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Tidworth Golf Club to reopen from Wednesday

Golf club reopens

Tidworth Golf Club will open its doors to members once again from Wednesday onwards following the government’s slight relaxation to Coronavirus lockdown measures.

Following Boris Johnson’s speech to the nation on Sunday evening it has now been confirmed that there are a number of rule changes present in England, such as encouraging people to go back to work, unlimited exercise and the option to take part in some sporting activities.

Golf is one of the available sporting options, hence Tidworth’s decision to reopen their doors to members from Wednesday onwards, albeit with some restrictions in place. Tidworth Golf Club has been closed since March 23, but will this week end their seven-week hiatus now that it is considered safe enough to do so.

Players must still follow the 2m social distancing guidelines and are only allowed to play alongside one other member of their household on each round.

The Prime Minister said on Sunday: “you can even play sports but only with members of your own households,” with it also expected that tennis and basketball courts will once again be available for use by members of the public.

However, lockdown rules dictate that team sports such as football, rugby and boxing, where social distancing isn’t possible, unlike during a relaxing round of golf, will all still be unavailable until further notice.

With those sports remaining cancelled for the foreseeable future, the interest in golf is anticipated to be exceptional over the coming weeks. There have already been a surge of enquiries about the potential of becoming a member at Tidworth since the announcement over the weekend.

Tidworth Golf Club has an outstanding reputation for being one of the elite golf club’s in the country and was recently voted as the best members golf club in Wiltshire by top100golfcourses.com.

The club are still currently taking on new members but those who hold an interest in joining are advised to be swift in contacting the club, with new places likely to fill up quickly in the light of recent news. 

There are a number of membership options available for new members including a full introductory or social membership package, while there are also different packages available for different age groups. 

If you are interested in joining Tidworth Golf Club, you are able to contact them today through the following channels:

Website: https://www.tidworthgolfclub.co.uk/contact

Phone: 01980 842 301

Email: manager@tidworthgolfclub.co.uk, admin@tidworthgolfclub.co.uk

Local Coronavirus Volunteer Groups Released

Andover Coronavirus Support Networks Rainbow

Test Valley Borough Council has published a list of local volunteer groups that are helping those who are self-isolating due to the coronavirus pandemic.

There are more than 50 groups providing a range of support to hundreds of residents, from picking up food and prescriptions, to running errands.

The list will also enable those wishing to volunteer,  including anyone who signed up to the national NHS volunteer scheme who may not have been called on to assist so far, to find the groups operating in their local area.

Leader of Test Valley Borough Council, Councillor Phil North, said: “These amazing volunteer groups are already supporting hundreds of people across the borough. But I have no doubt that there will still be some of our residents who are unaware of the help available.

“By pulling together the full list of contact details, we hope it is now easier for people to get in touch with their local groups, whether that is to access support or offer their services as a volunteer.

“I know I have said it many times before but I have been truly blown away by the community response to the pandemic. The work of the volunteer groups is helping to ensure that our shielded residents remain safe and well during this time. Their work is truly helping to save lives.”

The council is also working with its community services partner, Unity, to run the Test Valley Community Helpline, which puts people in contact with their local volunteer groups if they aren’t able to contact them direct. Residents can access the helpline on 0330 400 4116

Abbotts Ann Abbotts Ann Community Support Group
www.abbottsanncommunity.co.uk
abbottsanncommunity@gmail.com

Amport
Cllr Ian Long / Tessa Hawkings-Byass
07553 045280
amportpcs@gmail.com

Andover
01264 748 946
facebook@andoverselfisolationhelp

Appleshaw and Reddenham
Justin Crump 07902 989797

Barton Stacey
Jo Gadney 01962 761287/07798 502 905
bartonstacey.pc@gmail.com

Broughton
Julia Jenkins 01794 301873
Jane Tabor 01794 301514/ 0788 9602069
operations@broughtonvillageshop.co.uk

Charlton
Cllr Clive Ward 07538 596344
Ian Smale 07421 354874
cllrward@charltonvillage.org.uk
http://www.charltonvillage.org.uk

Chilbolton
Cllr Fiona Barrie 01264 860264/0778880832
barrie.fiona@yahoo.co.uk

Enham Alamein
Leslie Francis 01264 335678
leslie.francis@enhampc.org.uk

Faccombe
Cllr Al Brooks 01264 737247
al@faccombe.co.uk

Fyfield
Cllr Beryl Vickers 01264 773335
beryl.vickers@btinternet.com

Goodworth Clatford
01264 356826
gcpc.willwalker@gmail.com

Grateley Grateley Parish Community Network
Lorna Ward 07384 359252
Matt Ward 07384 359251
grateleyhelp@gmail.com

Houghton Houghton and Bossington Support Group.
Dennis Stephens 07817380831
dstt09@yahoo.co.uk
https://www.houghton-hampshire.uk/community/houghton-village-website-12746/home

Hurstbourne Tarrant Hurstbourne Tarrant & Surrounding Villages Community Support
Louise Pittuck-Schols 01264 849 283
www.facebook.com/groups/HBTCommunitySupport

Kimpton
Cllr Niall MacGinnis 07590 808565
kimptonhampshire@gmail.com

Kings Somborne
Cllr Katie Hughes
07585230078
katherine.hughes@kingssomborne-pc.gov.uk

Leckford
Council Cllr Sophie Walters: 07740 443460
Angie Filippa: 07817 576346
cllrsophiewalterslpc@gmail.com
cllrangiefilippalpc@gmail.com

Linkenholt Linkenholt Estate
No contact details available but all residents are being looked after by the Linkenholt Estate.

Little Somborne ‘Call a neighbour’ scheme
Cllr Frederick Hervey-Bathurst
fhb@clarendonfp.co.uk

Lockerley Thorngate Care Group
Liz Holton 01794 340993
liz.holton23@yahoo.com
Mary: 01794 340223
mabgrimshaw@yahoo.co.uk
Helen: 01794 340627
thewoodfield5@btinternet.com
http://www.lockerley.org.uk/social-groups/groups/care-group

Longparish Parish Council
Cllr Christian Dryden
01264 720398/07765467006
covidhelp@longparish.org.uk
www.facebook.com/groups/Longparish/

Longstock
Cllr Sophie Walters: 07740 443460
Angie Filippa: 07817 576346
cllrsophiewalterslpc@gmail.com
cllrangiefilippalpc@gmail.com

Monxton
Hilary Corroon 01264 711087/ 07796 996011
hilary@corroon.co.uk

Nether Wallop
Gail Foster 01264 783593
nwpc.cllr.h.james@gmail.com
nwpc.clerk@gmail.com

Over Wallop
Cllr Kate Dixon 01264 781164/ 07745737797
owpc.cllr.k.dixon@outlook.com

Penton Grafton
Paul Booth, 01264 513080

Penton Mewsey
Paul Booth, 01264 513080

Quarley
Cllr Joanna Ferguson 01264 889131
The Backstop Contact is Will Marshall 01264 889778
joannamary.ferguson@gmail.com
willmarshall224@hotmail.co.uk

Shipton Bellinger
Cllr Susan Turner 01980 842854
jd.turner@hotmail.co.uk
Shipton Bellinger Parish Council
Chairman@testvalley.gov.uk

Little London
Paul & Mandy Dunning
01264 749018
mandyandpaul@live.co.uk

Smannell
0330 4004116

Stockbridge
Chantal Halle 07863 206909
HelpforStockbridge@outlook.com

Charlton Down/Wildhern
Julia Rennie: 07778 294403
clerk.tangley@parish.hants.gov.uk

Dines/Wildhern
Catherine Morton: 07771 622636
catherine@mgcomms.co.uk

Wildhern
Charlie Haswell 07557 940554
charlesdhaswell@hotmail.co.uk

Hatherden
Alex Raworth 07971 802211
aalraworth@gmail.com

Tangley 
Philip Macdonald 07767 657400
philipamacdonald@hotmail.com

Tangley 
Janie Joll
janie@joll.org.uk

Thruxton
Richard Smart 07786246291
Richard.smart@infor.com

Upper Clatford
Cllr Charles Eyre
07730 304290
upperclatfordparishcouncil@gmail.com
resilience.upperclatford@gmail.com
Richard Bennett 07775 420771

Upper Somborne
Maura Jeffrey 01794 388872/0786 4138386
mauraejeffrey@hotmail.com

Vernham Dean
Linda Butt 01264 737213
Linda.butt80@gmail.com

Wherwell
Cllr Susanne Hasselmann and Jo Baughen 01264 860060
wherwell@scirum.co.uk

Coronavirus Funding Paid to Andover & Villages Businesses

Grant Opportunities Available for Rural Communities

More than £20 million of vital funding has now been passed on to businesses all over Test Valley during the coronavirus pandemic.

Last month, central government issued billions of pounds to local authorities across the country to help support businesses with grants and reliefs. Since receiving its allocation of the funding on April 1, Test Valley Borough Council has now processed more than £21 million to more than 1,750 businesses. The council is in the top 20 per cent of authorities for issuing payments to businesses.

Before receiving this funding from central government the authority wrote to more than 2,300 businesses in preparation for processing payments for when the finances did arrive.
Despite issuing millions of pounds to date, the council is still appealing to all businesses who think they may be eligible for government funding, to apply if they haven’t already done so.

To be eligible for a grant, a business must have been in occupation of their property on March 11 2020 and either:

·         Be in receipt of (or eligible for) small business rate relief or rural rate relief

·         Be eligible for the expanded retail, hospitality and leisure business rates discount

Businesses who have temporarily closed or those who may not have seen their letter from Test Valley Borough Council can still check to see if they’re eligible, check government guidance notes, and apply, via the council’s website.

Finance portfolio holder, councillor Maureen Flood, said: “As I have said before, I am immensely proud of our revenues and welfare staff for their efforts in processing these incredibly important funds for our businesses. 

“However, I would urge any organisation who believes they are eligible for this funding or relief to please check and apply online via our website.”

How online casinos in Andover and the UK have become a £5billion industry

The popularity of online gambling activities (also known as iGaming) has increased substantially with British residents over the past ten years. Now part of a booming global industry, the UK’s iGaming market is home to leading gaming platforms and operators, with people from different demographics from Andover to Carlisle regularly taking part in real money gaming or betting activities online.

The rise of online gaming in the UK

No longer seen as the poor cousin to live casino games and poker tournaments, iGaming appeals to a wide range of players, and is taking its place beside console gaming and content streaming as a legitimate leisure activity.

According to recent statistics published by the UK Gambling Commision (UKGC), a regulatory body for real money gaming and betting in British territory, the Gross Gambling Yield in the country has grown by approximately £6 billion to £14.4 billion from 2011 to 2018, and is set to increase even more as this new decade continues to unfold.

Out of that figure, the remote gambling market (iGaming), which includes online casinos and poker, online betting and online bingo has the largest overall share of revenue at just over 40%. That’s a total revenue share of £5.3 billion for the year dating April 2018 to March 2019.

So how did what was still a brand new and niche market at the turn of the Millennium grow to be worth billions of pounds?

British players just can’t get enough

As the financial figures above suggest, British iGaming players just can’t get enough of online activities. A 2018 report by the UKGC found that a total of 33.6 million people had active accounts with online platforms that were licensed by the commission that year, a significant portion of which were held by customers in the 45 to 65 age bracket.

Whereas contemporary online gaming activities such as RPG games and multiplayer battle royales like Fortnite typically appeal to players in younger age brackets, iGaming activities are popular with adults of all ages and genders. The anonymity that comes from playing a slots game in an online room means that players who wouldn’t ordinarily feel comfortable walking into a brick and mortar casino are able to engage with and spend longer playing the game.

The same can be said for the other top lucrative verticals of online poker and online betting. In the online arena, anyone old enough to register for an account with an iGaming platform has the opportunity to develop the skill set needed to play a game like poker at their own pace. And instead of having to walk into a high street betting shop, punters can place bets on all sorts of sporting and current events from the comfort of their own home.

One of the key factors to the popularity of online casinos across the UK is the sheer variety of money saving promotional offers available. Operators including 32 Redwork with gambling directory sites like Oddschecker to run exclusive promotions that are targeted towards new players. No deposit bonuses, free spins promotions, and cashback on wagers placed are attractive enough for even the casual player to want to take advantage of.

And with local casinos and gaming halls closing down all over the country, online platforms have become more than an adequate replacement for those more traditional real money gaming activities.

Tightly regulated industry

Perhaps the most powerful contributor to the growth of online casinos and remote gambling in the UK is the fact that the industry itself is so tightly regulated. The UKGC has the power to only assign licenses to online platforms that meet its stringent regulations and strict policies for responsible gaming, financial protection and data protection.

Customers can play in a UKGC approved online casino, safe in the knowledge that the operator has implemented substantial cyber security methods, and offers player protection that covers both their personal data and the funds they deposit into their gaming accounts.

While it may have its detractors, like all gaming and entertainment industries do, there’s no denying that the UK gambling industry has the highest industry standards across the world, which is why UKGC-licensed platforms make up 65% of the global market.

Recreating the Fun of Andover’s Top Sights & Attractions With Your Smartphone

With the summer ahead of us, thoughts will be turning to those long, sunny days when we can leave the winter coats at home and enjoy the great outdoors.

With the North Wessex Downs a stone’s throw away and Rooksbury Mill, Finkley Down Farm and the picturesque River Anton on our doorstep, there’ll be plenty to excite the senses when the temperatures rise.

But we’re not quite there yet. So why not recreate the enjoyment found at some of Andover’s top sights and attractions at home via your smartphone?

Bring the nature reserve home

If you’re in the mood for the satisfying countryside serenity of the Anton Lakes Nature Reserve try the Giving Nature a Home app for iOS and Android. It encourages you to get out into your own garden with advice about building your own natural wildlife havens. It also has a bird-specifier to help you identify those visiting your garden.

Swap Finkley Down Farm Park for Farmville

Give the budding farmer in you the chance to tend to livestock and grow crops in Zynga’s addictive Farmville online game. Playable via Facebook, this series boasts lots of different inner games with Country Escape being our tip for a few hours of fun.

Here you have to grow crops to build your farm’s stature, even developing the ability to bake your own pies from apples you’ve cultivated. More fun can be had from in-game trading which lets you show off your farm’s prowess to fellow players.

Exciting leisure for free

“The Inheritance” escape room on Church Street may have closed a couple of years ago but you can recreate the compelling excitement thanks to an assortment of free mobile games like Cabin Escape: Alice’s Story, which recalls the former Andover escape room’s story of familial mystery.

You could go for a swim with Swimming Pool Race, swap Riverside Bowl for iOS and Android app Strike!, and get your fix of Coombs Clay Shooting with the free-to-play online slots Dead or Alive, NetEnt’s 5-reel, 3-row “wild west” themed slot taking its cues from the classic TV show of the same name starring Steve McQueen.

“Walk” the North Wessex Downs

Experience the North Wessex Downs thanks to its official YouTube channel. The specially curated channel devoted to a region officially designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty includes a fascinating introduction to its distinctive landscape.

The channel also features an intriguing birds-eye journey from Avebury to Basildon Park along The Icknield Way. The 2-minute film boasts stunning photography in its celebration of this beautiful part of southern England.

Fly a plane instead of going to the Museum of Army Flying

The cold weather might have put you off wandering around one of the UK’s best museums devoted to British military aviation but that doesn’t mean you can’t get the buzz of being a pilot from your smartphone.

There are a surprising number of great flying simulators available for iOS and Android devices including Flight Pilot Simulator 3D. Featuring immersive graphics, the game lets you pilot a huge variety of aircraft.

If you’re looking for fun in Andover without leaving home, we hope our assortment of ideas will help keep you entertained at least until the warm summer’s days arrive.

Police appeal for witnesses following man threatened with knife in Andover

Cricketers way Andover

After a man was threatened with a knife outside an Andover store, police are calling for any witnesses. Officers were dispatched to the Tesco shop on Cricketers Way, at 2.15 pm on Saturday (April 25) following two men reportedly threatening another man with a large knife.

The man finished shopping and when he came out, he was again faced with the pair and one had a large knife.

He also mentioned seeing four other guys, two with their caps up on their motorcycles and two more walkings from the skate park towards him.

The man that was threatened was able to get into his friend’s car. They drove off when the man saw the knife chasing and threw the knife into the vehicle, which hadn’t made any contact with them. The guy with the knife is known to be black, about 20 years old, about 6 ft tall, and has a slim body.

He wore a black t-shirt and shorts coloured with white. Inquiries into the incident, including additional patrols in the area and CCTV inquiries, are ongoing over the weekend.

Officers talked to several witnesses, but want to speak to everybody else who may have seen the incident, particularly those in the queuing shop when this incident took place.

If you think you can help us, please call 101, quoting 44200145982, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Speeding Car Crashes on Augusta Park in Andover

Car Crash on Augusta Park

A driver crashed his car on Augusta Park last night (24th April 2020).

The car had been seen driving up and down the quiet road on Augusta Park several times, witnesses report that the driver was driving the car ‘at speed’.

Onlookers report that after the car came to a stop, the driver got out, walked around the car a little, then locked the door and ‘sauntered’ off. Members of the public asked the driver if he was okay, but he did not speak at all.

The UK is currently in lockdown because of COVID-19 with movement restricted to necessary journeys only.

The car remains of the side of the road and awaits recovery.

Hampshire Police attended the scene.

Were You a People’s Postcode Lottery Winner in Andover?

People's Postcode Lottery Winners in Andover

Three people in Andover are celebrating today after winning £1,000 each thanks to their lucky postcode.

The Roman Way neighbours netted the windfall when SP10 5JJ was announced as a Daily Prize winner with People’s Postcode Lottery on Friday 24th April 2020.

People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador Judie McCourt sent her well-wishes to the winners. She said: “What great news to start off your weekend! Congratulations to our winners.”

A minimum of 32% of ticket sales goes directly to charities and players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised over £500 million to date for thousands of good causes in Britain and beyond.

This draw was promoted by the Wildlife Trusts which have received over £12.6 million in funding from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery. The Wildlife Trusts look after more than 2,300 nature reserves and operate more than 100 visitor and education centres across the country. The Trusts work to make life better for wildlife, people and future generations.

Many good causes close to the winners have also benefitted from players’ support, and local charities can next apply for funding in August.

Police Warn of Monxton Outbuilding Break In

Shed Break In

Hampshire Police would like you to be aware of a report of a break to an outbuilding belonging to a property on Andover Road, Monxton.

The incident occurred around the 16th April 2020.

Unknown offenders cut padlocks to gain access to a shed.

No items were taken, however a long wheel based van has since been seen in the area under suspicious circumstances.

Please remain vigilant and take care

TVBC Launch Consultation on Traveller Issue

Travellers in Saxon Fields Andover, Hampshire, UK

Test Valley Borough Council is to launch a consultation with the local Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople communities to help identify ways to meet their needs in the borough.

Over the next few months, the borough council, through consultants, will be contacting a number of families from these communities to help understand their potential housing need and look at land that could be available to meet it. Both temporary and permanent sites can be identified as part of the work.

This consultation work forms part of the borough council’s draft Gypsy and Traveller Development Plan Document (DPD). Previous consultation work by the authority earmarked land in Gardeners Lane, Wellow, and a site at Bunny Lane, Timsbury. Providing suitable allocated sites for members of these communities will also ensure applications for inappropriate areas of land are less likely.

The land in Gardeners Lane currently has planning permission and is helping to meet the needs of a number of families. The aim of the new DPD is to identify new land which could be used to aid housing need for members of the Gypsy and Travelling Showpeople communities following further understanding of the local situation since the previous document was drafted.

Portfolio holder for planning policy, and deputy leader of the borough council, Nick Adams-King, said: “We’re determined to reach out and help meet the needs of all members of our community.

“I’m very pleased that the work undertaken from our previous consultation with members of this community has led to a number of families being helped with the land in Wellow. Our aim now is to build on this for the future. We’ll start by progressing sites that have been previously proposed for allocation while seeing if there are any other areas that may be able to help us.”

The work to draft a new DPD is in respect of settled Gypsy and Travelling communities and is separate to the authority’s continued efforts to deter and prevent illegal encampments across the borough.