Nearly 100 members attended the Autumn Meeting held on 11th October to hear Nick Macfarlane, Countryside and Maintenance Ranger and Volunteer Co-ordinator for Hart District Council, give an excellent presentation on World War II History focussing on local Pillboxes, specifically the one opposite the Phoenix Inn and also REME (Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers) activities on Hazeley Heath. 

Nick is also endeavouring to trace the family of a Canadian Soldier who was stationed around Hartfordbridge and whose monogram can be seen on the bridge.  At the meeting a member said he would ask his father who served alongside the Canadian Batallion and we await further information.

John Sage gave a resume of the progress with the Hartley Wintney Neighbourhood Plan and what we can expect to happen in the coming months.  Revision 8 proposes 3 sites for development comprising 24 dwellings:

Nero Brewery (10), James Farm (West Green Road) (6) and Pools Yard (8).

Other areas included:

Protection of Local Green Spaces 
Protection of Distinctive Views
Maintenance of the Green Gap between Hartley Wintney and Murrell Green
Development of a Design Guide document

To help to ensure that the village continues to reflect it's historical character and style by the use of sympathetic designs, materials and standards to all future new developments or changes to existing buildings.

The remaining activities concerning the Hartley Wintney Neighbourhood Plan are:

Revision 9 under development to reflect recent comments from statutory consultees etc. Subsequent activities are focussed on two more formal statutory consultations prior to formal independent examination
October 2017 – Strategic Environmental Analysis review
November 2017 – Regulation 14 – first formal 6 week consultation
End December – Revisions from Regulation 14
January 2018 – Submission for examination
January  – Second formal 6 week consultation followed by examination
March / April 2018- Examiner's report and consideration of recommendations
April 2018 - Publication of pre-referendum statement
May 2018 - Village referendum

David Turver of We Heart Hart gave an impromptu update on the general planning situation with Hart District Council.  A link to his website is on the Links page.

Nearly 100 members attended the Society’s AGM and Spring Meeting on 24 May 2017 held at the Victoria Hall. This was a near record attendance.

Martin Holmes is continuing as Acting Chairman for the time being, but he would like to step down from this role to undertake other activities for the Society. Two Committee Members have stepped down - Mike Homer who had been on the Committee for 15 years and Susan Band for 22 years. Mike was presented with a bottle of wine and Rupert Band with an orchid to give to Susan. Both have been bestowed with Honorary Membership of the Society.

Lesley Parish and Tim Wood were elected to the Committee.

An excellent PowerPoint presentation was prepared by Tim Wood which included updates on Hart District Council’s Local Plan and current planning issues including Murrell Green, Wintney Court and Causeway Farm Barn.

Following the AGM, Tony and Wendy Heath gave an excellent illustrated presentation on the history of the Wintney Priory.

The Wintney Priory was the first nunnery in Britain to follow the Cistercian Rule. Founded in 1159, it stood where the Internet Car Supermarket stands today, beside the M3. Tony and Wendy Heath’s presentation took you through the history and dissolution of the Priory, the location of the Priory and its buildings. They talked about the people who lived there, their regime and how the nunnery was financed.


A well attended Autumn Meeting was held on 19 October 2016 with 70+ members and guests in attendance.

Martin Holmes, Acting Chairman, gave an update on proposed developments in and near to Hartley Wintney.

Leigh Wallace,a ranger with Hart District Council for over seven years experience, gave a presentation on the importance of Heathland Management of the Hart District Council's site on Hazeley Heath.

Mary Braddock, who has been volunteering with the RSPB for over 23 years, gave a presentation on the 'Land of the Nightjar' and the necessity of managing the heathland and trees to facilitate the habitat of many species of birds, insects, reptiles etc.