We reached our target

Thanks to everyone who helped raise the money to begin work on replacing the tiles on the roof and relaying the pathways around the Village Hall.

We originally set a total of £100,000 but cost have increased considerably since we launched the campaign in 2020. We also added a couple of extra parts to the project, like replacing all the guttering and upgraded the type of solar panels we will be using.

In the end we managed to raise over £133,000.

Major sponsors included :

The Earl of Southampton Trust

Hampshire County Council

The Veolia Environmental Trust

The National Lottery

Fareham Borough Council

Garfield Weston Foundation

Along with some extremely generous individual contributions from village residents.

We are grateful to you all and hope to begin work in the very near future. 

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Photoshop of roof with solar panels

If they are installed at the same time as the tiles they can be flush fitting thus reducing the visual impact

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Knock Knock….Who’s there ?....Theresa….Theresa who ?

Theresa Coming to Barrys Meadow !


The Village Trust and the Earl of Southampton Trust have joined forces to plant a copse at the top of Barrys Meadow.

2022 seemed the ideal time to do this as part of a greening of Titchfield initiative undertaken by Fareham Borough Council, and the plant a tree for the Queens Jubilee scheme.

Our plan is to remove the brambles at the top of the meadow on the south west side of the meadows, while the brambles on the north east will remain.

We had a meeting in February with officers from FBC to discuss options and they suggested a way forward; removing the brambles in October to mitigate disturbing wildlife; and planting native species in drifts to create the copse. During the project we will always be aware of our responsibility to the wildlife in the area. This will also mean we aim to do our planting in early November right at the start of the tree planting window.

The area we want to plant means finding about 100 trees; depending on size they will be planted some 3 to 5 metres apart.

The cost of trees is similar to the proverbial piece of string, but our plan is to fund each one individually, leaving the choice up to the provider.

We are currently researching types, prices, planting costs, and overall scheme plan.

At the moment we are hoping to involve the whole village in different ways: Individuals could donate a tree, streets could get together and plant a tree, organisations within the village could contribute one, businesses might like to buy one. Different varieties and various sizes.

We are also looking at how we mark the planting.

At the moment we are at the start of this project but as I’ve said our planting window begins in November, so we need to have our plans and most importantly funding in place well before then.

If you are a group/individual/business that would like to help become part of this scheme please contact the Village Trust:

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Many of you will, we are sure, be very dissapointed at the outcome of the Appeal by Foreman Homes to build 57 houses on the field adjoining the Bellfield Estate. Rather than just complaining (The only way to appeal a planning appeal is through a very expensive Judicial Review) we will be keeping a very close eye on how the outline planning application progresses. 
The Inspector made a number of observations and recommendations, highlighted below, and we will be making sure they are adhered to in order to prevent further incursion on the field.

63. Provision of up to 57 dwellings, including a 40% policy-compliant element of affordable housing to be secured through the undertakings, would be a very significant benefit of the scheme, and would also support the social objective of the Framework and the Government’s policy of significantly boosting the supply of homes.

125. Conditions are required to protect and promote the ecological interests of the site. These include the LEMP and provisions for existing wildlife. They also reflect the appellant’s commitment to promote biodiversity net gain. Aspects of various conditions also refer to matters necessary to safeguard the integrity of the protected sites.


126. To safeguard the relationship between the character and appearance of the appeal site and surrounding countryside, and to safeguard the settings of the adjacent heritage assets, it is necessary to ensure the identified Landscape Areas remain unoccupied by built form.


127. Details of external lighting are to be agreed. This reflects important implications for safeguarding the future ecological value of the land, the general significance of views in and around the site during the hours of darkness, and concerns for public safety.


128. To safeguard any hitherto unrevealed heritage interest within the site, a scheme of archaeological investigation is necessary.


129. To ensure a satisfactory living environment for occupiers and neighbours, and to contribute to a sustainable development, conditions require details to be submitted and approved relating to surface water and foul water drainage. For similar reasons, a scheme of investigation and remediation is required in relation to any existing site contamination.


130. To further promote sustainable development, a scheme of mineral recovery is required. Arrangements are also necessary for vehicle charging and water efficiency. These requirements are also consistent with Policy CS16 which seeks to safeguard the use of natural resources.


131. To protect the living environment of neighbours during construction, and to protect important ecological interests, it is necessary for the works to be undertaken in accordance with a suitably robust CEMP. Similarly, it is necessary to restrict hours of operation of external works to reasonable times.


132. I agree that matters relating to the LEAP and BCA are fully addressed in the accompanying undertakings and further conditions are unnecessary. Building heights would fall to be considered as part of subsequent reserved matters.


133. Matters relating to contamination, drainage, archaeology, ecology, phasing, the CEMP, mineral recovery, and floor levels are all to be addressed before development commences. This is necessary given the importance of those matters to the sensitivities of the site and its development, and the implications which could otherwise arise should works proceed in the absence of their prior resolution.

We have written to Foreman Homes informing them of this along with the Chief Planning Officer at FBC