Old Basing and Lychpit Parish


After 3 years the Parish Council finally achieved its aim of installing adult fitness equipment on the recreation ground in Old Basing with the help of a grant from the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund. Parish Councillor and former owner of Girlzone Fitness Centre Vera Riley-Shaw took on the task of applying for funding and obtaining evidence of need to meet the stringent Big Lottery Fund requirements. Using her experience in the fitness industry Vera chose six items of equipment - a pull down challenger, seated leg press, double air walker, big shoulder wheel, double cross country skier and an arm and pedal bike – selected to provide an all-round workout.

Basingstoke MP, Maria Miller, Parish Councillors and local residents gathered on the recreation ground in Old Basing on a surprisingly warm Saturday in December to officially open the new outdoor adult gym equipment area. Mrs Miller said this was the first of this type of facility in her constituency and it was a fitting addition to the other facilities available. She then joined others in trying out the equipment and, despite being installed at the start of winter, the equipment has seen regular use and it is hoped that adults both young and old will take full advantage of this free gym facility. Our cover shows photos of taken at the Official Opening.


A second defibrillator has now been installed outside the Lychpit Community Hall meaning that both Old Basing and Lychpit residents have this potentially life-saving equipment in close proximity, the other is located outside the Parish Office on the recreation ground in Old Basing. The Parish Council would again like to thank County Councillor Elaine Still for contributing towards the cost of both defibrillators. The equipment is registered with the emergency authorities and to access the equipment the user should call 999 and will then be given a pass code to free the machine from its case. Automated instructions then talk the user through the correct procedure.


(L-R: Borough and Parish Councillor Sven Godesen; County Councillor Elaine Still; Freya Chocolate Rabbit; Ralph Walnut Squirrel; Parish Clerk Sandra Tuck; Parish Councillor Kerry-Ann Chamberlain. Photo: Tony Tuck.

In November Old Basing won a national competition to be twinned with ‘Sylvanian Village’, the fictional world within the Sylvanian Families toy range. The competition was organised to mark the 30th anniversary of this iconic 1980s toy – and a special ‘twinning’ ceremony took place at Old Basing Infant School.

Over 1,300 fans across the UK voted for the village that they would like to see ‘twinned’ with Sylvanian Village. Entry requirements included: a picturesque village with a school, set in a rural area near woodland, with a friendly, caring community. After initial nominations were sent in, a shortlist of 12 villages was drawn up and fans were able to vote for their favourite via the Sylvanian Families official social media channels. With only a week to go before voting closed at the end of July, Old Basing and Overton battled it out for the title with Old Basing emerging victorious with over 600 votes (44%), while Overton came a close second with just over 500 votes (37%). Yatton, near Bristol, came third with nearly 100 votes (7%).

Old Basing Infant School received 30 Sylvanian Families toy sets, a year’s free membership to the Sylvanian Families Premium Fan Club for its pupils, plus an additional £500 worth of toys to sell at its village fete to raise money for the school.


The Annual Parish Award is presented by the Parish Council to a parishioner who has been nominated by local residents or groups in recognition of his or her outstanding voluntary contribution to the local community or a community group or society. If you know someone who you is worthy of such recognition, please forward your nomination(s) briefly outlining the reasons to the Parish Office by 1st May in time for a presentation to be made at the Annual Parish Meeting later in the month.

Past recipients are:

2004 – Wally Davies 2009 – Jim Andrew

2005 – Kathy Green 2011 – Pat Brace

2006 – John Davie 2012 – Sandie Rice

2007 – Jack Morris 2013 – Tracey Merritt

2008 – Beryl Viner and Irene Allaway 2015 – Veronica Lickley and Peter Thorn

There were no nominations in 2010 or 2014


The Parish Council would also like to hear from anyone with a relative, friend or neighbour who is approaching their 100th birthday.


Finally, as many will have read in the Basinga, in March we shall be saying goodbye to our Old Basing Litter Warden, Michael Jarchow, will be retiring at the end of March after almost 16 years of service and we wish him a long and happy retirement. The Parish Council is seeking to recruit a new Litter Warden for Old Basing. This is a part-time job and would suit someone who enjoys walking and the open air. For further details contact the Parish Clerk.

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Mob:   07864 691342

HCC:   elaine.still@hants.gov.uk

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