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5 June
Tesco Burglary:
Nathan Taylor from Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire has been charged with 2 counts of burglary. The charges refer to an incident at the Tesco filling station in Reading Road South, Church Crookham on Jan 3 2023, and a incident in Andover. He has been remanded to appear at Winchester Crown Court on Wed 28 June.

31 May
Kiss Radio Winner:
Amanda Stamp from Fleet, who is battling bowel cancr, has won £99,000 after entering the Cash Register competition on Kiss radio.

17 May
Restaurant Closes:
The Prezzo restaurant in Fleet is to close. 

10 May
This years Fleet Carnival theme is Children's Books.
Da Capo Wind Band: The Da Capo wind band has moved from Yateley to the St Phillips and St James Church in Kings Road. Phone 01252 641322

3 May
Hart Language's:
ONS data has revealed that the most commonly spoken languages, other than English, in the Hart District area are: Nepalese - 0.60%, Polish - 0.37%, Romanian - 0.33%, Spanish - 0.18% and Portuguese - 0.17%

26 April
Bank Goes:
Barclays Bank in Fleet Road is to close down on the 19th July
Fleet Water Pipe Completed:
An £11 million water pipe project which aims to future proof the drinking water around Fleet and has taken two years to lay has been completed on schedule.

11 April
Gift Shop Closing: The O’Malley Home and Gift shop currently residing at 49 Fleet Road is to close their store front after receiving the news just after Christmas that their landlord was selling the building. They have decided to keep their business online only for the time being. website

4 April
Patsy Remembered:
A footpath has been opened at Fleet Pond in memory of a very keen Fleet Pond Society member and volunteer. Patsy Welford not only supported the Society through conservation work around the Pond, in Fleet, Hampshire, but also by joining in on their entries to Fleet Carnival over several years. Jim Storey, Chairman of Fleet Pond Society said: ‘We were extremely saddened to learn of Patsy’s death and stunned to find that she had very kindly left the Society a generous bequest in her will. This money has enabled us to realise a long-held wish to build an accessible zig-zag path leading from the upper track near the picnic area, down to the Lions’ View lookout.’

30 Mar
Rich Neighbourhoods:
Fleet North, Elvetham Heath and Ancells Farm have been named as the 2nd richest areas in Hampshire. 
Thermal Heat: A thermal image camera can be hired from Hart Council to help people identify gaps in their home insulation.
Class A Drugs: Police officers from Hart High Harm Team carried out a search in Jubilee Drive, Church Crookham after which a resident in Beaumont Grove, Aldershot was charged with two counts of supplying Class A drugs.
Appeal for 19 year Old: Hampshire Constabulary have issued a public appeal for help in locating the whereabouts of a 19-year-old who has been reported as missing from his home in Fleet.
According to officers investigating the case, Robert Scarlett was last seen at 11am on Tuesday March 21 in the Fleet area. At the time he was said to have been wearing black joggers and a blue and grey raincoat.
Robert is described as being white, about 5ft 9in tall with short blond hair, and of slim build. Anyone with information is asked to call 999 quoting incident number 44230113517."

22 Mar
Elvetham Heath Primary School has been rated as "outstanding" by Ofsted retaining its status from its last inspection in 2010.
Solar Energy: Fleet District Council have installed solar panels in its offices in Fleet.
Hairdresser Leaving: Local Fleet hairdresser Salon Cabelo has decided to leave Fleet after 11 years in the town. They have been facing a huge amount of challenges including Covid, price hikes, staffing issues and the cost of living. 

13 Mar
Woman Charged:
Officers investigating an attempted burglary in Fleet have charged a 43 year old woman. It comes after a report of an attempted burglary at an address in Regents Court Fleet during the early hours of Sunday, 15  January.
Trim Trail: A Park Trim trail has been completed at Oakley Park thanks to  Friends of Oakley Park fundraising. more

8 Mar
All Saints Re-opens:
The All Saints church which was gutted with fire in June 2015 has been reopened. more
Fire: Three children and three dogs required medical attention after a fire in Humphrey Park in Church Crookham. A heat lamp attached to a puppy cage started the fire.
Green Gym: The Council has approved an application to fund a new Green Gym in Ancells Farm Park. 

26 Feb
Line Re-Opened:
The Hampshire line to London is now fully reopened after repairs to the landslip near the Surrey border have been competed.

16 Feb
Hair Award:
Dan Spiller of Mark Antoni's in Fleet has been named Schwarzkopf Professional British Colour Technician of the year.
Bloom Awards:
The following South and South East in Bloom awards have been presented in the Fleet area: Small Cemetery, Gold  - Fleet Cemetery. Small Conservation, Gold - Basingbourne Park. Small Conservation, Silver Gilt - Oakley Park. Small Park, Basingbourne Park. Gold. Small Park, Oakley Park - Silver Gilt. Large Park, Calthorpe Park. Silver Guilt.

8 Feb
Coronation Parties:
If you wish to organize a Coronation street party on Sunday 7 May you can get a free pack full of ideas from your local council. click here and click here for the Big Lunch details.
Store to Close: M&Co are to close all of its 170UK stores including the one in Fleet:

3 Feb
Rail Suspension:
Train passengers hit by disruption after a landslip near the Surrey border can expect to see some services resume in the coming week. A major landslip occurred in the Hook area of Hampshire after rain caused part of the embankment to collapse.
Bank to Close: Fleet's NatWest bank is to close from April 27th.
Sleeping Rough: Anyone in Fleet with nowhere to sleep for one night are to be offered help and support by the Housing Service. If you know anyone who you suspect might be sleeping rough please phone 01252 774239 or email 
Memorial Tree: Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II Hart Council will be planting a memorial tree in Edenbrook Country Park.

27 Jan: 
Voter ID:
From May 2023 voters will be required to show ID evidence when voting. This will apply to the upcoming May local elections.
The Corporate Plan: The Hart District Council's current Local Plan's priorities are to be put forward in a draft corporate plan for 2023-2024. Views of residents are being sought by the Council which can be forwarded to their website click here

20 Jan: More than £100,000 has been secured to support significant improvements for wildlife at Fleet Pond with funding from the Rural Payments Agency, in partnership with Natural England.
Charge Points: Hart Council are to install more vehicle charging points in council owned car parks in Fleet.

17 Jan
M3 Accident
:  A  Lorry 'catapulted' cars into M3 traffic during crash that resulted in 12-hour closure near Fleet. A diversion route was put in place. It wasn't until 3am on Wednesday (January 11) that all lanes were  reopened.

Rail Travellers Read This: A major landslip that caused major disruption on vital Hampshire to London railway line on Sunday (January 15) will take at least a week to repair, South Western Railway has said.
Travellers have been advised to only travel if essential between Basingstoke and Woking as the incident near Hook has meant there is currently a severely restricted service.
There are no through trains to London Waterloo from Exeter, Weymouth or Portsmouth Harbour (via Eastleigh) and no trains will call at Hook, Winchfield and Fleet until further notice. All services to London Waterloo from Exeter, Salisbury, Weymouth, Bournemouth, Southampton, and Winchester will terminate at Basingstoke, where an extremely limited shuttle service will connect with trains at Woking.

10 Jan: 
Rotary Club Collection:
Fleet Rotary Club has raised £7,699 collecting in Fleet and other local towns at Christmas. More is expected from electronic payments.
Major Accident: The M3 has reopened in both directions through Hampshire following a crash involving two lorries. All traffic was briefly held in both directions between J5 (Hook) and J4A (Farnborough) with motorists urged to find alternative routes.

Jan 4
New Years
Honour: Beverly Karen Gower-Jones from Fleet the founder and chief executive officer of Carbon Limiting Technologies has been awarded an OBE for services to net zero innovation.


14 Dec
Scarlet Fever:
There have been 13 cases of scarlet fever in the Hart area so far.

7 Dec
Money for Council:
Hart District Council is to receive £1million over the next three years to be spent on projects aimed at "levelling up" its communities.

1 Dec
Fire in Fleet:
A man suffered burns and smoke inhalation at his home in Wickham Place in Fleet after a propane cylinder fire. 

30 Nov
New Manager: Fleet Town have announced the appointment of Jermain McGlashan as their new manager. more

Nov 24
Crookham Road Accident:
A 94 year old woman was rushed to hospital after being knocked down by a car in Reading Road South, Church Crookham. She was rushed to hospital. A 30-year old man has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous diving. Anyone with information can call the police on 101 quoting ref 44220461902.

19 Nov
Fleet of Foot:
The Fleet of Foot  woman's walking footballers have hosted a charity event and raised £671 for the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care. more
Council Priorities: Hart District Council has launched a consultation on its draft Corporate Plan for 2023-2027 inviting people to comment on its priorities for the next 4 years.

12 Nov
Pubs Top Marks: T
he Prince Arthur pub in Fleet has received has a special certificate from the Campaign for Real Ale to mark its 10th consecutive year in the Good Bear Guide.
Woman Hurt: A 57 year old woman from Fleet suffered a serious head injury after being hit by a car in Branksomewood Road. She was taken to hospital, Police are appealing for witnesses. Call 101 if you can help.

5 Nov
Help for Heroes:
Ahead of flying out to Qatar with his World Cup squad, Gareth Southgate met Paul Colling  from Fleet, and pledged his support to the military charity  Help for Heroes. Paul shared his story about how Help for Heroes is helping him live well after service. He lost the life and the job he loved after a traumatic leg injury left him in near-constant pain.

31 Oct
2011 Census: For the Hart Council area:
percentage born outside the UK 2011 census 9.6% -  2021 census 11.7%. Percentage with a non-UK passport 2011 census 4.5% -  2021 census

24 Oct
Running for Charity:
Grants Mathews from Fleet has run seven half marathons in 7 days in memory of his friend Jordon Toms who died of a brain tumour in Oct 2020. The money raised will go to the Brain Tumour Charity. more
Christmas Time: This years Christmas Tree in Gurkha Sq is being sponsored by Natta.

17 Oct
Saving Running Shoes:
Hart Leisure Centre has joined a campaign to keep one million running shoes out of landfill sites by being part of the JogOn campaign. Everyone Active and Hart Leisure Centre are hosting a collection bin were the community can drop off unwanted running shoes. more

Oct 12
Charity Theft:
A handbag was stolen from a charity shop in Fleet. It was then dumped in a bin outside Vickery's without the cash and debit cards.
Sensory Garden: A new Sensory Garden is to be built at the Views which will include visual and scent elements through a mix of different flowering plants to produce colour throughout the year. A number of new benches are to be erected including one in the memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Benches are provided by Fleet Rotary Club and Fleet and Church Crookham Society.
Bloom Awards: The following have won awards at this years South and South East Bloom Awards. Small Cemetery - Fleet Cemetery - Gold. Small Conservation - Oakley
Park - Silver and Basingbourne Park - Gold. Small Park - Oakley Park Silver and Basingbourne Park - Gold. Large Park - Calthorpe Park Silver. more
fleethants comment - Thanks to all the Friends Groups for all their hard work.

Oct 1
Tickets for this years Fleet Lions fireworks display on Nov 5th are now on sale more 
All Saints Update:
West entrance is well under way, with the opening formed through the wall and the door frame installed. The scaffold has been cleared and final works, including those to complete the heating installation, are ongoing. The rebuild of the pulpit is in progress along with final decorative works. more
New Footpath: A new footpath has been installed outside All Saints School between New Barn Close and Lea Wood Rd

27 Sep
New Town Clark:
Rochelle Halliday has been selected as the new Town Clerk for Fleet Town Council.
Skatepark Painted: Fleet Phoenix youths have re-painted the Skatepark in The Views.
Green Gym: A new Green Gym in Ancells Farm Park is to be funded by Fleet Town Council

20 Sep 
Fundraising Skydive:
A kind-hearted care home receptionist completed a skydive in Salisbury to raise over £1,000 for a cause close to her heart. Charlotte Leightley, a receptionist at Freelands Croft Bupa Care Home in Church Crookham, near Fleet, completed the incredible feat to raise money for Worldwide Cancer Research. The high-octane fundraising event saw Charlotte brave a one-minute freefall where she travelled at an alarming 125 miles per hour, before safely sailing back down to earth.

Sep 14
Local MP Given Brief:
NE Hants MP Ranil Jayardena has been appointed Secretary of State for environment, Food and Rural affairs in the new Liz Truss government.

8 Sep
Fleet Lions Donations:
Fleet Lions have agreed to donate £500 to eye treatment camps in underdeveloped countries and also send a further £1,000 to the Lions International Foundation in readiness to support Lions on the ground in many parts of the world where disasters occur.

1 Sep
Cafe Closes:
It has been reported that the Morrison's Cafe at Elvetham Heath has closed down.
Man Assaulted: A man was attacked in the early hours of Sunday outside Zinc/Popworld in Upper Street. He was hit several times with a glass or bottle and suffered severe facial injuries. Police are looking for information. Please call 101 quoting reference 44220349859 if you can help.

21 Aug
Pond Path Complete:
Work on the widening of The Fleet Pond corridor path has been complete. more

14 Aug

Environmental Grant: Hart District Council has received  a £100,000 grant from the Natural Environment Investment Readiness Fund to tackle climate change and investment in nature.

7 Aug
Man Burgled:
A man was bundled into the back of a car by three strangers in Church Crookham and taken to his home which was then burgled, on Sunday 7th Aug. Hampshire police are looking for witnesses.

4 Aug
The Green Flag Award:
Fleet Pond and the Elvetham Heath Open Spaces and Local Nature Reserve have both won the Green Flag award.
A Remarkable Older Person: Fleet's Bob Bone,92, is one of just 15 winners of a nationwide competition celebrating remarkable old people. Bob was nominated by Selina Trafford, due to the money he raised selling his paintings for the NHS, Help for heroes and the National Heart and Ling Foundation.
Pond Works Complete: The Fleet Pond  now has a newly widened path to make travel and recreation safer for visitors. Access has been restricted since the works started in the beginning of March. more

26 July
More Disruption:
Disruptions for drivers in Fleet is forecast due to more road closures and diversions as SW water continues its work to lay a 11km pipeline in Hampshire.
New Leader:
Fleet Lions have elected a  new president, Mark Cooper. One of his first tasks will be to organize the new volunteers in Fleet who help support vulnerable people.

16 July
Roof Fire: Fire crews were called out to the terraced block in Church Crookham at 3pm on July 13 to put out a fire caused by an electrical fault connected to solar panels on the roof

6 July
Reward for Shopping:
Sue Butterfield from Fleet has won a £500 Spa break after joining the Mi Rewards Fleet loyalty initiative in 2020. More than 80 businesses are part of the programme which works though customers regular payment cards. more
Water Pipe Line:
A new water pipe is to be installed at the roundabout at the junction of Elvetham HwathWay and Fleet Rd and into Elvetham Heath Way. The railway bridge on Fleet Rd will be closed from July 25 and Aug 5.
Help for Ukraine: DogsnHomes Rescue in Fleet has partnered US non-profit Ukrainian War Animals Relief Fund to help abounded animals in Ukraine.

30 June
Fined for Dropping a Fag End:
Jacqueline Carey has been fined £300 for dropping a cigarette end in Fleet Road outside Hart Shopping Centre. Originally fined  £75. she failed to pay and was taken to court by Hart Council were she was show a video of the dropped cigarette.
New Kitchen Shop: A new Benchmarx kitchens and joinery branch has been opened in Fleet by the chairmen of Fleet Town Council, Bob Schofield who said he was pleased to see new jobs being created in the area. more

15 June
The Marc The Antoni salon in Fleet Road is celebrating its 20th year in Fleet Road.  
New Lidl Store:
More than 600 residents have spoken out against a new Lidl store in Elvetham Heath. The new store will include a drive-through restaurant, a bakery, longer style tills with duel packing and customer toillets.

8 June
New Lounge in Fleet:
A new venue serving brunch, tapas, cocktails and more is set to open in Fleet next month. At present the old Peacocks site is being transformed to make way for the new Alento Lounge.

30 May
Issued Visas:
160 visas have been issued by May 3rd  in the Hart area through the Homes for Ukraine Scheme.

23 May
Charity Golf:
Northants Golf Club held a charity event for The Samantha Dickson Fund for research into brain tumours which raised £6,400. 48 Golfers and 22 guests attended. more
Witness Appeal: Police are appealing for witnesses following an incident at 5pm on Thursday 19 May when a man was reportedly exposing himself in Basingbourne Park. If you have any information call police on 101 quoting ref 44220198317.

18 May
Fleet Lose Cup Battle:
Fleet Town FC lost to Hartley Wintney in the Aldershot Senior Cup at the EBB Stadium. more
Best Breakfast: According to Trip Adviser the best breakfast in Fleet can be found at Trattoria La Casa, 203 Fleet Rd. The restaurant was ranked 174th best in Hampshire. more

11 May
Award Shortlist: 
Kerry Mather, owner of KJM Salons in Fleet, has been shortlisted for the business director of the year title at HJ’s British hairdressing business awards 2022. more
Sainsbury's Theft: Police are investigating the theft of a large number of cigarettes from Sainsbury's in Fleet. Three men approached the kiosk and asked for a large number of cigarettes then fled the store without paying and fleeing in a car.
LibDems in Charge: The LibDems are the largest party in power after gaining seats from the Conservatives in the local elections. more

4 May
Man Jailed for Rape:
David Thomas aged 77 from Aldershot Rd in Fleet has been jailed for 10 years after he was convicted of rape of a girl  under 16. He was also also found not guilty of another count of indecent assault. The offences took place in Farnborough between 1984 and 1988.
300 New Homes: Vistry Group, which includes Bovis Homes and Linden Homes, have applied to build 315 new homes on land off Watery Lane. The development will include a GP surgery, a food store and open space.
Bowls Victory: Fleet United Bowls Club have won the 2021/22 local short mat league and its second team were runners up. more

27 April
Past Fleet Resident Shot:
27 year old Benjamin Tucker, who grew up in Fleet, has died after being shot in the city of Savannah in the USA. He was on a month long visit to his family. Benjamin played tennis at the Avondale Tennis Club and Played cricket for Yateley Cricket Club.
Stolen Land Rover: Local golfer Justin Rose has reported the loss of his Land Rover which has been stolen from his driveway. The vehicle had recently been driven across Africa. 
Platinum Picnic: Fleet Lions are planning a picnic in the park for elderly members of the community on Sat June 4th as part of the Platinum Celebrations. email  to book.
Ukraine Painting: Fleet artist Elva Peacock has donated one of her paintings to be raffled for Ukraine refugees. The panting is being displayed in Serendipity a gift shop in Fleet Rd. The raffle will be held on Saturday May 14th. Tickets for the raffle can be obtained form the shop at £2 each.

23 April
Trees Planted:
Fleet Lions have organised a fundraising tree planting scheme in Fleet. Trees were planted in Ancells Farm, Church Crookham and Calthorpe Park. The initiative was part of the Queen's Green Canopy in honour of the Queens Jubilee and raising more that £2.200.
Hart Leisure Free: Free membership is now available for people living with Parkinson's Disease and their carers  from the Hart Leisure Centre more 

17 April: Food for Ukraine: DogsnHomes Rescue charity, which operates from Fleet, has delivered 3,300kg of food and supplies for companion animals on the Polish/Ukrainian border. 

12 April
Fleet's Most and Least Expensive:
A new consumers Price Index for places to live show that the least expensive areas in Fleet are Fleet North, Elvetham Heath and Ancells Farm whilst the most expensive are Fleet South and Pondtail. 

5 April
Fleet Investment:
Businesses in Fleet have voted in favour of a second five-year programme of activity for the improvement of Fleet to the tune of £570,000 during the next five years.

28 Mar
School Delayed:
A primary school which was set to be built at the new Hartland Park development has now been delayed until 2026. 
New Comedy in Fleet: Fleet Town is the backdrop for a new comedy sitcom created  by Helen Bauer. Called Small Doses it is currently available on BBC iPlayer. 

21 March
Signs Down at Last:
At 1pm today the "Free Nazanin" signs outside the house in Elvetham Heath Rd,  that supported her throughout her long imprisonment in Iran, have been taken down.
Green Canopy Initiative: Fleet Lions will work with schools in Fleet and Church Crookham to plant trees over the weekend of Mar 26 and 27th. Students will be asked to gain sponsorship via their schools to be eligible to get one of 1,700 trees that have been offered by Fleet Lions. as part of the Queen's Green Canopy Initiative.
Church Window: Would like your name or the name of a loved one written on a leaf in the new Rose Window at All Saints Church ? Each leaf is £100 and there are 150 leaves. All names and donations need to be provided by Friday 13 May. For details phone Elizabeth Waller on 01252 613156.

12 Mar
New Lidl Store:
It is hoped that a new Lidl store can be opened with a drive through restaurant at the former Elvetham Park and Drive site in Fleet.
New Aldi Store: The new Aldi store at the foot of Beacon Hill is now open. 

1 March
Support for Ukraine:
Hart Voluntary Action has shared a list of organisations which require support following Russia's invasion.
HVA suggests donations from the public can be made to the following charities:
UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees), The British Red Cross on behalf of the international Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement and Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) more
Fleet Spurs Award: Local football team Fleet Spurs have been awarded £10,000 worth of building materials from builders merchant Buildbase. They plan to reconfigure their clubhouse, add a women’s toilet and upgrade facilities for disabled people, making the club more accessible to all.

23 Feb
Fares Going Up:
Stagecoach has announced an increase in its bus fares in the Fleet area for the first time in 2 years. more
Speed Limit:
Local LibDems have launched a petition to reduce the speed limit along Ancells Rod from 40MPH to 30 MPH.  petition
Bookings to Stay:
The booking system to visit local Waste Tips brought in during the Covid restrictions is to stay.
Fleet Market: Fleet Town Council are to form a Community Interest Group to operate a Sat Weekly and Sun Monthly market in Gurkha Square.
Sexual Attack: A teenager was sexually attacked by a group of young men in Church Crookham between 1pm and 3pm on Thursday Feb 3rd. Hampshire police are looking for witnesses to come forward. Although the incident happened more than three weeks ago, it was only reported to officers on Friday, February 25.

16 Feb
New Local Aldi's: 
Aldi is set to open a new store on Friday March 11 at 8pm in the  Beacon Trade Park set at the bottom of Beacon Hill. Team GB's pentathlete gold medallist Kate French will open the store
Level Up: Hart is 304th in a list of 307 local authorities in England in most need of levelling up.

9 Feb
Local Energy Bills:
The average monthly Gas bill in the Hart area is £99 and the average Electricity bill is £97.
Vaccination Rates for Covid:
The percentage of people who have not been vaccinated against Covid in the Fleet an Crookham, areas of Hart are - Fleet North, Elvetham Heath, Ancells Farm = 12.6 - Ctrookham West = 9.9 - Fleet West = 8.6 - Crookham East = 7.09 - Fleet South and Pondtail = 6.6.

2 Feb
World Record:
Charlotte Harris from Fleet and her friend Jessica Oliver from Gloucestershire have broken the world record by crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a rowing boat despite having no previous experience.  (fleethants comment - Well done Charlotte, what a wonderful achievement)
Waste Collection
Restarts: Hart Council have restarted garden collections after more staff returned to work. 
Caesar's Camp Fire: A fire starting around 21.30 on Tuesday spread rapidly in windy conditions around the base of Caesars's Camp. Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue used off road vehicles due to the difficult terrain and finally put the fire out. It appears that the fire burnt in an area below Caesar's Camp itself and not usually frequented by visitors to the area. The cause of the fire is unknown.

26 Jan
New School:
A new school is to be built as part of the Hartland development in Fleet. It will be named the Hartland Village Primary School.
Thank you: The Lions Clubs of Fleet and Hart have raised £6915.78 when they toured Fleet and Crookham with their Santa sleigh. A large proportion of this money has already gone towards 150 food parcels for people who needed extra help at Christmas.

19 Jan
Waste Collection Stopped:
Staff shortages have led to the suspension of garden waste collections in Hart. more
New Stores in Fleet:
A new Home Bargains shop is set to open at the bottom of Beacon Hill Rd on Sat April 9th. A new Aldi store is due to open very soon afterwards in the same retail park. 
Best Schools: The following local schools have been assessed as outstanding: Church Crookham Junior School, Fleet - last inspected on March 9, 2016. Elvetham Heath Primary School, Fleet - last inspected on March 10, 2010, Fleet Infant School, Fleet - last inspected on March 13, 2009, Heatherside Infant School, Fleet - last inspected on January 27, 2015, Heatherside Junior School, Fleet - last inspected on November 6, 2013 and Tweseldown Infant School, Fleet - last inspected on July 14, 2009

12 Jan
Just One Bottle:
Zero waste shop Scoop in Fleet Rd is taking part in the "Just One Bottle" campaign which encourages people to try refilling one bottle to help the environment. 
£1,500 for Charity: Hart residents have raised £1,500 for Epilepsy Research UK. The event was held at Hart Leisure Centre in Fleet were more than 60 residents took part in a 80 min Zumba party. It was held in memory of Shannon Hewison who died of epilepsy in 2017.
High Booster: Hart district has the second highest tale-up of the booster vaccine in England.

5 Jan
Fleet OBE:
Simon Edward French the Chief Inspector of the Rail Accident Investigation Branch from Fleet has made made an MBE for his services to Railway Safety.
Charity Appeal: Fleet charity Stepping Stones DS is asking for support from the community so it can continue its work with children who have Downs Syndrome. Click here to donate


29 Dec
Revamped Restaurant:
Hart House restaurant at 335 to 337  Fleet Road has reopened after a comprehensive refurbishment. more

Dec 17
Co-op Donations:
Donations of more than £2,000 have been made over the past few years from the Southern Co-op store in Church Crookham to the Fleet Pond Nature Reserve.
Spurs Upgrade:
Fleet Spurs are to refurbish their facilities with £10,000 worth of building materials from Buildbase.
New Parkrun: A new Parkrun event is to be trialed in Edenbrook Country Park with runs taking place between 9am and 10am on Saturdays mornings.

Dec 10
Road Closed:
The A323 Road from Fleet to Hartley Wintney is to close on 10th Jan 2022 for several months to allow the installation of a new Water Main.
Local House Prices: Research, conducted by HouseholdQuotes, using data from the Office for National Statistics to find average house prices across England and Wales from 2002 to 2020 show that the average price for a house in the Hart district was £407,500 in 2020 compared to £181,000 in 2002 an increase of 124.14%.
Lions Fireworks: Fleet Lions firework display in Fleet raised £15,000 for charitable causes. It was attended by 4,200 people.
Brain Tumour Charity: Neil and Angela Dickson held a twilight walk with pupils and staff from St Nickolas school to raise awareness, money and celebrate loved ones and to mark the memory of their daughter Angela who they lost 25 years ago. They raised £2.273.

Dec 3
Charity Anniversary:
The Brain Tumour Charity , based in Fleet, has celebrated its 25th anniversary. It is the UK's largest dedicated brain tumour charity committed to fighting brain tumours on all fronts. more

26 Nov
Hampshire Constabulary were called at 6.13 on Nov 24 to an accident in Aldershot Rd involving a car and a pedestrian. Multiple police cars were at the scene close to the junction with Reading Rd South and Connaught Road. One person was seriously injured. 

18 Nov
Over 80% of residents in the Hart area have now received at least one vaccine.
Special Bench:
Lions Clubs in Hart and Rushmoor have purchased a bench to celebrate the memory of Beverley Allardice who passed away in 2020. Beverley founded the community store in 1995 and was awarded an MBE in 2002.

12 Nov
White Christmas:
If you are wishing for a white Christmas then you may be lucky. Accuweaher are forecasting that Fleet could be hit by 0.4cm snow on Christmas morning.
Garden Waste Collections:
Hart are to restart garden waste collections in the Fleet area on Monday Nov 22nd
Fleet Lions Request: Fleet Lions Club are asking people who have received the Winter Fuel allowance to donate some or all of it to local families who are struggling to meet higher energy costs this winter. If you can help please click here
Distraction Robbery: An elderly woman who had just withdrew money out of the Nat West bank was approached by a woman who asked her to fill in a survey then started to rummage through her bag and found the money. A man stepped in and the woman escaped without the money.. Police are warning people to be extra vigilant to this sort of distraction robbery.

8 Nov
Hart Swimming Meet:
Hart swimming Club has hosted the Hart SC Autumn Meet 2021 a two day event with 350 swimmers from 22 competitive swimming clubs taking part in a range of swimming races.

2 Nov
New Arm:
Fleet's Michael White who is school gardener from Fleet has raised £15,00 to pay for a new lightweight myoelectric prosthesis arm called The Hero Arm which is created using 3d technology. The money was raised using the Open Bionics Foundation.
Green Flag: Elvetham Heath Reserve and Fleet Pond Nature Reserve have both retained the Green Flag award which is a benchmark standard for the management of outdoor spaces.

26 Oct
Pond Volunteers Wanted:
Fleet Pond Society are in need of volunteers to help maintain and protect Fleet Pond. more      apply  
Residents Complain:
Residents living in Wickham Court situated in Church Crookham have complained to the housing association with issues of a leaking roof which goes back to 2016 which is when residents first moved in.

19 Oct
Safe Home:
Established in 2019 by Church Crookham residents, Michelle Ballard and Gary Baxter, DogsnHomes has re-homed over 260 puppies. The charity rescues puppies from Portugal and places them in loving homes based in the UK.
Outdoor Space Awards: Fleet Pond Nature Reserve has been named as an award winning  area of international quality. 
Atlantic Challenge: Fleet's Charlotte Harris is to attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean with Jessica Oliver in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. more

12 Oct
This years Fleet Lions fireworks  display on November 6 is at Calthorpe Park. Around £6,000 has been spent on the display. Entry will be via a ticket which can be obtained at     
New Supermarket in Fleet:
A new Aldi is set to open in Beacon Hill Road in March 2022. A new Home Bargains store will also open at the same site. Aldi is looking for new staff to fill the store assistant positions.

6 Oct
Recycle Update:
The one visit per week  restriction has been lifted on visits to all Hampshire household waste recycling centres.
No Waste Collections: Hart Council have announced that it will temporally suspend garden waste collections from Oct 11th due to lack of drivers. 

29 Sep
1,000 miles for Sir Tom:
81 year old Sherral Dixon from Fleet has walked more than 1,000 miles in the last 6months after being inspired by Captain Tom Moore. 
Creative Hub: Landor UK in Clarence Road is transforming its offices to a shared and mixed use workspace and creative hub. opening its doors for the Benefit and the use of the Fleet community. more

22 Sep
Vaccination Percentages:
The latest available Government data has shown the percentage of residents in each Hampshire and Isle of Wight neighborhood that has received the vaccination against coronavirus. Local figures for the Fleet and Crookham areas are, 10th Fleet South and Pondtail  91.9% - 36th Crookham East 91.1% -  60th Fleet West 90.2% - 73rd Crookham West 89.9 and 144th Fleet North.
Path Set to be Closed: The northern path at Fleet Pond next to Fleet Station will be closed from the end of this month for 5 months whilst improvements are made as part of the new Corridor Project. more
Last Phone: The only BT phone on Elvetham Heath has been removed from its traditional red box. 

15 Sep: 
Scoop Success: Eco-Friendly shop Scoop, a zero waste shop in Reading Rd South, is moving to a larger store in Fleet Road next to Cafe Amica and Starbucks. The shop was founded by Kate Cottrell less than two years ago. Customers can bring in their own containers or buy them in store to fill with various items. more 
Top SEO Agency: MRS Digital, a Church Crookham SEO agency, has been named one of the top agencies in the country picking up the Integrated Search Agency of the year award at the UK agency awards. more

10 Sep
Gurkha Talks Start:
Talks between the UK Government and Gurkha veterans have begun following a 13-day hunger strike by veterans.

29 Aug
Heavy Price to Pay:
A Fleet resident has been fined more than £2,000 after pleading guilty to cutting down a sycamore tree and a cypress tree in his garden in Fleet. 

22 Aug
Summer Funfest:
Fleet Lions entertained around 500 guests at their annual Funfest event which gave a free day of activities for disabled people and their families and helpers.
David Styler, a Fleet Lions member and chairman of the organising team, said: “It has been a very difficult year for everyone, so we were so pleased to be able to hold the Lions Funfest event this year.

14 Aug
Hart's Charities: T
he Chairman of Hart District Council, Simon Ambler, has announced that 1st Crookham Scout Group, Young Carers Support and Inclusion Hampshire will receive support as part of the councils chosen charities for the civic year.
Thank you Bakers: A book of thanks for Bakers, who are closing on 30th Sep, will be available to people who would like to contribute in Costa's (opposite Waitrose) on Sat 11 September from 10am to 11.30am. more

8 Aug
Over 50's Walking Football:
Sue Scarlett and Elaine Tookey, who  play for the "Fleet of Foot" football club at the Hart Leisure Centre, have both been selected for the SE region's  over 50's squad after successful trials. more
Lions Recognition of Bakers:
Lisa Rust of the Lions Club in Fleet has presented a certificate to the Baker family and staff on behalf of the Lions and the people of Fleet. The store is due to close on 30th Sep. more
Charity Walk: Fleet Lions is planning a walk over 200 acres at Naishes Lane in Church Crookham on August 22. Entry fees are £5 per adult and £10 for a family. The proceeds will go to people in need in the Fleet area. The walk will include information about local plants and wildlife more     naishes lane video 
Collections Suspended: Hart Council has suspended garden waste collections from 16 Aug for a minimum of 3 weeks due to staff shortages.

1 Aug
End of an Era:
Bakers store in Fleet Road is to close on 30 Sep after 112 years of trading. more
(fleethants comment: This is sad news and they will be sorely missed)
Café to Reopen: The coffee bar at Fleet Parish Community Centre near the All Saints Church in Fleet is to to reopen on 2 Aug.
Racing Win: 23 year old Jac Constable from Fleet won his first touring car victory at Oulton Park when he won the first race of the UK TCR Championships.
Your Help Needed: Fleet Lions are appealing for volunteers to help run its community store in Fleet. If you want to help click here to visit website

25 July
Italian Club:
Brendoncare are to run sessions for older people to socialise together whilst learning Italian. The club is run every other week on Monday afternoons over Zoom by Cinzia, an archaeologist, anthropologist and English teacher who lives in Rome. more

16 July
New Path to Link Pond With Station:
Hart District Council are planning to build a new footpath corridor to link Fleet Pond with Fleet Station. more
Drop-in Centre Boost:
Waitrose has donated £500 as part of their Give a Little Love scheme to Sasha's Project in Fleet which is based at the Point Youth Centre in Harlington Way. The centre offers a caring, non-clinical environment for 18 to20 year-olds who are experiencing a mental heath crisis or having thoughts of suicide, and is open every Sunday between 10pm and 6am.

12 July
Fatal Accident:
A white Iveco van collided with a tree between the entry and exit slip roads of the Fleet service station. The Two occupants of the vehicle. a 48 year old man and a 56 year old man were both killed.
Glasses and hearing aid wearers in Fleet can now donate and recycle their unused equipment, as Bayfield Opticians and Audiologists has pledged to support people living with eye and ear conditions around the world. 
World Wide Eye and Hearing Help:  Bayfields, located at 202 Fleet Road, has partnered with The Lions Club to launch its glasses and hearing aid recycling programme, available to people attending the store for an appointment. Equipment donated will be matched to people with similar prescriptions living in underprivileged locations, to support the work of eye and hearing clinics around the world. Any parts of the glasses or hearing aids that can’t be used by another person will be sold on, with proceeds donated to other eye-related projects in the UK, or they will be recycled into other products.
Food Bank Donation: The Elvetham Masonic Lodge in Basingstoke has donated £1,000 to the Hart Food bank based in the Fleet Methodist Church. Fleet member of the Lodge John Johnstone presented the cheque to Christine Siddall of Hart Foodbank.
Lucy Misses Out: Fleet tennis player Lucy Shuker lost 6-4, 6-1 to top seed Diede de Groot in the wheelchair quarter finals at Wimbledon. She went on to lose 6-0, 7-6 in the final of the doubles with partner Kgothatso Montjane.

5 July
Bank to Go:
The Fleet branch of Halifax Building Society in Fleet Road is to be closed by owners Lloyds Banking Group
Rebuild  Prayers:
The All Saints Church community has held a short service in front of the ruined church to launch an appeal for £500,000 to pay for a new annex and pray for the new rebuilding project. To help call 01252 219281. more
Beer Festival Off:
Fleet Lions have cancelled their beer festival scheduled for the 7 August due to uncertainties around Covid-19 restrictions.
New President: Fleet Lions has selected Lisa Rust as its new president. She has only been with the group for three years and is its first female president.

June 25
Resident Banned:
Hart resident Mr. Poet has been banned from going to the Glebe Court area in Fleet following a year of persistent anti social behaviour. He was given the civil injunction by Hart District Council on June 21.

June 17
New Allotments:
A new community gardening space has been created in Hart by Hart District Council's Countryside Service, Hart Allotment Society and Hart Voluntary Action, to encourage residents to come together and enjoy the health benefits of the outdoors. Called the Green Garden the area is located in Edenbrook Country Park and has spaces for people to rent as well as a green area. video of edenbrook
Swimming Pool Re-opens: Hart Leisure Centre's main swimming pool is to re-open with a temporary safety net after a detailed inspection from engineers. The pool had been closed following the discovery of a fault in the ceiling.

June 10
Suicide Verdict:
An inquest at Winchester Crown Court has found that Robert Earls, who was found hanged in Fleet on Jan 28 after being reported missing by his Mother, took his own life. They reported that he had no history of  mental problems. 
Bramshot Farm Copuntry Park: The Park is undergoing some improvements which include a series of ponds which will control water flow and retention, a new viewing platform, bat box installation, log piles and reptile areas. Also additional wildflower mixes. New boardwalks will create accessibility making paths usable all the year round. video    more
Pop Up: Fleet Art Society are holding their first pop up shop since they had lock down in 2020. more

June 3
Community Hub:
Developer St Edward has opened a new "Community Hub" at the Hartland Village designed for students who want to learn construction skills in a safe space. more
Covid Testing:
There will be surge testing in the Gurkha Car Park in Fleet from 8am to 8pm daily.

May 19
Student's Sad Suicide:
A verdict of suicide has been recoded for Dominic Holmes from Fleet who suffered from social anxiety. He was studying economics at university. Dominic's family have raised £5,000 through a Just Giving appeal for a memorial to him.
Hair Industry Awards:
Local hairdresser Jerry Mather from KJM Salons in Fleet has been nominated for the international Hairdresser of the year at the Australian Hair Industry Awards.
Community Award: Fleet resident Sue Vincent has been recognised by Fleet Lions for her work in the community during the Covid pandemic. She was presented with the Melvyn Jones Fellowship Award, the highest honour given by the Lions Group.
At Last: Work is to begin on the rebuilding of All Saints Church from 7 June. more

May 13
Lost Woman Found:
A woman, who went missing leading to the police appealing for help to find her and who was last seen in Crookham Rd  has been found The public were thanked by the police for their help.

30 April
Further Sentence for Nazanin:
Iran has imposed an additional one years imprisonment on Nazanin - Zaghari-Ratcliffe
. more
All Saints Church: Work is to begin on or after 25th May to rebuild the All Saints church after fire decimated it in June 2015. more

21 April
Darren's Charity Run:
Fleet's Darren Hardy has completed a 50 hour five marathon run to raise money for a 12 year old girl Aggie Candy-Waters who was diagnosed with Hypomyelination with atrophy of the basal ganglia and cerebellum at the age of 5. more

14 April
Fleet War Memorial:
In April 2021 the Gurkha Sq War Memorial will reach its 100th anniversary. A short film is to me made by NRG Digital and the British Legion to celebrate the rededication of the Memorial and also trace its history. A link to watch the film will be available on during April. lest we forget
Saturday Market: Fleet's Saturday market in Gurkha Sq is looking for new stall holders who will be offered a 6 week discount to help them get started. for more information call 07584072340 or visit  
Hartland Village Event: Residents from the local area are being invited to view the latest pans for the next phase of Hartland Village. There is to be an online event on Thursday April 22 at 6pm 

9 April
Local Election:
The Hampshire County Local Election candidates have been published more
Residents Meeting: Fleet Town Council are to hold an online Residents video presentation on the 25 May 2021. Questions to the meeting can be sent to by 9am on the 19 April. The link to join the meeting will be posted on the council website. Following the presentation there will be a Q and A session.more
Cemetery Awards:  Fleet Cemetery has won the Gold Award for the "South and Southeast in Bloom 2020" competition.. The Cemetery also won the Silver Award in the "Cemetery of the Year" competition in the Parish, Town and Community Council category. more
Crookham Blaze: A woman has been taken into custody after a blaze broke out at a home in Hitchens Lane, Crookham Village. She has been arrested on suspicion of arson.

30 Mar
Body Found:
Police were called to Cook Ave in Church Crookham  just after 6am on Thursday 25 March after the body of a woman in her 50s had been found. The death is being treated as unexplained , but not suspicious.
Virtual Exhibition: A virtual exhibition containing the work of local
artists started on March 18 and continues until May. Fleet artist Andy Newton is showing some of his work. more      andy's website

23 Mar
Shopping Scheme:
A new loyalty shopping scheme called Mi-Rewards has been introduced in Fleet to support economic recovery as business prepares to open. Each shopper who participates in the scheme and spends £10  will earn points to be entered into a monthly prize draw to win prizes. more
Top Recycling: Hart Council has the highest recycling rate of all the 11 districts in Hampshire.

16 Mar
Crime in Fleet:
Fleet has one of the least crimes per 1,000 people of anywhere in Hampshire last year. The least crime was theft from a person which totalled 17. There were 58 drugs offences and 141 vehicle crimes as well as 75 burglaries and 18 robberies.
Bridge Anniversary: The Scott Mills Bridge, which links the Fleet Services across the M3 and was named after the DJ Radio 1 presenter Chris Stark following a campaign, celebrated its 5th anniversary on March 16th.

9 Mar
Pond President Dies:
Fleet Pond Society president Peter Martin has passed away after spending over 40 years working for Fleet Pond's conservation. He was on the committee for 30 years and edited the Fleet Pond newsletter for 12 years. more
Nazanin Sentence Ends: Nazanin Ratcliffe's five year sentence in Iran has come to an end. Her ankle tag has been removed but she is still unable to leave the country and has to attends court at the end of the week to face possible further charges. more
Swimming Club Appeal: Hart Swimming Club are making an appeal to the public with the launch of a crowdfunding project to raise £25.000. click here to give support  hart swimming club
10 Years old: Hart Foodbank is celebrating its 10th anniversary after the hardest year the charity can remember. website

1 Mar
Bourley Rd Fire:
A bin lorry carrying tones of rubbish caught fire near Wellington Roundabout in Bourley Rd. The road was closed whilst firemen from Rushmoor and Farnham controlled the blaze.

27 Feb
Scam Alert:
Local police have warned Fleet and Crookham residents to look out for door to door salesmen selling household products and, claiming to hold ID, and giving threats if their offers are refused. more scams

19 Feb
HampshireLive asked readers to name a school they want to single out for a mention during the Covid crisis and more than 100 people commented on their Facebook page:
These are the results for Fleet and Crookham

"All teachers have and continue to be a amazing but Elvetham Heath Primary School have been outstanding - I love the way they have continued all their subjects including the PPA time with PE, RE and French so they are interacting with all their teachers and getting the best out of this situation!" (Emma Suddaby-Brown)

"Calthorpe Park School in Fleet have done a wonderful job. The staff are amazing, and always there for their students." (Carol Sheircliff)

"CE Church Crookham Infants in Fleet, absolutely amazing school. They went above and beyond for the parents and children. I couldn't honestly have done it without their constant support and flexibility. Forever grateful. Thank you Crookham C.E. Aided Infant School" (Claire Bridgland)

"Tweseldown Infant School in Church Crookham have been fantastic. Love our school" (Tanya Waghorn)

"Crookham C.E. Aided Infant School. They are amazing and care about the whole family. They have not just looked after my youngest son but looked out for the rest of my family when going through a very tough time. I’m so truly grateful to every since one of them and glad that both my children have gone to such a caring and loving school!" (Claire Holder)
(fleethants comment - Well done to all our schools during the most difficult of times)

17 Feb
London Beggar in Fleet:
A man, who claimed to be homeless and covered with blankets, was found begging outside Sainsbury's supermarket in Fleet Rd. The police found he had travelled to Fleet from London and instructed him to return to his home address.
Electricity Schemes: Hart District Council has teamed up with iChooser to offer Solar Together through which home owners and small businesses can buy solar panels and battery storage at competitive prices. more
Harlington Jabs: Fleet's Harlington Centre opened on 17 Feb to give out vaccinations against Covid-19. Free parking is available in the Gurkha Square car park. 

14 Feb 
Ice Formations:
Incredible ice formations drew crowds to the B 3013 were it runs parallel with the rail track near Fleet Pond. No reason has been given for the spectacular display which was set in an area were no other excessive ice or snow had occurred. see video

12 Feb
Unsafe Path:
There have been complaints regarding the state of the pavement from the school to the cycle path at Hitchens Lane. Trees are lying in the centre of the walkway.
Valentines Warning: Hampshire Constabulary is working together with all UK police forces and a range of partners, to tackle romance fraud in the lead up to Valentine’s Day. more

28 Jan
New Vaccination Centre:
The Harlington Centre has been approved as a Fleet patient centre for Covid-19 vaccinations.
Body Found: Whilst looking for Robert Charles from Church Crookham. who had been reported missing by his family, police have found a body. The body has not yet been identified. The death is not being considered as suspicious.

20 Jan: Police are reporting that there is a large increase in local scams and have asked people to contact Action Fraud at 0300 123 2040 to report any suspicious phone calls. more

13 JanCovid vaccine update. From Councillor Steve Forster. Vaccination update - Fleet & Church Crookham GP surgeries. 7pm Tuesday evening. more
Vaccination Centre's Transport: Fleet residents are to get a FleetLink bus service to vaccination centre's. more

9 Jan
At Last:
The Reverend Mark Hayton has announced that permission has been granted to rebuild the
All Saints Church. more 
Lions Success:  Despite Covid-19 restrictions, which prevented the usual tours around Fleet, the 2020 Fleet and Hart Lions Clubs Christmas float raised more than £5,400.
Nursing Home Vaccinations: Residents and staff at Malborough Hse Nursing Home in Church Crookham, were vaccinated on 7 Jan by local GP Dr Tyrell.


21 Dec
Road Closed Again:
Fleet Rd is to close again over the Christmas period for a five-day period for roadworks. This may be extended for up to 21 days if required.  All shops will remain open.

17 Dec
Deliver Xmas Dinner:
Right at Home GF which operates in Farnborough, Farnham and Fleet are looking for more people to help deliver an extra ration  of Christmas Lunch to an older person. To volunteer call 01252 950665.
Global Award: Neil and Angela Dickson, who founded Fleet based The Brain Tumour Charity, have received the Paediatric Neuro-Oncology Community Service Award from the International Society of Paediatric Neuro-Oncologists.
Walking Areas Reviewed: Byelaws giving public access to military territory in and around Fleet are to be reviewed .  The review want to ensure the public can continue to enjoy the land, such as Caesars Camp, while it is not in use by the military. local walks

11 Dec
New Bistro:
Owner Emrah Kurt is to open a new cafe  bistro and bar called Two Spoons in Fleet Road. It will replace Toni @ Guy's hair saloon and Fratelli Deli Cafe at 259-261 Fleet Rd. fleet shops
15 Years Service: Cheryl Nash, the lead concierge at the Sunrise of Fleet care home in Church Rd, has celebrated 15 years service.
Police Warning: Hampshire Constabulary have issued advice regarding the theft of catalytic convertors in cars following a number of thefts in Hampshire including the Fleet and Church Crookham areas. Police ask owners with converters in their cars to ensure they park in a position which makes theft more difficult.

5 Dec
Fleet Accident: A motorcyclist was take to hospital following an accident in Old Cove Road causing two vehicles to catch fire. Ambulance crews and firefighters attended the scene. Road closures were put in place.

30 Nov
From Cloths to Food:
Anthony Brooks Menswear shop in Fleet was going to close in 2021 due to the second lockdown but the owners are keeping it going by turning it into a deli. more

23 Nov
Inspired Teenager:
19 year old Olly Manning is to run 5K a day through out December to raise £5,000 for Mental Health UK. more
Christmas Market:
On Sat Nov 28 local charity Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care will be hosting a virtual Christmas Market. more
Queens Award:
Hart Swimming Club has been nominated for a Queen's award for its contribution to the local community. It is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK.
Country Park: Edenbrook Country Park has been handed over to Hart District Council after a partnership with local house builders Berkeley Homes who have transformed the area since development started in 2008. video

16 Nov
A man was taken to hospital following an accident after his car hit standing water in Pyestock Way. The car collided into a tree.  He was taken to hospital by ambulance. 
Albert St Theft: Three friends in their late teens standing in Albert St were approached by three people when a silver 4x4 pulled up. They were told to hand over their possessions including a wallet, iPone. Ipods and cash. Also an electric scooter was taken before they drove away

12 Nov
Fleet Fire: 
Fire engines were called to deal with a fire in a flat on Albert St. 

5 Nov
End of Fleet Rd Scheme:
Hart District Council have decided to remove the temporary pedestrianisation of Fleet Road. more
Edenbrook Bike Track: A new bike track has been opened at Edenbrook Country Park by Hart District Council chairman Councillor John Kennett. The park also boasts a pump track and a purpose built bike track. edenbrook park video 
Remembrance Day: On Remembrance Sunday the 8th November a short service will be held  by Hart Council at 11am in Gurkha Square. more 
Assault: A 16 year old boy has been assaulted at Fleet Pond on Sunday Oct 31. He required surgery for injuries to his face. Police are appealing for witnesses who should call 101 quoting ref 44200423226.

28 Oct
BID Card:
Fleet Business Improvement District has introduced a loyalty card which will save you money and enter you into a monthly prize
draw. more
Charity Christmas Appeal:
Fleet Phoenix charity is taking donations of new toys and games for up to the age of 16 to support its Christmas toy appeal. more
100 Half Marathons: Army veteran Carl Shadrake from Church Crookham has raised more than £17,000 after running 100 consecutive half marathons. The money raised will go to the Soldiers , Sailors and Airmen Families Association and Help for Heroes. 
(fleethants comment: Well done Carl a magnificent effort)
School Meals Vote: NE Hants MP Ranil Jayawardene has voted against Labours bid to extend free school meals to children over the holidays. more
Fleet Road Closure: 99 Businesses have been interviewed to find out how they are affected by the Fleet Road closure. 61% were either in favour or did not object to the scheme. 39% thought the the scheme should end.

21 Oct
Crawling Challenge:
Four friends from Fleet and Aldershot: Alex Godfrey, Jack White, Alex Lennard and Mark Williams, are taking part in a fundraising challenge by crawling across Aldershot Polo Fields to raise money and awareness for armed forces and mental health charities.
Fleet OBE: Fleet resident Kirstie Mackay has been awarded an MBE for her work associated with launching and running the Barclays Life Skills programme for the past 7 years.
Bloom Awards: Fleet Cemetery has won Gold for the "Small Cemetery" category and Calthorpe Park Gold for the "Large Park" category in the South and South East Bloom Awards for 2020. Basingbourne Park won Gold and Oakley Park Silver Gilt. The Friends of Basingbourne Park were awarded Outstanding in the "Its Your Neighbourhood"  category and Gold in the "Our Community" category. more

14 Oct
Green Flag Awards:
Both Elvetham Heath and Fleet Pond Nature Reserve have been awarded Green Flag Awards for 2020/2021. more
Library Hours Decrease: Fleet library is set to decrease its opening hours by 9.5 hours a week.
Fire at Shopping Centre: A carousel in the Hart Shopping Centre caught fire at around 7.00pm on Sunday 11 Oct. Fire crews were called and were able to put the fire out very quickly.
Looking at Fleet Road: The Fleet Road Pedestrianisation scheme is to be looked at by Hart District Council using an independent consultancy firm. more

7 Oct
New PlayArea:
The new Calthorpe Park playground area is now open. It includes a mega fort, a toddler and u8's area, a woodland adventure zone and activities for older children which includes table tennis and a goal and kick wall.
Lucy Wins: Fleet's Lucy Shuker won the women's doubles with partner Chile's Macarena Cabrillana at the French Riviera Open Wheelchair Tennis Tournament in Blot.
Pipe Line: The Esso pipe line which will run from Southampton to London through Hampshire has been given the go-ahead. It will run very close to Fleet. more
Burglaries: Fleet is third on the list of recorded crimes in the Hart and Rushmore areas for 2020.

30 Sep
Vote to Carry On:
Amid a lot of controversy over the Fleet Road predestinisation the Hart District Council has voted to carry on with the closure of Fleet Road. more
Christmas Lunch:
Fleet Town Council and Churches Together are unsure whether they can organise this years Christmas Day lunch for those in Fleet and Crookham who would otherwise spend  Christmas alone due to COVID-19. If you would be interested in attending the lunch please contact 01252 625246 to get your name on the list.
Star Knocked Out: Fleet paralympian Lucy Shuker has lost her first game at the US Open Tennis tournament.

24 Sep
Covid Case:
Hampshire County Council have confirmed that 11 schools have recording cases of Covid virus since Sep 18th, one of which was Tweseldown Infants in Church Crookham.
Friendly Dogs: A dog friendly cafe in Fleet High Street called Cantine, which first opened in Feb and then was forced to close down due to Covid-19, has reopened. high street

19 Sep
Police Powers: Hampshire Police have enacted emergency powers to disperse people in an area around the centre of Fleet this weekend (19 to 20 Sep) from 8pm to 5am

15 Sep
Hart Choir Video:
Hart choir has recoded a version of a Ninebarrow song from the comfort of their homes. Roy Rashbrook edited and directed the remarkable video of "Row On" which they want to share with the world. more and video
MP Vote: Local MP Ranil Jayawardena voted "for" in the vote for the Local Markets Bill.

9 Sep: 
Craft Stalls in Fleet:
An open air craft market was provided at the Hart Shopping Centre in
Fleet on Aug 29 by craftspeople who have previously held stalls at the monthly Hart of Craft market.

3 Sep
Fleet Fire:
A fire broke out at a residential apartment block in Wickham Place. Some residents had to be rescued by firefighters. 

26 Aug:  
Charity Run: Former soldier and father of two Carl Shadrake from Church Crookham, hopes to raise £15,000 by running 100 half marathons in 100 days.  more
Raffle Auction: Youth and Community organisation Fleet Phoenix is looking to raise money through an online auction and raffle. email for more information.

18 Aug
Only one new case of Covid-19 has been reported for the Hart area in the last seven days. more
Road Closed: Fleet Rd is to be temporally closed between Church Rd and Victoria Rd from Mon Aug 24 so that more shoppers can maintain social distancing and support the economic recovery for the business community.  more   fleet rd shops
Zoos Charity: Sports commentator Katherine Bett from Fleet, has joined up with children's author Josie Mum to raise funds for UK zoos. katherines facebook   Josie Facebook

12 Aug
Fish Dying in Pond:
Tens of thousands of fish have died at Fleet Pond due to high temperatures causing low oxygen levels setting of a chemical reaction leading to algal blooms in the water. pond video
New Market Operator: Under the direction of Fleet Town Council  a new operator has now taken over the Fleet market in Gurkha Sq. It is hoped that this will bring more variety to the market.

1 Aug
11 year old Daniel Hopkins from Elvetham Heath Primary School is hoping to win the Great Western Railway Train Announcement competition with his entry of an announcement of a journey from London Paddington to Plymouth.
Tram Death Accidental: A verdict of accidental death has been recorded for self employed builder James Elton from Crookham Village who died on Nov 5th 2019 when he was hit by a tram in Prague.

26 July
Radio Award:
Carol Blackford-Mills, director of MRS Digital based in Church Crookham, has been given  the Leadership award by Eagle Radio. The award recognises exceptional leadership qualities and innovation, proving they had led real change within a company.
Hart Leisure Centre is to re-open on July 31 for gym and group exercise activities. The swimming pool is to re-open on Sat 1st August.
Fleet of Foot return to action on Tuesday at Hart Leisure Centre, four months after their last session.
New Experience:
Chimera, the ultimate virtual reality gaming experience, is to open at 165-167 Fleet Rd on the 1st August. more 

17 July
Fleet Raffle:
Local businesses in Fleet are to provide prizes to support a Fleet Community Raffle organised by Fleet Life. Tickets will be £1 each and for every 50 tickets sold additional prizes will be donated.  Proceeds will go towards saving Fleet businesses affected by Covid-19   more
Car Thefts: Police have wrned car owners of an increase in car thefts in the Hart area. In Fleet a window was smashed in Ferndale Rd. Cars in Falconer Rd and Elphage Rd have also broken into.
Run for Charity: James Kennedy from Church Crookham is running 500K to raise money for Edulife to help to empower young people in Zambia. more
School Treat: Crookham Infants School Head Teacher Mrs Bowen has arranged for an ice cream van to visit her school as a surprise treat for the children because she was so proud of their achievements since the Covid_19 crisis. 

8 July: 
Lions Award:
Fleet Lions Club has presented David Millen with a Melvin Jones Fellowship award, the organisations highest award. The award was for outstanding commitment serving his community. David served in the Scouting movement and the Royal British Legion, He also supported local events including Fleet Carnival, The Christmas Festivities, the Lions Beerfest and Fireworks display.
Top Schools: Both Calthorpe Park and Court Moor Schools were listed in the top 10 state secondary schools in Hampshire

1 July
Dance Charity:
Pupils from the The June White Academy of Dance in Fleet have raised £305 in a national tapathon  which raised a total of £50,000 for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.

25 June
Mega Meal:
Fleet's Kate Ovens, 26, ate a massive fish and chip meal, provided from Ancells Fish and Chip shop, inside half an hour. The 4,000 calorie feast consisted of a 32oz cod and a stack of chips and was served on a massive plate. Kate is famous for taking on monster meal challenges. see for yourself
Fleet's Paralympics star  Lucy Shuker has been appointed National School Sport Champion for Tennis. Lucy's Website
Stature of Liberty:
Deborah Davies, an artist from Church Crookham, has built a 27 foot high wooden replica of the Statue of Liberty for her masters degree, which sits on her driveway. The statue named "When Things Come Apart" was originally made  from a match-stick kit but Deborah was advised by Stuart French to swap the match-sticks for  construction timber. artists website

20 June
Fly Past:
Nine Red Arrows, accompanied by 9 planes from the Patrouille de France, flew over the area of Fleet towards Buckingham Place to commemorate the 80th anniversary of General De Gaulle's appeal to the French during the second World War.
More Houses: Martin Grant Homes are to build 300 new homes at a 82.7 acre farm located off Redfield's Lane. Also new doctors surgery, food store, sports facilities and open public spaces are to be provided plus new sports pitches and a large pavilion near to Zebon Copse.
School Raises Money: Court Moor School have raised more than £20,000 for the Fleet Phoenix charity after circumnavigating the globe during a virtual tour challenge. more

17 June
Local House Prices:
Average house prices in the GU51 local post code area are £481,169. They have risen 7,474 in the last 3months, £21.131 in the last year and £74.680 in the last 5years.
Computers  Needed: Fleet Lions are appealing for laptops and desktops for students to help them to continue their education. Click here if you can help.

10 June
Hart COVID-19 Deaths:
According to the office of National Statistics Hart had a total of 41 deaths from the Covid-19 virus up to the week ending 22 May. This was lower than any other large area or town in Hampshire. more
Another Fire: Firefighters battled a blaze affecting woodland near the Fleet Rd not far from Farnborough Airport on Tuesday June 9th.
New Safety Measures: A number of safety measures are to be put in place across Fleet High Street by the Hart District Council which will allow for social distancing whilst queuing at the shops. more 

3 June
Sunrise Project:
Residents from Sunrise of Fleet have created personalized postcards as part of a project with Creative Minds that will see the artwork featured at the Tate Gallery. The project, Filtered Reality, saw residents from the care home's Memory Care Neighbourhood explore feelings and emotions related to social distancing. more
Dog Fouling Order:
A new law has come into effect to make sure dog owners pick up after their pets in Hart. It is called the Hart District Council's Dog Fouling Public Space Protection Order and is part of the Anti-Social Behavior Crime and Policing Act.  Residents face a fine of £100 on the spot penalty, or up to £1,000, if offenders are taken to court.
Garden Waste:
Hart Council are to resume garden waste collection services on Monday 15th June for all those who are already registered. No new registration are available until further notice. more

May 27
Inspired by Captain:
77year old Mike Vint from Fleet has completed a 26.2 mile charity walk to raise money for the NHS. Mike, who is battling prostate cancer,  says he has been inspired by Captain Tom Moore.
Fire: Firefighters attended the scene of a wildlife fire which damaged heath land in the Norris Rd area of Fleet around 6am on May 26th. Firemen warned that the woodlands are extremely dry due to the drought and people should be very careful not to start a fire.
Fly Tipping: Fly tipping has doubled in the Hart area whilst the Recycling Centres have been closed.
(fleethants comment: Shock horror who would have thought it)

May 22
Wooden Spoon Aid:
The children's charity for rugby, Wooden Spoon" based in Fleet has pledged £200,000 support to small charities which are struggling to help struggling children due to reduced funding caused by the flu epidemic.

15 May
New Aldi:
Demolition has begun for the new proposed development of Aldi and Home Bargains shops at the bottom of Beacon Hill at the junction with Sandy Lane with a prospective open date set for 2021.

9 May
Registration for Recycling Centres:
The recycling Centre Registration requirements for free use of your local recycling centre's in Hampshire have been lifted during the present virus epidemic. It is still possible to register your vehicle for future use.

2 May
New Aldi Supermarket:
A new Aldi supermarket is to be built in Church Crookham  at the bottom of Beacon Hill at the junction with Sandy lane on the site of the old Vertu factory which is to be demolished. more
Rainbow Art: Developer St Edward asked children from the Hart area to submit their rainbow-themed paintings and drawings. Among the pictures is a bright and colourful finger painting by Finlay, 5, from Tweseldown School and a creative rainbow mural in chalk by Edith and Nancy Bastin from Fleet. 

Edith and Nancy


29 April
Members from Church Crookham and Fleet Men’s Shed decided to offer their skills and resources and contacted Hart Voluntary Action after hearing of the shortages. of Personal Protective Equipment. They were able to manufacturer  between 80 and 100 ISO838 headbands with laminate visors per week for those who need them. Court Moor School’s staff have also been putting their skills and resources to good use. During the Easter holidays, staff at the Fleet school manufactured and supplied 120 units of visors and 50 ear protectors to Frimley Park Hospital, pharmacies and care homes.
New Hope: Alan Hope, Fleet's UK leader of the Monster Raving Looney Party, has released his autobiography "The Great White Hope: The Life and Times of Alan "Howling Laud Hope." more

22 April
Pond Donation:
The branch manager of the Church Crookham Southern Co-op Branch, Donna Cotterill, has donated £750 to the Fleet Pond Society. Donna stated that she had loved Fleet Pond for many years. The money will go towards a new tool shed.

8 Apr
Can you Help:
Sunrise of Fleet is calling for people in the community to help them help others during these challenging times. To help  go to 

1 Apr
Unexploded Ordnance:
A bomb disposal team were called to Fleet after an unexploded grenade was discovered in the Naishes Wood area of Church Crookham around 4.30pm on 2 April. The device was safely removed later the same evening.
Car Charges: Hart Council have suspended all parking charges until the end of June. more

24 Mar
Nazanin Released Temporally:
During her release she will have to wear an ankle tag.   more

17 Mar
Woman Found Dead:
Following a report the police found a woman in her 50s dead inside a property in Fitzroy Rd at 4.18 on Monday March 16. The death is not being considered as suspicious but the cause remains unexplained.
Fleet Town Colts youth football club have presented a new automatic external defibrillator to Fleet's Calthorpe Park School. more about defibrillators in Fleet
Carnival Royalty:
Well done to this years Carnival winners: 
Carnival Princess - Jessica Armstrong -Fleet Infants School
Carnival Prince - Oscar Noble - All Saints School
Carnival Flower Girl - Maisie Mellor - Elvetham Heath Primary School 
Carnival Flower Girl - Keeley Eustace - Heatherside Infants School.        carnival
history        carnival website

10 Mar
A member of staff at NatWest in Fleet has tested positive for coronavirus. The bank is to close for a deep clean and will not open for another two weeks. more
Local Robberies: 2 people have been threatened with a claw hammer in separate robberies in Fleet. The first robbery was at the Reading Rd North and Harlington Way crossroads at 2.30 am. A 32-year-old man was approached by a group who asked for his wallet and phone while threatening him with a hammer, which one of them swung towards him.
The second robbery occurred around half an hour later near Domino's Pizza in Reading Road North. The 28-year-old victim was hit in the back with the hammer while the group demanded all his possessions. The victim threw his wallet on the floor before running off. If you saw anything contact Hampshire police on 101, quoting reference 44200068974.
Animals at Home: Residents at Freelands Croft Bupa care home have been provided with an animal therapy session which included an adder, waterdragaon, hissing cockroach, a gecko and a giant millipede. The session was designed to introduce new experience's and boost mental health.

4 Mar
Expanded School:
Calthorpe Park School is to get a £9.18 million expansion which will provide for 300 more places increasing the schools capacity to 1,725 pupils. The new extension will be built on the site of the old Hart Leisure Centre.
Help for Heroes: A former army captain from Church Crookham has so far raised £4,000 for Great Ormand St Hospital Children's Charity by trekking  across the Arctic. The veteran is the first injured warrior to take this trek thanks to funding from Help for Heroes.
New Hall: Crookham Village WI have celebrated the opening of their new hall which was completed with the support of Michael and Alf White of Grove Farm. 

26 Feb
Active for All:
Hart Leisure Centre has hosted a successful Activity for All event with Paralympics Champion Sascha Kindred CBE. 20 local families with disabled children and children with additional needs were welcomed.
Pothole Warning: A large pothole reported near Albert St Social Club  in Albert Street is certainly dangerous especially for motorcyclists. Take care.
Lions Store Founder Dies: Beverley Allardice, who was the founder of the Lions Community Store, has died at the age of 72.
Harlington Survey: A condition report has been completed and the final report is in progress to determine the overall state of the
building more
Gurkha Square: Fleet Town Council have tendered and awarded a contact for a professional operator to take over the management of the Gurkha Sq Saturday morning market.
Carnival Theme: This years Fleet Carnival theme is The Circus and the chosen charity is Church Crookham and Fleet Men's Shed more
VE Day: VE 75 Day will be celebrated in Gurkha Sq from 11pm to 4pm on Friday the 8th May which is a Bank Holiday. more

22 Feb
Bitcoin Fortune:
George Tayler who lives in Fleet made more than £88.960 last month with Bitcoin using an online system that teaches you how to use internet sites to make money.
False Alarm:
An RSPCA inspector responding to a report of a stray snake inside a building in Fleet  found out that the snake was child's plastic toy.
Plan Adopted: The Fleet Neighbourhood Plan has now been adopted by Hart District Council. more
New Play Area: Drainage works have been completed to enable a new play area to be installed in Calthorpe Park hopefully in time for the Summer holidays. more   carnival history

14 Feb
Car Accident in Fleet Rd: A pedestrian and a cyclist were taken to hospital after being hit by a car outside Travis Perkins on Feb 13. Both were taken to Fleet hospital after being treated by paramedics at the scene.
Best GCSE Results: St Nicholas School  has been named the best in Hampshire for GCSE results in 2019 exams. 
Oakley Park Path: A new path made from a water permeable, low maintenance surface made from recycled rubber granules has been laid to connect Kings Rd to Oakley Park. more
Helpers Needed: The 67th Dogmersfield Show will take place on Sat 18 July and to make it happen they need more helpers to set up on the Thursday and Friday as well as on the show day. If you are interested call Mr. Leversha on 01252 615534 or email 

6 Feb
Gas Leak:
A man has been arrested after a crash in the area of Pilcot Rd near Hitches Lane in Crookham Village which ruptured a gas main and led to 21 homes being evacuated.
Assault: A man suffered facial injuries after being assaulted outside MOOMOO nightclub in Upper St the day before the club closed for refurbishment.
Sad Loss: Popular local artist Colin Tophill has died. Colin painted many scenes of Fleet and Church Crookham, including Fleet Pond and the Basingstoke Canal. Many of his paintings were available as Christmas Cards. He held many local displays of his work. Colin also used a small area on the second floor of the Hart Centre to display his many paintings. more
(fleethants comment - On many occasions I enjoyed a chat with Colin at his small display area in the Hart Shopping Centre. He will be missed. Allan Gibson)
Bushfires Cash Raised: Staff and pupils at the Elvetham Heath Primary School have raised more than £1,300 for charities supporting wildlife affected by Australia's bush fires.
Lottery: Hart Lottery has launched an additional Spring prize draw. From now until Match 21 each player will be able to win additional prizes. more

31 Jan
Third Best:
Once again Hart has featured in the Halifax Quality of Life Survey top ten places to live in the UK coming in at number three. Top spot was taken by East Hertfordshire with Fareham coming in second.
Golf Charity: North Hants Golf Club have donated more than £11,000 to Step by Step in Aldershot. The money has been raised by Captain Roy Brincat over the past year using the captains charity.
Birthday: The Sunrise care home in Fleet has celebrated its 14th birthday.

22 Jan
Recycling Charge:
Hampshire County Council is planning to introduce a £5 charge if you live outside the county where you dump your rubbish. Those living within Hampshire will have to register their cars online to avoid the fee. The new scheme will start on April 1st. To register by phone ring 03005 551389 To register on line click here 
Food Bank:
The Fleet based Hart Food Bank provided 1,279 people in the Hart area with emergency food in 2019 - 451 of those were children. This was an increase on last year. (fleethants comment: well done to all the volunteers who run Hart Food Bank and those providing the food - but what an absolute disgrace that a food bank is needed in this day and age)
Local Night Club Changes: MOOMOO nightclub in Upper Street Fleet is to be converted into a Zinc and Popworld. There will be a "closing party" at the old club on February 1st. The cost of the update is thought to be around £300,000.

16 Jan
The Rotary Club of Fleet rec a total collection of £12,898 in donations from house to house and static Christmas collections. The money goes to "Step by Step, Hart First Response and towards a new community hall as part of the All Saints rebuild.
Thankyou: Fleet and Hart Lions Christmas collection raised nearly £7,000 through street and door to door collections. Some of this money was spent on Christmas hampers for the needy and a carol concert for the elderly.
Schools Help Rebuild: Nine schools in Fleet have joined together to raise more than £3,000 for the rebuilding of the All Saints Church.
M3 Accident: A vehicle has left the carriageway on the M3 near to Fleet Services. One person was taken to Frimley Park hospital in a serious condition. 

9 Jan
Zumba Celebration:
Hart Leisure Centre have held a colossal zumba event to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and Hart Foodbank. 72 people took part in the workout.
New Play Area: A three storey childrens soft play area has opened at Hart Leisure Centre in Emerald Ave. It includes Ramps, vertical rollers and climbing areas.

3 Jan
Art Display:
An abstract pop-up art display produced by four local artists has taken place in the Hart Shopping Centre. Fleet based artist Satdeep Grewal, who paints abstract landscapes and portraits took part. She was recently a contestant in Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2019. The display also showed works by Fleet based Ria Cornall, a self taught artist working mostly in oils but is now using acrylics. video of the works of Satdeep Grewal.
New Cafe: A new vegetarian/vegan cafe, called The Greenhouse, has opened opposite the Ancells Park play area in Fleet. more

2019 Mummers:
In spite of very poor weather Crookham Mummers have raised hundreds of pound for Farnham's Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Trust from performances of their annual Boxing Day play which is performed outside The Spice Merchant, and The Crescent Green Pubs in Church Crookham and the Queens Head in Dogmersfield. video


27 Dec
Charity Money Theft:
Mathew Denton, of Fitzroy Rd, has over the last few years partnered with local charities to raise money for local charities with his Christmas lights display has reported that his charity bucket has been stolen from the outside of his house.

20 Dec
Road Show in Fleet:
Charlie Ross from The Antiques Road Trip has paid a visit to the Serendipity shop in Fleet Rd. He spent a couple of hours deciding what to buy looking at a couple of items before finally deciding to buy something. All will be revealed  when the BBC  broadcast the show in February.

13 Dec
Election Result:
Another huge majority for the Conservatives in NE Hampshire as Ranil Jayawardene is elected MP for the Fleet and Church Crookham areas in the General Election. more
Sadie's Dive: 95 year old Sadie Donnelly, who is a resident at Sunrise of Fleet, celebrated her birthday by taking part in an indoor skydive in Cyprus. The dive was made possible by the home's Make a Wish tree initiative. more
Fleet Boys Music Success: Eight year old Frankie Morland from Fleet has written and recorded his own single World in Danger which warns us of the threat of global warming.. With the help of his Dad and Publisher DK Books the single could be a hit in the UK charts. Watch the video by Zoe Barnish  video 

4 Dec
Fleet Festival:
The rain stopped just in time for thousands of visitors to enjoy this years Fleet Christmas Festival which boasted over 100 stalls selling various Christmas produce. The lights were switched on by the cast of Fleet's Harlington Panto "Aladdin."
Cash Boost: Fleet Pond has received a cheque amounting to £9,004.12 from Fleet Kings Road Co-op branch. The pond is looking for more members to support the work needed to reserve its beauty. more

27 Nov
Hospital Bus:
Buses in Fleet (BIF) is campaigning for a bus service from Fleet to Frimley Park Hospital. more

15 Nov
Travellers at the Police Station:
An unauthorised traveller encampment of around 5 caravans has been set up at the former police station in Fleet. As the encampment is on private land the council is unable to move the group on and it is up to the land owner to take action through the courts to obtain an injunction.

8 Nov
Local Burglaries:
There have been three local burglaries on the same day reported by the police. Two homes in Northfield Rd Church Crookham were broken into on Nov 6th with thieves getting away with cash and jewellery and on the same day a property in Basingbourne Rd was broken onto with cash, jewellery and personal items taken. If you have any information please contact the police on 101.
Local Artist on TV: Local artist Satdeep Grewal appeared on Sky Arts TV programme "Landscape Artist" on 5th Nov. Although Satdeep did not manage to win she produced an interesting and unusual portrail of Herstmonceux Castle in Sussex.

1 Nov
New Costa Coffee:
A brand new Costa Coffee store is to open at 156 Fleet Rd with a grand opening on the 4th Dec.
Church Plans Approved: All Saints Church, which was devastated by fire, has been given the go ahead to rebuild from the Hart District Council more

Winning Ways: At the Award Ceremony for South & South East in Bloom, Fleet Town Council's Parks won several awards: 
• Small Conservation - Oakley Park, Silver Gilt and Basingbourne Park, Gold 
• Small Park - Oakley Park, Silver Gilt and Basingbourne Park, Gold 
• Large Park - Calthorpe Park, Silver Gilt • Small Cemetery - Fleet Cemetery, Gold 
• Small Cemetery of the Year 2019 
• The Friends of Basing bourne Park were awarded the highest level, "Outstanding" in the 'It's your Neighbourhood' category and Gold in the 'Our Community' category 

(fleethants comment: Very well done to all concerned. Fleet can be proud of you)

Oct 23
Catwalk Campagn:
Catherine Gallagher joined 31 other catwalk models who have breast cancer to take part in the annual Breast Cancer Care Fashion Show as part of the Asda's Tickled Pink campaign. Catherine who lives in Fleet works at the Asda Supermarket in Farnborough.

16 Oct
New Shed:
Around 200 people attended the opening of a new Church Crookham and Fleet Men's Shed in Church Crookham. The local men's shed was first set up in 2017 and has completed more than 40 projects for local people.
Oatsheaf Re-opens: The Oat Sheaf in Fleet has reopened to the public following a mighty refurbishment. It was closed to the public for 10 days so that it could be transformed into a winter hideaway. It now includes two incredible 180 degree fireplaces and lit by dozens of candles.

11 Oct
Aldi and Lidl in Fleet: Both Aldi and Lidl supermarkets are both looking to open new shops in Fleet.
Repainted: The Skate Park at The Views has been newly painted

4 Oct
Hospital Collection:
Fleet Hospital and Community Friends raised £777,74 from their collections in Fleet Town Centre and outside
Blood Cancer Collection: Ferry Mather of KLM Salons in the Hart Shopping Centre joined 59 other hairdressers from around the country in cycling from London to Paris to help raise £70,000.

26 Sep
Man Attacked in Fleet:
A man, who had spent the night clubbing at Moo Moo Clubrooms in Upper St, was attacked and punched in the face outside the Old Emporium in Fleet Rd at around 3.15 on Sunday Sep 15th. A spokesman said: "We are appealing for witnesses and information after a 19-year-old man sustained a fractured jaw. The group were waiting for a taxi when they were approached by two males.

19 Sep
Free Parking:
Hart District Council is consulting with Town and Parish councils over proposed changes to off street parking for 2020/2021, aimed at offering 30 mins free parking.

12 Sep
Driver Charged:
A man has been charged with a number of offences following an accident  in Upper Street between a Mondeo and a Lexus. A building suffered structural damaged whilst one of the drivers was taken to hospital. 
Fleet Runs: Entries are now open for this years Fleet 5K and 10K runs which will take plase on Sunday Oct 20th at 9.30 more

6 Sep
Vaccinations Problem:
A GP practice in Fleet has told patients that if they have their immunisation away from the practice then GP surgeries may struggle to survive and may no longer be able to offer the vaccination programme.
Crookham Fire:
Firefighters were called at around 7.30 on 30 Aug to a blaze at a flat on Redfields Lane. Crews from three fire engines attended a small fire in a first floor flat. All residents were accounted for.
Ballerinas Honour: 5 ballerinas from the Kahli Lewis Dance Company based in Church Crookham have danced in the National Youth Ballet's season, Wonderlands last week. more
Fleet Pond Algae: Blue-Green algae has recently been found in Fleet Pond. A dog who swam in the pond and drank some of the water in 2017 was quickly treated by a local Vet who said the best advice is to keep dogs away from the water but if the dog should enter the water to seek prompt and proper advice.

30 Aug
Helicopter Over Fleet:
A police helicopter was seen over Fleet on Thursday searching for a man following a burglary at Chesilton Crecent   in Church Crookham. Two men burgled a house and officers from Hampshire Constabulary were called to the scene at around 3.39. One man was arrested at the scene. A second man was described as ginger, wearing a dark grey hoodie with a red top underneath, grey shoes. dark navy blue joggers and white socks. If you can help phone 101 quoting incident 573 on Aug 29.
Home Award: Woodlands care home in Fleet has joined the top 3.5% of adult social care services following inspections by the CQC.
Store Break In: Three masked men broke into Crookham General Stores after smashing a glass door and threatening the owner inside with a crowbar. The owner held on to his keys despise being assaulted and suffering a cut face. The men left empty handed in a silver coloured Seat Ibeza. Anyone with any information should call 101 and quote 44190300452.
High Street Closed: Fleet high street was closed on Thursday afternoon after an accident involving a car and a pedestrian occurred at around 3pm. A patient was airlifted to hospital. No one has been arrested after the accident. 
Mary Poppins: Pupils from the June White Academy of Dance raise £200 from a raffle and tuck shop, which was donated to the Alzheimer's Society, during their performance of Mary Poppins Returns.
Yorda Adventures: John and Anne Smith will set of from Lands End with the aim of cycling the 1,000 miles to John o Groats in 18 days to raise 1,000 towards the children's charity Yorda Adventures. more

19 Aug
Fleet World Record:
Marco George from Fleet has broken the world record for performing a headstand on a motorbike when he reached just over 76 MPH at the Straightliners World's Fastest Wheelie Competition in North
Yorkshire.                                                      >>>>>>>
What a Messie: Five year old Andrew Smith from Fleet thought his dream had come true when he thought his Mum said they were going to see Lionel Messi on their holiday, but he had misheard her and was taken to Lock Ness to see "Nessie".
Slashed Tyres: 24 vehicles in Fleet ad Church Crookham have had their tyres slashed over the last two weeks between 12th and 16th of Aug. Two between 5pm on 12 August and 8am on 13th August in Jessett Drive and Brandon Rd in Church Crookham, four btween 4pm on 13 August and midday on 14th August in Sepen Meade, Browning Road, Jessett Drive and Danvers Drive in Church Crookham and 18 took place between 5pm on 16 August and 4pm on 17 August in The Verne, Longmead, Basingbourne Rd, Beech Ride, Spring Woods, Florence Rd, Dinorben Ave, Johnson Way in Fleet as well as Gordon Ave, Gravel Road, Brandon Road and Pine Grove in Church Crookham.

14 Aug
Beer Festival:
This years Fleet Lions Beer Festival was attended by a record 1,000 people and has been declared a roaring success. 450 gallons of bear and cider was consumed with proceeds going to RNIB and the Macular Society plus other local charities. see the video
Top Care Home: Woodlands in Reading Road South has been awarded an "outstanding" rating by the Care Quality Commission."  This is the second time the home has received the outstanding award.
Little Horrors: More than 1,200 people watched 5 performances of Little Shop of Horrors by pupils from Fleet's Calthorpe Park School in their annual school production.

7 Aug
Parking Clash:
Fleet Conservative County councilor Steve Forster wants Hart Council to provide free parking for medical staff who are having difficulties parking at Fleet Hospital. Hart want a substantial amount of money for these free spaces even though the car park in Church Rd is never full. CCH leader James Radley argues that we should do more than just giving out car passes and should do more to help patients across the hospital.
Station Bike Thefts: Fleet Station is third in a list of bike thefts in Surrey and Hampshire stations with 23 thefts during 2018/19 ( one theft per 100,000 visitors) compared with 28 thefts during 2017/18. There are 234 secure bike spaces at Fleet Station. 

30 July
Fleet Trail:
The Dinosaur Trail has arrived in Fleet Shopping area. Get your entry form from the Hart Shopping Centre or the Harlington Centre, find all the Dinosaurs and answer the questions for each dinosaur for a chance to win £100 to spend with businesses in Fleet.

24 July: Steve Honoured: News and Mail reporter Steve Lloyd has become an honorary member of the Fleet Lions Club. He was given the Melvin Jones Fellowship award, the Lions highest award, for his help promoting the Lions group and its fundraising activities during the past three decades.

17 July
Boris Gets Local Supprt:
Local Tory MP Ranil Jayarwardena is supporting Boris Johnson to become Prime Minister because he believes he will deliver Brexit and combat Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party.
Save our Buses: Buses in Fleet is proposing that local traders offer partial discounts to shoppers on production of a bus ticket in the hope that more people will be persuaded to use local Stagecoach bus services which in turn could help maintain better local bus services.
Miricle Children: Fleet's Cara Newton has had two children after being told that her cancer diagnosis meant that she had a "zero chance of having kids." She is now showing other young women who face infertility why they should not give up hope.
(fleethants comment: Very well done Cara, fleethants wishes you all a wonderful life together.)

10 July
Fleet Carnival celebrations were reduced to only one day this year. The main procession was watched by thousands as it made its way down Fleet Rd to Calthorpe Park. The procession results were:Autism Friendly first in the Walking Class. Junior DJ won the Motorised Class and Elvetham Heath won the School Class. Carnival Princess was Ruby from Velmead Junior School, Joseph from Heatherside Junior School was Carnival Prince, Lily was Carnival Flower Girl and Esme was Carnival Flower Girl. The winner of the Carnival Programme Cover art competition was Willow Nichols from St Nicholas School. see the procession video

3 July
Cost of Rental:
Hart area is the 75th in a list of the least affordable areas to rent in.

26 June
Stay on Route:
Management student James Grice, 20, from Fleet has launched an app which will alert blind and visually impaired commuters when their train stop approaches. He started work on it a year ago when he met a visually impaired student at his universities business startup journey programme.

19 June
Dead Man Found in Park:
A man in his 40s has been found dead in Oakley Park in Albany Rd at around 10.40pm on June 13th. There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances, according to the police.
Hunger Strike: Richard Ratcliffe, who has spent most of his life in Fleet, has gone on hunger strike in support of his wife Nazanin who has started a hunger strike in her jail in Iran. more

5 June
Death Inquest:
An inquest into the death of Sasha Forster from Fleet has resulted into three critical reports from the coroner aimed to prevent future deaths. Sasha Forster had a confirmed diagnosis of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She took an overdose on March 31 2017.
Fleet High Street Fighting: Two men suffered minor injuries during an altercation in Fleet High Street on Sat 1 June. 2 men sustained minor injuries and four men were spoken to by the police. The incident is still under investigation. Call 101 with ref 44190188528 if you can help.

29 May
Spring Clean:
A record of more than 60 people turned out to give Fleet a Spring Clean on the Fleet Town Council "Action Day". A party from the 100th Elvetham Heath Scouts took part as well as a group from Fleet Baptist Church. The Council gave a huge thank you to all the volunteers. video from a previous "Action" Day"
Bronze for Lucy:
Fleet's Lucy Shuker helped the Great Britain's Women's team pick up bronze medals at the Wheelchair Tennis World team cup.
Walking Football Raises Cash: Fleet of Football raised £300 for children's charity after staging their club championship. more
Tennis Challange: Robyn Moore, who suffered an extreme form of post traumatic stress disorder, has started on a month long challenge to raise awareness of the illness by setting herself the task of playing 8 hours tennis every day for 30 days at various venues throughout the UK. Tennis star Tim Henman is on hand to help out.

22 May
Money for Charity:
Open Sight, a Hampshire charity in Fleet which provides services to visually impaired people,  has been awarded £10,000 from The German Micklem Charitable Trust to set up new hubs in the local area. more
New Disability Centre: Disability Initiative has opened a new satellite centre in Fleet more

18 May
Commons Attack:
Emily Bringloe, from Church Crooklham, was walking her German Shepherd along a woodland path in Velmead Common when a man tried to pull her into the woods. He was abouy 6ft with grey hair. She pulled away but  suffered scratch marks from his nails. Police are appealing for information and witnesses. Phone 101 if you can help. 

14 May
Death Cafe in Fleet:
United Reformed Church minister Ruth Dillon, Sara Lee from Holmes and Family Funeral directors and Sam Mohieddin from Watson Thomas Solicitors have joined forces to host a Death Cafe in Fleet's Hart Shopping Centre on Thurs May 16 from 2pm to 4pm. The cafe is an informal gathering in a local cafe where people can talk about anything to do with death. Contact Rev Dillon on 07932 859212 for more information.
Bike Success: 240 entrants raised more than £2,000 for the Phyllis Tuckwell and Fleet and Church Crookham Responders after taking part in the Fleet Lions annual 36th Motorcycle Run and Concours at Elvetham Heath car park. video of previous event
Charging Points: Six electric charging points are to be provided in Fleet Station by the South Western Railway network. They will provide trickle charge facilities free to commuters parking at the station car park.

7 May
Local Election Results:
Fleet and Church Crookham returned 4 Community Campaign Hart (CCH) candidates and 1 LibDem candidate results
Plans Scrapped: After a public consultation Fleet Town Council have abandon plans to extend the new Harlington Centre into Gurkha Square. more
New Play Area: A £53,000 over 8's playground and teenager recreation area has been installed at Basingbourne Park. more 

31  April
Fleet Go Down:
Fleet Town FC ended their season with a 4-2 defeat away to Highworth Town and will be relegated after finishing last in Isthmian Southern South division. more

24 April
Fleet Road Accident:
A man has been arrested on suspicion of drink and drug driving after a pedestrian was seriously injured in a crash outside Lloyds Bank in Fleet Road at 3.14 on Bank Holiday Monday. The pedestrian was taken to hospital with serious head and arm injuries. The driver was later released.

17 April
Badger Cub:
Police have launched an appeal after a badger cub was been found dead in Calthorpe Park with its teeth knocked out after"significant blunt trauma force." If anyone has any information on this please call 101 quoting incident 768 of 14/04/19.

10 April: The Flying Scotsman steam train will be passing through Fleet Station on Friday 12th April. It is expected to go through the station at around 11.44am but note this timing may change. The train is expected to stop at Brookwood Station.
Carnival Artwork: The winners of this years space-themed Fleet Carnival Artwork contest are: Finlay Hilton from Tweseldown Infants School, Willow, Sophia, Siuri and Ella Forber from St Nicholas School. Willow was the overall winner and her school has been awarded a £200 voucher for art supplies. This years competition is sponsored by Hartland Village

3 April
Tickets are now on sale for this years Beerfest organised by Fleet Lions and to be held on 3 Aug 2019 so book now. more
Mr Fleet Pond: Colin Gray, past chairman of Fleet Pond. has received his award of MBE for voluntary service to the comunity in Fleet. more
Headcase: Viv Grand-Sutton, activities assistant at Sunrise of Fleet,  has had her head shaved at the Church Rd home in aid of Multiple Sclerosis research. So far £1.200 has been raised.

27 March
Potholes Back:
Due to recent cold weather potholes are coming back, and fast. They need to be repaired as quickly as possible. Potholes can be reported by going to and click on "transport and roads" or phone 0300 555 1388.
Great Switch Off: From April 1st street lights in residential areas in Fleet and Church Crookham will be switched off altogether between 1am and 4am.
Antisocial Behaviour: 
A resident of Church Crookham has been given a suspended prison sentence after repeated antisocial behaviour. Hart District Council and Hampshire Police took the man to court for a second time following a breach of a Criminal Behaviour Order. He was charged for 4 offences relating to the use of threatening, abuse and insulting behaviour to cause another harassment or distress and received a sentence of 12 months imprisonment, suspended for 24 months.
Free Tickets: Fleet Town FC gave out a number of free ticket vouchers to lift support for their game against Cirenchester but after taking a 10 minute lead  they lost 4-1. The Town remain at the bottom with only 16 points from 32 games. more

21 March
New Lottery:
Fleet Rotary Cub has introduced the 500 club lottery which featured 500 unique numbers available to buy at £1 per week per number. For more information ring Mr Gibbons on 07900 908990 or email 
At the Bottom:
Fleet Town FC have moved to the bottom of the league after losing 4-1 to Barnstable the previous bottom team. more
On Street Parking: Fleet Business Improvement District (BID) is urging Hampshire County Council to rethink a proposal to introduce on-street parking charges in Fleet. They fear that the new charges would have a detrimental effect on trading in the town. 
Fleet Half Marathon: Around 2,500 runners took part in the Fleet Half marathon on Sunday. The winner was James Bellward of the RAF with a time of 1:07:34. Lesley Locks of Hart Road Runners was the first woman home in 1:18:27. Olly Webb from Fleet & Crookham AC won the junior Mini Mile in 5:41. video
Scout Group Open New Hut: GSL 101st Scout Group, a relatively new group formed 6 years ago in Fleet, are opening their new hut after £72k of renovations. The hut was given to them by the MOD. The grand opening is on 30 March between 2-4pm. 

14 March
Protection for Imprisoned Wife:
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been granted diplomatic protection by the foreign secretary James Hunt. petition
End of an Era: Farnborough Air show peoples weekend has been permanently cancelled because of lack of support in recent years. The weekday displays will continue. Lack of a full display by the Red Arrows has contributed greatly to the reduction in public support.

27 Feb
Fire Warning:
Church Crookham mother Amber Daly has warned people to take care after a fire caused by cooking chips in her home nearly killed her. Firemen performed 4 or 5 CPR procedures before she finally came round. Fortunately her child was somewhere else at the time. see video 

20 Feb
Brother Jailed:
Salim Wakil from Fleet has been jailed for 30 months after sending £2,500 to his sister a member of ISIS in Syria. Salim claimed to be sending the money to enable his sister to return to Britain.
Return Plea to Schoolgirl: The family of British schoolgirl Sumaiyyah who travelled to Syria in August 2014 aged 16, to become an ISIS bride, have begged her to return to the UK so her two year old daughter can be safe. She was stripped of her British citizenship. but her family are appealing the decision.

13 Feb
Gracewell Improvements:
Gracewell Church Crookham care home requires improvement following an inspection from the Care Quality Commission. The care home was visited over three days in December after reports of residents sustaining harm and concerns raised by relatives and help professionals regarding the quality of care at the Bourley Rd home.
Bus Changes: Buses in Fleet (BIF) is making imminent changes to the Stagecoach bus numbers 7 and 10 services. The number 7 will no longer run to Fleet Railway Station and will only run one trip per day to and from Hartley Witney and the number 10 will see the 6am service dropped and the service will be cut to run hourly between Church Crookham, Fleet and Farnborough more

6 Feb
Robbers Jailed:
Robert Sifile and Thomas Croft, who both admitted to carrying out an armed robbery at the Nisa Local store in Linkway on the 28th November 2018, have each received a seven year jail sentence.
Unlucky 13: Hart District have dropped to 13th in last years Halifax Quality of Life Survey. In the last six years, Hart has topped the survey five times. However Hart still rates highest for the proportion of residence in good health at 97.6%.
Snow: On Friday 1st Feb the Fleet area saw around 4inches of snow which severely affected the rush hour traffic making driving conditions extremely

30 Jan
Homes Launched:
St Edwards Homes has launched its 1,500 development at Hartland Village more
Winning Author:
Fleet author David Cleden will be honoured during the 35th Annual L. Hubbard Acheivement Awards held in
Hollywood. more

23 Jan
Fleet Lions have distributed 300 second hand snow shovels to various organisations in time for possible snow in our area. The shovels were obtained from Heathrow Airports Winter Division and were destined to be scrapped.
Nazanin: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has ended her three day strike following a decision by Iranian prison authorities to grant her medical treatment. see below petition

16 Jan:
Nazanin Zaghari-Radcliffe has gone on a hunger strike over a lack of medical treatment and attempts to pressure her into spying on Britain if she was released. Nazanin was refused treatment for lumps in her breasts, neurological care for pains in her limbs and access to an external psychiatrist.

9 Jan
MBE for Colin:
Colin Gray who is best known for his work with the Fleet Pond Society has received the MBE in the New Year honours list. more
(fleethants Comment: Colin deserves this award for his tireless dedication to Fleet Pond and many other local charity activities.  Well done)
Christmas Collections: Fleet Rotary Club raised a total of £12,286 in donations for good causes in the run-up to Christmas. Of this £9,062 was raised in the house to house and static collections licensed by Hart Council. Fleet Lions donated more than 125 food parcels to help disadvantaged local  people have a better Christmas. Street to street collections raised £6,055.51.
Inquiry Into New Homes: An inquiry into controversial new plans to build new homes in Elvetham Heath called Elvetham Chase are being discussed before a government inspector. more

3 Jan
Hart Foodbank:
The Fleet based CV-Library has donated 267 items to the Hart Foodbank for Christmas.
Marathon Spaces:
Spaces for the Fleet Half marathon taking place on 17th March are in short supply. Would be contestants are asked to apply as soon as possible. Visit for full details. 
The Mummers: Once again the Crookham Mummers performed their Boxing Day show in and around Crookham Village raising a record £950 for charity. video