e-Bulletin - February 2021

Welcome to the Parish Council’s e-Bulletin
Fair Oak Parish Council’s e-Bulletin is designed to provide an up to the minute snapshot of current news, reports, developments, opportunities and events of interest to our residents.  

We hope that the e-bulletin will be viewed as a key resource, fully engaging our residents and driving activities at a community level.

Deliberately short and snappy, the bulletin is provided in electronic format with web links to access further information and downloadable material. The e-bulletin is emailed monthly to all residents who have signed up to receive the bulletins. Older editions of the e-bulletin are also available here.

News & Notices

Parish Office
The Parish Office remains closed with all Admin staff working from home. However, we can still be reached by email, phone, through our website or via our Facebook page.

Our Grounds team continues to work (socially distanced) maintaining our parks and green spaces.
Parish Meetings

Our next “virtual” meeting is Full Council meeting on Monday 15 March 2021.   

All residents are welcome to attend any of our meetings which are held via Zoom.  If you would like to be part of the meeting or ask a question, please contact the Clerk by emailing:

The Agenda for the meeting will be posted on our website one week prior to the meeting.  
Meetings dates for 2020/2021 can be viewed
The live streamed meeting can be found on the Council’s YouTube channel
Message of Appreciation 

Thank you to the resident who sent us this message of appreciation.  We really are here for the community and try our best to make Fair Oak & Horton Heath a super place to live in.

“I wonder if you could pass on gratitude and love to all those who were involved in the new playground on Meadowsweet Way. We’ve lived here 30yrs now, even had our wedding reception in the Horton Heath Community Centre, and it was a thrill to take my grandchildren there last autumn. We’ll use it regularly when lockdown eases. It’s so much safer for the toddlers who can climb and we all had great fun. It’s an asset for the community. 

Also sincere thanks for the Christmas lights on the community centre which give the area a warmth and an air of welcome. Horton Heath has never really had a centre, like a village square, so it’s cheery to see.

Cutting back the hedges around there too really opens up the space and makes it feel a lot safer. 

Chuffed that the hanging baskets were heading our way too. At least they came up as far as the traffic lights!  They’re so lovely and always make me smile. 

These things really do make a difference, thank you.” 


Asset News

Crowdhill Green 
For the latest information on developments please click here
Anti-social Behavior 

We receive a number of complaints from residents of anti-social behavior around our villages.  The Parish Council have met with the Police recently to discuss the rising levels. They have assured us, that they will visit our sites across the Parish as often as resource allows and they will intercept those responsible wherever possible. It is vital though that residents and us report any incidents to the police as soon as possible. Ideally live reporting on 101. This will assist the police in prioritising the areas they patrol. The Parish Council have no powers of enforcement and we cannot operate outside of the law by apprehending or dispersing any individual or group who decides to meet in a public space. Any breaches of Covid restrictions and incidents of anti-social behaviour can only be enforced by the police. 

That-being-said The Parish Council recognises its duty and the Health, Safety and Welfare of our residents is our number one priority. We are investing significantly this year in new digital CCTV at 3 of our sites and will use this a deterrent and as evidence in any case where the law has been broken. 

We welcome all feedback and suggestions from members of the public on how we can improve our sites and to make the area we live as safe as it can possibly be.

The Parish Council holds regular monthly meeting and our  next “virtual” meeting is Full Council meeting on Monday 15 March 2021.   All residents are welcome to attend any of our meetings which are held via Zoom.  If you would like to be part of the meeting or ask a question, please contact the Clerk by emailing  The Agenda for the meeting will be posted on our website one week prior to the meeting.  The live streamed meeting can be found on the Council’s Youtube channel

Community Library
The 17th February was “Random Acts of Kindness Day” so the Parish Clerk and her daughter took flowers, sweets and chocolates round and put them in our community libraries for every to enjoy.
Fair Oak Library
At its meeting on Monday 22 February 2021, members agreed, subject to a satisfactory Heads of Terms agreement, to the freehold transfer.  The Clerk and Chairman have been given delegated authority to negotiate and agree the Heads of Terms, signing these on behalf of the Council. To view the full report, click here and go to page 9.
Census 2021
The census is coming on Sunday 21 March 2021. For more information, visit 

More than 40 years of Public Art

Part 1:
Cllr Colin Bird has been looking into all the public art in the Parish and asks:

Would it surprise you to learn that the first public art appeared more than 40 years ago? Could you name any of the designers or makers of the items?

Our exploration begins in 1980, when three wooden bus shelters were erected. One is in the Square, and the others are on Winchester Road, at Crowdhill, and on Botley Road, near its junction with Burnetts Lane. These shelters were designed by Geoffrey Owen, MBE, himself a former Chairman of the Parish Council. The shelter at Horton Heath was replaced in 2010, to the original specification, by Trevor Goss, Horton Barns Limited.

The next item to appear was the arch at the entrance to Fair Oak Cemetery, made by Natalia Di Cristina, a local blacksmith, in 1997.
New Century Park 

In celebration of the Millennium, the Parish Council converted the area at Shorts Road, which it had acquired in 1968, into a landscaped recreation area, aided by a grant of £50,000 from the Onyx Trust. In 2002, two gates were erected: at the Campbell Way entrance the gate recognised the Queen’s Golden Jubilee; at the Shorts Road entrance, the gate belatedly commemorated the men and women of the local Fair Oak Home Guard Company. Both gates were made by Colin Phillips, a Hampshire blacksmith; the Home Guard gate having been designed by Georgina Griffiths, the winner of a design competition for pupils at Wyvern Technology College. 
Also in this park is the fine bench donated by the Fair Oak WI in celebration of their centenary in 2018.
Eastleigh Road

The Parish also celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 with the appealing set of tulips, made by Colin Phillips, at the park along Eastleigh Road, by Oak Walk.
Knowle Park 

The Parish Council acquired this site in 2006, a gift from John Gosney, a local farmer. In 2011, the Council added a broad variety of public art, the most prominent being the triangulation point, which rests on an orientation base engraved with the landmarks that are visible from the mound. This plinth is another example of Colin Phillips’ work, as are the elegant floral posts at the gate by the allotments and both the railings and the flowers at the Knowle Park Lane entrance. The two stone acorns at that gate were designed and made by Roger Stephens, a sculptor whose studio is in Salisbury. A different but welcome item of public art is the carved bench that surrounds an oak tree in the central field (known as the Pasture Field): its provenance is unknown.

In 2017, the Parish Council commissioned a diverse collection of public art, which was duly installed in 2020. The items range from Will Rosie’s very attractive set of murals along the front of the Woodland Community Centre, through various wooden artefacts to more metalwork by Colin Phillips. The Lychgate near the entrance to Stoke Park Woods is the largest wooden structure, dated 2019 and flanked by Colin Phillips’ florally decorated metal railings. This gate leads onto a circular path that has five benches, each adorned with appealing carvings of different flora and fauna, made by Paul Sivell, who is also responsible for the carvings on the Lychgate. The most striking metal design is the group of five deer, while nearby the floral portal lends a certain mystique to the pathway into the woods.
There is more public art to come, which can only enhance our already impressive collection, exhibiting a wide variety of styles and designs from talented artists.

Part 2: A walking tour of our Public Art will be in the March e-bulletin.
1st Fair Oak Scout Group

Thank you to our amazing scouters! 

22nd February was the birthday of Robert Baden-Powell, now known as Founders Day. Every year on this day, those of us involved in scouting renew our promise and say thank you to everyone who makes scouting possible. 

This feels particularly important this year when scouting has continued against the backdrop of social distancing, lockdowns and a worldwide pandemic. 

At 1st Fair Oak Scout Group, we are massively proud of what our leaders and young people have achieved to keep scouting going in these difficult circumstances. 

All of our Scout, Cub and Beaver sections have continued activities wherever possible. This has included: 
•    Beaver activity day in October; 
•    Many online zoom meetings with all kinds of activities to keep our young people engaged; 
•    Meeting face to face when possible and adjusting activities to meet social distancing guidelines; and
•    Our scout troops even managed a camp, although they were not able to stay overnight in the tents that they pitched. 

On behalf of the Executive Committee of the group, I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has made that possible. We have a wonderful group of volunteers who really have gone above and beyond this year to bring Everyday Adventure to the lives of children in Fair Oak and Horton Heath. 

If your child would like to join our scout group or you would be interested in joining our band of volunteers, please do get in touch via our website:
Easter Holidays for Kids
Egg-citing news! St Toms are going to be running an Easter Holiday Club! 
This will be on Thursday 1st, Friday 2nd and Sunday 4th April. For under 11s and their families. 

There will be a choice of watching live on Facebook or joining on Zoom to do the activities together. 

There will be crafts, cooking, stories, music and prizes to be won. Our very own team are currently writing a fun-tastic script that may or may not include, pirates, cows and hot cross buns.  Sign up here for your FREE activity bag delivered to your doorstep.
Bag will include:

- baking ingredients 
- craft materials 
- activity sheets 
- colouring sheets 
- 'All About Easter' story booklet
Wood burning
Do you burn wood in your home? Air pollution negatively impacts the health of your family and community. Can you burn less, burn cleaner, burn better?  

For more information visit
One Horton Heath 

The One Horton Heath team have now submitted the planning application to Eastleigh Borough Council. This can be found on EBC’s website here O/20/89498 and F/20/89500

Members of the Parish Council discussed the two applications at its Full Council meeting on Monday 22 February.  To see the Parish’s formal response, click here.

To keep up to date the latest developments of the site, please visit

Awareness Dates for your diary
March - National Bed Month. Time for a lay in before learning about the importance of a good night’s sleep! For more information visit: National Bed Month  

10th March 2021 – Quit Smoking Day - Click here for more information 

18th March 2021 – Global Recycling Day - Click here for more information      


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