Sir John Moore Barracks – First Consultation

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has decided to sell this site and is in the process of progressing a new vision, which is shown in this phase 1 consultation.

This consultation, which closes on 22 Jan, is available at

The site is located on the edge of the City of Winchester, between Littleton and Harestock.

The consultation includes an early stage concept masterplan.

Their intention is to create a sustainable, mixed use community, including a range of new homes and a park and ride facility.

If an application along the lines proposed is approved, it will make effective use of this previously developed (brownfield) site and thereby reduce the pressure on greenfield sites elsewhere in the Winchester district, for example the Royaldown proposal between Oliver’s Battery and Hursley.

You are encouraged to complete the short consultation, which comprises 11 questions, predominantly multiple choice but also some free text opportunities.

Message from Ian McAulay, Chief Executive, Southern Water

“We would like to reassure customers that Southern Water will continue to provide  services – including emergency repairs – during lockdown. We have developed safe ways of working during the pandemic and we ask our customers to keep their distance from our frontline colleagues for the safety of both workers and customers, especially if we need to visit your home. In an emergency you can call us on 0330 303 0368.

“If you are struggling with your bills, help is available. Also if you, or someone you know, is vulnerable then being included on our Priority Services Register will ensure help will be provided when it’s needed. To join the Register contact us through our website, or call 0330 303 0277.”

Ian McAulay, Chief Executive, Southern Water


Oliver’s Battery Armchair Film Night – this Wednesday


From the Oliver’s Battery Film Nights organising group:

Dear OB Film Friends everywhere, please join us at 7.30pm on 6 January to watch from your armchair ‘What We Did on our Holiday’.

What we did on our holidays flyer

For those who would like to, we will have a pre and post film  Zoom chat, please feel free to join us.

At 7.30pm, watch the film on your TV, and rejoin the OB group (using the same Zoom link)  around 9.15pm for an-after film chat.

If you have difficulty, David Higgins can help: 07718574638

Here are the links you will need:

Find the film here:

And join us on Zoom here: from 7.15pm

Meeting ID: 819 5494 2169
Passcode: 420628

OB Film Nights logo

Vandalism at the Recreation Ground

Over the weekend someone smashed a beer bottle inside the children’s play area, under the climbing wall.   If you see any vandalism please report it to WCC Neighbourhood Services on (click on the big blue ‘Report’ button) and the Police on 101.  Many thanks to those who cleared it away.

This image shows a smashed beer bottle in the children's play area that has now been cleared away

Update on St Mark’s Refurbishment

The St Mark’s PCC (Parochial Church Council) met on  the 14th December 2020 and agreed to go ahead with the St Marks building refurbishment and  to commence phase 1 of the St Mark’s building works, on the 25th January 2020. This will mean that St Mark’s will be closing its doors on this date and will remain closed until the beginning of May. The aim will be to re-open on Sunday 2nd May, but this will need to be confirmed at a later date.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the fundraising so far – £151,886 has been raised which is a fantastic effort. It is very exciting to have a date in place for the building works to start.  Whilst the Phase 1 work is underway we are going to start fundraising for Phase 2 – the hall extension, refurbishing the kitchen and landscaping at the front of St Mark’s. More information about this will follow. All fundraising details and how to contribute can be found on the website : You can follow all progress on the website.

WCC Councillor Jackie Porter to attend Parish Council meeting on 1 December

Councillor Jackie Porter, WCC Cabinet Member for Built Environment and Wellbeing, will be attending the Parish Council meeting on Tuesday 1 December, to take questions on the proposed Royaldown development.  The meeting will be held on Zoom.  Here is a link to the Parish Council’s Agenda page where you will find details of how to join the meeting as well as the agenda itself:

Accessibility Statement Published

The Parish Council has published its Accessibility Statement on the website, as it is required to do under the Public Sector Bodies (Website & Mobile Apps) (No 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.  Here is a link to the relevant page of the website: