South East Water announces Temporary Use (Hosepipe) Ban from Friday 12 August

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Responsible Financial Officer sought by Binsted Parish Council (Hampshire)

Note the terms for this ad have been updated – Wanted an experienced Bookkeeper / Accountant to manage Binsted Parish Council’s finances and generally assist the Parish Clerk of this sizeable parish, covering a large rural area set within two local authorities (East Hampshire District Council and South Downs National Park).  Deadline for applications is August 8th.

Part time (10 hrs per week). Salary range £7.8 – £8.6 p.a. (£29 – £32k FTE) depending on qualifications and experience.



Blacknest Fields Midsummer Community Picnic

Everyone is welcome to join the Blacknest Fields Midsummer Community Picnic, at Blacknest Fields on Thursday June 23rd from 6pm. Bring something to eat and drink, and a rug or festival chair, and join this very informal community picnic, to celebrate midsummer and new public access to this parish council rewilding site. There will be children’s activities and Erica from ‘Hive Helpers’ is organising a honey tasting for us. If you have young children, you can park on-site; otherwise parking is at the carpark of the Jolly Farmer pub in Blacknest, which is nearby. If the weather is wet, the event will go ahead (with the honey-tasting!) indoors, in the Jolly Farmer Skittles Alley. Email if you need directions or more info.

Rowledge School – Platinum Jubilee Picnic

Rowledge school held a picnic on May 27th to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The Binsted Parish Council has given medals to all children in the Parish
(Rowledge School and Binsted School). Medals have the official motif on them
with Binsted Parish Council engraved on the back.


Grant Applications

Why not apply for a grant from Binsted Parish Council?

Each year, Binsted Parish Council sets aside £5,000 to share to award as small grants to local organisations, for activities that benefit people living in the parish. These grants are sometimes known as ‘Section 137’ grants, in reference to the section of the Local Government Act through which they are allowed.

The deadline for applying for this year’s grants is 31 May 2022. Applications are open to any organisation that contributes to the community, including community associations, clubs and local branches of charitable organisations. Individuals and commercial organisations are not eligible.

To apply, Use this New-Grant-Form-Jan-22, and email the completed application to by 31 May. Applications will be considered at our Full Council meeting in June.

Past Awards. Under this scheme, grants were awarded in 2021/22 to:

Home Start Hampshire

Citizens Advice East Hampshire

Holy Cross Church Binsted

Victim Support

Bentley and Binsted Magazine

St James Church Rowledge

Binsted’s celebrations for H.M. the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Some lovely summer events are being planned across the parish to commemorate H.M. the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee:

Binsted’s main community event is the Jubilee Beacon Hogroast & Fireworks, being held at Binsted Recreation Ground on Thursday 2 June, 17:0022:30.

            From 17:00: Family Fun & Entertainment with a Hog Roast (including veggie/vegan options.)    Tickets are available from Fete Committee – £10/adult (pre-booked) or £12/adult (on day); £5/child (pre-booked) or £7/child (on day); Under 5s free.   Use Ticket Order   to book tickets in advance.

The email contact for any other enquiries to team organising June jubilee beacon event and the July fete is

            At 21:45: Binsted’s Official Jubilee Beacon Bonfire will be lit, followed by fireworks. (Entry after      21:00 is free, for the Beacon and Fireworks only.)

Other Jubilee events being held in Binsted parish include:

Friday 27 May Binsted School‘s Whole School Picnic.

Friday 27 May Rowledge School’s Victorian Street Party (also the school’s 150th anniversary.)

Thursday 2 June, 12:0016:00 Rowledge Village Fayre, at Rowledge Recreation Ground.

Friday 3 June, 13:00 onwards Isington Jubilee ‘Street’ Party, at Lady Fraser’s field. £15/head.

Saturday 4 June, from 15:30Frith End’s Tea Party.

Saturday 4 June, 14:0018:00 Bucks Horn Oak’s Jubilee Street Party.

Sunday 5 June, 12:0012:45 Rowledge Service of Thanksgiving.

Sunday 5 June, 13:0016:00 Rowledge Platinum Picnic – with live music and family-friendly games.

11-12 JuneFlower festival in Holy Cross Church, Binsted.

2 July, 13:0016:00 Binsted Fete and Flower Show, at Binsted Recreation Ground, Jubilee-themed.

Neighbouring parishes are also holding events: our Queen’s Platinum Jubilee webpage give an overview of events at Bentley, Dockenfield, Froyle, Frensham and Holybourne.

If you’re organising a Jubilee event in Binsted parish and would like us to include it on our website, just email the details to:

Binsted Eco Network


New hedge marks Blacknest Fields’ new role for nature recovery

Two successful community hedge planting afternoons enabled over 70m of new hedging to be planted at the parish council’s Blacknest Fields last week. The hedge, funded by the Tree Council’s Branching Out Fund, marks the first step in transforming the fields, previously used only for horse grazing, into a site for nature recovery and community green space.

The events were organised by the Binsted Eco Network, in collaboration with Binsted Tree Warden, Ben Hamlin. Volunteers came from both the parish and further afield, and involved children from pre-school, home school, Binsted Primary School, Rowledge Primary School and Lord Wandsworth College.

The Tree Council’s Branching Out Fund specifically focuses on involving UK schools, community groups and Tree Warden networks in the planting of plant trees, hedges and orchards, through projects involving young people.

“The children involved worked really hard to plant the new mixed native hedge, and everyone also had fun building dens, and making ‘dead hedges’ to provide habitat for insects and beetles,” explained Sarah-Jane Womersley, one of the event organisers. “The unexpected spring sunshine made everyone smile, too!”



The collection for Ukraine in conjunction with Alton Community Centre and Petersfield was an over whelming success.  Donations poured into the Pavilion, filling the small room and most of the main centre. Councillors loaded everything into a van and cars.  Alton had taken drop off earlier in the day but by evening they were overloaded.  So our Councillors headed to Petersfield Community Centre and helped boxing up donations and loading trucks that were heading to Polish Ukrainian migrant camps.  A big thanks to the local community and their friends who gathered together such generous donations to provide  help that is so desperately needed.

Polite reminder about Dog Foul – It is an offence not pick it up!

It is an offence not to clean up after your dog has fouled.  If you do not clear up your dogs waste you could be liable to prosecution and face a fine!

Dog waste is associated with a number of diseases including Toxocariasis.  Toxocara is a roundworm commonly found in dogs.  Eggs can pose a heath risk if they come into contact with the mouth, particularly to small children causing stomach upsets, sore throat, asthma and in some cases blindness.  The eggs remain active in the soil for years, long after any dog waste has weathered away.

The Parish Council would like to remind everyone its every owners duty to clean up after their dog.  There are no excuses.  Fouling is unacceptable.

We would remind you to always carry a few bags with you to pick up the waste and then place it in one of the bins.  If you are caught short without a bag at the Recreation Ground there is a spade kept at the back of the Pavilion to pick it up.

It is an offence not to pick up the waste on all land, both public and private to which the public has access: Highways (including private roads), footways, open spaces, playing fields / public parks, verges, play areas, canal towpaths, public footpaths, bridleways and adjoining verges.  Some areas exempt are: Road & adjoining land with a speed limit of more than 40mph, woodland or agricultural land, marshland, moor or heath and rural common land.

Please pick it up!  The Council will actively enforce this as it has become particularly unacceptable along The Street and most days at The Recreation Ground.

Thank you