News article appearing in the Fleet News on 17 Oct 2003
Young Poets on the Web
YOUNGSTERS let their
imaginations run wild when they entered a poetry competition.
then winding down to a
close at night. Congratulations to everyone that took part - you
News article appearing in the Star in July 2003 regarding fleethants.com wordsearch competition
Animal magic at Velmead
|Pupils of class P3K at Velmead Junior School in
Fleet are wordsearch champs.
They were doing research into the origins of the town and used the local website, www.fleethants.com, where they found a word competition produced by the Fleet Pond Society .
The contest asked for fifteen animal names in the wordsearch jumble.
The class actually found eighteen names hidden in the game, some of which the organisers had not noticed.
|Webmaster Allan Gibson felt this
deserved special congratulations and Colin Gray, Chairman of Fleet Pond Society, agreed.
Class teacher Valerie Kennedy fixed a
presentation date and the class was presented with their 'Wordsearch
Champions' certificate at a school assembly, along with a laminated poster
of Fleet Pond.
News feature appearing in the Fleet News and Courier in January 2002 regarding fleethants.com
Allan uses his retirement years to put Fleet's community on the net
|Greig Box meets a man who has turned his leisure time into a learning curve and built an internet website that benefits the area||
retired Fleet man has proved that you can
still teach an old dog new tricks following the success of his own
community web pages.
Allan Gibson, of Elms Road, taught himself how to design and set up an internet website by reading computer magazines, and last March he launched Fleets own community web page.
Now the Fleet site has grown in popularity and has received an impressive 20,000 hits without any advertising.
The aim of Allan's project is to provide something for the community, by the community.
He also wanted to steer clear of any officialdom, and was determined to keep the site light-hearted but informative.
He said: "Many community sites are simply lists of links, names, addresses and telephone numbers.
"I wanted to create a site that was not only informative but also user-friendly and fun.
"A community is made up of many layers of differing people, views and activities.
"I decided to make each page totally different to reflect this, making the page design suit the information content.
He added: " The links and
heading 'To the
"I am amazed at the sheer volume of activity in Fleet"
It has become the official website for the annual Fleet Carnival
and has devoted a lot of space to Fleet in Bloom and many other local
| day has not
gone by where I have not worked on it
"It was difficult at first to set up, but once it got
going it started to flow more and more."
But the hardest part for Allan has been trying to get all the organisations, societies and clubs
together onto the website, and he said there was still some way to go.
"He added:" I am amazed at the sheer volume of activity that exists in Fleet and Crookham, but my aim is, if it is in Fleet it should be on the website.
"I want it to reflect the views of the community.
"If someone has not got a website I can do it for them and provide a link through my site.
"Or I can just do a link from my website to theirs as well."
Allan's three children have also got involved. Claire, 15, loves animals and helps her dad with the pets section.
David,21, who has a HND in IT, helps with technical problems and is also planning to review all of the pubs in the area-a hard job but someone has to do it!
Matthew, 19, who is studying for a HND in music, is looking after the
However, Allan's wife Chris has no interest in the internet and happily leaves
the rest of the family to it.
A determined and enthusiastic Allan also hopes to branch out to
Hartley Whitney if there is a demand.
He added:"I have financed this myself, but I hope to advertise in the future. I am not interested in profit and all voluntary organisations and charitable
"I'm not interested in profit ... it's for the community"
non-profit-making activities are displayed free of