Home Boost
Ribbon has been cut on 12 new homes at North Whiteley as part of Winchester City Council’s mission to support access to good quality affordable homes in the district. Each of the homes are highly energy efficient.

Floating Home
The Water Lily House can now be launched off the drawing board. The unique design
being floated on a disused reservoir near Alresford was rejected by WCC but got the green light after appeal.


A new McDonald’s restaurant creating more than 100 jobs has opened at Liphook Services off the A3 and includes dine-in, takeaway, drive-thru and delivery services through Deliveroo.

Boundary Shake-up
Plans are being drawn up to remove the Meon Valley constituency. Boundary Commission has launched
a public consultation. Most of the area will be included in Winchester constituency, with the southern area, including Wickham, going to Fareham. Final proposals will be put to parliament by 1 July.

Commons Tour
Young voters of the future were given an insight into the workings of the House of Commons when Meon
Valley MP, Flick Drummond, took nine pupils from Swanmore College on a tour, including sitting in the Commons’ public gallery.

Publishing Tracks
A book celebrating the Watercress Line, New Alresford, including 120 photographs, which were previously almost entirely unpublished, has rolled off the presses. It covers the line’s history from when it was bought from British Railways in 1975.

Slice of the Business Action
A butcher, who began as a 14-year-old Saturday girl and has been in the trade for more than 20 years, has set up her own business near Alresford. Emily McInnes has launched McInnes Meats at a unit in Bramdean.

Tick Tock
Winchester’s Deputy Mayor, Cllr Angela Clear, unveiled the refurbished and enhanced clock in Alresford by tapping the ancient timepiece with a ceremonial staff of the Bailiffs of Alresford, who had run the Town until the Reform Acts of 1882.

Thursday Boogie
Dance fitness classes are being held in Bishop’s Waltham on the first and third Thursdays of the month. Thursday Boogie takes place in St Peter’s Church Hall, from 2pm-4pm, costing £2 per session or £8 for the term.
Contact: fancyabop@gmail.com.

Bishop’s Bloom
Bishop’s Waltham in Bloom is looking to recruit two or three people to share the watering of
the floral displays in the town centre for around two hours a day from mid-May until October.
Email ian.leesmith@btinternet.com

Skate Park
Bishop’s Waltham Parish Council is inviting tenders to design a skate park on the existing skate park land in Priory Park. Full details are available at www.bishopswaltham-pc.gov.uk