation such as Aviva.
Please can you take 5  minutes to register and vote for us by doing the following:
Go to and register at Aviva.co.uk/community-fund
* Press 'Vote now'
* Search for 'Waterlooville Events Team'
* Give us up to 10 votes
Please ignore the message that seems to imply voting has closed - this is just for 'projects' that already have 1000 votes.
If you are worried about registering you only need to give your email, name and date of birth and in the 2 weeks since voting opened no one I know has received any unwanted emails.

Friday, 17 November 2017


Look out for the blue sticker in Waterlooville shops to show that they have supported the Events Team, Waterlooville and community by contributing towards the cost of the installation of the lights.
Come and enjoy the event tomorrow (18th) from 11am in the morning when the stage bursts into life.  Entertainment right though till 6pm. Also the craft stalls, hog roast, lantern making, donkeys, dressing up and of course the lantern procession led by the marching band of HMS Tenacity.  Then the big switch on at 5.30pm (after the carol singing!!).
Support all the efforts by the volunteers to bring the community together.  See you there.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017


The Waterlooville Christmas Event has some amazing entertainment.  A whole programme on the stage from 11.15am till 6pm.  One of the acts is the Nick Chandler Band.  They really will get your feet tapping.  Come and see them at midday.  Nick Chandler Band

But don't miss the Rock Project, Bloke Zone and all the others.  Watch for details.

Monday, 13 November 2017


The Christmas event on Saturday (18th) is going to be so exciting. It all kicks off from 11.15 in the morning when the entertainment starts on the stage. Bands, singers, dancers it will all be happening. Plus the lantern making, bubbles, hog roast, craft stalls and of course SANTA and don't forget the Donkeys!! Watch for more details of the acts. Come and support your favourites.on Saturday

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Waterlooville Christmas Lights

At last full approval has been received from Scottish and Southern Electric (SSE)  and also from Hampshire County Council.  There will be lights in Waterlooville.  The motifs will be on the lamp posts, or lighting columns as they are now known, and lights in the Christmas tree with the star on the top and battery powered lights in many of the trees.  Many businesses are contributing to the cost of the installation of the lights - £1900!!!  Also a big thank you to our county councillors and ward councillors who have also contributed to the cost.
The volunteers of the Events team are working hard to make the switch on special at the Christmas event.

Make sure you come to the Christmas Event - Saturday 18 November.  Lots happening throughout the day.  Watch for more information.

See you then!!


A really big thank you to everyone who turned up to the Friends of Park Wood (FoPW) Special Meeting last Thursday or who sent in emails with their comments beforehand. It was an amazing show of interest in, and concern about, Park Wood.

The consensus was that the current proposed Third Party Agreement cannot be signed by the FOPW in its present state as elements are missing, including policies (which have to be followed) and actual (as opposed to potential) permitted activities.

The outcome was an overwhelming mandate by members for the committee to work on an amended Third Party Agreement with the Woodland Trust. Once the outstanding policies, plans and information on processes are received and activities confirmed, then the FOPW will sign the agreement.

Please watch for more updates on this blog or on the Park Wood website.    Park Wood

Wednesday, 1 November 2017


Remember to come to the meeting about the future of this pretty wood on
THURSDAY 2 NOVEMBER7.30PM  in the Baptist Church, London Road, Waterlooville.
Want more information then check out the web site  PARK WOOD


Business meetings every 2 months have been held in Waterlooville for the last year.  At the last meeting in September it was decided to open up the meetings to the local residents as well as businesses as it was an opportunity for the people who live in Waterlooville to find out more about what is going on...BAE site and leisure facilites;  Wellington Way; cycle paths; shops closing; improve pavillion in the Jubilee park  etc etc.  All those things people talk about.  Come along to the next meeting and ask those questions and push for answers.  For too long Waterlooville has been very quiet perhaps this is the time to push the council.  Your local ward councillors will be there as well as council officers and cabinet members.  The next meeting is on:
St Georges Church Hall 
Tell your friends and bring them along