Parish Notice Board:

February 2016

Save Money on Your Energy Costs

& Support The Gratton Trust!


If you use bulk LPG or oil HBS Fuels, your local supplier based in Chilbolton, believe they can save you money.
For every BULK LPG household that signs up to a 2 year fixed price contract HBS Fuels will kindly make a £200 donation to The Gratton Trust. In addition they can service LPG & Oil boilers and Aga’s at competitive prices that will also provide a saving.
For further details please contact Barry Childs on 01264 860263 or email on
Be sure to mention The Gratton Trust when you call him!

Live local, buy local, give local!


The Gratton Trust was set up as a charity in 1997 to manage the valuable shared green space known as The Gratton in the heart of Sutton Scotney.


The Gratton Trust is responsible for all day to day maintenance, from cutting the grass to repairing the pavilion and providing playground equipment.  Just to cover annual running costs we need to raise £15,000 each and every year!

February 2016

Fitness training on the Gratton Update 


Winchester City Council has given a grant to The Gratton Trust to provide subsidised training sessions on The Gratton. The first training sessions are now well under way and residents are making the most of their time with Personal Fitness Trainer, Kate Warren. We pay just £10 for the Introductory Course with Kate, which comprises three sessions (1 per week). Following this, we are eligible to join FitCamp – a weekly session for 6 weeks where Kate provides graduated challenges to increase our fitness levels. This course costs just £20. We work at our own pace and if the weather is grim, training is held in the Pavilion. It is great fun as well as being a way to increase fitness and meet new people. So far we have participants ranging in age from their 20s to their 70s. minimum age to take part is 14 years.


New Introductory courses will start on Sunday 21 February – their are 4 different class dates to choose from – see below. To participate you need to sign up to MEETUP which is how we schedule the courses with participants. There is no charge to join MeetUP



Go to This should take you straight our page. Alternatively Google Meetup - the the front page is a search box, enter Gratton Outdoor Fitness Meet Up. When you get to our page, request to join the group, this will then be approved and you will be able to select your training dates by clicking on the relevant dates in the calendar. A summary is given below.


All communication will be done through Meetup.


Dates for the next block of introductory 3 week sessions and FitCamp for those who will have completed their introductory session.


Introductory Sessions - next block will be offered on the following dates:


Class 1 will meet on the following 3 dates:

  • Sunday 21st February 10am

  • Sunday 28th February 10am

  • I will not be here Sunday 6th March - please attend any other session that week

Class 2 will meet on the following dates:

  • Monday 22nd February 8pm

  • Monday 29th February 8pm

  • Monday 7the March 8pm

Class 3 will meet on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 24th February 7pm

  • Wednesday 2nd March 7pm

  • Wednesday 9th March 7pm

Class 4 will meet on the following dates:

  • Thursday 25th February 10am

  • Thursday 3th March 10am

  • Thursday 10th March 10am

Cost of 3 week session - £10 payable in advance or cash/cheque at the start of course You must have completed a 3 week Introductory Course before starting FitCamp.



  • Sunday 21st February 9am to Sunday 3rd April (*trainer away Sunday 5th March)

  • Monday 22nd February 7pm to Monday 28th March


Cost for 6 sessions £20 payable in advance or cash at the start of course Please sign up on the Meet Up calendar to every date in your course e.g. FitCamp for every 6 sessions. Please note there is no refund for missed classes.



The Gratton Trust was set up as a charity in 1997 to manage the valuable shared green space known as The Gratton in the heart of Sutton Scotney.


The Gratton Trust is responsible for all day to day maintenance, from cutting the grass to repairing the pavilion and providing playground equipment.  Just to cover annual running costs we need to raise £15,000 each and every year!

September 2015

Wonston Parish
Affordable Housing Consultation Event


At Victoria Hall

Oxford Road, Sutton Scotney, SO21 3NP


Thursday 22 October 3.30pm-7.00pm


Proposal for new affordable homes for local people together with landscaping on land at Beggars Drove, south of Buddlesgate, Sutton Scotney 



You are invited to drop into this Affordable Housing Consultation Event on a proposal to provide around 15-20 affordable homes for local people on land at Beggars Drove/South of Buddlesgate, Sutton Scotney.


The event has been organised by Wonston Parish Council in partnership with Hampshire Alliance for Rural Affordable Housing, (HARAH) whose members include Winchester City Council, Hampshire County Council, Hyde Housing Association and the Rural Housing Enablers at Action Hampshire.


HARAH provides affordable homes for local people in villages across Hampshire. Since 2005, 365 homes have been completed in 36 rural parishes across Hampshire.



In recent years house prices have increased rapidly, particularly in rural areas. This has resulted in many local people being unable to afford to buy or rent a home in the village or rural town in which they grew up or work and as a result have had to leave to find cheaper, suitable accommodation elsewhere. The Parish Council and HARAH are proposing to provide some, much needed affordable homes, to ensure local people can stay within Wonston Parish.


There are a significant number of people on Winchester City Council’s Housing Register, Hampshire Home Choice who have indicated that they have a strong local connection to Wonston parish and are in need of affordable housing. The Parish Council has been working with the Rural Housing Enabler and Winchester City Council over the last year to try to identify a suitable “Exception Site”. (Exception sites can only be developed for residential use as an exception to planning policy. Under the policy the homes must be affordable, they must be provided for local people and they must remain so in perpetuity).


We would welcome your views and look forward to discussing the project with you. Representatives from Winchester City Council, Hyde Housing Association, the Rural Housing Enabler and Wonston Parish Council will be present to answer any questions.


If you are in housing need and have a strong local connection to Wonston Parish, but have not registered your housing need, we will provide information on how to do so at the consultation event.


No formal plans have been prepared and no decisions have yet been made about what such a scheme should include. At this stage HARAH, working in close partnership with Wonston Parish Council – would like to hear your views about what is important to you and what you would wish to see in this development.


Please drop in and make your comments on this important and exciting development proposal for the parish. We look forward to seeing you there.


May 2015

Victoria Hall Clock Winding


Good news!

A volunteer has come forward to take over the duties of winding the tower-clock, installed in 1902. A warm welcome is given to Mick Hill and grateful thanks are extended to James Day for the friendly and reliable service he has given for the past five years.

An external notice board, kindly made by Ernie Knight of Wonston, has been erected by the front door of the Hall. This beautifully crafted board is a good addition to the building and Ernie’s work is much appreciated.

The Hall is most fortunate in the number of volunteers and supporters who contribute to its maintenance and running.

Sue Lane, trustee & secretary.



December 2014


October 2014

Weedcutting on the Rivers Test and Itchen 2015



We are the organisation that works for the riparian owners and users of the river to protect and preserve the rivers Test and Itchen and their tributaries.


One of our duties is to agree dates with the Environment Agency when weed growing in the river can be legally cut and allowed to float downstream. Without this agreement, it would be against the law to cut the weed and allow it to drift freely. The weed would have to be removed by the person cutting it and disposed of in an appropriate manner. As you may be aware weedcutting is a necessary part of river management and has been practised on these rivers for centuries.


The majority of the people involved in this activity are members of the Association and receive this information directly from us. However we are aware that some smaller riparian owners are not members. We have therefore posted the attached dates and notes:




If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Jacqui Williams (Mrs)




The Test & Itchen Association Ltd

Kimbridge Lane, Kimbridge,

Romsey, Hampshire SO51 0LE.


01794 341874


October 2014

There is a vacancy on your Parish Council



If you are interested in finding out more about this interesting role in your community please contact:


Jocelyn Jenkins

Parish Clerk

34 Bramble Hill

Chandlers Ford


SO53 4TP


or telephone: 02380 266714


An election is not necessary, you can very simply be co-opted onto the Council.


The Council meets on the second Wednesday of each month at the Victoria Hall, Sutton Scotney at 7.30pm and you are very welcome to attend a meeting and see how the Council operates.


A copy of this notice has been sent to the Returning Officer at:

The City Offices, Colebrook Street, Winchester SO23 9LJ



July 2014

Shared ownership properties for sale

at Hookpit Farm Lane, Kings Worthy

November 2013



Aster Living can provide a value for money and trusted handyman service to get those jobs around the house done. We provide a subsidised handyperson service right across Hampshire for anyone over the age of 55, or anyone who has a disability (including families with children with disabilities).

We've been commissioned to provide this service by Hampshire County Council, together with Eastleigh Borough Council, Fareham Borough Council, Rushmoor Borough Council and Hart District Council.

Our service includes carpentry, minor plumbing and electrical works, plastering and minor adaptations.

The subsidised hourly rates for labour (including VAT) are £12 if the customer gets a means tested benefit and £18 if they don’t. 

All materials are charged at cost.  All our team are fully trained and DBS (used to be called CRB) checked. And our service is accredited by Foundations Trustmark.

Call: 0800 694 0303

November 2013


Food & Friendship have published their first newsletter, which you can read here.


Food and Friendship is a free of charge service available to Meals on Wheels customers who would like a regular visit from a friendly volunteer around mealtimes. The service has been supported by District Councils and is available in the Wonston area.


For more information, see the Hampshire Age Concern site.



October 2013

July 2013