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Need help getting library books/audio books?

The Home Library Service is for people who find it difficult to get to their nearest library due to ill health, disability or caring responsibilities. We can usually arrange for one of our local volunteers to visit to exchange library materials on a monthly basis.  We appreciate that often the social contact with a volunteer is as important as the library items they choose and deliver. This service is free and available in all Hampshire County Council libraries, including Alton library. There are no charges to hire audio books, and no overdue charges for late returns. All our volunteers are DBS (CRB) checked and comply with instructions and standards as set out by library staff.

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Road disruption Alton 2017

South East Water have notified Alton residents that there will be a new water main install starting on the 23rd of January 2017 and continuing for around a year.
The works result in a number of road closures and delays due to the traffic schemes they are implementing.

Information on the works and expected dates for the stages can be found on the South East Water web site. The map of the works can be found here

A consultation for local residents and businesses is taking place on the 5th of January between 5pm-7pm at the Butts Primary School, Bolle Road.

The contractor is Clancy Docwra, their Customer Technical Centre is on 0333 000 1100, this number can be used to raise all questions and concerns, additionally, the on-site staff may be directly consulted.

 

The next chapter

For the last 10 years the Village Magazine has paid for the Chawton.Info Village web-site which has been managed and run for the benefit of the Village.

The magazine contributes to good causes in both Chawton and Farringdon, including paying in full for the local web-sites, and tries to be even-handed. However the contribution to Chawton.Info is by far the largest annual grant; this can be justified on the grounds that advertisers get a benefit from appearing on the site and it provides value to the local community.

The aim of Chawton.info has always been to provide a free to use central information resource for the Village for residents and visitors alike by providing both present day and historical information. Only commercial entities pay via their advertising to the magazine.

The software behind the web site is now no longer maintained, therefore it needs upgrading to improve functionality and security; however the Magazine cannot afford to increase its contribution, although it is happy to continue the funding at the current level.

The new Chawton Parish Council (CPC) expressed a desire to develop their own site exclusively for CPC activities which will incur start up and on-going costs, and which the magazine could not support financially as advertisements would not be allowed.

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1932 Video Clip

An old Austin Motor Co. promotional video that features a drive through Chawton Village has come to light on YouTube. To see the whole video, Click Here. Alternately, skip to 7:41 through to 8:09 where the view switches to the rear view mirror, this shows Chawton on the main Winchester road from Alton towards the Museum. This was taken before the A31 was built and the road priority was changed to Wolfe's Lane.

You can see the old post office, Alphonsus House (3 storey house) on the right, Denmead (thatched cottage), the Village Hall, the pub.

Thanks to Graham Rankin for finding this one.

 

Bonfire and Fireworks Evening 2016

There will be NO BONFIRE AND FIREWORKS evening this year as the team are taking a well earned break.

It is hoped that the BONFIRE AND FIREWORKS will resume next year.

We thank you for all your support over the past years.

 
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  • Estate Rambles - Chawton House Library
    May 07, 2017 (08:30 - 10:00)

    Explore the Chawton House Library estate in the company of our Garden Manager, Andrew Bentley. Find out more about the fascinating history of the grounds, including the ‘wilderness’, the ‘ha-ha’ and the additions made by Jane Austen’s brother, Edward...

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    Chawton WI's AGM and social evening is being held at Chawton Village Hall.

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    May 18, 2017 (18:30 - 20:30)

    Join us at Chawton House Library for an evening talk by Professor Betty Schallenberg.

    It has often been assumed that manuscript-circulating coterie groups disappeared under the tidal wave of print materials that flooded eighteenth-century Britain. In...

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    May 21, 2017 (14:00 - 15:00)

    Join Garden Manager Andrew Bentley for a guided tour of the gardens. This will include a detailed history of the grounds, including distinctive period features, such as the ‘wilderness’ and ‘ha-ha’, along with the Walled Kitchen Garden built by Jane...

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    May 28, 2017 (All Day)

    Chawton House Library has recently joined the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) and will be part of the NGS Festival Weekend & 90th anniversary. This inspiring programme organises the opening of outstanding gardens around the country to raise funds for...

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