Good News! anyone aged 65 and over in Hampshire, who is registered with a GP, now automatically qualifies for a New Hampshire Fire and Rescue Safe and Well Visit. which is designed to help you stay safe in your home for longer.

This free home safety visit will be arranged with you in advance, so the will be no surprises when a uniformed member of Hampshire Fire and Rescue (HFRS) calls at your door. He, or She, will talk with you about what it is like living in your home and carry out a Home Safety check to reduce the risk of fire and accidents.  They can even fit some equipment there and then, if required.

HFRS can provide free of charge:

a custom made information pack

install new and check existing smoke alarms.

advise on where to get additional help if needed.

Over the next few months, members of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service will be visiting this area to carry out home visits, you may also find your local Village Agent accompanying them. If you are contacted about a visit, you have nothing to lose, and much to gain, by making an appointment!

Bob is the Village Agent for Burghclere. Village Agents are volunteers for Age Concern Hampshire who can help older people to find information and services in their local community, such as, on finding help around the home or garden, or getting about.

If you are someone who would benefit from a Safe and well Visit, or you know someone who would benefit, or you just want to know more about how your Village Agent can help you, the please call Bob on 07831 430 890 or ring

Age Concern Hampshire on 0800 328 7154. Alteratively, if you would like to know more about Safe and Well Visits, then call HFRS on 023 8062 6751 and ask for the Community Fire Safety Team, or visit their website, 


Are you seeking advice or information

Just tell me what advice or information you need and

I will do my best to to help you find it .

Just call Bob on 07831 430 890


















Our lady Hand bell ringers are from left to right: Barbara Hogan,Rachel Santer, Jackie Appleford, Sue Melville,

Mary Cornwall, Gillian Shillito, Pauline Mant, Chris Starkey and Claire Owen.





A very pleasant evening enjoyed by Burghclere's Bowlers at

The Woodpecker Inn







7.30  -  9.30


If we can do and enjoy, I'm sure you could too!

Just turn up on a Wednesday evening and you'll be made very welcome











News from the Villages is the Parish Magazine and covers all the Villages in our area
Namely, Burghclere Newtown, Ecchinswell, Bishops Green, Sydmonton and Old Burghclere.
 It is delivered to 640 households by volunteers
It is published 11 times a year, and with a fair wind, should arrive on your doormat on the first of the month, excluding August.  In it, you can find all sorts of infomation, from diary dates  of jumble sales, concerts, meetings and other events, to reports of the goings on at Parish Council meetings in the villages and of organisations like th WI and local schools.  There is also the Noticeboard with, for example, Karate classes, or a lost cat, keys found or personal messages.
In the middle of the magazine is a list of the church services taking place in the three parish churches, and in side the front cover is a list of telephone numbers of people and organizations round the parish. Towards the back is a section called trading post where you might read about a babysitter, or someone wanting to find a gardener. If you need something, or want to sell something, you can let the editor know and put in your own (free) ad.There is also a wealth of commercial advertising, so you can leaf through and find the number of your local cab firm, builders, MP, the pub, shrub nursery, milkman, joiner or toddler group.
There are lots of other bits and pieces in the magazine: Nature Notebook, Gardening Notes, local history and, sometimes,a seasonal recipe. What you see in the magazine depends largely on what is happening and who has sent something in  contributions and suggestions are very welcome. Ideally, please contact the editor, or send in contributions by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
It is much better if copy is sent electronically as that minimises the chance for errors to creep in.  You can also telephone Susan on: 278 295 if you would like to discuss a contribution or to receive "News from the Villages".
A years subscription will cost £3.50