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2013

26 Dec
Budding Actor:
11 year old Alex Bradshaw, who lives in Fleet, appeared as young Mr. Darcy in the BBC1 drama Death comes to Pembereley.                                                                                                                                                                                          Alex Bradshaw  >>>>
Back at Velmead School:
Andrew Howard who was acquitted of sexual activity with a teenager boy has returned as headteacher of Velmead Junior School.
Hart Still Best:
Hart has once again been chosen as the most desirable place to live in the UK in the 2013 Halifax Quality of Life survey. This is the 3rd year running that Hart has been the best.

19 Dec
School to be Expanded:
A 12million plan to expand Calthorpe Park school is being planned to avert a places crises in the future. 
Dry Cleaners Back: Fleet Dry Cleaners in Fleet Rd is back in business after a 45,000 refurbishment. The property suffered considerable smoke damage during a fire on Nov 17th.

12 Dec
Bus service Criticized:
A new bus service from the new Queensacre estate to Fleet Town centre, the railway station, Calthorpe Park school and Pondtail has been described as an expensive white elephant by Community Campaign Hart councillors.
Charity Swim:
Nine year old Elvetham Heath pupil Reece Glover swam 100 lengths of his local pool to raise money for Cancer Research Ltd. Reece was inspired by school mate Katie White's mother who has terminal cancer. To help visit www.justgiving.com/reece-glover2                   Reece >>>>>

Carnival Charity: Fleet carnival charity for 2014 has been voted to be Starburst Foundation local theatre company. 450 votes were cast by the people of Fleet of which 190 were for Starburst. Next years Carnival theme will be "Great British Inventions" Carnival will be held from July 1st to the 6th.


5 Dec
Redevelopment Plan:
An application for permission to build a 4 bed roomed house and a retail unit at the end of Aldershot Rd near the Pondtail bridge has been submitted by FKUP (Fleet) LLP. The existing site is boarded up apart from Ford Butchers who are expected to move to new premises in Fleet.
New Councilors:
The number of representatives on Elvetham Heath Parish Council is to be increase from 5 to 7 in May 2014.
Youth Honour:
Charlotte Tickner has won the John Oliver Bellasis Award for her work for Fleet Phoenix and in Fleet Town.

28 Nov
More Elderly Housing:
Wickham Court in Church Crookham is to be pulled down to make way for 41 new homes for older folk at a cost of 4.5million.
Top Milkman:
Kevin Dyer, who has been delivering milk in Fleet and Church Crookham for the past 25 years has been crowned Milkman of the Year 2013.
Abseiling For Charity: Alison King and Oil Vincent from Sainsbury's in Fleet have raised over 500 for the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice after abseiling g down Guildford Cathedral.

21 Nov
Poll on 20MPH Limit:
Hampshire CC polled 1,245 people in Fleet asking their views on the introduction of 20mph limits in Clarence Rd, Connaught Rd, Albert St and Albany Rd. Only 400 people responded. 67% of them supported the reduction. The limits will be introduced early next month.
School Extension:
Hampshire CC have finally put in plans to expand Calthorpe Park Secondary school.
Club For The Elderly:
Brendoncare "pub club" has been launched for older people at the Emporium in Fleet Rd. The club will meet every Tuesday from 10.30am to 12.30pm. 
New Local Conservative Candidate:
Ranil Jayawardena is set to replace James Arbuthnot and will stand for the Tories in the 2015 General Election.                                                                                                                                                                                                           Ranil >>>>

14 Nov
Rose Honour:
North Hants Golf Club's Justin Rose has been awarded Honorary Life Membership of the European Tour in honour of his US Open in June
Captain Power: Fleet's Dean Dury, captain of the Great Britain team at the 2013 World Powerlifting Championships in Chicago, has led his team to a 21 gold, three silver and one bronze medal haul. He won the 100Kg Master 45/+ class squatting for 280Kg bench pressing 175Kg and 270 Kg dead lift.
New Parking at Fleet Station: Work is to start on a 153-space car park at Fleet Station. The 2 million extension is expected to be finished next year. Parking at the station will be restricted until the work is complete.
Football Logo Problem: Fleet Spurs community football club have been forced to remove their long time club logo to avoid a dispute with Premier League Tottenham Hotspur who feel that the Fleet clubs logo had breached copyright laws. 
New Centre: Hart District Council is to go ahead with its bid to build a new leisure centre in Fleet opposite the present centre in Hitchens Lane.
In Memory of the Parish Fallen: A new inscription has been unveiled at Church Crookham memorial at Gally Hill Rd in memory of those who gave their lives in the Second World war and subsequent conflicts.
New Hotel: The 70 bed roomed  Premier Inn, built near to the station in Fleet Rd has now opened with a capacity of 70 bedrooms. 

7 Nov
Free Christmas Parking:
The Council is looking at a proposal to allow free parking for one day, Dec 7th, to allow shoppers to enjoy unrestricted shopping to the benefit of local traders.
New Leisure Centre:
Plans to spend 14 million on a new shopping centre by Alliance Leisure are being looked at by Hart District Council. The centre is to be built on the Edenbrook Estate.
Scout Award:
Terry Bond, Fleet Scouts Group leader, has been awarded a donation of 125 from the chairman of Hart District Council for his efforts to help the community.
Youth Honoured:
Charlotte Tickner of Fleet Phoenix is to be presented with The John Oliver Bellasis Award for Youth Worker of the Year.
Fireworks Display Goes Ahead:
Fleet Lions annual firework display went ahead despite strong winds and raised more than 10,000 with 3,000 people attending. 

31 Oct
Will It Ever Stop:
Berkley Homes want to build around 450 more homes on farmland to the south of Hart Leisure  Centre in Hitchens Lane.
Park Chairman Steps Down:
The Friends of Oakley Park chairman, Sarah Horton has said she will be leaving the Park committee in January. The Group need new members with skills to compliment the existing group.
10 K race:
650 runners took part in this years 10K Peter Driver Memorial run. Winner was Mark Symes in 34min 11secs. First woman home was Lesley Locks in 36min 33secs

24 Oct
Centre For Sale:
Fleet's Hart Shopping Centre is up for sale for 28 million. 
Headmaster Petition:
A petition signed by around 300 people has called for the reinstatement of Andrew Howard, who has been suspended as head of Velmead School following accusations of sexual activity with a teenage boy. Mr. Howard was unanimously found not guilty at Winchester Crown Court. The judge told 46 year old Mr. Howard that he could leave court "without a stain on his character.
New Fleet Road Shop: Allie Daden has opened a sandwich shop called Mrs. D's at the front of her family run business Daden Interiors on the corner of Fleet Rd and Reading Rd South.
1,000 Leap: Lucy Davis, 25, has completed a 15,000' skydive for the Meningitis Research Foundation. To support Lucy's charity visit www.justgiving.com/lucy-davis9 
Happy Days: Hart has been placed 2nd in a survey carried out by the Office of National Statistics to find the happiest and most satisfying places to live. First was Fermanagh in Northern Ireland.

Oct 17
Free Christmas Dinners:
Waitrose in Fleet are providing Christmas lunch's for [people who would be alone this Christmas. The supermarket are asking for organisers of Christmas dinners to get in touch with the shop.
Even More Houses: Another 340 homes are to be built near the Zebon Copse estate close to the Gurkha Barracks site in Church Crookham.
British Bake Off Semifinalist: 31 year old Beca Lyne-Pirkis from Church Crookham has reached the semi finals of the British Bake Off  BBC programme.  
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Harlington Moves: The officers for Fleet Town Council and the Harlington have moved to a new location on the ground floor of the Harlington. What used to be the Fitness Suite has been converted to offices and a new box office/reception.
10 Oct
Tuckwell Celebration:
Fleet's Phyillis Tuckwell shop has celebrated 20 years of trading with a tea party. In total the shop has raised more than 500,000.
Hart Ends Plan: Harts Core Strategy Local Plan has been scrapped and the council is now working on a revised vision for the district up to the year 2029.
Fleet's Future: More than 2,000 have had a say in the public consultation exercise organised by Fleet Future. The consultation called "A Vision for Fleet" covers four main area, economy, transport, accessibility and the community.
Best Park: The friends of Oakley Park have been awarded the top grade "outstanding" in the Community Groups section "Its your Neighbourhood" and a "Champion of Champion's Achievement Award. Oakley Park was also awarded a Silver in the Small Parks category and a Silver Gilt in the Conservation area (woodland)

Oct 3
Spa Reopens:
The Spa shop in Frenchman's Creek,  on the Zebon Copse estate which was closed following a fire has reopened after a 150,000 refit and restock.
Top Milkman:
Kevin Dyer is one of five finalists in the southern regional finals for Milkman of the Year. 45 year old Kevin  has worked for 25 years in the industry.
Race Ace Back:
Fleet Car driver Dan Welch, who suffered serious injuries in a 60mph crash a fortnight ago, recorded two top-ten points finishes in his Proton Gen-2 during the penultimate round of the British Touring Championships at Silverstone.
Village Store Gets Award: Crookham Village Stores PO  and tea rooms has been awarded the Hampshire Village of the Year village amenity award receiving 100 and a framed certificate.
PO Longer Hours: Fleet PO in Fleet Rd has reopened after a week of refurbishments. The PO will now open for longer periods - 6am to 5.30pm Mon to Sat and 6am to 1pm on Sun.
Pond Charity Walk: Colin Gray, chairman of Fleet Pond Society has completed the 22 mile triple SI challenge in aid of the Ponds Clearwater Campaign. To support Colin visit www.viginmoneygiving.com/colingray3 

Sep 27
Christmas Festival Ready To Go: A new committee is organising the Christmas celebration for Fleet. Called Fleet and District Christmas Festival it will be held on Nov 20th from 4pm to 9pm and will replace the old Festivities. more 
Fleet Carnival Donation: This years Fleet Carnival raised 2,000 which was donated to Fleet Phoenix.
Station Revamp: Fleet Station is to given a 6m redevelopment which will include a modern station building, a platform shelter, improved forecourt and a new footbridge with lifts. (The money would have been better spent on a new parking level over the existing parking area - parking at Fleet station after 9pm is a nightmare - Webmaster)

Sep 19
Cyclists Remember:
A number of cyclists from Fleet joined in a team to pedal from London to Brighton in memory of Lily Bowman who was born on May 6th to Belinda and Jim Bowman of Otters haw. New born baby Lilly died from Group B Strep infection. They raised 3,500 in charity. To donate visit www.doitforcharity.com/BelindaBowman
Wheelchair Tennis Champion:
Fleet's Lucy Shuker, partnered by Jordanne Whiley have won the PTR Wheelchair Championships doubles in the USA.
Roadwork's Affecting Fleet's Businesses:
Business Partnership's Kevin Whibley has hit out at the number of local roadwork's at a time when new traders in the area are vital for Fleet's future.
Downton Star:
Fleet actress Raquel Cassidy is set to appear before an audience covering 120 countries when she plays Baxter, maid to Lady Cora Crawley, in the latest series of Downton Abbey.
Cycling Record:
In its 20th year the Fleet 20 cycle ride had a record number of entrants attracting 362 riders. The event raised money for the Speakability charity.

Sep 11
Fleet CC Just Miss Out:
Fleet CC Just failed to gain promotion from Div 2A of the Home Counties Cricket League finishing in second place to the winners Marlow. (well played Fleet, you can do it next year - Webmaster)

Sep 5
Light Problem:
A 77 year old pensioner has complained about the reflection of lights along a new cycle path into his bedroom has made his life a misery. The path runs alongside his flat in Campbell Close extra care home.

29 Aug
KJM Finalist:
Kerry Mather, director of KJM salons in Fleet has reached the final stages of the 2013 British Hairdressing Business Awards Manager of the year.
Quarry Tragedy: Tributes have been paid to Alexander Godbold from Reading Rd South who died after falling into a quarry in Bakers Farm Nursery in Kingsley near Farnham.
Blanket Checks:
A team from Hampshire Trading Standards will be visiting Fleet Fire Station on October 2nd to carry out safety checks on electric blankets. To make an appointment ring Hampshire County Council on 01962 833358.
GCSE Results:
Calthorpe Park School gained 87% of 5 A* to C GCSE results. Court Moor gained 87.3%

22 Aug
Market Bus:
The chairman of Yateleys Yelabus Association has received funding to run a bus service for the over 55's and their carers to visit Fleet markets at Gurkha Square and Elvetham Heath. Ring 01252 879324 for more information.
New Homes Plan Thrown Out:
Plans to build 100 new homes at the QEB site in Church Crookham have been rejected by Hart District Council.
New Players Required: Fleet based Hart FC needs u7, u9, u10 and u11 players for the new season. Call Mr Taylor on 07946576697 for more info.
Skateboard Scam Jam: More than 30 Skateboarders and freestyle BMX  bikers displayed their skills at the Views Meadow in a sponsored event organised by the Snowboard Shop in Fleet.
Capture Fleet Pond: Fleet Pond Society has launched its annual photo competition with the theme Woods, Water and Wildlife. The competition is free to enter. Entries must be sent to fleetpondphotocomp@gmail.comEntries  by 6 Jan 2014

15 Aug
End of Cricket Run:
Fleet CC have lost to Crookham Dean by 6 wickets to end their run of eight wins in succession. Fleet now lie 2nd in the Div 2a league.
Village in Finals: Crookham Village have reached the final stages of the Hampshire Village of the Year competition
Even More Homes: Plans for a further 100 home to be built on the QEB site are set to be approved.
Pond Restoration: The second and third phases of the Fleet Pond restoration project have been given the go ahead with the support of a 250,000 grant from the Environment Agency.
Three Men on Bicycles: Vaughan Cole and his son Peter and friend Tom Porter have completed a 900 mile bike ride from Lands end to John O'Groats to raise more than 5,000 for three cancer charities. To donate visit www.justgiving.com/teams/KGEndtoEnd 
Pyestock: Demolition work at the warehouse being built at Pyestock is expected to be completed by early next year.
Snooker Football: Church Crookham Parish Council have launched a Street Snooker game which is available for anyone to use free of charge. To see for yourself go to www.playinnovation.co.uk  

8 Aug
Fleet Festivities Doubt:
A team of local Councilors and volunteers formed by Councilor Sharyn Wheale are trying to form a plan for this years festivities which may be re-named Fleet & District Christmas Carnival. It is hoped to hold the event on Wednesday 20 November. Volunteers are urgently needed to help out. Contact Mike Collen on 01252 614086 if you want to help.
Fleet Rd Parking is Free Again: After a number of years of controlled parking  Hampshire County Council have re-introduced 30min free parking along Fleet Rd. More than 12,000 drivers have been fined for illegal parking during the years of restrictions. (about time too - webmaster) 
Fleet Pond Homes: McMullen and Sons owners of the Heron on the Lake pub have submitted plans to build 3 houses along Cove Rd on land next to the pub.

1 Aug
Happy 90th Birthday:
Fleet Bowls Club in Clarence Rd has celebrated its 90th anniversary. Over the years several thousand bowlers have played on the green. New members are always welcome.Phone 01252 614835 
Girls Football in Fleet: Fleet Town Girls and Ladies FC is looking for girls and ladies to try their weekly training lessons. email recruitment@fleettowngirls&ladiesfc.co.uk for more info  

25 July
Cricket Success:
Fleet  have beaten North Maidenhead by 2 wickets in the Thames Valley League Div 2B to notch up their sixth successive win in their drive to gain promotion. They are currently in third place.

18 July
Bloom Judging:
The judging for this years local schools  Fleet in Bloom competition has taken place as judges visited Preschool, Nursery, Infants and Junior schools throughout the area. See videos of all the schools entries                                                                                                              Judges>>>

Chemist Fears: David Parker who runs the only Pharmacy in Church Crookham fears that a proposed new pharmacy in Richmond Rd would be very detrimental to his business.
Pond Award:
The Fleet Pond restoration project has won the Institute of Civil Engineers Award for Sustainability and Environment.
Litter Pickers:
Members of the Zebon Copse Residents Association and volunteering enthusiasts have been out in force tidying up the estate.
50 Years:
Boots in Fleet has celebrated 50 years of trading in Fleet.
Hairdressing Award: Kerry Mather of KJM Salons in Fleet is one of 6 finalists in the 2013 British Hairdressing Awards as Manager of the Year.
PTA Award: Fleet Infants School PTA have  won the PTA-UK Gold Star Award in Parental Involvement for its entry in the Fleet Carnival procession last year. With a theme of Best of British their entry was based on the Queens Guards.
St Johns Awards: Rhiannon Lord and her brother Patrick have won first aid achievement awards from the St John Ambulance brigade. The awards were presented at Winchester Guildhall.

11 July
Pinkerton Named:
The new Basingstoke Surrey Canal Society's new passenger boat, the "John Pinkerton II" has been named by Sally Taylor of BBC South Today.
Long Road Closure: SE Water is to close Gally Hill Rd in Church Crookham from 24 July until the end of the year to replace the roads existing 5 inch water main which is running at full capacity.

4 July
Madame President:
Lorna Thomas has become the dirst lady to become president of the Fleet Rotary club in its 53 year history taking over from outgoing president David White.
Free Parking: Car parking in Fleet council parking area will be free for the Carnival weekend.

27 June: 
Carnival Time:
Fleet is gearing up for its annual carnival to be held this year on 2nd to 7th of July. The main procession is on 6th and this years theme is "Musicals" as voted by the people of Fleet.     this years events       carnival history  
Day of Action:
Volunteers of all ages, including local MP James Arbuthnot, have turned up to a day of action in Fleet. Benches were painted, fences restored, benches restored, a notice board replaced and bird boxes erected during a day of community spirit. 15 bags of litter was collected.  (Well done to all concerned. What a brilliant idea. Congratulations to the organisers the Fleet and Church Crookham Society - webmaster)
More Councilors Required: Elvetham Heath Parish Council is seeking to increase its number of councilors from 5 to 7 to help cope with the heavy workload.
Blood Pressure: Fleet Lions have raised 2,000 to buy Fleet Medi9cal Centre an automatic blood pressure monitoring machine which can be used by the patient themselves.

20 June:
Pavement Success:
After a 5 year fight by campaigners Hart Council are to build a pavement along the Pilcot Rd between Crookham Village and Dogmersfield.
More Homes?: QEB builders Wimpey want to build an extra 100 home on the former Queen Elizabeth Barracks development site.
Allotments Go Ahead:
In spite of protests from local residents Elvetham Heath Paris Council is to convert a popular open space area in Twyford Close in Elvetham Heath to 20 allotments with parking for four cars.
Brilliant Golf Win:
Fleet's Justin Rose, who is a member of the North Hants Golf Club, has become the first Englishman to win the US Open in 43 years. 

14 June:
Future of Fleet:
A report by Fleet Future, a group set up to help improve the town and sponsored by Hart Council, found that 50% of Fleet shops are independently owned and more than 75% of shoppers are local. The busiest weekend location boasted 158 people per 10 mins. more from Fleet Future 
New Mag:
Hart District Council has launched a new free magazine for businesses throughout the Hart area called Hart for Business. To get on their data base contact business@hart.gov.uk  
Shop Blaze:
A fire has damaged the Spar shop in Frenchman's Creek on the Zebon Copse estate. Firefighters took 45 mins to control the blaze. The shop is expected to be closed for at least a month.

June 6
Five Star Food:
The Lismoyne hotel has been awarded the highest 5 star rating under the food hygiene scheme.
Monster Road: Monster Raving Looney Party leader Alan "Howling Laud" Hope from Fleet has had a new road named after him. Hope Walk is close to Fleet station and comprises four new detached homes.
Travelodge in Fleet: Fleet is on the list of sites Travelodge has announced it wishes to build new hotels. 

30 May
Lock Up:
So far this year there have been 17 break ins to domestic sheds and garages and 13 commercial dwellings which include charities sheds and garages. The police advise everyone to lock up.
New Homes Fight:
Residents are fighting to avoid new houses being built on land behind 8, 10 and 12 Hollytrees in Church Crookham.
New Chairman:
Conservative councilor Stephen Gorys has been elected as the new chairman of Hart Council.
Caravans Protest:
Around 10 caravans were towed down Fleet Rd in protest at the planned closing down of the storage site at Little Bramshot Farm at the end of September.

May 23
Ancells Park Pavilion: T
he Pavilion at Ancells Park has been completely refurbished thanks to Fleet Council at a cost of 21,000.
21 Years Service: Gordon Peake has resigned as chairman of Fleet Matinee Club after 21 years. He was presented with a Waterford's Crystal Vase.
New HQ:
Hart Voluntary Action's new HQ has opened on the first floor of Fleet's Hart Shopping Centre. It is open to the public who want to find out about local volunteering opportunities.
Raquel Wins Award:
Fleet actress Raquel Cassidy has been named best actress in a short film at the International film festival in Spain. She stars with Stephen Mangan in An Act of Love.
New Gas Pipe: Sothern Gas Networks have laid in place a new plastic pipe over the Basingstoke Canal alongside the Old Pondtail bridge in Velmead Rd. The pipe was the last work to complete a four year scheme to upgrade the old iron gas mains with plastic pipes. 

May 16
Doctors Drive:
Dr Chris Higgins from Fleet Medical Centre is doing the John O' Groates to Lands End "Ride Across Britain" for Flame International a local based charity in Aldershot. To support Chris visit www.sponsorme.co.uk/chrishiggins/chris's-ride-across-britain-for-flame 
                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Doctor Higgins >>>>>

New Charge Introduced: A parking charge of 20p for thirty minutes has been introduced in Hart Council car parks in Fleet.
Cash Boost: Fleet's British Red Cross has been given a 1,000 grant from Hart Council.
New Centre: Hart Council have accepted an offer from Alliance Leisure to prepare proposals and a business plane for a new 14 million leisure centre on the Edenbrook Estate opposite the present Hart Leisure Centre.
New Home: Work is to start on a new care home to be built on the former site of the Shotts nightclub which was burnt down.


May 9
Pub Charity Success:
The Falkner's Arms pub on Ancells Farm has raised 13,200 during its annual Family Fun day. The money will to The Dream Factory.


May 2
Cove Rd Closed:
Police closed the A3013 Cove Rd between the Ancells R/B and the Harvester due to an accident involving a car and a cyclist. The cyclist was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Princesses Chosen: T
his years Carnival Princess winner is Molly Rose Ebner a nine year old from Church Crookham Junior school who was crowned Princess. Her flower girls are 5 year old Amelie Turnbull aged 5 from Tavistock infants school and Alexandra Glover who is four and from Elvetham Heath Primary School. A carnival prince was also chosen. He is 6 year old Rivern Rowthorn from Heatherside Infants School. more

April 25
CV Award:
Fleet's job board company CV-Library has won the Creative On Line Marketing Award for the second year running at this years on line awards.
The Silver Sword: Drama teacher Julian Sluggett who produced  The Silver Sword at Courtmoor School in 1970 is trying to track down former pupils who took part in the drama production. If you can help phone 07791941923. 

18 April
Mobile Insulation:
Homes at the Grange mobile park in Church Crookham have been insulated at a cost of 100,00 funded by Hart District Council and the Dept of Energy and Climate change.
Navigators Wanted:
Fleet Community Orienteering group are asking for people to join them to be coached as navigators. Contact fleetorienteering@hotmail.com
Fears for Children:
Parents have been showing concern over the safety of their children at the closure of Velmead Rd for four weeks due to gas works.
Doctor Retires:
GP Dr Andrew Sharp has retired after practicing at Richmond surgery in Fleet for 33 years. He joined the surgery when it was in Basingbourne Rd.
Fleet in Bloom:
Gardiners are being asked to enter this years Fleet in Bloom competition with entries for summer bedding, all year round gardens and displays of tubs and baskets. For you entry form visit www.fleetinbloom.org 

April 11
Outstanding:
Newly opened nursery, Kidsunlimited, based in Church Crookham, has been awarded an "outstanding" award by Ofsted.
Canal Open: After years of essential repairs the Basingstoke canal is now full re-opened. Boats can now navigate allow the full length of the 200 year old canal.

5 April
20p Parking:
Following the recent announcement that all free parking bays in Fleet are to be discontinued the Council now announces the introduction of 20p per half hour for all bays. Also 160,000 is to be set aside by the council to pay for the introduction of a "pay on exit" scheme at all Fleet car parks.
Garden Cash Boost:
Councilor Sharyn Wheale has donated 1000 to The Flower Pot Club which has evolved from the "Mind the Garden" scheme run by Hart Voluntary Action. For details of the club phone Conlon on 01252 815652 or email amanda.c@hartvolaction.org.uk                  Sharyn  >>>>>
Carnival Charity:
Fleet Phoenix has been selected by Fleet Carnival committee as this years official charity for 2013.

28 Mar
20mph Poll:
Of 1,250 people polled to see if they agreed to new 20mph limits in some local roads around the centre of Fleet only 400 replied and only 268 of these agreed.
Spiraling Cycle Route Costs:
Originally estimated to cost around 275,000 the 1.1 mile cycle route between Hitchens Lane and Fleet is now set to cost 750,000
Clean Up Day: Fleet is being given a Spring clean on April 13th. Anyone interested in joining in should contact Janet Stanton on 01252 625246.

23 March
Fleet Half Marathon:
Over 2,200 athletes took part in this years Fleet half marathon which was won by Matt Blunden in a time of 1:11:36. First woman was Liz Cox 1:16:36 an excellent time in the awful conditions.
Vision Cost:
The Vision for the modernization of Fleet Town Centre, which has been rejected, cost Hart District Council 106,000.
Pond Award:
The project manager for Fleet Pond Society's Clearwater campaign, Jim Storey, has been named Hart District Council's chairman's Fleet Pond Society Volunteer of the year award. 
New Extra Care Apartments: Plans to build 38 one bedroomed and 25 two bedroomed apartments for the elderly at the junction of Fleet Rd and Kings Rd have been given the go ahead.
Cycle Crackdown: Police stopped 31 cyclists riding on footpaths in a recent safety check made in Fleet. No penalty notices were issued.
School Award: Eileen Bishop has been presented with an outstanding service award for 24 years as a governor at Court Moor School.

15 March
Julie of to Westminster:
Miss Julia Lister, 26, a PhD Chemist at The University of Bristol, hailing from Fleet, Hampshire, is attending Parliament to present her science to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of SET for Britain on Monday 18 March.  
New Butchers: A new renamed butchers shop in Linkway Parade is doing a roaring trade following the horse meat scare. L and N butchers is run by Neil Pritchard and Lee "Taz" De-Roeck.
New Bus: A Saturday minibus service from Yateley to Fleet shops has been proposed by Yelabus transport charity in Yateley. If there is sufficient interest other destination could be added.
Last Year: The last year of the John Pinkerton canal boat has raised 27,000. A new boat called the John Pinkerton II will soon be delivered to provide canal cruises from 2013.

8 March
Bus Subs:
Hampshire County Council has agreed 135,000 funding to subsidize two bus services in Farnborough and Fleet: the 41 and 71 helping to ensure that local residents can get to work, education and training, do their shopping and enjoy local leisure facilities and entertainment.
Pyestock Parking Ban: Dog walkers who have parked their car along Bramshot Rd for years have been surprised to find noticing on their cars stating that they are parking on private property owned by the Prudential Assurance, and is now being used for parking by visitors to Cody Technology Park and Hartland Park only.
Pond Photo Competition: The 2012 Fleet Pond photo competition has been won by Linda Kent who was awarded the Rosebowl Trophy. To see all the entries go to www.fleetpondsociety.co.uk 
Parking Increases: All free red bay parking spaces are to go with the introduction of a 20p charge for 30 mins. An evening charge is also to be introduced.
New Half Marathon Sponsor: The Fleet half marathon which takes place on Sunday March 17 is to be sponsored by Brookes, the international running shoe and clothing company.
Parking Change: In a bid to boost trade in Fleet Rd it has been proposed by Cllr Appleton that the current parking in Fleet is altered from pay and display to pay on exit.
Looney Vote: Monster Raving Loony Party leader Alan "Howling Laud" Hope managed a total of 136 votes in the Eastleigh bye election placing him in 9th place.

28 Feb
On The Tele:
David Holmes and his family who run a funeral firm were featured on the TV series "The Fixer" on BBC2. The episode is available on iPlayer.
Children In Poverty: The % of children in poverty in Fleet and Church Crookham is - Fleet Central 7%, Fleet Courtmoor 6%, Fleet North 8%, Fleet Pondtail 6%, Fleet West 10%, Church Crookham East 8%, Church Crookham West 6%.
Calthorpe Vandals: Fleet Town Council is looking for information after another act of vandalism left Calthorpe Park littered with rubbish, pulling up young trees damaging metal guards. If you can help please phone 01252 625246.
No Fleet Superstore: Plans to build a new supermarket on land presently used for the Library, Harlington Centre and the Civic Centre costing 9 million have been squashed.
Raquel "Heading Out": Fleet actor Raquel Cassidy is to star in a brand new BBC 2 sitcom. She takes a lead in the third episode shown on March 12 at 10pm.
Lions Cash: Hampshire and Surrey Borders Branch of the Riders for the disabled Association has been presented with 1,000 by the Fleet Lions Club. Their stables are based on the Zebon Copse Estate.
Chef in Final: Young Chef Anushka Patel has won the District Final of the Rotary International Young Chef  competition.

21 Feb
14 Year Old's Served Alcohol:
Juliens Off Licence in Fleet Rd has been ordered to stop trading for 6 weeks after CCTV images showed  it sold cigarettes and alcohol to 14 year old girls.
CAB Money:
Fleet Town Council have given Hart Citizens Advice Bureau 7,000 so that it can continue to carry out its advice service in Harlington Way Fleet.
Monster Party:
Fleet's Monster Raving Looney candidate Alan "Howling Laud" Hope is to fight Eastleigh by-election with a promise to change the name of the Southampton/Eastleigh airport to Benny Hill in honour of the famous comedian.
Fleet's Diving Ace: 14 year old Gemma McArthur came 6th in the British Diving Championships held at Plymouth.
Hollywood Hopes: Branded Coles has quit his job and is flying off to America to pursue his dream to become an actor.

14 Feb
New Look Station:
Fleet Station is to get a revamp to include a modern main station building, a replacement footbridge, and platform waiting shelter. Also included is a new ticket office, booking hall, staff facilities, public toilets and a new clock. more
Work Begins: Demolition work is to start on the new Pyestock site from 18 Feb 2013 more
Development Shelved: The plans to redevelop the Civic Centre, Library, Harlington Centre and Gurkha Square have been shelved.



7 Feb
New Guides Headquarters:
Fleet Girl Guides are to have a new 135,000 HQ in Basingbourne Rd to replace the existing hut which was originally built for workmen working on the M3. 
Tragic Death:
Paula Cane, who lived in Bordon, has died in hospital. Paula was injured when she fell from her horse whilst riding in woods near Fleet.
School Report:
Velmead Junior School has been graded "good" overall in its latest Ofsted report.
Plans Postponed: 
Plans to convert a community space at Twyford Close in Elevetham Heath into allotments has been put on hold.

31 Jan
New Charity Shop:
Fleet Phoenix have opened a training centre designed to teach basis skills such as maths, literature, art, design etc. to people aged 16 to 25. more
Grease:
Starburst Theatre Group are to perform the musical Grease in July.
No1 Player:
Britain's No1 Wheelchair tennis player Lucy Shuker has reached her first Australian Open singles semi final. After losing to world No 4 Sabine Ellerbrock she has moved to No 6 in the world.
Tragic Suicide Note: A married man with two children who threw himself of Coxheath Bridge on 27 Nov had written a note saying "no work, no money, no pension, no future" an inquest heard.

24 Jan
Snowy Fleet:
Fleet and Church Crookham have been hit by 4" of snow which caused traffic disruption throughout the area on many minor roads. Most of the main roads were OK  thanks to the council gritters. Many schools closed down so children had great fun in the snow.
Christmas Lights:
Craig and Jane Colclough have raised 1,500 for the Jubilee Sailing Trust from their wonderful Christmas decorations outside their home in Frere Ave.
Pyestock:
Developers PRUPIM are holding a meeting in Fleet by invitation to give details of the now named Hartland Park warehouse demolition programme.
New Cycle Route:
Work on an off road cycle path linking Hart Leisure Centre is set start.
Join Ancells Group:
Friends of Ancells Farm, who have won two awards in 2012 for their achievements, is appealing for more new members. For more info phone 
0779 138 3494.

17 Jan 
Well Done Ladies:
Fleet Morning Townswomen's Guild has raised 3,050 during 2012 in support of the Fleet Pond Clearwater Campaign. The money is to be used to install a new pond dipping platform.
Free Parking Returns:
The parking restrictions along Fleet Rd are to be scrapped and 30 minute free parking will return. Thousand have been caught out by the existing loading/unloading bays.
Old Folks Club May Fold:
Fleet Friday Club run by the Brendoncare Fountain and based at the Red Cross Centre in Clarence Rd is set to close unless more volunteers are found to help run the club. If you want to help phone 01962 857099.

10 Jan
Defective Repairs:
Surfaces in Kings Rd, Monrose Close and The Aloes are to be re-laid by Hampshire Council following complaints that the recent resurfacing work is defective.
Residents Furious:
Plans to convert a community space at Twyford Close in Elevetham Heath into allotments has been greeted with fury by local residents.
New Nature Trail:
A lottery funded circular nature trail has been completed at Zebon Copse.
Sheltered Housing:
Plans to build a new 41 unit sheltered housing complex in Wickham Court have been approved.
M3 Accident:
Several people were injured when a coach went down an embankment near the Fleet Services on the M3. 
Rotary Collection: Fleet Rotary club collected 9,848 during its Christmas collections.

3 Jan
Speed Trials: A 20mph speed limit is to be trialed in Clarence Rd, Connaught Rd, Albert St and Albany Rd in Fleet.
Pyestock Extension: Developers of the large warehouse at Pyestock have been given a time extension to implement their proposals.
Best Place to Live: Hart has once again been named the best place to live by a study carried out by a Halifax survey beating Elmbridge into second place. Hart has been named the most desirable to place to live for two years running.