2024 Annual Meeting of Full Council

The agenda for the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council has been published at Full Parish Council Agendas

The meeting takes place on 23rd May 2024 at 7.30pm in the Gilbert Room at the Parish Hall.

Hunter Park at 60 years

8th April 1964 – “Council has instructed the Clerk and Colonel Hay to visit the contractors at Bexleyheath and request completion of the pavilion by 21st April.”

The minutes of the Sports Field sub-committee show that plans for the official opening of the Sports Field were well advanced. Football had started to be played on the site in November 1963, but there was no pavilion. Yet the official opening was only two weeks away on 24th April.

An invitation had made to Prince Phillip to carry out the official opening ceremony, he was unavailable, so Lord Ashburton performed the task instead. Teas and refreshments were planned, a cricket match arranged, and BBC Television from Southampton were attending to record a report for South at Six. But still no pavilion.

In the event, whatever Colonel Hay and the Clerk had said to the contractor on their visit to Bexleyheath in early April 1964 must have worked, because the construction of the pavilion was completed and the minutes of the next meeting of the sub-committee report that the opening event went very well and everyone had a jolly good time.  

Lord Ashburton (right) inaugurates the new Sports Field, With Rev’d Roy Beynon (left) and Cllr. Miss Duncan-Lewis (centre), Chairman of the Twyford Parish Council.

It was Colonel Curtis, former Chairman of the Parish Council who chaired the Recreation Committee which really got the Sports Field project going in earnest. He died in 1965 and his wife donated the first piece of play equipment in what was then known as Children’s Corner at the Sports Field.

The Parish Council had wanted to provide improved recreation facilities for some time and identified that a facility could be developed on land it already owned at Park Lane which was used for allotments (much larger than the allotment site we know today). In 1960, the Council had requested permission from the Secretary of State to change the use of some of the allotment site to recreation use.

The Council then approached Mr. Hunter, a poultry farmer, to see if he would be amenable to a land swap. Hugh Hunter lived at Suntrap, now known as Hunters Hill on Park Lane.

Mr Hunter must have liked the idea of a sports field because he turned down the idea of land swop and instead offered to gift two of his fields to the Parish Council. You can read more about the Deed of Gift at Hunter Park – The History – Twyford Parish Council

This photograph appears to have been taken in Hunter Park and shows Mr. Hunter on the left, Admiral Powell on the right - if you know the man in the middle, do let us know!

This photograph appears to have been taken in Hunter Park and shows Mr. Hunter on the left, Admiral Powell on the right – if you know the man in the middle, do let us know!

 

This generous gift of 8 acres of land when added to the Council’s existing 4 acres meant there would be sufficient room for a whole range of recreational activities including separate cricket and football fields. The new Sports Field later became known as Hunter Park.

Work on the park was approved in October 1961, a footpath diversion was applied for and a tender awarded to carry out levelling and landscaping works to create the sports pitches. The value of the tender was £2,791 (£52,000 in today’s money) and the work was overseen by Mr D.I. Portsmouth and Mr A. Alderman who, later along with Mr. Barr, were the dedicated groundsmen in those early formative decades of the park.  

In August 2003, the new pavilion was opened.  It is named the Pottinger Pavilion after Pat Pottinger, Clerk to the Parish Council for 17 years who lead the project to fund and build the facility and died just a few months after its completion.

This weekend we celebrate sixty wonder years of Hunter Park. There’s been a few changes over the years, but it is very much the same recreation facility which was envisaged sixty years ago and a legacy to those who had the vision and community spirit to drive the project.

Happy Birthday Hunter Park!

Annual Parish Assembly

The 48th Annual Parish Assembly will take place on Wednesday 17th April 2024 at 8pm

It will be held at the Parish Hall in Twyford and all residents of Twyford are invited.

This is a meeting for the Parish Electors and is an opportunity to consider matters and issues in the community.

Agenda: Twyford Annual Parish Assembly 2024

Twyford News – newsletter

Look out for a copy of the Twyford News, being delivered to all households in Twyford. You can also download a copy from Twyford News March 2024

Finches Lane – Informal Crossing Point

Hampshire County Council’s contractors are due to build an improved crossing point facility where the current footway crossing point meets Finches Lane from School Road. This work has been programmed in for week commencing Monday 12th February 2024.

All work will be undertaken between 08.00 hours and 16:00 hours, to minimise disruption. No works are expected to take place over the weekend.

However, for the safety of the contractors and the public, it will be necessary for the contractors to close the road for 24hrs a day throughout the duration of these works. It is anticipated that the works will take one week to complete. During this time, access to properties and businesses will be maintained.

Please note that these works are weather dependent so may be delayed if there is a period of inclement weather. When possible any significant changes to the scheduled date will be made clear on the yellow sign boards located at the works limits.

The details of the work to be carried out can be view on the Parish Council’s website at twyfordhants.org.uk/finches-lane/

Changes to Bus Services

Following a tendering exercise by Hampshire County Council, there will be changes to services E1 and E2 which run between Winchester and Eastleigh from Monday 30th October.

The existing service numbers (E1 and E2) will no longer be used, and instead a new Service 61 will run.

Most journeys will follow the existing E1 route between Winchester and Allbrook but will then run direct into and out of Eastleigh along the existing E2 route via Twyford Road. Some peak journeys will continue to serve the existing E1 route through Broadlands Avenue and Shakespeare Road at Boyatt Wood.

👉Download the Service 61 Timetable