Do you know someone who is not online?

Can you help to share important information on how to receive help and support, as well as changes to BDBC services during the COVID-19 outbreak?

If you know someone who is not online like a neighbour, friend or family member, BDBC would greatly appreciate your help to pass on important information.

Short newsletters with key updates can be printed off and posted through doors – following the social distancing guidance – or relayed over the phone or by text. This information could be crucial to those individuals in helping them to gain access to help and support they may not be aware of.

Please remember to wash your hands before printing the paper and putting it through someone’s door and also make sure you wash your hands after delivering.

Thank you for your support to help us to reach as many residents as possible during this difficult time.

Follow this link to print the newsletters.

Sherfield Park Parish Council Elections Briefing 2020

The Returning Officer at BDBC will be holding a Candidates’ and Clerks’ briefing for the Parish Council elections, details of which are listed below.

5:30pm, Tuesday 17 March 2020 – The Council Chamber, Civic Offices, London Road, Basingstoke RG21 4AH
This session will cover the nomination period, the role of candidates, the campaign and expenses. It will also cover access to the electoral register and the security of data.

It is important that interested candidates attend the session.

Please contact the Electoral Services Team by Friday 13 March 2020 – or call 01256 845467 to confirm your attendance.

The 2020 election web page is now live on the BDBC website. The webpage contains important information for candidates and it will be updated frequently over the next few months as more information becomes available and notices are published. The website also contains a copy of the nomination pack. This also includes information around the timetable, spending and the nomination process. The nomination pack can be collected from the Clerk at the Parish Office or the BDBC Elections 2020 page.

Own Home Loan

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s equity loan scheme to help people get on the housing ladder – ‘Basingstoke and Deane Own Home Loan’ – launched on Friday 24 January.

Using £580,000 of council money allocated to provide affordable housing, Own Home Loan aims to support young people to buy a home with deposits of up to £30,000 per application. It is available to single people, couples and those with children who are on the housing register, with those who have been on the register for the longest time given priority. Priority will also be given to those applicants under the age of 35. The key difference to other loan schemes and a major local benefit is that it enables people to buy existing homes and not just new build homes.

People wishing to apply must:

  • Be living or working in Basingstoke and Deane and registered on the council’s housing register
  • Have a household income under £50,000
  • Be the first home that you have bought and your only home
  • Be able to provide a 5% deposit
  • Pass an external financial assessment

The deadline for applications is Friday 20 March 2020. For more information on Basingstoke and Deane Own Home Loan, including frequently asked questions and the application form click here.

Golden and Diamond opportunity for couples – Special Afternoon Tea Celebrations

Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 February 2020 at 3pm – Basingstoke College of Technology

Are you a married couple in the borough who celebrated or will be celebrating your golden or diamond wedding anniversary between Thursday 9 May 2019 and Thursday 19 May 2020?

Golden or diamond wedding anniversary couples are invited to join Basingstoke and Deane’s Mayor for a very special afternoon tea party. Delicate sandwiches, cakes and drinks will be served at the events, to be held on Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 February at Basingstoke College of Technology at 3pm. The Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Cllr Diane Taylor and her Consort Dr Andy Taylor are looking forward to meeting couples at this special free event and making sure they have a memorable celebration.

Cllr Taylor is asking all eligible couples to get in touch by Friday 31 January 2020 to ensure they receive an invitation.

She said: “Golden and diamond anniversaries are very special milestones and it is an honour and a privilege to celebrate with couples from around the borough. If you, or anyone you know, will be celebrating their golden or diamond anniversary then please let us know so we can make sure they don’t miss out on this event.”

To apply for an invitation, please contact the Mayoral Events Coordinator Zoe McLaren on 01256 845591 or email by 31 January 2020. Providing the following information:

  • Anniversary (Golden/ Diamond)
  • Wedding date (DD/MM/YY)
  • Address (including Post Code)
  • Telephone number
  • Email
  • Special dietary requirements (for example – dairy, nuts, gluten free)
  • Special requirements (for example – wheelchair/walking frame)
  • Vehicle registration (required for onsite parking at BCOT)
  • Photography permission (are you happy for photographer to take photos of you)
  • Contact permission (consent to contact yourself re the event)

Holocaust Memorial Day – Monday 27th January 2020

Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and also marks the 25th anniversary of the Genocide in Bosnia.

The Mayor, Cllr Diane Taylor, accompanied by the Deputy Chief Executive, Ian Boll, will be laying a wreath, at the War Memorial on Monday 27 January 2020 to acknowledge Holocaust Memorial Day on behalf of Basingstoke and Deane borough.

At 10am, a bugler will sound to mark the observance of one minute’s silence. The Mayor’s Chaplain will then say a few words. The service will finish at approximately 10.15am.

The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 is ‘Stand Together’, for all to stand together with others in our communities to stop division and the spread of identity-based hostility in our society.

For further information click here.