VE Day Celebrations Postponed

A message from the Events Group:
I am sure it will come as no surprise that we are having to postpone all celebrations for VE Day. Taking into account the government’s latest guidelines, it is just not sensible for us to go ahead. With this in mind all dance classes are also cancelled.
This however is not the end of our plans! We will be back when everything has passed, planning another event, complete with the dance classes and band to replicate the relief of the original VE day! We will of course keep you up to date with these plans, as and when they start.
Thankyou to everyone for your enthusiasm and for your understanding in this matter.

St Marks Church and Community Centre Refurbishment

The vision of the Parochial Church Council of St Luke’s & St Mark’s is to provide a church and community centre that will serve the local area for the next 30 years. It aims to be a hub for worship, social provision and well-being by providing good quality facilities and flexible functionality for all.

Use the link to see the drawings, a short summary of the proposals and a short survey to provide feedback.

Newsletter – The OB-server

The OB-server, distributed to the residents of the civil parish of Oliver’s Battery, is a direct outcome from the Oliver’s Battery Plan (2018).  In this, residents expressed a desire for a local magazine for the civil parish itself, as distinct from the ‘Community News’, which is aimed at Badger Farm as well
as Oliver’s Battery.

First published in 2019, The OB-server appears three times a year – January, April/May, and September.  Contributions from residents are welcomed – articles, photographs, poems, reports, etc.  The current Editor, Sarah Keene, can be contacted on

From January 2020, The OB-server will be accepting advertisements from local businesses, or from businesses which might be of interest to our residents.  For further information on costs and artwork requirements, please contact Connie Leach on

Councillor Leach

Changes at Household Waste Recycling Centres

A new resident permit system will begin operating later this year. It will be controlled by Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) and will ensure
continued free access for Hampshire residents to any of Hampshire’s 24 HWRCs to dispose of household waste, while access for non-Hampshire residents will be for a fee of £5 per visit.  Charges for non-household waste, including soil and rubble, plasterboard and asbestos remain.  Hampshire residents can register up to three vehicles via the Hampshire County Council website.  The introduction of this system will allow those living outside Hampshire to continue to use Hampshire HWRCs while making a contribution towards the costs of disposal of their household
waste in Hampshire.

Hampshire residents, including those who live in Southampton and Portsmouth, will be able to register for free access to any Hampshire HWRC from 19 December 2019 at

For residents without internet access, please call 0300 555 1389 to register.

HCC Library Consultation

Hampshire County Council is asking people who live, work and study in Hampshire to have their say on proposed changes to libraries.A 10-week public consultation was opened on 9 January asking for opinions on:  


·                     the emerging vision for Hampshire’s Libraries to 2025; 

·                     the level of need for library services in specific local communities; 

·                     proposed changes to the Library Service and the potential impacts;

·                     any alternatives that respondents may wish to propose.  

The County Council is committed to providing a high-quality library service, fit for the future, that responds to a new generation of library customers. Therefore, we feel the right thing to do is focus the resources we have on where they will be of most benefit – to make the library service relevant in a way that will improve the literacy, life chances and wellbeing of Hampshire residents.

At the same time, Hampshire County Council is facing an anticipated budget shortfall of £80 million by April 2021. The council is having to look across all its services to find savings which can help to bridge this gap and the Library Service is required to identify £1.76 million towards the overall savings target

The proposals in the consultation have been carefully thought through and offer a genuine choice.  As well as increasing income and improving business efficiency, the consultation includes proposals for changes to the way services are delivered.  This includes options to close up to 10 council-run libraries and reduce opening hours in others.  It also considers exploring better ways to deliver library services in deprived communities.

Full details of all proposals can be found at – this website also has information on the public drop-in sessions that are running throughout the consultation. Printed copies of the public consultation information pack are available to read in our libraries. No decisions will be made until all the consultation responses have been fully analysed.

The consultation is open until Wednesday 18 March 2020. Feedback received will inform decisions to be made by the Executive Member for Recreation and Heritage in summer 2020.​

M3 Junction 11 to 10 Shawford Rail Bridge Joint Replacement – UPDATE

An update has been provided by Highways England:

Work to replace the expansion joints on the M3 at Winchester is nearing completion, but unfortunately due to adverse weather conditions and unforeseen situations we will require additional overnight closures in January 2020 to complete work.

The M3 southbound carriageway between junction 9 and junction 11 will be closed overnight on the following dates:

  • Friday 17 January
  • Saturday 18 January
  • Sunday 19 January
  • Friday 24 January
  • Saturday 25 January
  • Sunday 26 January

A signed diversion for standard vehicles will be in place via A31 Spitfire Link, Morestead, Twyford, B3335 and the Hockley Link.

Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) will be diverted via the A34 north to the A272 Three Maids Hill, Andover Road, Harestock Road, Stockbridge Road, Chilbolton Avenue, Romsey Road and Badger Farm Road.

HGVs must ensure they follow this signed diversion and not continue through the centre of Winchester, as this route is unsuitable and leads to overnight disturbance for residents.

Please be aware that these closures are subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances – please check the yellow signs placed in advance alongside the road for confirmation of the closures dates/timings.

We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience or disruption during our work. If you have any questions, or if you’d like you know more about our work please email us at or call us on 0300 123 5000.