Festival of Choirs was so moving

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8:00am Sunday 27th July 2014

Sir.–What a wonderful evening it was at The Anvil on July 6, for the Festival Of Choirs – such a moving experience, bringing many thoughts of my uncle who served in the Horse Artillery, with so many lives lost, and the horrors they faced in the First World War.

Plea to support Centenary Fete

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8:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

Sir.–With a minor change to plans, I diverted to the annual parish meeting recently. You will not be surprised that the attendance was unfortunately low but this seemed to come as no surprise to the parish council.

Great news for us all

Basingstoke Gazette:

8:00am Friday 25th July 2014

Sir.–I’d like to congratulate Basingstoke Town Football Club on their new partnership with Soccer AM. This will no doubt bring lots of exciting opportunities for the club, help them in their aim to be selfsufficient, and build on their current reputation.

Wind is way forward

Basingstoke Gazette: Politicians give their views on first year of the Gazette's Green Town, Green Borough Campaign

8:52am Thursday 24th July 2014

Sir.–I wondered if Douglas Paterson, of Keep Hampshire Green, (Letters, July 3) was actually being serious when he suggested that instead of wind and solar farms, what we need is a thorium nuclear power plant in the centre of every town in the country?

What is the real cost of recycling?

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8:00am Monday 21st July 2014

Sir.–As a keen recycler and composter, I was very interested in the article regarding the recycling of more plastic packaging. However, I see that the material has to be sent all the way to Yorkshire for recycling. Is this environmentally friendly? Is this cost-effective?

Uplifting concert was full of talent

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8:00am Sunday 20th July 2014

Sir.–I went to the Basingstoke Festival Of Choirs concert A Century of War and Peace in The Anvil on Sunday, July 6, which was excellent, uplifting, and a fitting tribute to the momentous events in 1914 and 1944.

Protect memorial park as war tribute

Basingstoke Gazette: Resignation is too little too late, according to Basingstoke Labour candidate Paul Harvey

8:00am Saturday 19th July 2014

Sir.–At the end of the First World War, the people of Basingstoke with their own money bought the War Memorial Park in remembrance of all those who died in the Great War. That was an amazing collective gesture of remembrance.

We’re coming for you

Basingstoke Gazette: Alan Stone

9:23am Friday 18th July 2014

Sir.–I would like to give UKIP’s response to Maria Miller’s comments on us in her column (Basingstoke Extra, July 2).

Tesco plan under fire

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10:06am Thursday 17th July 2014

Sir.–I read with dismay the news that Tesco is going to submit a revised proposal to develop the old Smiths Industries site with another store.

The police have got wrong priorities

Basingstoke Gazette:

8:00am Sunday 13th July 2014

Sir.–How I sympathise with Mr Trotman, who was fined £100 for breaking the speed limit by 5mph.

Bus service needs a rethink for villages

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8:00am Saturday 12th July 2014

Sir.–Having attended the public meeting, brought to our attention by Cllr Paul Harvey, I was appalled by the roughshod manner in which the managing director of Stagecoach Southern, and the representative of Hampshire County Council, responded to questions, statements and logic directed at them by public members, councillors and officers of the Basingstoke and Deane area.

Councillor's attack on residents

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9:08am Friday 11th July 2014

Sir.–I was saddened to learn from the report by Chris Gregory that a senior Odiham Parish Councillor had attacked the attitude and character of the residents of the High Street who do not agree with the proposed new parking scheme.

Stadium debate hots up

Basingstoke Gazette:

9:05am Thursday 10th July 2014

Sir.–I read your article reporting the cabinet’s go-ahead for the next stage in Basingstoke Town Football Club’s (BTFC) plans to move to The Old Common.

Immigration needs to be controlled

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8:00am Monday 7th July 2014

Sir.–Much of the need to build more houses over our precious green fields is due to the uncontrolled immigration that has taken place over the last few years, without any thought given to the effect it would have on schools, doctors' surgeries etc.

Dangers associated with trade deal

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8:00am Sunday 6th July 2014

Sir.–Many people are involved in local campaigns to protect the NHS, oppose fracking, or tackle fuel poverty.

Forever honouring a military legacy

Basingstoke Gazette: 70 Squadon Air Cadets fundraising event for SSAFA

8:00am Saturday 5th July 2014

Sir.–On this year’s Armed Forces Day, June 28, we celebrated the military community within Hampshire.

Why wind power is just hot air

Basingstoke Gazette:

9:01am Friday 4th July 2014

Sir.–We have reason to be very grateful to our planning officers and planning committees.

The ride to nowhere

Basingstoke Gazette:

12:10pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

Sir.–Many motorists cannot understand why cyclists do not use cycle routes. Well, most cycle routes, unlike the M3 or the M4, go nowhere. They may end on the edge of a field, in the middle of a wood, halfway along a street or just short of a busy junction or roundabout.

Saving stamps can help the blind

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8:00am Tuesday 1st July 2014

Sir.–With more than 72 million letters delivered each day, the UK’s leading sight loss charity, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is urging the public to save their used stamps to help raise vital funds for blind or partially sighted people.

Spirit and drive of a town with vision

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8:00am Monday 30th June 2014

Sir.–As someone who is contemplating a move from Guildford in Surrey to the Basingstoke area, I have been studying the pages of The Gazette with interest.

Rotaract reunion seeks former members

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8:00am Sunday 29th June 2014

Sir.–Were you a member of the Basingstoke Rotaract Club, or do you know someone who was?

Stagecoach boss to hear your views

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8:00am Saturday 28th June 2014

Sir.–Earlier this year Stagecoach announced major changes to the bus routes and timetables which affected many residents across the borough. We know from our postbag that it was a massive issue and we saw through your letters page how angry and frustrated many of your readers were.

All about the money

Basingstoke Gazette: Mobile speed camera locations this week in North Yorkshire

8:34am Friday 27th June 2014

Sir.–I was recently caught by a mobile speed camera exceeding the 30mph limit in Headley as I approached the junction with the A339 – the Basingstoke to Newbury Road.

Is move a done deal?

Basingstoke Gazette: Razzak: Bristow will be offered a new contract

8:36am Thursday 26th June 2014

Sir.–For the life of me I fail to understand both local politics and the decision-making process surrounding the possible relocation of Basingstoke football ground to Eastrop.

Parents causing parking problems

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8:00am Tuesday 24th June 2014

Sir.–Over the last six years of living in The Cornfields, Hatch Warren, I have noticed something really bad happening to our roads – the constant blockage by parents taking children to school.

Can you help find members of TA?

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8:00am Monday 23rd June 2014

Sir.–I am seeking Ian Knight, ‘Smudge’ Smith, Harry Campbell, and any others who served in the Territorial Army Centre, in Penrith Road, Basingstoke, from the late 1960s (as D Company, 4/5th Royal Hampshires) and B Company (Hampshire), the Wessex Volunteers, and later 1st Battalion, The Wessex Regiment.

Swim stars help make a difference

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8:00am Sunday 22nd June 2014

Sir.–I would like to say a big thank you all your readers who took part in Diabetes UK’s Swim22 challenge.

Resignations were not down to John

Basingstoke Gazette: Former Whitchurch Mayor John Clark

8:00am Saturday 21st June 2014

Sir.–We refer to the recent article in The Gazette, June 5, regarding the resignation of John Clark and your question ‘what do you think?’.

Your guide to What’s On in the area between June 20-26

Basingstoke Gazette: Luke Upton

10:00am Friday 20th June 2014


‘Free parking’ joy at last

Basingstoke Gazette: Joices Yard car park.

8:00am Friday 20th June 2014

Sir.–It was with pleasure to read about the half-hour ‘free parking’ in Basingstoke.

Too many homes

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8:44am Thursday 19th June 2014

Sir.–In a recent edition of The Gazette you asked readers for views on “How many new homes should be built in Hook”.

Reason to be proud

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8:00am Tuesday 17th June 2014

Reason to be proud Sir.–I would like to congratulate all the nominees, winners and organisers on the fantastic event that was the Basingstoke A Place to be Proud of Awards 2014. It was a pleasure to be involved.

Thanks for support

Basingstoke Gazette: Debbie Long will run for UKIP in the Buckskin ward in Basingstoke in May

8:00am Monday 16th June 2014

Sir.–I would like to thank all those people who supported me and voted for me in the Buckskin elections this year.

Search for families

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8:00am Sunday 15th June 2014

Sir.–With others, I am trying to trace the families of David William Parker and Russell Arcot Erskine, who were killed in July 1944 when their plane crashed close to RAF Odiham whilst testing a new radio system.

Who will foot bill for infrastructure?

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8:00am Saturday 14th June 2014

Sir.–Who is going to pay?

Independent view has plenty of appeal

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8:47am Friday 13th June 2014

Sir.–What an amazing set of results emerged from last month’s local elections. The one which particularly defies comprehension is the Brighton Hill South outcome.

Stop this free-for-all

Basingstoke Gazette: The former Wella offices, in Wella Road, Basingstoke

8:34am Thursday 12th June 2014

Sir.–There has been a lot of talk in The Gazette over recent months about greenfields around the town being left to a developer free-for-all.

Entertaining show

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8:00am Tuesday 10th June 2014

Sir.–I would like to say a big thank-you to BATS for their most recent production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Pal has lost contact

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8:00am Monday 9th June 2014

Sir.–I have been in regular contact with my old army pal since 1945.

Pounded again!

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8:00am Sunday 8th June 2014

Sir.–Once again, Basingstoke planners have given approval to a multi-national company for a shop, in exchange for road improvements etc. Never mind the small independent shops in the area that will be affected by this development.

Children supported by vital volunteers

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8:00am Saturday 7th June 2014

Sir.–The 230 people in Hampshire who give up their time to support The Children’s Society’s vital work to fight childhood poverty and neglect are part of a movement of almost 11,000 amazing volunteers.

Re-election thank-you

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8:51am Friday 6th June 2014

Sir.–I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who voted to re-elect me to the European Parliament. I am delighted, and you have my word that I will continue to work tirelessly to represent your views and interests.

United by memories

Basingstoke Gazette: Allied forces beginning the D-Day landings in Normandy, France - Picture from the Imperial War Museum

12:05pm Thursday 5th June 2014

Sir.–When my husband received his calling up papers, he chose to join the Royal Navy. He completed six years and finished as a L/seaman.

Place name should be resurrected

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8:00am Tuesday 27th May 2014

Sir.–With the name of Worting Village in the news at present because of the proposed development, I was wondering if any of your readers remember the name Worting Townsend.

Can you help with housing research?

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8:00am Monday 26th May 2014

Sir.–I am looking to find some information about the history of Basingstoke, and I wondered if any readers could help please?

Dog owner's praise for careful drivers

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8:00am Sunday 25th May 2014

Sir.–I cannot thank or give enough praise to the amazing drivers, who, on Thursday, May 1, at 7.15am, drove with such care and attention that they were able to avoid hitting my dog.

Charity shop prices can be justified

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8:00am Saturday 24th May 2014

Sir.–In response to the letter by Mr and Mrs P McGregor about charity shops becoming greedy.

Grateful thanks to a good Samaritan

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8:00am Friday 23rd May 2014

Sir.–I am unfamiliar with Basingstoke, having visited there only a handful of times in the past 24 years. Recently, I had a very important 8.30am meeting at the Basingstoke Hilton in the Black Dam area of Basingstoke. I admit I was a bit confused by the directions I was provided with.

Listen to theatre call

Basingstoke Gazette: The Haymarket theatre

9:00am Thursday 22nd May 2014

Sir.–With attention currently on the planned revamp to the Top of The Town, it is timely that Graham Bye should have written such an eloquent plea for a return of The Haymarket theatre to its former glories (The Gazette, May 8).

Thanks for support in vaccine campaign

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8:00am Tuesday 20th May 2014

Sir.–I wish to thank everyone for uniting behind Meningitis Now’s Beat it Now! campaign to get the UK’s first life-saving meningitis B vaccine free to all babies on the NHS, subject to price negotiations.

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