Village Hall car park closure Saturday 7th May

Meon Valley Beekeepers Association would like to advise residents that the Village Hall car park will not be accessible on Saturday 7th May as they are holding their annual auction in the hall and on the field.

Members will be setting up for the event from early morning with the auction starting at midday.

The auction is a public event and refreshments will be on sale.

Greatham Environment Day

A group of volunteers recently organised an Environment Day in the village and have asked us to share their report here. Thank you to everyone who took part.

ALL ABOUT HELPING THE ENVIRONMENT

On Saturday 2nd April, in the field at Greatham Village Hall, groups met and exchanged ideas on ways to help nature and mitigate the effects of climate change.

Despite quite a chilly wind various tents were set up to exchange ideas about how we can have a better impact on the environment.      .

The Petersfield Beekeepers were ready to talk about honey bees and how they are cared for, with their observation hive allowing you to see the activity within their home. But there is more than just the honey bee out there and what you can do to help the multitude of different pollinators was a main theme.

The Selborne Landscape Partnership set up a stall showing what the local group of farms are doing to preserve hedges, plant trees, sustain cover for wildlife etc.  It was good to see part of Greatham so closely linked to this with the Selborne Estate bordering the village to the north, and the Mombers’ farm in the west of the village along Snailing Lane.

Greatham Village Hall Committee had a display explaining their 10-point plan for the field, giving visitors an opportunity to come and look at where the wildflower meadow would go, the pond & biodiversity area and the plan for a community orchard. Also, the plan to mount solar panels on the hall roof.

There was a Tree Warden stall with details of tree planting in the village since the Millennium and more recent hedge planting schemes at the Primary School, and around the boundary of St John the Baptist Church and in St John’s Trust Field. There was lots of debate around the new recommendations not to cut hedges every year, and agreement as to the importance of not cutting hedges at the same height every time.  There was also enthusiasm for hedge laying and it is hoped that this is something we could see more of in Greatham in the future.

Phil Beenham, a natural gardener, was on hand to talk about using an eco friendly scythe to manage wildflowers in gardens and meadows, as he has for a decade now for local villagers and notably at the Gilbert White gardens in Selborne. Sadly the grass was not long enough to do an effective demonstration so he sharpened (peened) his blades in preparation. Some of the areas Phil will be using a scythe where possible will be the newly designated areas for wildflower cultivation in the village.

St John’s Field Trust had a stall showing the wildflower projects, and how they constructed a pond for wildlife and sloping shards.  Tree planting in the field had also been organised by groups of volunteers with help from Hope Church and student volunteers from L’Abri at the Manor House.

There was a display of photographs of all the wildflowers identified and recorded in Greatham’s Old Churchyard, which had been beautifully put into an album by Barbara Cope – a wonderful record of just how many species we already have in this special corner of the village!

Cllr Adam Carew, Chairman of EHDC, and one of our District Councillors, attended and shared his expertise about ecology on a stand with Greatham parish councillor Susie Harris who has been working with him on a pollinator project through the village.  For those not aware of this project, this should help to explain why some of the verges have not been cut!   The cutting regime is changing and certain grass verges will now be designated as wildflower verges to help attract pollinators through the village.

There were also stands demonstrating how solar panels would work, with Olly Rook offering technical expertise on how to design and install a solar panel system on home projects. Ed Dale-Harris, architect, had examples of construction using natural materials such as sheep’s wool, wood fibre and local      green timber, as well as advising people how to retrofit their homes for a better planet and personal well being. Wider discussions around sustainable designs, permaculture and regenerative      living including composting, rainwater and veg growing.

PECAN, Petersfield climate awareness network, gave information about ways of retrofitting houses to save energy.

Lots of children were around, many enjoying Ken Cope’s clay workshop for children using local clay from Church Field.

And all this was going on outside the hall, while inside the green fingers of Greatham’s flower growers were celebrating their fine displays and taking home prizes.

With many thanks for all who contributed, and those who came along to have a look. And special thanks to Ken Cope and Dorry Macaulay for adding to it all with their beautiful live music.

If you are interested in hearing more about future events of this sort, or have ideas about what could be done in the village, or if you would like to have your name added to a list of those interested in GREENING GREATHAM, please contact either Anne-Chantal Ballard on 01420 538315 or or Anna Dale-Harris on 01420 538 029 or email .

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Newsletter

Please download our latest newsletter using the link below.

April 2022 GPC Newsletter FINAL (1)

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who attended our Annual Parish Meeting held last Saturday, we were delighted to see so many of you there.
We asked you before the meeting to nominate people who deserve a thank you for something they have done that has made a difference to the community over the last two years, and we also have plenty of people we want to thank ourselves.
Please see the short video below for those nominated. A heartfelt thank you to you all!

Apple Pie Depot, Community Consultation

You may well have heard, or seen, previous information about the proposals for the redevelopment of Apple Pie Depot adjoining Longmoor Road.
The parish council have met with the developer and urged them to provide Greatham residents with an opportunity to view the plans in detail.
Equation Properties Limited are going to present their updated proposals to the community on Friday 22nd April, 12-3pm at the Village Hall. This is a drop-in event and we would urge everyone to go along if they can.
Equation Longmoor Invite

Equation Longmoor Invite

Roadworks on Longmoor Road starting 3rd February 2022

We have been notified by Hampshire Highways that roadworks will be taking place on Longmoor Road starting on 3rd February and lasting up to 3 days between the hours of 9am-4.30pm.
The work involves carriageway surface repairs in localised areas along Longmoor Road in preparation for proposed surface treatment during 2022.
Highways have advised that while the works are carried out, the road will be closed to vehicular traffic. Access for residents and businesses will be maintained wherever possible. Pedestrian access will always be available.
In order for the work to be completed as quickly as possible, Highways have asked that no vehicles are parked on the road on the days of the work.
Vehicles left on the road preventing the works taking place, face the risk of being removed.
Any questions about the works should be directed to:
E-Mail:
Call: 0300 555 1388

Greatham Amicable Charity

This Charity was established many years ago specifically to provide financial assistance to those in need who live in the Parish of Greatham. We can typically help with:

  • paying bills
  • food vouchers
  • urgent repair or replacement of domestic items
  • school uniforms and school trips
  • unexpected or essential unaffordable expenses

There may also be other circumstances where the Charity can assist someone on a limited income.

Making an application – either for yourself or on behalf of someone else – is simple and it will be considered quickly and confidentially. The Greatham Amicable Charity is committed to being as inclusive and accessible as possible.

Application forms can be supplied in hard copy or electronic form and help is available to complete them if required. For further details and an application form, please contact Sarah Bettin – Trust Secretary – at 07721 646831 or

Alternatively, the application form can be downloaded using the link below:

GAC Application Form

£10,000 secured by parish council for traffic calming

We are delighted to let residents know that we have secured £10,000 funding from the South Downs National Park Authority to be used for highway improvements in Greatham.
We have been working closely with the Highways authority for many months on various traffic calming measures for the village and will be consulting with residents in the next few weeks to find out what you think about the various options proposed.
To find out how to get involved in the consultation, please watch out for updates here or message us via our contact page to be added to our mailing list to receive regular updates.

Greatham Parish Council objects to nursery site application

Greatham Parish Council’s Planning Committee recently met to agree their response to the latest planning application for 37 houses on the nursery site on Petersfield Road. The committee listened to residents views about the application before agreeing their response.

The committee agreed to object to the application as it failed to meet policies contained with the South Downs National Park Local Plan.

The full parish council response can be found in the attached document. GPC Objection Nursery Site planning application SDNP-21-04848-FUL 281021

Are you interested in trees?

We are looking to appoint a number of tree wardens in the village and are seeking suitable people who are willing to get involved in the local community.
Tree wardens are the eyes and ears of their neighbourhood and will be the focal point for any issues. They will act as the link on tree matters between the community and the parish council and can be the catalyst for getting tree projects started and supported.
Tree wardens are not expected to be experts and training will be given.
Many wardens combine tree warden responsibilities with another activity such as walking their dog so it should not take up too much of your time.
The main characteristics are looking for are:
🌳 Being professional and understanding that sometimes trees have to be removed for safety reasons
🌳 Genuinely caring for the environment and the trees in it
🌳 Be willing to learn and able to deal with people at all levels
🌳 Have a basic knowledge of trees
🌳 There is no age limit
Our tree wardens will get involved in any planting schemes, map trees in the village, offer an opinion to the parish council if work to trees is required and gather information about our trees.
If you are interested, please contact the parish clerk in the first instance by emailing or call 07873 891351.