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26 Dec
Fleet Town FC Lose Local Derby:
Fleet lost 5-1 to rivals Farnborough. They took the lead after 23 minutes when Mike Douglas hit the target. Fleet were on top at this stage but a great shot by Ian Oliver in the 38th minute made it 1-1 at half time.  Fleet were playing the better football but it was Farnborough who took over the game in the second half when Rob Saunders scored a second for Farnborough after 5 minutes with a great header and seven minutes later a similar goal from Marcus Richardson put the score at 3-1 to Farnborough. After this Farnborough started to dominate the game and scored two breakaway goals on 73 minutes by Rob Saunders and  a gave away 5th goal again by Rob Saunders after 86 minutes. Crowd trouble behind the Fleet goal was quickly controlled by the stewards. The attendance was a record 951. Man of the match was Rob Saunders. Fleet can get their revenge when they play Farnborough at home on Monday 24th March. (It was nice to see Cllr Denis Gotel at the game supporting Fleet Town - Webmaster)
Dance Success: June White Academy teacher Abigail Williams will soon be appearing in the West End tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Abigail started dancing at the age of four. She has appeared in Spirit of the dance, and on TV.

19 Dec
Not Pointless:
The seven man Crookham Street Darts Team scored 359,981 points in a 24 hour darts marathon in aid of the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice. They are waiting to see if they have broken the record.
Relieved Councillor: Cllr Denis Gotel said he was very relieved after having been cleared of  any breach of the councils Code of Conduct following a complaint by Tory Cllr Sharon Wheale regarding confidentiality at the time of the resignation of the former Fleet Town Centre Manager Sue Collen.
Back From Thailand: Jack Sylvester has just returned to Fleet after being one of 60 BUPA volunteers who marked the companies 60th anniversary by helping to redevelop Sarnelli House orphanage to improve the lives of children affected by HIV and AIDS. Jacky said she would never forget the amazing experience.

14 Dec
Pizza Problems:
Local residents are protesting against plans to open a new takeaway pizza parlour on the corner of Reading Rd South and Compton Road. They say that the area is already congested and the increased traffic and parking will bring it to a standstill.
More Fleet Homes:
Berkeley Homes have lodged plans on how it will develop 300 homes on a site by Hitchins Rd. The new homes were approved by a government inspector two years ago. 40% of homes would be affordable housing.
Local Derby:
Fleet Town are scheduled to play Farnborough Town away on Boxing day. Fleet are currently fourth in the Southern League Division South & West with Farnborough at the top. Should be a great game.

8 Dec
Mast Gets Go-ahead:
The building of a mobile phone mast on the corner of Courtmoor Ave and Reading Rd South has been given the go-ahead by a government planning inspector after an appeal by Hutchinson 3G. Hart Council's planning committee originally threw out the plan.
Homes Plan Objections:
Local residents are expected to come out in force to object to the building of 206 homes plan at the Fleet Pond Waterfront Business Park. 
Legion Funds: Staff at CHL mortgages have raised 600 towards the Royal British Legion.

5 Dec
Buy A Light:
Hart Lions Club are lighting up Christmas with the "Light up a Life" campaign to raise money for the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice. For 5 a light on the Christmas Tree at Hart Shopping Centre can be dedicated to the memory of a loved one.
Cycle Trek:
NHS worker Steph Thorns from Velmead Rd is to take part in a sponsored ride from Guatemala to Honduras to support Mayan families in Central America.
Cleaner Sweep: A change from using mechanical sweeping to the old fashioned brush and barrow has resulted in a noticeable difference in the cleanliness of the streets in Fleet and a number of positive comments.

30 Nov
Footballers Tribute:
A tea bar has been refurbished and dedicated to the life of teenager Daniel Ayre who died on his birthday, September 16, in a crash in Ewshot. The bar, named "Danny's Place" is located in Calthorpe Park.
New Allotment:
Hart District Council has agreed to seek government approval to convert a site in Azalea Gardens in Church Crookham into a 60 plot allotment. Currently 74 people are on the waiting list on Fleet.
Grave Issue:
A bid has been made to extend Fleet Cemetery in order to provide an extra 15 years of grave space.
MP Lion:
Local MP James Arbuthnot has accepted an invitation to become an honorary of the Fleet Lions.

25 Nov: 
Not Rained Off:
Over 14,000 people braved the rain to enjoy this years Fleet Festivities along Fleet Rd. more
Lost Car Park: Developers Taylor Wimpey want to cut the Bourly Rd car park to five spaces as part of its plans to build 1,000 homes at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks site in Church Crookham. Local residents are organising objections to the plan.
Medal Winners: Children at the "Beginners on Stage" group in Fleet have won a number of medals in the annual British Arts Festival for Speech and drama Tuder Rose event in Guildford.
Free Lessons: From next January youngsters between 11 and 19 in Hart will be able to get free music lessons from SMART music. Tuition will be provided at the Point Youth Centre in Fleet. Contact Charlotte Tickner at charlotte.tickner@hants.gov.uk for further information.
Hair Award: KIM Salons in the Hart Centre are overall runners up at the Schwarzkopt Professional Creative Team Competitions 2007. 

20 Nov:
GCSE Results:
Court Moor School achieved 77% of 5+ grades A* - C, 73% of 5+ A* - C including English and Maths and 98% of 5+ A* - G including English and Maths. Calthorpe Park School  achieved 62% of 5+ grades A* - C, 53% of 5+ A* - C including English and Maths and 54% of 5+ A* - G including English and Maths.
Safer Fleet: A team of volunteers are to offer support and advice to revellers suffering from the effects of alcohol and emotional distress in Fleet and Church Crookham. Further information can be obtained on 0845 0454545 extension 605129.
Colourful Fleet Again: Winter hanging baskets are to return to the town centre after their removal for the Fleet Rd refurbishments.

15 Nov
Parish Vote:
Fleet and Church Crookham residents are to be balloted regarding being represented by a parish council. The postal vote will cost about 14,000
World Champion:
72 year old race walker Maureen Spelman competing in the Masters Athletics Championship has collecting four gold medals. She took up the sport in 1999.
Bike Charity Ride:
Steph Thorns, a nurse from Velmead Rd, is training for a charity bike ride from Guatemala to Honduras. Al Fresco restaurant is hosting a charity event on Mon Nov 26 to help her on her way. Visit www.thorns.info/guatemala for more information.

11 Nov
Remembrance Day:
More than 300 people turned up at the Gurka Square memorial to remember those who have fallen since the first world war. Later in the day a service of remembrance took place at a packed All Saints Church. The new Fleet Methodist minister the Rev. Stephen Robinson addressed the congregation and introduced his little friend Will Wesley - a ventriloquist dummy - which he used to great effect to enhance his sermon.
Delayed Fireworks: Fleet Lions Firework display held in The Views was delayed by 15 minutes due to the largest turnout for many years. A spokesman said it was the best display ever.
Flower Power: Robyn Lapper was placed third in the first heat of the Interflora Florist of the year competition. Charlotte Murrey came second in the Florist of the Future section. Both girls work at Oasis Flowers in Fleet.
Science Buff: Fleet's Elaine Baxter has been selected as one of six finalists in the Woman of the Future Awards sponsored by Shell.

5 Nov
Poppies:
The poppy collection by volunteers along Fleet Rd was enhanced by a number of Gurkhas who travelled to fleet to support the British Legion Remembrance fund.

3 Nov:
Photo Competition:
The winner of the Fleet Business Partnership's 2007 photo competition was Leo Janson with an image entitled "Grab Air" More than 150 people entered the competition which had prizes of more than 800 donated by Starbucks and Ready 2 Print. more
Fraudulent:
Robert Marchant of Dudley Court has pleaded guilty to making a false declaration to obtain benefits of 8,682. He was ordered to repay 500 still owing plus Hart's costs of 100
No Allotments:
A council report has concluded that the council is not in a position to provide allotment gardens. Campaigner Bob Hughes said  the report was disappointing and not very forward thinking.
Flood Action: Fact finding tours of Fleet Pondtail, Fleet Courtmoor and Fleet West wards have taking place with an all-party group to ascertain what can be done to with flood hotspots in Fleet. 


28 Oct
Garage Fire:
Fleet Garage Services in Sankey Rd Co-owned by Clive Watson and Aubrey Hayns-Wood has been destroyed by fire. It is thought an electrical fault may have been to blame.
Car Crash:
A teenager had to be cut free after a crash in Aldershot Rd. Two female passengers were treated for minor injuries. They were taken to Frimley Park Hospital.
Support For Gurkhas: Fleet and Crookham residents have raised over 3,500 from a flag day towards the Gurkha Welfare Trust which helps veterans and their families.
Chinese Talk: St Nicholas School in Flee is to introduce Mandarin Chinese for its year 6, 7 and 8 pupils.

25 Oct
Lollipop Shortage:
There is a shortage of lollipop men and woman in the Fleet area. Pay is 5.94 per hour for two hours per day. For more information phone 01962 870500
Danger To Deer: A young deer had to be killed after being attacked by a dog in a field in Crookham Village. A notice requesting people to keep their dogs on a lead has been displayed round the area.
Closure Order: A Crack House Closure Order has been granted by magistrates on 51 Woodlands a week before a similar order had been placed on 81 Woodlands. 
What Do You Think?: Children from schools across Fleet have been asked to put their views forward regarding transportation and road safety.

19 Oct
Kings Rd PO To Go:
Pondtail Post Office is to be axed under government plans to close 2,500 local branches by the end of 2008. Harbhajan Ahluwalia  who runs the PO and the shop fears he will not be able to carry on if the PO is closed. It has been there since 1910. To comment on the closure email consultation@postoffice.co.uk 
Tree Vandalised:
A tree planted outside Crookham Village Stores has been mindlessly destroyed by vandals and will not be replaced. 
Female Attack:
Roderick Byrne from Church Crookham has appeared in court and charged with assaulting a women and causing grievous bodily harm. He was remanded in custody.
Scouting Birthday:
The 22nd Odiham Fleet Scouts have celebrated their 80th birthday at their Fleet headquarters.
Collection:
Fleet Hospital and Community Friends have collected over 1000, more than 700 more than in previous years.
Lions Van Vandalised: Thieves have stripped a van belonging to Fleet Lions taking of the bonnet, radiator Grill and front bumper. They cut open a chain link fence to get at the vehicle.
Two Years Jail: Dwayne Lee Ayres who lives in Church Crookham has been has been jailed for two years. He was accused of sustained, aggressive and continual bad driving and pleaded guilty to charges of causing the death of two teenagers in Hitchens lane. by dangerous driving.

10 Oct
Appealing Clock:
3,000 has been raised by residents and retailers towards a fund to get the clock on the top of the Emporium pub to strike again. The appeal was launched by Derek Barden and Geoff Baker. Donations can be sent to the Fleet News and mail office at 349 Fleet Rd and cheques should be made out to The Fleet and Crookham Civic Society.

 

Retail Use Refused: An appeal by Hamseys Ltd to change the use of a former car showroom adjacent to the Oatsheaf pub to retail use has been refused by Hart District Council.
Cetre Revamps:
Refurbishment work has started at the Hart Leisure Centre in Fleet. It is expected to be complete by the New Year.
Quality of Life:
Hart came fifth in a recent national survey to find the areas having the best quality of life in the country.

5 Oct
Reading Rd North Accident:
A yellow Honda Jazz has been involved in an accident at the Reading Rd North junction with Tavistock Rd. A 12 year old boy suffered serious injuries and was taken to hospital. Local residents are calling for improved traffic calming measures and a 30 mph limit right along the road.
Top Team: Fleet Town FC have climbed to the top of the South & West Division after beating Andover 4 - 0

28 Sep
Leak Folly:
Neighbours in Folly Close are fed up of waiting for a water leak to be fixed by residents living in Durnsfield Ave. The leak was detected by the SE Water Board in Durnsfield Ave which is private property and therefore they could not fix it. Water has flooded in Folly Close because it is on lower ground. 
No Extra Opening: Julian's Off Licence in Fleet Rd has failed in its bid to sell alcohol into the early hours of the morning. A three member group of Hart Councils licensing committee has ruled that they could only sell alcohol until midnight every day of the week, that is one hour longer than at present.
School Website Awards: Calthorpe Park School  has won the "most accessible" award in the Hantsweb Awards 2007. Court Moor School came second in the best school or college website category. 
Car Park Going?: The new owner of the car park at the rear of Ridgeway Parade in Church Crookham has applied to the Council to get permission to build an MOT station on the land.

21 Sep
Trees To Be Felled:
Angry residents are complaining to Hart Council because it plans to cut down six trees in Calthorpe Park to make way for a new parking area.
Teenager Killed:
A 16 year old boy has been killed in a car accident along Beacon Hill Road in Church Crookham. Other passengers in the car, a blue Vauxhall Corsa, suffered injuries and were taken to Frimley park Hospital. Anyone with information should ring Crimestoppers on 0800555111 quoting operation Ivor.
Child Abuse:
Three paedophiles who subjected children to six hours of sexual abuse in a house in Fleet have been jailed.

14 Sep
New Head:
Stuart Adlam has been appointed as the new headmaster of Elvetham Heath primary school.
Over 200 Medals:
Stephanie McAllister set up Team Colours UK, a disabled athletics team, last March and so far members have won more than 200 medals. Stephanie first competed in disabled swimming before taking a break to have her son Matthew. She first tried wheelchair athletics two years ago. Visit www.teamcoloursuk.org.uk for more. 
Surprise About Turn:
Plans to redevelop a complex for elderly people in Campbell Close which looked  set to be approved have now been thrown out. The Sentinel Housing Association wanted to replace 25 bungalows with a series of three and four-storey flats. The scheme divided the residents with some warning that the development would set a precedent for future developments in Fleet whilst others wanted to move out of their crumbling sheltered housing into the new flats.

7 Sep
Fleet CC Promoted:
Fleet CC consolidated their first place spot in Thames Valley League 2 by completing a comprehensive victory over second placed side Kidmore End  to guarantee their promotion to the Thames Valley League 1 more
Third Oldest:
The Hart area came third in a recent national survey to find out who lives longest in the UK. The average life expectancy in the area is just over 83.
Nightclub Assault: Three Fleet men were taken to Frimley Park Hospital following a dispute at the Jaxx nightclub. Anyone with information should contact 0845 045 4545.
85 Years; The Albert Social Club in Albert Street is celebrating its 85th birthday.

30 Aug
Coining It:
Visitors to a new Fleet retirement development at Cadogan Court in Branksomewood Rd who are over 60 years old will be given a 5 coin which celebrates the diamond anniversary of the Queen and Prince Philip. Call 0800 586 8844 to book a viewing.
Diamond Celebration:
Edwin and Vera Milhench of Argyll Court, Clarence Rd have celebrated their Diamond Wedding anniversary with a special meal laid on at their retirement complex. They also received a message from the Queen.
Podium Place:
Jeremy Metcalf is in sixth place in the 2007 Formula Renault UK Championship after securing third place at the Brands Hatch Indy Circuit.
Fleet Services Death: Shaun Ian Lucas, 26, of Knight Close in Church Crookham has been found dead in a room at the Days Inn Hotel at Fleet Services. Toxicology tests are to be carried out to determine the cause of death after injury and illness had been ruled out.

27 Aug
Pyestock Objections:
More than 5000 people have now objected to the planned warehouse development at Pyestock. 
No Smoking:
A group of customers at the Black Horse in Crookham Village have managed to stop smoking for two months with the help of the Local NHS Stop Smoking Service. The pub has recently been refurbished.
Get The Picture:
The Fleet Business Partnership has launched a photography competition with more than 800 worth of prizes. More details and entry forms can be obtained from www.fleetbusinesspartnership.com  

23 Aug
Moving Fear:
Marion Wilson aged 78 who lives in Campbell Close which is set to be demolished to make way for a block of sheltered homes is worried because no one will tell her were she will be moved to. Marion wants to live in Fleet were her daughter and grandchildren live and fears being moved away from the area. Plans to build the new homes have been in the pipe line for three years.
Not Very Charitable:
A charity box has been stolen from the counter of McDonalds in Fleet Rd.It was thought to contain about 30 for a children's charity. If you saw anything call 0800 555111.
Stock Car Race:
The popular Stock car racing which took place on land at the rear of Rushmore Arena and was run by Fleet Motor Club has ended and the club is hoping to move to a new venue near Basingstoke. Meanwhile Deane Wood the man in charge of the company that used to run the popular Tongham racing track has won a tender from the army to build a new stock car racing venue on the same land.

15 Aug
Iraq Medal:
James Cannings, a corporal in the Territorial army, has received the Operational Service Medal after a six month tour of duty in Iraq. He serves 10 Company The 4th Battalion The Parachute Regiment.Cpl Canning has lived all his life in Fleet and went to Court Moor School
Tea At The Ritz:
Sunrise Living Centre raised 600 to support the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice at their "Tea at the Ritz" event. Guests had a glass of Buck's Fizz and tea with cucumber sandwiches, scones, cakes and chocolates. The event was organised by Judy Keep, Sue Collen and Sheilagh Bell. Musical ntertainment was provided by Jill Morris, who is blind.
Victory:
Mark II Motor Sport won the "Fat Albert" stages of its latest rally at the RAF base at Keevil in Wiltshire. Drivers Mark Welch and James Sutherland romped home in first place against  a quality competition

10 Aug
Approval For New Homes:
Plans to redevelop a complex for elderly people in Campbell Close look set to be approved. 25 bungalows are to be replaced by three and four storey blocks comprising 63 flats.
Appeal:
Hutchison 3G are to appeal against Hart District Councills decision to throw out proposals to install a phone mast and base station on the corner of Courtmoor Ave and Reading Rd South.
New President:
The Rotary Club of Fleet have a new president, John Forsyth, who takes over from John Burton. Mr. Forsyth has lived in Fleet for 23 years.
New Offices: Work has started on a new office complex at the Blue Prior site between Redfields Gdn Centre and Redfields Industrial Est. Completion is expected in Feb 2008.

3 Aug
Foot and Mouth Back:
Fleet and Church Crookham are placed within the six-mile surveillance zone which the Government has ordered following the foot and mouth outbreak on a farm near the village of Normandy. Police and environment officials will monitoring the movement of animals.
Buzz Off: Countrywide travel bus service have changed to Fleet Buzz. bus services


Road Death:
A 58 year old woman died of her injuries when her car collided with a van in Aldershot Road, Church Crookham last Tuesday. Two men in the van were taken to Frimley Park hospital for treatment. Police have appealed for witnesses to contact 0845 0454545.
Pub Reopened:
The Black Horse pub in Crookham Village has reopened after a major refurbishment.

27 July
New Offices:
Developer TA Fisher is building 10,000 sq ft of offices at the Blue Prior site between Redfields Garden Centre and Redfields Industrial Estate. The work should be complete by March 2008.
Raving Looney:
Alan Hope who is a member of the Monster Raving Looney party in Fleet has finished second from bottom in the by-election at former Prime Minister Tony Blair's Sedgefield constituency. 

18 July
Game Sett and Match:
Would-be sports stars of the future are set to benefit from a new 345,000 all-weather pitch at a Court Moor School. The school will contribute 140,000 to the cost of the scheme. Unusually, a badger sett is located near to the pitch. The County Council has employed a specialist ecologist to ensure that the sett is not disturbed during the construction works and that all necessary measures are taken to protect the badgers' habitat and home.
Summit Meeting: Kate Fellows-Tully is to attend the Future Leaders of the World Summit in Washington DC. Kate, 17, wants to be a lawyer and hopes to study at Bristol. She is at present studying her A levels at Farnborough 6th Form College.
Axed Bus Service: The 71 bus between Fleet and Farnham is to be withdrawn from July 28. bus services
Carnival To Pay?:  The council is to charge Fleet Carnival for repairs to damage caused by Wall's Funfair vehicles when they pulled out their funfair from this years carnival. Senior citizens living locally complained about damaged lawns and footpaths. Wall's claim that they could not use their usual route up the hill on the views due to heavy rain and that the route they took was one agreed many years ago.
Music Festival: All Saints School choir was one of only 10 year 3 and under choirs to attend the 2007 National Festival of Youth at Birmingham Symphony hall.
                                            

12 July
Garden Back:
A Nepalese garden originally built in 2000 in memory of the Nepalese children who attended Crookham Junior school has now been reinstated after it had been demolished to build an extension.
Smaller car Park: Taylor Woodrow wants to cut the Bourley Rd car park to five spaces as part of its plans to build homes on the QEB site. It requires the space to avoid impact on the nearby Thames Basin Heathes Special Protection Area.

6 July
Not Deterred:
Pyestock developers Astral, are pushing ahead with the development of the former industrial site in spite of the objections of thousands of local people. The Project Director of the property investment arm of the Prudential said he had consulted with residents and addressed their concerns. more
Gang Attack:
A man was reported to have been attacked by a gang in Calthorpe Park between 7pm and 8pm last Monday. He was described as black and aged about 30. Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
School Award:
Courtmoor School has achieved Artsmark Silver status which is presented to schools demonstrating a committment to developing their provision from drama to music, design to literature and dance to sculpture.
Carnival Washout:
Only 500 music lovers turned out to the "Party in the Park", Fleet Carnivals first event of the week. The views was turned into a mini Glastonbury by the rain but the spirit of those who went was not dampened and it is anticipated that the event will be run again next year. more
New President:
Mike Collen is the new president of Fleet Lions. He has lived in Fleet for more that 20 years.
Line Dance Success: This years Fleet carnival Line Dance, held at the Harlington Centre, raised over 500 for carnival charities. Organiser Allan Gibson expressed his thanks to his wife Chris, daughter Claire, friend Ann Baker, all those who attended and helped sell tickets and disc jockey Allen Timmons "The Celtic Cowboy"

29 June
Attack Near Fleet: Robert Bridges slashed his 38 year old victims throat before cutting her clothes off, sexually assaulting her and leaving her for dead, naked in woods near Fleet. The married woman survived by flagging down a passing car and was taken to Frimley Park Hospital.

21 June
Man Attacked:
A man sitting in his car at the Harlington Centre Gurkha car park was hit in the face by a thug who hurled racist abuse at him. He was later treated for facial injuries. Any witnesses to this attack should ring Crime Stoppers on 0800 555111.
Grazing Cattle Under Fire: The cattle grazing on Velmead (see article on 12 June) have come under attack by vandals who have thrown sticks and rocks at them. It is hoped that this will stop once these thugs get used to the idea of the cattle being there.
Lost Appeal: Developers have lost an appeal to build a block of flats at 220 and 232 Fleet Rd.

15 June
MP's Object:
Fleet MP James Arbuthnot and Aldershot MP Gerald Howarth have sent a letter a joint letter to the PRUPIM/Astral scheme for the former Pyestock site more
Call For 20mph Limit:
Christine Clayton headteacher of Fleet Infant School is recommending that every school in Hampshire takes up the option of having 20MPH signs out side their schools. Fleet Infants has already got a sign saying "20s Plenty!" in Velmead Rd
Help:
The Blue Cross pet charity shop in Fleet Rd requires volunteers to help with a variety of tasks. If you want to know more ring 01252 627133.

12 June
Carnival Winner:
Chloe Marchant is this years Carnival Programme Artwork Winner. Her picture will appear on the front cover of thousands of carnival programmes which will be going on sale soon. Chloe is from Elvetham Heath Primary School. more
New Home Plans:
Plans to build a new 60-bedroomed nursing home at Blue Prior near Redfields Industrial Estate have come under fire from a number of local groups.
Fleet Winners:
Fleet Town FC Girls under11s have won the NEHYL league cup. They also won their League Championship this year.
Grazing Project: A bull, two calves and four cows are happily munching through the grass on Velmead Common as part of the Hampshire Wildlife Trust's Grazing for Biodiversity Project. The idea is to rejuvenate neglected heathland. more

8 June
MEP Objects:
Green MEP Caroline Lucas was given a tour of the area around the Pyestock site by members of the Stop Pyestock bLot Act Today group. She commented "I was against this development beforehand and I am still against it. more
Tory Roles:
Richard Appleton (Fleet West) has become deputy Conservative Group leader, Stephen Parker (Fleet North) is responsible for environment, Sharyne Wheale (Fleet Pondtail) is looking after Fleet Town Centre management.
Meet Your Local Policeman: A local monthly police surgery will be held at Morrisons car park when residents will be invited to talk about policing and safety concerns. 
Hijacked: Millions of pounds worth of mobile phones were stolen from a transit van which was forced to the side of the road by the driver of a dark coloured Subaru whilst the driver was driving along the a link road to the M3 - 4a junction.

1 June
102 Pints:
Mike Williams from Church Crookham has given his 102nd blood donation saving the lives of over 300 hundred people. Next month he will be 70 and will no longer allowed to give blood.

25 May
Cash Boost:
Fleet and Crookham Local History group have received a grant of 3,880 from the National Lottery Awards Scheme and will be using the money to set up a museum and history resource centre. Anyone with historical questions about Fleet or Church Crookham should call Mrs. Ralton on 01252 623806.
Call For Governors:
Schools in Fleet are appealing for volunteers to become governors. If you can help call the School Governors One Stop Shop on 0870 241 3883 or email info@sgoss.org.uk 
Fleet Centre Review:
Over the next few weeks a review of the Fleet Town Centre improvements will be taking place to determine the impact on the town since the works were completed a year ago. A street questionnaire will be carried out next month. If you wish to supply information contact the town centre manager, Paul Doughty at ftc.manager@hart.gov.uk 

23 May
Molly Leaves Us: We are sad to announce the death of former Carnival Committee Chairman Molly Ebdon MBE.   Molly died peacefully at home on Tuesday 22nd
May following a long illness. She served on the Carnival Committee for many years and was also a long standing member of the Women's Royal Voluntary
Service, honoured with an MBE from Her Majesty The Queen a few years ago in recognition of her services to the community. She will be sadly missed by
all who knew her.

17 May
QEB:
The public inquiry into the Queen Elizabeth Barracks development in Church Crookham has been adjourned until June 19th.
Step Nearer:
Support for the provision of allotments for Fleet and Church Crookham residents was unanimous at a full meeting of the Hart District Council.
Fleet Rd Fines:
More than 4,200 fines have paid by  motorists convicted of parking illegally in Fleet Rd during the last year. There are now no free parking bays in Fleet following the conversion of the red bays. The promised 10p for half an hour parking promised as part of the Fleet Rd improvements package has vanished in the wind.
More Protests: New plans for the Pyestock warehouse development have met with more than 800 protests. more
Fleet FC Move: Fleet Town Football will be played in the Southern League South & West Division after finishing fifth in the Ryman Division One South this season. They were the only Hampshire team in that league.
Gurkha Garden: With the help of 3,500 from local company SC Johnson, pupils at Church Crookham Junior School can enjoy a new Nepalese garden. The garden was first built seven years ago with the help of Gurkha soldiers but was destroyed to make way for an extension. The school lies close to the old QEB barracks.

12 May
Man Killed:
John Barber of Larmer Close was tragically killed when his Honda was in collision with another car on the A325 at Bordon. His family said "John is irreplaceable and we are all devastated by his loss.
Mobile Mast:
Local residents living near the junction of Courtmoor Ave and Reading Rd South are devastated that the local council is expected to approve the installation of a mobile base station at the junction by Hutchison 3G.
More Lollypops:
Tweseldown infants and Church Crookham junior schools are appealing for lollipop people to man crossings for an hour in the morning and afternoon on schooldays at 5.94 per hour. Any one interested should phone 01962 846275
Fleet Lose:
Fleet Town FC have lost 2-1 to Aldershot Town in the final of the Hampshire Senior cup.

7 May
No Promotion For Fleet FC:
Injury time goals from Tooting and Mitcham ruined Fleet Towns biggest night in their history when they were knocked out of the promotion play off. Fleet took the lead in the 74th minute and had dominated most of the play before the final crunch broke their hearts. 
25 years Old:
June Messenger is celebrating 25 years running the June White academy of Dance. She started in 1982 with 26 pupils at Basingbourne pavilion and now runs schools at Ancells Farm community Centre and the Memorial Hall in Church Crookham.
No Restrictions: Hart Council have scrapped plans to introduce pay and display parking in Old Cove Rd to the delight of local residents action group "Leave Our Road Alone"
Extremists Arrested: Two people residing at an address in Aldershot Rd have been arrested as part of an international operation to crack down on animal rights extremism.
Late Opening: People living above Fast Food restaurant Subway are objecting to an application for late opening until 2am.

2 May
Dispersal Zone:
An order to give police powers to disperse groups of people has been secured by Hart Council. It covers Fleet Rd from the Oatsheaf traffic lights to the Kings Rd junction and 50 metres either side of the road. It has been brought in to combat youths who have been causing problems for shoppers and local residents. 

27 April
Surgery To Move?:
Managers at Richmond Surgery in Richmond Close want to move the surgery to Stiller's Farm in Ewshot. 
Flower Girls and Princesses:
This years Fleet Carnival Princesses and Flower Girls have been chosen at Discos in the Harlington Centre. Reanne Phillips is the new Carnival Flower Girl and her two attendants are Katie Willoughby and Emily Watson. The new Princess is Jade Roberts and her two attendants are Amie Okuma and Nicole Sheehan. more 
Fleet FC Success:
Fleet Town FC have qualified for a play off place in the Ryman Div One South after striker Tony Reid score twice in their 3 - 0 win against Corydon Athletic
Restaurant Closed:
The Maa Indian takeaway in Fleet rd has been closed down by environmental health officers following an investigation which led to the discovery of unhygienic Fridges, worktops and overalls.
More Parking At Fleet Station:
SW Trains are looking into the possibility of providing 200 extra spaces at the Fleet Station car park by building a new double-decker car park.
Powering Success:
Fleet Powerlifters Andy Shipmen and Dean Drury both won British titles in the British Powerlifting Championships. Andy won the Master 82.5Kg class with personal bests and Dean won the Master 90Kg class. Dean also won the overall Master Classes Champion of Champions.

20 April
Statue Returns:

 

 

The "Nokia Statue" is back in place after being sent away to its sculptor in Scotland for  repair after being hit by a car.
The statue was erected in 2000 after a national competition to find a sculpture that would represent the Nokia corporate message of Connecting People. The winning statue was created by sculptor David Annand. The statue is made of bronze with two stainless steel arcs.

 

 

Photos Courtesy of Matthew Gibson

17 April
Fire Alarm:
Two teenagers and a 20year old youth have been arrested in connection with a fire which occurred in Quetta park. A 41 year old woman and her nine year old daughter both escaped the blaze. Anyone who can supply information please ring 0845 0454545 or crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
Fleet Pond Tractor:
A Kubota 1410 tractor has been obtained by Fleet Pond conservationists and is ideal to transport equipment around the pons areas. Money came from Rushmoor Borough Council and the TAG Farnborough Airport Environmental Fund plus 1000 from the Cayo Foundation, 250 from Fleet Lions and 540 from the Fleet Pond Society.

7 April


Swans at Fleet Pond
Photo courtesy of Matthew Gibson

Horrendous Act: Police are hunting for the thugs who beheaded a swan whose remains were found floating on Fleet Pond by a passer-by. A business man has offered a 1,000 reward for anyone giving information leading to a conviction.. Local residents acted with horror upon heae ranger said "This was a cruel barbaric act". Anyone with information should call police on 0845 0454545 or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555111.


One of Fleet Pond's Beautiful Swans
Photo courtesy of Matthew Gibson


Help The Environment:
Hampshire Wildlife Trust is running volunteer sessions at the wildlife reserve at Ancells Farm on the third Sunday of every month. For more information log onto www.hwt.org.uk 

31 March
Theme For 2007:
This years carnival theme was chosen by holding a competition between all the local junior/primary schools in Fleet. The winning school was Church Crookham Junior. Two children Alex Harvey (yr3) and Aimee Crilley (yr4) put forward the winning theme which is "Different Cultures from around the World" more
Call For A Memorial:
Hart District Councillor Tim Davies, a family friend of Lucy Bryant whose son John was recently killed in a car crash in Hitchins Lane, has backed calls for a memorial as a lasting tribute to John by erecting a bench with an appropriate plaque.
New Pyestock Plans:
New plans have been unveiled for a massive warehouse complex in Pyestock. Campaigning group SPLAT are not happy. They state that the needs of thousands of people who have already formally objected in writing have been ignored. more
Watchful:
Fleetsafe, the Pubwatch scheme currently running in Fleet has been proclaimed a success by the Police, licensees and Hart District Council. Fleetsafe is committed to making Fleet a safer and more enjoyable place to be in. Since the scheme started antisocial behavour has been reduced.
Lost Dogs:
Ronald Lee is offering a reward of 5,000 for the safe return of his two Jack Russell terriers who ran off whilst exercising between Fleet and Farnborough more than 6 weeks ago.
Facelift: The Prince of Wales pub, which is set alongside the Basingstoke canal in Reading Rd South, has reopened its doors after undergoing  a major facelift which was a result of a survey aimed at locals

25 March
Fatal Accident:
Callum Forbes, 15, and John Bryant, 18, have both died in a tragic car accident just outside Calthorpe Park School in Hitchens Lane. Three other teenagers were taken to hospital, one with serious chest injuries. Calthorpe Park head teacher stated that at about 2.45pm a loud screech of brakes and a loud bang was heard outside the school gates. Students were gathered at the rear of the school to keep them well away from the scene of the accident. Councilor Denis Gotel has urged action to make Hitchens Lane at least a 30mph zone. Another proposal is for a flashing 20mph sign near the school. At the moment the lane speed limit is 40mph.

20 March

Is Raquel Engaged?: Has popular Fleet actress Raquel Cassidy got engaged to be married.  In this picture taken at the House of Commons last week, and sent to fleethants.com by Sally Rainbird, Raquel, top right, is clearly sporting an engagement ring...

 

16 March
More Pay & Display Parking:
Local Residents living in Old Cove Rd have formed a local action group, LORA (Leave Our Rd Alone) to object to proposals  from Hart District Council  to introduce pay and display parking along their Road.
Four Half Marathons:
Recovered leukemia patient John Applebee from Aldershot ran the Fleet Half marathon course four times starting at 3.30am to do a 39 mile warm up before completing the actual 13 mile race. Mark Miles won the race with a time of 1:06:03. First woman home was Jo Kelsey in a time of 1:17:53.

9 March
Jaxx Application Refused:
An application by Jaxx nightclub to continue a temporary one year permission to open until 2am on Sundays before a bank Holiday Monday has been turned down by Hart District Council.
Sweet Smell Of Success:
The links pub has installed an aroma machine in preparation for the smoking ban due to start on July 1st this year. 

2 March
Mountainous Effort:
Dean Townsend faces an uphill challenge in climbing part of Mount Everest to raise money for Cancer Research, He will be climbing up to an altitude of 18,000 feet. To sponsor Dean email toensend@meridianiq.com 
Lost Ring:
Jo Chamber has lost her valuable grandmothers ring which has been stolen from her home in Kings Rd. It is a 1930's classic Art Deco style ring with three large diamonds on a platinum band. If you can help please phone the Fleet News on 01252 622448.

28 Feb
Marines Commando:
Former Calthorpe Park pupil Neil Mehrtens has completed a 32 week course to become a Royal Marines Commander.
Badminton Successes:
The Fleet Falcons Badminton Club reaped success at the annual Hampshire Tournament held in Winchester. Steven Cappleman won the u15 boys singles, the boys doubles and mixed doubles. Lisa Turner and Katie Walters won the u17's doubles. Mark Cappleman won the u17's singles. Hayley Duckett won the u13's singles and doubles.
Travellers Cause Outrage:
Local residents are outraged at local travellers who set up camp in the Park and Ride at Elvetham Heath. They have now gone but have left behind a trail of rubbish.
End of Free Parking Confirmed:
Hart Council has given the go ahead to increases of 30% for car parking charges in Fleet from the beginning of April. Free red bay parking is to be scrapped and moves are under way to install parking bays in Harlington Way. Local Tories claim that the charges will make Fleet a "no-go" area for shoppers.
Tree Loss M3 Problem:
Local residents in Elvetham Heath are concerned that developers removing trees from woodland on the Brickyard Plantation site where the M3 crosses the A323 to build office blocks will increase motorway traffic noise.

22 Feb
Glass Case: Disabled pensioner Judith Johns signed up to Harts glass recycling scheme in October and is still awaiting the first collection of the glass she has put dutifully outside her door as she was asked to do. She has contacted the council on a number of occasions to explain the problem but to no avail.

15 Feb
Romantic Couple: Fleet couple Mike and Ally Ward, who have been married for 15 years, have won BBC's Southern Counties Radio's most romantic couple competition. Ally entered the competition to thank her husband for all his romantic gestures.
Brave Lad: Liam Kemp of Crookham Rd has received a special award for his bravery in battling a rare cancer. 
Viking Sailors: Pupils at Crookham Infant School have bought a Viking longboat and a sea creatures climbing wall thanks to a 5,000 grant from the Woolworth's Kids First Charity's Playground Partnerships Scheme.

9 Feb:
Long Service Celebrated:
Sharyn Wheale, who represents the Fleet Pondtail ward, has celebrated 50 years of public service in Fleet. She stated "I have always loved Fleet and over the years have fought many battles for my constituents, especially on planning.
No More Free Parking:
According to John Pearson, Hart District Councilor for Fleet Central, Hart Council's coalition group is proposing to increase short -term parking charges in Fleet by up to 50% and also abolish free parking bays which were put in following the loss of free parking until after 3pm in Fleet Rd.

2 Feb: 
ACAS On Strike:
Local workers at the SE Regional office of ACAS in Fleet went on strike over plans to cut more than 100,000 jobs in the Civil Service.
Get Your Bin:
Hart Council has extended its offer of free large blue recycling bins until Feb 9th. The offer also includes a free upgrade to a larger black bin.
Well Done:
Residents in Gally Hill Rd have been praised by the police for their efforts in quickly removing a tree which had fallen and blocked the road.
Don't Stop Money:
Canal enthusiast David Millet , vice president of the Surrey and Hampshire Canal Society, has pleaded with the Hart Council not to stop its financial backing to the Basingstoke canal. The council is trying to find cuts of 1,5 million. Currently the canal gets 66,000 annual funding.

26 Jan
Manhole Covers:
Hampshire County Council have been able to agree with the SE water company to use steel covers suitably textured and coloured in keeping with the footway pavers to replace the existing Fleet Rd pavement manhole covers.  It is currently programmed that covers to all water meter chambers will be replaced in February/March 2007.  This operation will involve no excavation and will not disrupt the traffic or pedestrian flow along Fleet Road. There have been problems associated with lifting the current covers.
First AGM: The first AGM of the newly formed Fleet Business Partnership and Community Interest Group has taken place at the Harlington Centre. Kevin Wibley was elected Chairman, Rick Bolger Secretary and Grahame Chebery Treasurer. more

19 Jan
Recycling Success:
Hart Council has announced a massive increase in the amount of bottles and jars collected since the collection service was introduced late last year.
Harvesting Money:
Fleet Harvester have raised more than 3,000 for McMillan Cancer research by hosting one of its world biggest coffee mornings.
Rat Run Problems:
People living in Crondall Rd are hoping that the forthcoming review of speed limits on roads will be applied to their road because of increasing  high speed traffic using it as a rat run. The local residents say that recent and future developments are increasing the problems.
Ban May End Soon:
SE Water is to review the current hosepipe ban which is still in force in the Fleet area despite the continuing rainfall.
Artist Dies:
Gerald Wooley a well known and respected local artist died at his home in Ryelaw Rd, Church Crookham on Jan 8th. He was 77. Mr. Wooley leaves a wife and two daughters.

 12 Jan
Missing Man Found Dead:
A body found on land near Beacon Hill Rd in Ewshot is believed to be that of former Fleet man Andrew Scanlan who has been missing since Nov 06. Three men have been charged with Mr. Scanlan's murder.
Parking Fines Should Be Refunded:
Thousands of people given parking tickets for parking in loading bays in Fleet Rd should be refunded  because of a wrongly worded traffic regulation order issued by Hampshire Council says campaigner Peter Ashford. Hart Council who enforce the regulations claim it was only a "minor error".
Mobile Phone Evidence:
Photos and videos on Daniel Fearnleys mobile phone provided police with evidence of his rampage through Fleet town centre damaging 20 cars in one night. Mr. Fearnley from Church Crookham was given a six week curfew order and ordered to pay car owners a total of 1,120.73.
Memory Loss:
A 19 year old boy suffered loss of memory after being attacked by a youth who took a cd from him. in the early hours of New Years Day in Glen Rd. Anyone with information should call Pc Nick Sexton on 0845 0454545 or ring anonymously on 0800 555111.
Surprise Surprise:
A resident of Aldershot Rd has claimed that yobs have taken bottles out of recycling crates along his road and used them as target practice at his house. He has asked Hart Council if they carried out a risk assessment before bringing in the recycling scheme. The council claim that the glass collection scheme has been a great success. Councellor Denis Gotel said "we trialed the service for six months and the issue of bottle throwing did not come up"
Parking Area Could Go:
A plan to turn Gurkha Sq into a pedestrianised square has been proposed as part of plans for the next 20 years.

4 Jan
Long Delays Expected:
Three months of traffic chaos is forecast due to work on one of the two bridges forming the gyratory system on the A323 at Pyestock. The Norris Pyestock Bridge. which is the one closer to Aldershot. will be closed and traffic diverted over the Norris Bridge.
OBE For Headteacher:
Congratulations to Mrs. Janet Roberts head of Fleet All Saints School for the past 16 years has been awarded an OBE in the New Years Honours list.
First Baby:
Chloe Rose Wallace was born at 10.27am on Jan 1st weighing 6ib 11oz making her one of the first New Year babies. Proud parents Darren And Nicole live in Church Crookham.

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