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30 Dec
Feedback required:
Hart Council are requesting feedback on its draft corporate plan which sets out priorities, goals and promises for the next 3 years. To take part complete the form at www.Hart.gov.uk/corporate-plan-consultation 
Near the Bottom:
Fleet Town FC are placed 6th from the bottom of the Southern Central league with 24 points after 22 games. more

16 Dec
Fleet Driver Killed:
Greig Morrison aged 42 a delivery driver from Fleet was killed when his vehicle rolled back at a loading bay in Guildford. The incident caused severe congestion throughout Guildford. 
Transport Service Cash:
Yelabus, which takes the elderly and vulnerable  from Yateley to key destinations including Fleet has been granted 6,000 by councilor Sean Woodward.

3 Dec
Arsonist Jailed:
17 year old Daniel Finnerty has been jailed for 4 years by Winchester Crown Court for burning down All Saints Church causing 4.5 million worth of damage. 
Homes for Rent:
More than 100 new homes built in Church Crookham have been built for rent and shared ownership.
Fleets Night of Celebration:
The annual Fleet Christmas Festivities was attended by thousands of revellers. The entertainment included more than 100 stalls, children's crafts, magicians and of course a visit by Father Christmas.

10 Dec
New Homes Consultation: Fleet and Church Crookham Society is urging people to take part in a new homes consultation organised by Hart District Council. For more info visit www.fccs.org.uk 
Fuel Theft: A petrol station worker was injured when he tried to stop a fuel theft along Beacon Rd and was dragged along the road. Two men had driven away from the nearby Tesco Express petrol station without paying for their fuel. If you saw anything phone 101 quoting ref 44150419188.

26 Nov
Walking is Quicker:
4 Bus campaigners who are asking for a direct bus route from Fleet to Frimley Park hospital raced 5 people who took the bus to the hospital whilst they walked. The walkers arrived at the hospital at 12.10 beating those on the bus who arrived around 20 minutes later at 12.32.
Hart Homes Plan:
Hart District Council has produced a Local Plan until 2032. The booklet contains 3,040 new homes from shortlisted "candidate" sites. A plan consultation is available on line at www.hart.gov.uk/local-plan-consultaion 
Speed Restriction Reduced:
Following a number of accidents Reading Rd North speed limit has been reduced from 40mph to 30 mph.
Police Appeal:
The public are being asked if they saw a man who flashed at a teenage girl on a path in Oakley Park at around 3.50 on Wednesday Nov 11th. The suspect was white, mid to late teens, and average to heavily built. Ha had straggly black hair, a well trimmed beard and wore a blue hooded jumper. Contact 101 Quoting reference 44150392978 if you can help.

19 Nov
End of Successful Market:
Tweseldown Artisan Market Organiser Sally Mills has decided to permanently cancel the event due to an increased venue charge of 1,000 after months of negotiating with the new racecourse owners. video of one of the past markets
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This is a real shame. The land will now just stand there empty whilst it could have been used for an event which was attended and enjoyed by many local people. Well done Sally you organised  a great show. webmaster)
Top Chef: Local Fleet teenager who has lived all his life in Fleet has landed a top job as chef at Raymond Blanc's 2 Michelin starred restaurant. Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons in Oxfordshire.

12 Nov
Safe Haven:
A 60 year old former teacher and Fleet resident Sam Butler has set up a project to find a home for a refugee family in Fleet. Called "A Safe Haven in Hart" the group had its first meeting  this week. To help click here
End of the Sewage:
A 7 MILLION project scheme to eliminate flooding in the Calthorpe Park area of Fleet is set to be commissioned in the Spring.
Free Parking:
Hart District Council has agreed that all parking charges on Sat 5 Dec will be waived in support of Small Business Saturday.
Raquel in New Role:
Fleet's Downton Abbey star Raquel Cassidy has completed a part in an Anglo-French film called Demain Tout Commence.
Dream Flight: Retired Fleet firefighter Mick Murnaghan has won a nationwide competition for a flight in a Spitfire.

5 Nov
Top Education:
St Nicholas School has been praised by the Independent Schools Inspectorate for delivering excellence in all departments stating that the school is very successful in achieving all its aims. schools
Fashion in Fleet:
More than 2,500 has been raised by the Fleet Fashion Show in the Harlington. The show was held in aid of Frimley Park Hospital fundraising for a new breast cancer unit. The show was part of the Paint Fleet Pink week.
Massive Housing Fear:
Members of the Plan4 Crookham Neighbourhood Plan steering group have warned that Crookham Village could become one massive housing estate. more
Lorry Fire:
A bin lorry caught fire in the Elvetham Heath Morrison's delivery area. It took around an hour for firefighters to put it out. It is thought rubbish in the lorry somehow caught fire.
Council Abuse Voters:
People who registered to vote and gave out their personal details to the council have had their  information sold for direct marketing purposes. The council has made a total of 10,652 from selling the lists of names and addresses. 54,000 people voted in the last local elections.


28 Oct
3rd Birthday Celebrations:
Fleet Jazz Club are to celebrate its 3rd birthday with a Christmas concert at the Harlington Centre. The club was started by Mike Rance and Sue Tilley who teamed up with Marianne Windham. more
New Premises Wanted:
Volunteers at the Red Cross Centre in Fleet are looking for a new location as their premises is to be closed.
Fleet 10K:
The winner of this years Fleet 10K marathon is Alex Pointon representing Aldershot ,Farnham & District Athletics Club in a time of 32.37. First woman home was Sarah Harris of Long Eaton Running Club time 37.06.
Skate Park: Fleet Town Council have thanked Fleet Phoenix and many local youths for re-painting the Skate Park at the Views Meadows.

22 Oct
New Map:
A new community map of Fleet has been introduced online by Fleet Future in a bid to help people to explore the area's 18 kilometers of cycle paths and 30 kilometers of footpaths. more
New Leisure Centre:
Work has started on Fleet's new 23 million  leisure centre which is to be built opposite the Hart Leisure Centre in Hitchins Lane. It will contain three swimming pools, a fitness suite, sauna and steam cabins, a climbing wall, coffee shop, sports pitches and a sports hall.
Suicide:
A suicide verdict has been passed by the North East Hampshire coroner Andrew Bradley on Derek Bridges, who was discovered in his garage in the Pondtail area of Fleet by his wife last August. 

14 Oct
Station Parking:
Harts Council member for the environment Steve Forster has condemned the lack of disabled parking facilities at Fleet Station during the latest modifications works. video
Deprivation:
Hart has been named the least deprived area in England according to the English Indices of Depravation
New Market Success:
The new look Elvetham Heath artisan and food market was visited by over 1,300 with a total of 18 stallholders.
Movie Success:
Fleet Film Society in the Harlington Centre has won the Audience Award at the National Cinema for All awards. films to come
Surgery Rated: T
he Richmond surgery has been given a "good" rating after an inspection by the Care and Quality Commission. The GP surgery serves around 12.700 patrons in Fleet, Church Crookham and Crookham Village.
Swing Fire:
A kiddies swing has been set alight in the Azalea Park in Church Crookham. park video 



8 Oct
Help For Fire Hit Church:
Results Health Club has raised 150 in a raffle to help the Fleet All Saints church restoration fund. 
More help for All Saints:
Farnham Youth Choir is staging a show in aid of the restoration fund for All Saints Church. The concert is to be held at All Saints Junior School on Saturday.
Good Practice:
Fleet Medical; Centre has been given a "good" rating by the Care Quality Commission. The Centre caters for 14,000 residents. more
Market Changes Name:
Elvetham Heath Farmers Market has been renamed Elvetham Heath Market and is to include both artisan food and crafts. The first new market hosted by Elvetham Heath Parish Council is to be held on the second Saturday of each month and will be held in the Key car park.
Carnival Cash:
Fleet Carnival has raised 1,898.68 for Fleet based Wooden Spoon the children's charity for rugby.

1 Oct
In Bloom Results:
This years Fleet and Church Crookham in Bloom presentations were attended by over 100 people. Anne Morley won best overall garden, Jackie Clarke best summer bedding and containers and Joan Partridge the best all year round garden. full results
Beat Surgeries:
Police will be holding community beat surgeries at Fleet Library on from 3 to 5 pm on Oct 5th in the library, from 3.30 to 4.30pm on Oct 28th at Caffe Lusso in Falkners Close, Ancells Farm and from 2.30 to 3.30 on 29 Oct at Elainse's Coffee shop in Linkway
Energy Saver:
Solar panels could be fitted to the roof of The Harlington Centre at a cost of 60,000. The energy generated could be worth 180,000 over a period of 25 years.
Harts the Place to Live:
A new survey shows that the people of Hart are among the most content in the UK. The area rated a satisfaction level of 8.1 on average on a scale of 1 to 10. This ranked Hart as seventh in the country.
Blind Runners:
Harry Perry-Lewis from Fleet and Laura Morris-Vangrove from Yateley have completed the Blindfold 10K Run in aid of the Royal Society for Blind people. Donation can be made just visit www.justgiving.com/Harry-Perry-Lewis-LauraMorrisVangrove 
Sporting Best:
The Prince of Wales has won the SE and London regional award in the Publican/Morning Advertiser awards for the best pubs for watching sports.
Best Tennis Ace:
Kieran Hatchett has won the boys u21 Singles trophy at the Avondale Lawn Tennis Club competition at the Ewshot Lane courts. full results
Oldest Runner:
60 year old Alan Lott from Church Crookham was the oldest runner in this months 14k Nuts Challenge in Dorking. The run included crawling on hands and knees, climbing river banks and crossing cargo nets. Alan beat his time from two years ago.

24 Sep
Artists Book Tour:
Jean Haines a watercolour artist from Church Crookham has launched her book-signing tour with an exhibition of her work at Odiham.
Baby Investigation: Church Crookham couple Graeme and Anne Dixon have welcomed the news that an investigation will be carried out on the death of their baby daughter 15 years ago after her birth at Frimley Park hospital.
Good to Live in Fleet:
Fleet has been named as 15th best place to live in England and Wales  by OneFamilys Annual Hotspot awards. 
All Saints Church Appeal:
Fleet Parish Parochial Church Council are in the process of making All Saints Church safe after the recent fire. They want to remove three headstones to gain access for this work to be done. The church needs to contact relatives of Beatrice Gretton and T P Pacham who both died in 1927 and N E West who died in 1988. Relatives should ring Mr. Moyse on 01252 812114. more
Help Refugees:
Sam Butler has donated 100 towards his campaign to fund victims of the Syrian crisis. He is asking 300 fellow Fleet residents to promise 100 each to fund housing and support  for around a year or so. To help email Sam on refugees.hart@gmail.com 

17 Sep
Friends Wanted:
Fleet Town Council are looking for volunteers  for  to form "Friends Of" groups for The Views and Fleet Cemetery. more
Outstanding: F
airways residential home which cares for blind and partially sited people has been rated "Outstanding" by the health watchdog.
Through the Roof:
The fire service and medical teams were called to rescue a man who fell through a roof he was fixing in Wood Lane. He was trapped by a slab of concrete. He escaped with only minor injuries.
All Saints Church Admission: A youth has admitted setting alight to the All Saints church in Fleet. Another charge has  made referring to an earlier incident on June 16 this year when the youth was said to have set fire to a Bible at the same church. He has pleaded guilty to both charges. Sentencing has been adjoined awaiting a psychiatric report. more
Fleet 20 Ride: 560 people have taken part in this years Fleet 20 bike ride. A donation of 2,000 to support aphasia, a communication disability, was sent by the organisers to Speakability.

10 Sep
All Saints Fire:
The church is holding three meetings to discuss issues surrounding the rebuilding of the church. These will be held at the church's community centre on Sep 19th at 10am, Sep 24th at 7.30pm and Oct 10th at 10am. more 
Volunteers Wanted:
Cards for good causes is looking for Fleet residents who will help to sell Christmas cards for charity in Fleet library from Oct to December. To volunteer call 01264 361555 or visit www.cardsforcharity.co.uk 
New Playground: A 100,000 play park has been opened in the Key at Elvetham Heath.
Cricketer Found Hanged: Former Hampshire  cricketer Lee Linton took his own life in the same woodland as his father did four years earlier, an has inquest heard.
Picnic Celebration: Campaigners for the introduction of new bus services in Fleet are to celebrate their success in a picnic to be held on the Views on Sep 19th. All their supporters are welcome. more
Fleet Go Down: Fleet Cricket 1st IV have finished bottom of the Thames Valley : Div 3a and have been relegated  more

3 Sep
Deluge:
Many parts of Fleet and Crookham suffered flooding following torrential downpours when 8 weeks of rain came down in around an hour: Worst hit were the areas of Greenways and Curtis Court and Dudley Court in Church Crookham. Hart Council have set up an online survey for people affected by the flooding to help them asses issues in the area. Visit www.hart.gov.uk/hart-district-council-flooding-survey to get the form.
Car Park Improvements:
Hart Centre car park is to get a 360,000 refurbishment starting on Mon 7th Sep.
Aviation Pioneer Dies:
Chris Kelleher who was the driving force behind the solar powered aircraft , Zephyr 7 which flew continuously for 14 days at altitudes of up to 72,000 ft, the longest un-refueled flight ever. Has died near his home in Church Crookham

27 Aug
Nursery Closing Down: 
The popular Poppies Day Nursery run by Dan and Jo Hastings is closing down after 28 years. 
Rail Death:
First aid was administered after a man fell from a bridge onto the railway line near Fleet. The line between Basingstoke and Fleet was closed for several hours.
Fleet Road Chaos:
Workers caused problems in Fleet Rd by putting "road closed" signs in the wrong place. The signs were placed at the Oatsheaf pub crossroads but should have been put at the Church Road.
New Community Centre:
The Church Crookham community centre which is part of the QEB redevelopment has been opened. The centre in Sandy Lane will provide a wide range of facilities as well as a base for the Church Crookham Parish councilors.
40 Years Old:
The Holy Trinity church at the junction of Bowen Hurst and Aldershot Rd in Church Crookham has celebrated 40 years of service.

20 Aug
Wrong Image:
Developer Davis Planning have been asked to submit new plans to build a new 71 bed Holiday Inn opposite the Prince Arthur in Fleet Rd. Hart Council consider the present plan would harm the image of the town centre.
Parking Money:
Hart District Council have taken over 785,010 from the sale of car parking in the last year. The most profitable car park was Church Rd in Fleet.
Charity Gift:
Fleet Phoenix has been presented with 4,000 by Southwood Golf Club.
Thank you from Trust:
Celia Cross Greyhound Trust raised 221 during a collection in Fleet's Hart Shopping Centre.
Singers Success:
Olivia Whalley's band "Arcaves"are to open this years "V" Festival after winning the Highway to "V" competition. Olivia, 22, attended Calthorpe Park School.
Development Winner: Gary Pullen has won the Pride in the Job award from the National House Building Council for his work at McCarthy & Stone's Kings Place development in Fleet.
Sainsbury's Winner: Ruth Vanata has received a farewell gift of a Russell Hobs Purifry and a retirement cake for her 11 years work for Sainsbury's in Fleet.

13 Aug
Station Part 2: The second part of the  8.8m improvement scheme for Fleet Station is underway. A new and improved forecourt, extra cycler spaces, additional CCTV and lighting and a new canopy and waiting room on platform 1.
Ride for Charity:
Fleet butcher Paul Laverton from Clarks Butchers was among 26,000 riders whole took part in the RideLondon-Surrey bike ride to raise 1,000 for the RSPCA

6 Aug
Thrown Out:
Plans to build over 400 new homes by Berkeley to be built at Grove Farm and Netherhouse Copse have been thrown out by Hart District Council.
Alex Remembered:
Around 150 people attended this years Scam Jam event held in memory of Alex Godbold who drowned in the lagoon at Kingsley near Farnham. The 22 year old was a keen BMX and scooter rider and was well known often using the Views skate park. The event was held by youth charity Fleet Phoenix.
Trader Sent to Prison:
Fleet city trader Tom Hayes of Chineham Close has been given a 14 year prison term for his role in a fraud to manipulate benchmark interest rates.

30 July
Church Fire:
A 17 year old youth has been charged with arson and arson intent/reckless at whether life was endangered with regard to two fires at the All Saints Church in Fleet. He will appear at Winchester Crown Court on Sep 14th.
Planning Refused:
Plans to build over 400 new homes by Berkeley to be built at Grove Farm and Netherhouse Copse may be thrown out after pressure from the "Fleet and Crookham Environment is Threatened "(FACE IT) group. 

23 July
 Fire Fund:
So far 7,000 has been raised for the All Saints Church fund after the recent fire. To help out email fernhurstoffice@aol.com or phone 01252 812114
More Fires:
Police are investigating arson attacks in Crookham Rd were a caravan was set alight and also a number of bins in the same location Call DC McCarthy on 101 quoting 44150248698 if you have seen anything.
Anyone for Tennis?: Fleet Town Council have introduced a new online booking service to enable people to book and pay for a court at any time.  Goto www.fleet-tc.gov.uk 
Library Award: The on line job site CV-Library based in Fleet has been awarded the prestigious Growth Business of the Year prize at the South Coast Business Awards at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton.

16 July
Pub Ready for Cup:
The Prince of Wales pub in Reading Rd South is decorated and ready for the 2015 Rugby World cup. It is noted for getting into the swing for great sporting occasions so "Come on England"                                                   Prince of Wales Pub >>>

Leftie Turn:
North Hants Golf Club has staged its fourth annual "lefties" golf tournament. Left handed golfers from all over the country gathered to compete in the only event of its kind in England. For the second year running the winner was Martin House.
From Tyres to Homes:
Plans to demolish the former Roadwheel Tyre and Exhaust buildings in Kings Rd and Wood Lane have been lodged with the Hart Council. It is proposed to build two and three bed roomed houses. Roadwheel Tyers have moved to Waterfront Park 
Shaun the Sheep:
Fleet artist and ex Calthorpe Park school pupil, Emily Ketteringham, has designed a sculpture called Groovy Baby for Shaun in the City, a collection of 70 sculptures on display all over Bristol to raise money for Wallace and Gromits Grand Appeal the Bristol Children's Hospital charity. Emily moved from Fleet to Bristol but her parents still live in Church Crookham.
                                                                                                                                                                                 Groovy Baby >>>
Jack's Dream Trip: Jack Pollock a Year 9 Calthorpe Park Pupil has won a dream trip to the International Science and Engineering Fair after being one of only 24 pupils to win a palce on the trip at the National Big Bang Science Fair held at Birminghams NEC.
Bus Meeting: Hundreds of people turned up at the Harlington Centre to learn about a number of on new bus services to be intoduced in September. more

 


 9 July
Bin Fires:
A number of bins have been set on fire in the Church Crookham area. Police have stepped up patrols. Call DC Matt Dennis on 101 if you have any information.
New Memorial Plaque:
The existing plaque to honour James Oakley who donated the land now known as Oakley park has been replaced by a heritage board. video 
New Hotel:
Davis Planning have submitted plans to build a new 3 to 4 storey hotel directly opposite the Prince Arthur pub in Fleet Rd. Fleet Rd Plan
Airport Proposals:
Farnborough Airport has put forward proposals to alter the way air traffic is controlled which will mean residents in Fleet and Church Crookham will no longer experience low flying aircraft.
Bronze Award:
Carley Hooper, who is a Fleet Beekeeper, has won a bronze award in the problem skin category of the annual Free From Skin Care Awards.
New President: Steve Easter is the new President of Fleet Rotary Club. He takes over froteve Vincent.
Fleet Carnival:
The last Fleet carnival for retiring chairman Chris Alden enjoyed a sunny day to celebrate its 60th anniversary. history of carnival  2015 video 
Isobel's Best Ever:
Fleet high jumper Isobel Pooley has set a new national record of 1.97 m and retained her crown at the British National Championships.

2 July
Church Fire:
A 16 year old boy has appeared at Basingstoke Magistrates Court on charges of arson and arson with intent/reckless as to whether life was in danger. He will appear at Winchester Crown Court on 22 July and is being kept inj detention until then. A second teenager has been bailed pending further inquiries.
Hair Award:
Amy Parker who works for KLM studios in Fleets Hart Shopping Centre has won the annual Junior of the Year competition 
Selfie Suspension:
Labours defeated candidate for the NE Hampshire constituency has been suspended by the Labour Party for taking a selfie during a visit to the beach in Tunisia were 38 people were killed.

25 June
Church is Destroyed by Fire:
All Saints Church as been devastated by a fire. A teenager has been taken away for questioning. Fire fighters from all over the area tried to stop the fire spreading but the roof and inner decorations have been destroyed. Most of the bricks are still in place. The church was fully insured and the vicar said that the church will be completely restored. more +  video 
Market Closes:
The popular local market held at Blackbushe  for over 70 years has closed down due to difficult trading conditions in recent years. A petition to reinstate the market has been set up on www.change.org 
More Runners: The number of runners for the Peter Driver Memorial 10K run has been increased to 1,200 from 1,000. There will be no "on the day en                          tries" so visit www.fleet10k.co.uk to register for this years race which will be held on 25 October.
Isobel's Best: Fleet high jumper, Isobel Pooly, has jumped a seasons best of 1.94 m to help great Britain gain 5th position at the European Team Championships in Cheboksary. The height qualifies Isobel for the World Championships.
Vikings Win Trophy: Fleet Town Vikings U11's have won the North East Hampshire Youth League Division 2 Trophy. more

18 June
Home Destroyed:
A local family of 5 have lost everything in a fire at their home in Compton Road, Church Crookham. The fire claimed the life of their cat , Zoey. Their other cat Sophie survived. The local community came to the families help and they have expressed their gratitude on their Facebook page.
Buses To Come Back:
New bus services are to be introduced in Fleet following weeks of campaigning to bring back lost services. The new timetables will be introduced in the Autumn. more
Local Honoured:
Karen Evans , chairman of the NE Hampshire Domestic Abuse Forum, has been awarded a British Empire Medal for her services in protecting victims of domestic abuse.
Art Winner:
A 14 year old pupil from Court Moor School has won a Hampshire competition to design a floor plaque to commemorate the anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta. Will Lloyd received a 50 cash prize and a miniature of his crown design which was unveiled at Winchester Great Hall.
Super Supermarket: Sainsbury's in Fleet has raised over 3,000 for its charity of the year "Chloe and Sophies Special Ears Fund. more

10 June
Its a Fun Run:
The second Friends of Oakley Park children's Fun Run held in the Albany Rd  park saw 88 from 3 to 11 years old children running the 2km run and the mini races. more video
Church Move: Fleet Baptist church wants to build 12 x 2 bed flats at its current location in Clarence Rd. This will allow the church to relocate to new premises to cater for an ever growing congregation.
Drop in For Music: The Len Tyler Music School is to provide free sessions during the summer holidays for all expectant mothers, babies, pre-school and primary school children to celebrate its 21st year. There are no charges just drop in. Call 01276 504666 for more info.
Fleet FC to Move: Fleet Town FC are to move back to the locally based Southern League Division from the South and West.

4 June
Attack Outside Pub:
A 19 year old man was assaulted as he was walking past The Emporium pub between 2.30 and 3am on May 23rd. The victim struck his head as he fell down and was treated in hospital. The police are looking for a white man in his early 20's, 6ft tall, medium build, short gelled back hair with a shaving rash on his neck. He was wearing blue shirt and jeans. Call PC M Pugh on 101 using ref 44150173353 if you can help.
Civic Group Saved: The
Fleet and District Civic Society faced closure after 54 years if nobody came forward to replace co-chairman Phil Gower and Gillian Wain stepped down has been saved by the announcement that David Bentley, a recent arrival to Fleet, has stepped forward to become chairman more
Tennis Bronze:
A GB team including Fleet's Lucy Shuker has taken the bronze medal in the woman's World Group at the BNP Paribas Worlds Team Cup in Turkey
Blooming Fleet: Fleet in Bloom is gearing up to judge this years entries. Local residents, pubs, schools and parks are all invited to take part. Judging takes place from July 20 and entries must be in by July 6 so there is still plenty of time. Prizes are rewarded at Zebon Copse on Sep 129. website

May 27
Award for young Doctor:
Fleet Doctor Charlotte Hardy has won the Royal Society of Chemistry Young Industrialist Award for 2015.
Dedicated Pond Bridge: In recognition of 30 years support for Fleet Pond, Colin and Mavis Gray have had a new bridge named in their honour. The bridge was built over the stream at the bottom of Fugelmere Rd whilst the couple were on a weeks holiday and were surprised on their return.
(well done Colin and Mavis, you have worked hard for Fleet over the years. Webmaster)
Market Cancelled: A popular monthly Artisan market has been cancelled at short notice due to a complaint about the banners and signs promoting it. Over 1000 people were expected to go to the event which is held at Tweseldown in Bourly Rd. video
New Chairman: Alan Oliver from the Community Campaign Party has been elected as the new chairman of Hart District Council.
Refurbished: Morrison's at Elvetham Heath has had an 800,000 makeover.
Food Glorious Food: Over 8,000 people attended this years Fleet and District Food Festival held on the View's Meadow. video

May 21
New Book: 
A local Author from Church Crookham, Richard Joyce, has written a new book called "Operation Blue Halo". It tells the story of Johnny Vince and is set in Afghanistan. more
Archbishops Grandson:
The most reverend Justin Welby has given  his blessing to his second grandson at the Holy Trinity Church in Aldershot. Proud parents Rachel and Tim Welby, who live in Church Crookham, were delighted to welcome the Archbishop back to the same church he baptized their first child just before he was made the Archbishop of Canterbury in 2013.                                                                     Holy Trinity Church >>>
Looking for Old Boys Brigade members:
The Fleet 1st Boy's Brigade at Fleet Baptist Church are looking for old members of the brigade at the church. The "Old Boys" are to be invited to attend a celebration at Court Moor school on Sat June 27th. email bb-1stfleet@ntlworld.com 
Court Moor Reunion:
Trevor Sindle is looking for pupils who attended Court Moor school in 1975 for a reunion at The Fox and Hounds on Sat July 11 from 7pm. email cmsc75reunion@gmail.com or phone 07831 320174 for more info.
Volunteer of the Year:
Former Calthorpe Park student Katherine Bett as been crowned British Orienteering Young Volunteer of the Year. 
Welcome New Look:
The M3 service station at Fleet has been given a 1million refurbishment which includes an extended range of food and drink outlets and a large multi screen TV.
Flower Success:
Fleet Flower Club members Becky Stevens and Bernice Blandford have won a bronze medal at the Chelsea Flower Show.  

May 14
Navigating to Victory:
A Fleet orienteering team has won double gold at the British Relay Championships. The Sothern Navigators team comprised Alice Leake, Ruth Holmes and Sarah Rollins who won the Woman's Premier Relay and  Sue Betts, Mel Slade and Woo Allen who won the W40 Class.
Gold Winner:
Local teenager, Thomas Howell from Court Moor School, has won the team gold at the World Schools Orienteering Championships. Thomas is a member of the Fleet and Crookham Athletic Club.
More Homes:
Bellway Homes and DV4 Properties are requesting pre-application advise from Hart District Council to demolish office buildings on the Guillemont Park development to build around 320 more homes bringing the total on the site to 470.
Vandals at Fleet Pond:
Wooden benches have been damaged by vandals with the head being sawed of a carved swan sculpture. pond video                                                                                                                          Carvings at Fleet Pond >>>

Motorbike Accident: A 37 year old man riding a Honda CBR motorbike is fighting for his life after an accident at the A323 Fleet Rd with a black Honda CRV car.
Every Vote Counts:
One vote cast against the Tories in Yateley were the Lib Dem won 1,828 to 1827 votes after three recounts meant that the Tories failed to take control of Hart District Council. more
May 7
Charity Wanted:
Fleet's Sainsbury's is searching for a Hart charity to help with fundraising. You can vote for your choice in store or on line at www.sainsburyslocalcharity.co.uk between June 15 to the 28. Entries must be registered at the Customers Service Desk in store by May 11th.
Access Damage:
Local councilors are concerned that a temporary access road for heavy vehicles on the QEB Barracks site will damage Oak trees and other wild life.

30 April
Paddington Bear:
Ant and Dec have unveiled the Paddington Bear statue bought by money raised from Elvetham Heath School, Watson Thomas Solicitors, The Stump Man, Tavistock Infants, Tweseldown Infants and Fleet Business Partnership. Bear Humbug was revealed to hundreds of people on the stage at the Harlington Centre.
Cricket Hopes: Fleet CC captain Pete Talbot is confident that his team can recover from relegation last year which ended a 10 year stay in the 2nd tier of Thames Valley League cricket. Their first game is at home to Purley-on-Thames this Saturday.
Football: Fleet FC have finished 4th from the bottom in the Evo-Stick Southern (S&W) League.

April 20
Spring Clean:
Around 16 volunteers spent Saturday morning litter pick, weeding, cleaning and painting in Fleet Rd in the annual Town Centre Action day organised by Fleet Town Council. video   (Great Stuff - Well Done. Webmaster) Done                                                                                                                                                                                Volunteers>>>

The Jumping Flea: 120 Children from Church Crookham Junior School performed a ukulele (jumping flea) concert after 10 weeks practice led by teacher Jo Bolam which was sponsored by Hampshire Music Service.

April 16
Civic Society Risk of Winding Up: Fleet and Church Crookham Civic Society
is in danger of closing down after 54 years if it can't find a new chairman. For more information call Mr. Gower on 01252 624506.
Pub Fire:
Three fire engines were used to control a fire after a chip pan set on fire in the kitchen of the Heron on the Lake.
Bus Cuts:
Campaigners welcome a new addition to the taxi share route but say that this does not meet the demands on a proper bus service after recent route cuts. Journey's taking only 1 hour to Frimley Park hospital now take up to 4 hours.
Craft Shop to Go:
Authors and Artists Art and Craft shop in Fleet Rd run by Mick and Carol Bunn is to close down in June after trading for 22 years.

April 9
Inspire Award:
Fleet's Alan Inskip has won the Entrepreneur of the Year award with his short term motor insurance company Tempcover. Alan won the Business of the year award in 2014.
Permission for New Use: Hart District Council have given permission for a new office and housing at Fleet's Waterford's site which will give a larger area for the new Waterford's who will remain on the ground floor and will become one of its flagship sites.
Unbelievable Sick Abuse: A beheaded cat has been found in Rylelaw Rd, Church Crookham. It is believed to have been the work of a person rather than an animal. Police have advised people to keep their pets inside for a few days. 
Fleet Town FC: A last minute converted penalty to gain a win over AFC Totten and give them 6 points over Easter has saved Fleet Town from relegation. They are 4th from bottom in the Southern League (S&W) but now have enough points to prevent the drop.

April 2
New Harlington Centre:
Proposals to build a new centre at the front of Gurkhas Square were presented at the Annual Residents Meeting. Alternatives are to modify the existing facility at a cost of 3.5 million or renovate at a cost of 1.5 million.
Carnival Royalty:
This years Fleet Carnival Prince is 7 year old Anderson Brown from Fleet Infant School and the princess is Chloe Armsworth 11 from Church Crookham Junior School. 
Pylons Removed: Berkeley Homes have been granted permission to remove electricity pylons as part of the development at Edenpark which is to provide almost 200 new homes.
End of Gurkhas Charity:
Fleet based charity "Friends of the Gurkhas" has been disbanded after raising more than 200,000 over a period of more than 20 years. more

26 March
Hot Compost:
Three fire engines were used to put out a fire caused by an overheated compost heap which spread to a shed.
Hot Sausages:
Three firefighting crews were called out to attend to a fire in a house in Church Crookham caused by a pan being set alight whilst grilling sausages 
Jaxx:
Bosses of the Jaxx nightclub are applying for additional opening hours as they splash out 300,000 on revamping the venue. They want to be able to stay open for 30 mins longer on Sundays preceding a bank holiday Monday and on Xmas Eve, New Years Eve and Boxing Day if they fall outside a weekend. Also they want to stay open until 3am the following morning on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
Mum Remembered:
Hundreds of yellow balloons were released outside the Oatsheaf pub in remembrance of Paula Cunningam who lost her battle with cancer on Feb 27th. Paula moved to Ireland three years ago. The event raised more than 600 towards Our Lady Hospice in Dublin. To donate go to http://olh.ie/fundraising/make-a-donation/in-memory-donation/ 
House Prices Soar:
House prices in the Fleet and Church Crookham area have gone up by 28.8% since 2010.
12 Races in 12 Months: Gavin England is taking on 12 mud races in 12 months to raise money for two local charities - Stepping Stones and Fleet Phoenix. 
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Fleet Marathon: 2445 nrunners completed this years Fleet Half Marathon which was dedicated to Fleet and Crookham Athletic Club member Steve Sear who died last year at the age of 37. The winner was Michael Kallenburg of the RAF. Firt wpoman home nwas Stacey Ward of Herne Hill Harriers. This years m,ain charity bwas the Fleet and Church Crookham Community First Responders.

19 March
Rubbish Dumped:
Land between Fleet and Cove has become a haven for dumping an assortment of rubbish resulting in a local resident alerting the authorities to the Blot on the Countryside in Little Bramshot Lane.
Defibrillator: Fleet Spurs FC have installed a lifesaving defibrillator in a secure changing room at the club in Kennels Lane providing 24/7 accessibility to players, supporters, visitors and the community.

12 March
Park Footpaths:
Fleet Town Council are to provide 66,000 of funding to improve the paths  through the woods in Basingbourne Park.
Hepatitis A:
A case of Hepatitis A is being investigated at a Fleet school. Children and staff who have come into contact are being advised to receive vaccinations.
Wishing Well:
Fleet Rotary Club has raised more than 30,000 from its wishing well appeal outside Waitrose Supermarket. Launched in April 2004 a total of 1,004,017 coins have been rolled into the well.
Fleet Tsunami Charity: The Ocean Stars, a Fleet charity set up 10 years ago to support victims of the Sri Lanka tsunami, are holding a fundraising party on March 21. more

5 March
Thank You:
Fleet couple Justine and Grant Ronald have raised over 1,000 towards the Special Care Baby Unit in Frimley Park Hospital to thank them for looking after their baby for 9 days . Baby Sam was born in a car outside the A&E at the hospital and later became ill.
Fleet Election Candidate:
Andrew Johnson from Fleet has been chosen to stand for the Green Party in the forthcoming election for the North East Hampshire seat.
Pond Competition Winner: Terry Austin has won the 2014 Fleet Pond Photographic Competition beating 36 other entries more
Tax The Same:
This years Council Tax will remain the same.

26 Feb
Train Incident:
A man was taken to hospital with serious injuries after being hit by a train at Fleet Station.
Attempted Burglary:
An attempt was made to break into a home in Waverley Ave sometime between Feb 11 and 17th. If you can help and saw something suspicious between these dates please call 101 quoting crime number 44150057779.
Cuts Against Cuts Thrown Out:
Campaigners have lost their battle to reinstate Stagecoach bus cuts in the Fleet and Crookham areas. Buses No 30, 31 and 77 have been dropped and part of the 72 service has been cut.
Cash Raised: F
leet Rotary Club have raised 780 for the St George Foundation whose centre is based in Sierra Leone has been hit by the Ebola virus.
Volunteer of the Year:
Ranger Rachel Jones has been named Fleet Pond Society's Volunteer of the year.

19 Feb
Bus Protesters:
Campaigners have marche3d on county hall in Winchester in protest against savage cuts in the bus services affecting the Fleet and Crookham area. more
300 Not Enough:
Fleet Pond Society chairman, Colin Gray, has stated that a 300 fine for fly tipping at the Fleet Pond is enough of a deterrent. Fly tipping in the Fleet Pond area is becoming very common.
New Fence:
An application has been made to Hart District Council to change plans for a wooden fence that  acts as a barrier to noise along the A327 at the Pyestock depot site.
New Book:
Fleet author Terence Pettigrew has published a new book of poems entitled Darling Rose. more

12 Feb
Downton Star Keeps Busy:
Fleet actress Raquel Cassedy is taking part in a new radio drama called "How Did I get Here?" which follows the start of a new 6 part TV series on BBC3, Uncle, in which she co-stars.
Eat in Fleet:
WE was rated third and Golden Triangle rated 2nd in the News and Mail "Best Bites" competition.
60th Carnival: This years 60th anniversary Fleet carnival is trying to find previous Queens and Princess's to take part in the grand precession on Saturday July 4th. This years selection disco is to be  held at the Memorial Hall in Sandy Lane on Sat 28 March. Money raised this year will go to "Wooden Spoon" the children's charity of rugby. 
Milk Exhibition:
Fleet library is holding a "Fleet Milk:  exhibition organised by the Fleet and Crookham Local History Group.

5 Feb
No Help For Kung Fu:
Alex Nava, who has been running free classes in Kunatao Kung Fu for children at the Ancells Farm Community Centre since Nov, has had a request for a grant turned down by the council who do not believe lessons should be free.

29 Jan
20MPH to Stay:
Despite complaints the 20MPH limits introduced in Clarence Rd, Connaught Rd, Albert St and Albany Rd are to be retained for at least another year.
Close Shave:
Teenager Emily Bringloe had her hair shaved off for charity at the Black Horse Pub in Crookham Village. more
Good Rating:
Fleet Medical Centre which caters for more than 14,000 residents has been given a "good" rating by the Care Quality Commission.
New MP:
Ranil Jayawardena is taking over from James Arbuthnot as Fleet's prospective Conservative MP. James is to retire from parliament.
Tennis Titles:
Fleet's world No 10 wheelchair tennis player Lucy Shikerhas has started 2015 in style winning 2 doubles titles and 2 singles wins over other top 10 players whilst touring Australia.
PB Jumper:
Fleet's High Jumper Isobel Poole leaped to a personal best of 1.92 m to give her 5th place in the Springermeeting in Germany

22 Jan
Village Plan:
"Your Village needs You " is the call from the Crookham Village Parish Neighbourhood Plan organisers who are asking the people of Crookham Village to help control future development in the village. more
Shop Robbed:
The Authors and Artists arts and crafts shop in Fleet Rd was robbed last Wednesday. Police are looking for a smart dressed clean shaven man, over 6ft tall and clean shaven. He was wearing blue jeans, a short jacket and beige scarf. If you can help call 101 giving reference 44150014960.
Shot Sign:
A sign on the A323 Norris Hill Rd pointing the way to  Church Crookham which seems to have a number of bullet holes in it is not to be replaced. An expert said that around 450 similar incidents have been found across the UK.


15 Jan
M3 Accident:
5 vehicles were involved in a crash on the M3 near Fleet Service Station last Monday Morning. A 50 year old man was taken to hospital.
Paddington Bear Coming To Fleet: A 6,500 bid by Fleet actor Henry Douthwaite to buy a Paddington Bear "Humbug" statue for Fleet has succeeded. Money was raised by Elvetham Heath School, Watson Thomas Solicitors, The Stump Man, Tavistock Infants, Tweseldown Infants and Fleet Business Partnership A location has yet to be decided. (How about the empty plinth in Fleet Rd which has not been used since it was erected a few years ago -webmaster)
Cookbook Contribution: Fleet couple Mark and Jane Willis have contributed to "The Great British Cookbook" which raises funds for the Macmillan Cancer and Hospitality Support. Mark has written an article on "grow it yourself" based on his garden in Fleet and Jane has provided a feature about shopping for seasonal food. more
Best Pub Beer: For the second year running The Prince Arthur Wetherspoon pub had appeared in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.

8 Jan
Crates Too Heavy:
Hart District Council have apologised after a complaint from resident Martin Vlietstra whose bottle crate was not emptied because it was too full.
Bus Cuts: Children have been left stranded after cuts to some routes by Stagecoach. There are now no buses running fro Aldershot to Fleet, only one bus an hour to Farnborough and no direct buses to Frimley Park Hospital. more 
We Want Paddington Bear:
Elvetham Heath Primary School has raised 1,047 towards the cost of obtaining one of the 50 specially designed statues of Paddington Bear which are scattered around London as part of the launch of the movie.
25 Years Old:
Fleet's photographic shop, Captured Moment, which is owned by photographer Kevin Whibley, has celebrated it 25th year and around a million photographs.

1 Jan
Care Home Action:
The family of 84 year old Margaret Humphreys, who choked to death at Marlborough House Nursing Home on August 11th, are to take legal action to find out more about her death. 
New Years Honours:
Fleet resident Victor Chavis, who is chief executive of Thales UK, has been awarded a CBE for his services to the defence and security industry. Life long Church Crookham resident Patricia Dobbin aged 74 has been awarded a BEM for her services for the Riding for the Disabled