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Fleet Pond, Hampshire

Have your say on the future of Hart

Hart District Council has opened its latest consultation on its draft Corporate Plan. The plan sets out the Council’s vision and priorities for the next five years and they are asking all local residents for feedback.

4 key priorities

The draft Hart Corporate Plan sets out 4 key priorities, which are to achieve:

  1. A thriving local economy
  2. A clean green and safe environment
  3. Healthy communities and people
  4. Becoming a more efficient and effective Council

The strive for efficiency comes as no surprise as councils, like many other organisations and companies, are under pressure to do more with less. The draft plan sets out the key actions that will be taken to achieve these four priorities. They include some significant investments such as creating a new secondary school for the district. The plan also touches on accommodating additional housing development for affordable homes, to assist the 1,320 (August 2017) people who are currently on the housing register.

You can find out more about the draft Corporate Plan on the Council’s website www.hart.gov.uk/corporate-plan-consultation-2017. This includes information on the plan itself as well as how to have your say using their online form. The consultation is open until 4pm on 31 October 2017 so you have 7 days left to add your thoughts.

Hart is a thriving community that we are very proud to be part of.  If you are looking to move within or even relocate to Fleet and its’ surrounding areas then we can help.  Why not check out our properties currently for sale, as well as some comments from happy customers who have sold their property through Check 4 Houses.  We can sell your home from just £599 or 0.5% + VAT.  Please give us a call on 01252 819725 or contact us for a free, no obligation valuation of your home.

Paul Hemmings, Check 4 Houses

What’s it like to run a business in Hampshire?

This week sees the Virgin Media Business Voom Tour take place in Winchester on Thursday 19th October. Ahead of the event, Virgin spoke to three local Hampshire businesses including our very own Paul Hemmings. They discussed their views on running a business in Hampshire.

Paul says: “Hampshire is a great place to live and work in. Our landscape offers a real mix of major cities and towns as well as rolling English countryside. We also have many excellent schools in the area and top quality sporting opportunities.”

A supportive local community

Paul says he has found the Hampshire business community very supportive since starting Check 4 Houses seven years ago.  “I started Check 4 Houses in 2010 after becoming increasingly frustrated by the behaviour of other estate agents. I wanted to create a flexible and reliable service for customers that was as stress-free as possible. Since starting the business I have found the local community very positive. They value honesty, transparency and are open to change. There are more and more people running their own businesses and keen to support each other.”

Modern day innovation with traditional values

In terms of culture, Paul says that Hampshire embraces innovation, but still retains traditional values. “Particularly in an industry such as estate agency, word of mouth recommendations are still our most effective marketing tool. People still value personal relationships with real people, despite the rise of social media.”

You can read the full article, along with what the other business owners said about running a business in Hampshire here: https://www.virgin.com/entrepreneur/whats-it-run-business-hampshire

At Check 4 Houses we deliver a genuine, reliable and professional house selling service for up to half the cost of a traditional high street agent.  From our head office in Fleet we sell properties in Fleet, Farnborough, AldershotBasingstokeCamberleyYateleyFarnham and beyond. We can sell your home from just £599 or 0.5% +VAT – saving you thousands in agency fees. Please give us a call on 01252 819725 or contact us and we would be delighted to give you a free, no obligation valuation of your home.

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Hampshire County Council asks residents for their views on balancing its budget

We all know that councils are under pressure to do more with less.  Like many public sector organisations, budgets have been squeezed yet in many cases demands for services are increasing.  Hampshire County Council is no different.  The County Council claims that by April 2019 it will be facing an anticipated budget shortfall of £140 million.  In an effort to involve local people, they have opened an online consultation about strategic options for balancing the books.

Saving money: the options

The consultation asks for residents’ views on the key options for saving money, which are:

  • reducing and changing services
  • introducing and increasing charges for some services
  • lobbying central Government for legislative change
  • generating additional income
  • using the County Council’s reserves
  • increasing Council Tax
  • changing local government arrangements

At each part of the consultation you will be asked if you agree or disagree with the council making changes in this way.  For example, reducing services might mean reducing library opening hours, or routine road salting during winter months.  Lobbying central Government for legislative change could allow Councils to charge residents to use services such as local Household Waste and Recycling Centres or concessionary bus fares.  Changing local government arrangements in Hampshire could mean having fewer councillors and senior managers, reducing back office functions or disposing of surplus buildings and equipment.  All of the options are outlined in the Information Pack.

Online and paper options

You can complete the consultation online on the Hampshire County Council website here, as well as view the Information Pack.  You can also download and print paper copies of the Information Pack and Response Form or request copies by emailing insight@hants.gov.uk or calling 0300 555 1375.  Paper copies are also available from Hampshire libraries.

The closing date for the consultation is 11:59pm on Monday 21 August 2017.  You still have a few weeks to have your say and help influence the future direction of our local area.

At Check 4 Houses, as local property experts we know the towns and cities of FleetFarnboroughAldershotBasingstokeCamberleyYateley and Farnham inside out.  We are passionate about supporting our customers through the process of selling their property.  With personal contact from start to finish, our internet based approach can save you thousands.  We can sell your home from just £599 or 0.5% +VAT – giving you more to spend on your next property.  Please give us a call for a no obligation valuation on 01252 819725 or email info@check4houses.co.uk.

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Enjoy some family fun at Fleet Carnival this weekend

This weekend sees the streets of Fleet transformed for the Fleet Carnival.  Carnival runs from Friday 30th June – Sunday 2nd July, with the Grand Procession on Saturday 1st July.

Underwater fun

2017 is the 62nd anniversary of the Fleet Carnival and the theme this year is ‘Under the Sea’ so expect to see plenty of starfish and seahorses on display.  2016 was a record year with 40 procession entries.  2017 could beat that with 35 entrants already registered, including local schools, charities and companies such as Everyone Active.  The people of Fleet have chosen Surrey and Hampshire Borders Riding for the Disabled as the nominated charity this year.  Procession entrants will have their buckets ready to collect donations along the route.

An action packed programme of events

As always the Carnival offers something for everyone.  Friday sees the opening of the Carnival at 5pm on Calthorpe Park playing fields.  An evening of fun fair and live music awaits.  Those visiting the marquee can take part in the family Bingo night.

On Saturday a full programme is on offer with stalls open from 10am – 5pm.  The Bar/Pimms tent and food stalls run even later until 9.30pm.  Enjoy live music throughout the afternoon from 3pm – 9.30pm.  The Kidszone is open from 12-5pm and the Baby show takes place at 11am.  If you think your little cutie is a winner then you’ll need to be at the Carnival marquee by 10.45am to complete the entry form and pay the £5 entry fee.  There are 4 categories available, from 3-18 months.

Sunday sees the dog show and car show take centre stage.  More live music and food is on offer, as well as the Maker’s Market and funfair.  The Maker’s Market will be situated in the Fleet Carnival Marquee on Calthorpe Park and will have over 40 stalls including Crafters, Quilters, Jewellers, Painters, Jams and Fudge. The music line up is yet to be confirmed but promises to have plenty of local talent on offer.

Fleet is a thriving community with a regular calendar of events such as this to bring local people together.  If you are looking to move within or even relocate to Fleet and its’ surrounding areas then we can help you find your ideal property.  Why not check out our properties currently for sale, as well as some comments from happy customers who have sold their property through Check 4 Houses.  We can sell your home from just £599 or 0.5% + VAT.  Please give us a call on 01252 819725 or contact us for a free, no obligation valuation of your home.

 

Easter eggs and Happy easter message on dark background

Egg-citing local events to keep you entertained this Easter

With Easter being slightly later this year, there is even more reason to get out and about in Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire and celebrate the joys of Spring.

Egg hunts for everyone

There are plenty of outdoor egg hunts available at key National Trust sites across Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey including The Vyne in Basingstoke, Basildon Park near Reading and Winkworth Arboretum near Godalming.  Easter is also lambing season and you might be lucky enough to see some being born if you head to farms such as Lockey Farm in Arborfield or Manydown Farm in Basingstoke.

In Fleet you can join the annual Ancells Farm Easter Egg Trail on Good Friday with plenty to keep children entertained.  Activities include the trail itself, Easter bonnet and colouring competitions as well as an Easter raffle.  There is also an Easter trail on Yateley Common on Easter Monday where you can follow the trail around the woodlands and heathlands, collect all the clues to tell the Ranger and receive an Easter Surprise.

Indoor activities to keep the kids entertained

If the weather isn’t so kind, head along to The Mall in Camberley which has free events running for two weeks from April 3rd to 15th.  Activities include an egg hunt around The Mall for the chance to win a chocolate egg. as well as arts and crafts, animals, magic, storytelling and a Punch and Judy show at the Kids Camp in The Square.  The Broad Street Mall in Reading are offering fun filled workshops, face-painting, an Egg trail, and the chance to win a family trip to Legoland as part of their egg-citing entertainment from April 10th – April 15th.  You could even check our your local garden centre.  Some are offering Easter activities including egg hunts, seed planting workshops and more.

Spring is traditionally one of the busiest times on the property market so if you feel you are ready to make your next move then please give us a call on 01252 819725 or email us at info@check4houses.co.uk.  We would be happy to give you a free, no obligation valuation of your home.  Our local team has all the knowledge of a traditional high street agent, but at the cost of an online agent.  We can sell your property from as little as £599 or 0.5% + VAT. This could save you thousands when compared to standard agency fees, giving you more to spend on your new home.

Athletes running on the road

Good luck to all the runners in the Fleet 10k

Sunday 23rd October is the annual Fleet 5+10k run in Calthorpe Park and many local runners will be out in force to complete the challenging race.

The race kicks off at 10am in Fleet Town Centre, outside the Harlington Centre. The 5k route passes through the town centre towards the station, then into Elvetham Road, Reading Road North and once more into Fleet Road. Those running 10k complete two laps of the course. The route is on public roads and allows a fast pace so that some runners can push themselves to achieve a personal best.

Last year nearly 1,000 runners took part in both the 5k and 10k events and Fleet high street was packed on both sides with supporters. Entries for this year’s race are still open so it you fancy a challenge then now could be the time to sign up online. Entries close on Monday 10th October or before if the race limit is reached. The race costs £12 or £14, depending on your affiliation, and could be your best achievement yet.

Fleet & Church Crookham Athletic Club

The event is run by registered charity Fleet & Crookham Athletic Club, which was founded in 1960. It raises funds for the promotion of community participation in healthy recreation and the provision of facilities and coaching for all running/athletics disciplines in the Fleet area.

We would like to with all the runners and their supporters good luck. We will be keeping our fingers crossed for some dry weather for you all.

If you are looking to move within or even relocate to Fleet and its surrounding areas then we can help. Why not check out our properties currently for sale, as well as some comments from happy customers who have sold their property through Check 4 Houses. We can sell your home from just £499 or 0.5% + VAT. Please give us a call on 01252 819725 or contact us and we can give you a free, no obligation valuation of your home.

British food fish and chips

Enjoy the best of Britain during British Food Fortnight

British Food Fortnight runs from 17th September to 2nd October this year and is a celebration of the best that British food has to offer.

British Food Fortnight is the biggest annual, national festival of British food and drink. First started in 2002, it is now in its 15th year and there are competitions and events planned across the country to celebrate this milestone. Many businesses and organisations are taking part, including schools and hospitals as people come together to enjoy the excellent produce Britain creates.

On the Love British Food website you can find 14 things you can do during British Food Fortnight to take part. These including buying British products that feature the Red Tractor logo, buying food that is in season and therefore likely to be home sourced, and cooking a British meal for your friends and family. We all love a good bangers and mash don’t we?

Locally in Hampshire, local shops, pubs and restaurants are likely to be celebrating so keep your eye out for special promotions. Down on the Hampshire coast, the village of Emsworth celebrates British Food Fortnight in style with a whole fortnight of activities including farm open days, Brewery open days and wine tastings, cooking masterclasses and even a Tea Dance. In Berkshire you could take the opportunity to shop at your local Thames Valley Farmers Market Cooperative, which is in Reading on 17th September and 1st October, and Newbury on 18th September and 2nd October.

If you are based in Surrey, why not head along to the Surrey Game and Country Fair at Loseley Park in Guildford on Sunday 25th September. In the Food Hall and Food Theatre you can enjoy a wide range of food and drinks grown, reared, brewed, caught or baked in Surrey.

If you are looking to move within or even relocate to Hampshire, Berkshire or Surrey and their surrounding areas then we can help you find your ideal property. Why not check out our properties currently for sale, as well as some comments from happy customers who have sold their property through Check 4 Houses. We can sell your home from just £499 or 0.5% + VAT. Please give us a call on 01252 819725 or contact us and we can give you a free, no obligation valuation of your home.

Athletes running on the road

Congratulations to all the Fleet Half Marathon runners

This year’s Fleet Half marathon took place on Sunday 20th March and was another fantastic running event.

Celebrating its’ 35th Anniversary this year, the Fleet Half Marathon has always been a popular pre-London marathon race.  The event is designed for runners of all abilities and is well supported by local residents.  Since the first event in 1982, thousands of runners have completed the race and it has become a highlight of the local sporting calendar.

The gently undulating 13 mile route is traffic free and finishes in the delightful Calthorpe Park area, with good local support along the way.  The fully marshalled course travels over a mix of urban and rural roads through the town centre and surrounding countryside and provides a rewarding challenge in itself, as well as being for some a vital part of their London marathon preparations.

This year the race supported two main charities – Bloodwise (formally known as Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research) and Arise All Saints, for the restoration of All Saints Church, following the fire.  Around 3,500 runners entered the race supporting more than 60 charities in total, with some runners choosing to fundraise for their own charities.

If you didn’t quite make the Fleet Half Marathon but are feeling inspired to start running, the Fleet 5k and 10k takes place on Sunday 23rd October so you have plenty of time to get your entry in and start training.  You can find out more at www.fleet10k.co.uk

Based in Fleet, at Check 4 Houses we offer all the knowledge of a local high street agent, but at the cost of an online agent.  If you are looking to move within Fleet, Farnborough or further afield we can sell your property from as little as £499 or 0.5%+VAT, saving you thousands.  Please give us a call on 01252 819725 or contact us and we would be delighted to give you a free, no obligation valuation of your property.