Chandler's Ford (originally The Ford and Chandlersford is a residential area and civil parish in the Borough of Eastleigh in Hampshire, with a population of 21,436 in the 2011 UK Census. Chandler's Ford lies on the old Winchester to Southampton road and the'Ford' is thought to refer either to the ford of Monks Brook on the Hursley Road or on the Winchester-Southampton road; the "Chandler's" prefix was added in the late 16th century, is derived from the surname, Chaundler, of a family in the area from the 14th Century. The head offices of Draper Tools, B&Q, Selwood and Ahmad Tea are located in Chandler's Ford. Draper Tools has announced that they plan to move to Test Valley where they are building a new complex. In 2018, an Aldi supermarket opened in replacement of the old Homebase DIY store in the retail park on Chestnut Avenue - introducing new jobs and competition with ASDA. Hiltonbury Farm appeared on a map of 1588 and may have been owned by the Hursley Park Estate in nearby Hursley, it was sold to Cranbury Park Estate and stopped being a working farm in the late 1970s, when the surrounding area was developed.
Other communities revolved around other farms in the area but Chandler's Ford was sparsely populated until the 19th century. In 1889, an iron church and some schools were constructed; the civil parish of Chandlersford was created in 1897, from portions of North Stoneham, North Baddesley, Ampfield, although the railway station remained in the North Baddesley parish. Chandler's Ford used to be a town with housing estates, however there are now various developments of shops and schools that have been built in the area. In the 1920s, building took place in the King's Court and Hiltingbury areas. Development in the Hursley Road area happened, followed by housing across the Hiltingbury, Peverells Road, Spring Hill and Oakmount areas. More developments in North Millers Dale, South Millers Dale and the'new town' of Valley Park to the West of Chandler's Ford have completed the mix of housing. Chandler's Ford is considered to be the development to the West of the M3 motorway and now forms the majority of the Eastleigh urban area.
Due to the development of the town, there is little identifiable'town centre'. The main commercial centre is in Fryern, the area of the Halfway Inn, but other smaller shopping areas include the Central Precinct and the area around St Boniface Church. An Anglican church was added in Hiltingbury in the 1960s, with the Roman Catholic Church of St. Edward the Confessor and Methodist churches existing on the main Winchester-Southampton route. Although a residential area, Chandler's Ford has a significant industrial estate located off School Lane and in between the B3043 – Bournemouth Road; the companies on the industrial estate now cover a wide variety of industries from light engineering and manufacturing, distribution and outsourcing. A number of employers on the estate are of particular local interest. Peter Green Furnishers were once regarded as the biggest furniture and carpeting store in the whole of Hampshire. Selwoods is another company of interest having been in the area since 1946 and with its head office on the corner of School Lane.
Chandler's Ford is represented by Compton and Chandler's Ford Cricket Club which formed in 1995 when Chandler's Ford Cricket Club merged with Compton and Shawford CC. Chandler's Ford railway station was re-opened in May 2003, having been closed since 1969, it now has an hourly service run by South Western Railway, from Romsey to Salisbury via Chandler's Ford and Southampton stopping at all stations in between. An allegedly'haunted' phone box once stood opposite the Hendy Ford car showroom; this was featured with noted historian Richard Felix. The phone box has since been removed following a number of reported cases of the phone ringing and those responding to the calls finding themselves hearing silence on the other end. Three members of parliament serve Chandler's Ford; the majority of Chandler's Ford was moved into Winchester constituency for the 2010 General Election, when Steve Brine of the Conservative Party was elected. Valley Park forms part of the Romsey and Southampton North constituency, won in 2010 by the Conservative Caroline Nokes.
Part of the Eastleigh South ward lies west of the M3, so is considered part of Chandler's Ford. The Chandler's Ford seat on the Hampshire County Council is held by Judith Grajewski, representing the Conservative Party. Parts of Chandler's Ford are located in the Eastleigh South division, held by Wayne Irish of the Liberal Democrats and the Baddesley division, represented by Alan Dowden of the Liberal Democrats. On Eastleigh Borough Council, Alan Broadhurst, Tim Groves and David Pragnell represent Chandler's Ford, Paul Bicknell, Darshan Mann and Alex Bourne represent Eastleigh South. Hiltingbury is represented by Judith Grajewski, Michael Hughes, Margaret Atkinson. Valley Park lies in the Test Valley Borough and is represented by Liberal Democrats Andrew Beesley, Alan Dowden and Christopher Thom. Chandler's Ford has its own Parish Council, covering all of the area lying within Eastleigh Borough; as of April 2011, the Chandler's Ford and Hiltingbury council wards had a population of 21,436, across 8,896 households.
Bishopstoke, a village recorded in the Domesday Book, is a civil parish in the borough of Eastleigh in Hampshire, England. Bishopstoke was mentioned when King Alfred the Great's grandson King Eadred, granted land at "Stohes" to Thegn Aelfric in 948 AD; the village is about a mile east of Eastleigh town centre, is on the eastern bank of the River Itchen. It adjoins Fair Oak on the east, in the Fair Horton Heath parish; the village was annexed to Eastleigh in 1932, was split out again as an independent civil parish later. It forms part of the Southampton Urban Area; the Itchen Valley navigation running between Winchester and Southampton was completed in 1710 and used until 1869. Bishopstoke includes a sizeable proportion of the navigation, including a sluice, in use until the closure of the navigation. Bordering the village to the North and comprising around 207 hectares, the Stoke Park area contains 61% woodland and 39% arable land, it is home including the rare quaking grass. These woods were owned by the Bishop of Winchester.
King John of England hunted these woods in 1205. In 1540 they were licensed by King Henry VIII as a deer hunt enclosed by fences, they are now a community woodland. They are managed by the commission to produce wood for paper timber. Local Groups have been set up in the last year to fight the councils plans for a giant new town which would destroy the interwoodland countryside and damage the Ancient Woodland around Stoke Park, including Upper Barn and crowdhill Copses. Bishopstoke and Fair Oak Local Green Space and action against Destructive Development being two of them. Among those born or resident in Bishopstoke have been: Richard Dummer, early settler in New England described as "one of the fathers of Massachusetts" Edith Escombe, fiction writer and essayist William Gilbert and Royal Navy surgeon, father of dramatist W. S. Gilbert Samuel Sewall, Massachusetts judge, best known for involvement in the Salem witch trials Bishopstoke contains one infant school, Stoke Park Infant School, one Junior School, Stoke Park Junior School.
Which feeds the secondary school in Wyvern College. The village has a Girl Guide group off West Drive, including Rainbow and Guide units, it is home to the 12th Eastleigh Scouts in West Drive. Eastleigh's museum in the High Street, open from Tuesday to Saturday, holds several files containing information about Bishopstoke's historic past and associated personalities, such as John Bale, Samuel Sewall, Dean Garnier. Bishopstoke still retains many buildings dating from the 18th century, although the village is expanding and now has a number of newer built residential and commercial premises, it has become divided into Old Bishopstoke and New Bishopstoke, heading West to East, reflecting the recent housing requirements within the area. There are four churches in the village, which are the St. Mary's and the St. Paul's, both Church of England, Bishopstoke Evangelical Church in Stoke Park Road, Bishopstoke Methodist Church in Sedgwick Road. Escombe, F. Dorothy. Bygone Bishopstoke. Winchester: Wykeham Press.
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South Western Railway (train operating company)
South Western Railway is an English train operating company owned by FirstGroup and MTR Corporation that operates the South Western franchise. It operates commuter services from its Central London terminus at London Waterloo to South West London. SWR provides suburban and regional services in the counties of Surrey and Dorset, as well as regional services in Devon, Somerset and Wiltshire, its subsidiary Island Line operates services on the Isle of Wight. SWR was awarded the South Western franchise in March 2017, took over from South West Trains on 20 August 2017. After failing to negotiate an extension of the South Western franchise with the operator of the time South West Trains, the Department for Transport announced in July 2015 that the franchise would be relet. In February 2016, the DfT announced FirstGroup and Stagecoach had been shortlisted to bid for the next South Western franchise. In June 2016, MTR Corporation took a 30% shareholding in the FirstGroup bid. In July 2016, the DfT issued the Invitation to Tender.
In March 2017, the franchise was awarded to First/MTR, operating from 20 August 2017 to 18 August 2024, with an option for the DfT to extend for a further 48 weeks. In July 2017, the Competition & Markets Authority sought undertakings from SWR that it would not abuse its monopoly on services to the West of England and Somerset, as FirstGroup operated the Greater Western franchise in those regions; the CMA accepted a concession from FirstGroup and MTR that unregulated fares between London and Exeter would be capped. In April 2018, concerns began to grow over South Western Railway's performance over previous months after the number of delays and cancellations began to rise; the Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, announced an independent review into the performance of South Western Railway and Network Rail. This was welcomed by Steve Brine. In July 2018, it was reported that FirstGroup/MTR were renegotiating the SWR contract due to the operator's inability to deliver on many of its promised improvements, as well as its declining performance and history of industrial action.
South Western Railway is the main operator for western Surrey and Dorset, serves London, Wiltshire and Devon. Most SWR services run on electrified lines using the 750 V DC third-rail system. There is a diesel fleet for services on the West of England line to Salisbury and Bristol, using the unelectrified track beyond Worting Junction just west of Basingstoke, for Salisbury to Southampton via Romsey services which serve Eastleigh. SWR operates 1,700 train services per day. From London Waterloo, SWR's London terminus, long-distance trains run to southern England, including the major coastal population centres of Portsmouth, Bournemouth and Weymouth. There are trains to Reading and Bristol, but these are not the principal fast services from London to those cities, which are operated from London Paddington by Great Western Railway; the majority of its passengers are on suburban commuter lines in inner and south-west London, east Berkshire, north-east Hampshire. As with most rail companies, non-folding bicycles are banned from peak-time trains to and from London.
However, these restrictions apply only to cyclists boarding or alighting in the area bounded by Hook, Guildford and Dorking, in order to maximise available passenger space on the most crowded trains. South Western Railway operates regular services on four mainline routes: The South Western Main Line runs between London and the town of Weymouth. South Western Railway operates trains along the entire length of the line. All trains operated by the company start from or terminate at London Waterloo. There are trains to and from Portsmouth. In addition to the South Western Railway services, CrossCountry operates regular passenger services on the line between Basingstoke and Bournemouth; the Portsmouth Direct Line branches off the SWML at Woking and runs to Portsmouth via Guildford, Haslemere and Havant. South Western Railway operates all passenger trains on this route; the West of England Main Line is the only mainline route, not electrified. It leaves the SWML at Basingstoke and runs to Exeter via Andover, Salisbury and Yeovil.
South Western Railway is the only operator on the line, with most services running between London and either Salisbury or Exeter St Davids. Some peak-time services terminate at various other destinations on the line, including Gillingham and Andover. On Summer Saturdays, there is a daily return service to Weymouth, which leaves the WEML at Yeovil Junction and continues via the Heart of Wessex Line; the Alton Line runs to Alton via Aldershot and Farnham. It is the shortest of the four mainline routes and as such it is sometimes considered an outer suburban route instead. Services us
Borough of Eastleigh
The Borough of Eastleigh is a local government district and borough in Hampshire, bordering the unitary authority of Southampton, Test Valley, the City of Winchester and the Borough of Fareham. Eastleigh is separated from the New Forest by Southampton Water. Water bounds much of the borough, with Southampton Water and the River Hamble bordering the east and southwest of the district; the built up nature of neighbouring Southampton and the urban area around the town of Eastleigh contrast with the rural nature of much of the borough, which lies within the Hampshire Basin. The original Eastleigh borough was formed in 1936 following the incorporation of the former Eastleigh Urban District Council; the borough as it is today was formed in 1974, when the existing Borough of Eastleigh expanded to include part of the former Winchester Rural District as a result of the Local Government Act 1972. The name of the borough was chosen by Charlotte Mary Yonge. There are eight parishes within the borough, but some areas are unparished and controlled directly by the borough council, which has 44 seats.
The council's headquarters is in the town of Eastleigh itself. The borough is served by seven county councillors and two members of Parliament; the borough's Latin motto, "Salus populi suprema lex" translates as "The Welfare of the People is the most important Law". Eastleigh is rather urbanised with a population of 125,900 in the 2011 census and a high population density. However, that population is in better general health than the country; the borough is served by two motorways and seven railway stations as well as containing an international airport. There is a ferry linking Hamble-le-Rice in Eastleigh to Warsash in Fareham, a disused canal running through the north of the borough. There are eight scheduled ancient monuments and around 180 listed buildings in the borough, with Netley Abbey, Bursledon Windmill, the chapel of Netley Hospital, Netley Castle among them; the borough contains eight conservation areas and around 20,000 trees protected by tree preservation orders. The borough's origins begin with the formation of a parish covering the villages of Eastley and Barton in 1868.
Author Charlotte Yonge, a resident of Otterbourne, donated £500 towards the cost of building a parish church and in return was asked which of the two villages to name the parish after. The parish grew rapidly: it had a population of 515 in 1871, over 1,000 in 1881 and 3,613 in 1891. In order to facilitate the creation of pavements with kerbs and sewers, street lights, a local board was established in 1893. Two years the local board was replaced by Eastleigh Urban District Council, merged with the neighbouring community of Bishopstoke in 1899, retaining the Eastleigh name; the first Eastleigh Borough was incorporated in 1936 under the Municipal Corporations Act 1882. This conversion from Eastleigh Urban District Council to Eastleigh Borough Council allowed the authority to create bylaws. Notice of the petition for incorporation was served on the 1 February 1936, the matter being raised for consideration on 16 March, along with petitions for the creation of boroughs for Crosby and Sale in North West England, among others.
The Local Government Act 1972 resulted in this borough of Eastleigh merging with seven parishes from the Winchester Rural District to become the borough as it is today, with effect from 1 April 1974. In 2006, the borough was ranked the ninth best place to live in the UK by a Channel 4 programme. Most of the borough has a three-tier local government system, consisting of a local parish council or town council, Eastleigh Borough Council itself, Hampshire County Council. However, some areas, including the town of Eastleigh itself, do not have a parish council and are governed directly by the borough council. There are 39 seats on the borough council across 14 wards. At present, 32 of these 39 seats are held by Liberal Democrat councillors, with four Conservative councillors, three Independents, no Labour councillors; the council has a strong tradition of attending to environmental matters and in 2008 was named a beacon council under the theme "Tackling Climate Change". The council is rated as "good" by the Audit Commission.
Eastleigh is represented on Hampshire County Council by seven councillors, in Parliament by two MPs. Most of the borough is covered by the Eastleigh constituency, represented by Mims Davies of the Conservative Party; the remaining wards, which cover Chandler's Ford and Hiltingbury, belong to the Winchester constituency, represented by Steve Brine of the Conservative Party. The various wards and parishes are grouped into five subdivisions of Eastleigh, each with a local area committee of borough councillors; these five subdivisions are as follows: Following the 2018 Borough Council elections, the composition is as follows: Keith House is the leader of the Council. The southern part of the borough is bounded on the east by the River Hamble and on the west by Southampton Water; the Hamble flows into Southampton Water at Hamble-le-Rice, thus accounting for the borough's southern boundary. Further north, the borough borders Southampton to the west and the City of Winchester district to the north; as well as Southampton Water and the River Hamble, a number of watercourses flow through Eastleigh, including the River Itchen, Monks Brook and the Itchen Navigation.
The largest settlement in the borough is the town of Eastleigh itself, with a continuo
National Rail in the United Kingdom is the trading name licensed for use by the Rail Delivery Group, an unincorporated association whose membership consists of the passenger train operating companies of England and Wales. The TOCs run the passenger services provided by the British Railways Board, from 1965 using the brand name British Rail. Northern Ireland, bordered by the Republic of Ireland, has a different system. National Rail services share a ticketing structure and inter-availability that do not extend to services which were not part of British Rail; the name and the accompanying double arrow symbol are trademarks of the Secretary of State for Transport. National Rail should not be confused with Network Rail. National Rail is a brand used to promote passenger railway services, providing some harmonisation for passengers in ticketing, while Network Rail is the organisation which owns and manages most of the fixed assets of the railway network, including tracks and signals; the two coincide where passenger services are run.
Most major Network Rail lines carry freight traffic and some lines are freight only. There are some scheduled passenger services on managed, non-Network Rail lines, for example Heathrow Express, which runs on Network Rail track; the London Underground overlaps with Network Rail in places. Twenty eight owned train operating companies, each franchised for a defined term by government, operate passenger trains on the main rail network in Great Britain; the Rail Delivery Group is the trade association representing the TOCs and provides core services, including the provision of the National Rail Enquiries service. It runs Rail Settlement Plan, which allocates ticket revenue to the various TOCs, Rail Staff Travel, which manages travel facilities for railway staff, it does not compile the national timetable, the joint responsibility of the Office of Rail Regulation and Network Rail. Since the privatisation of British Rail there is no longer a single approach to design on railways in Great Britain; the look and feel of signage and marketing material is the preserve of the individual TOCs.
However, National Rail continues to use BR's famous double-arrow symbol, designed by Gerald Burney of the Design Research Unit. It has been incorporated in the National Rail logotype and is displayed on tickets, the National Rail website and other publicity; the trademark rights to the double arrow symbol remain state-owned, being vested in the Secretary of State for Transport. The double arrow symbol is used to indicate a railway station on British traffic signs; the National Rail logo was introduced by ATOC in 1999, was used on the Great Britain public timetable for the first time in the edition valid from 26 September in that year. Rules for its use are set out in the Corporate Identity Style Guidelines published by the Rail Delivery Group, available on its website. "In 1964 the Design Research Unit—Britain’s first multi-disciplinary design agency founded in 1943 by Misha Black, Milner Gray and Herbert Read—was commissioned to breathe new life into the nation’s neglected railway industry".
The NR title is sometimes described as a "brand". As it was used by British Rail, the single operator before franchising, its use maintains continuity and public familiarity; the lettering used in the National Rail logotype is a modified form of the typeface Sassoon Bold. Some train operating companies continue to use the former British Rail Rail Alphabet lettering to varying degrees in station signage, although its use is no longer universal; the British Rail typefaces of choice from 1965 were Helvetica and Univers, with others coming into use during the sectorisation period after 1983. TOCs may use what they like: examples include Futura, Frutiger, a modified version of Precious by London Midland. Although TOCs compete against each other for franchises, for passengers on routes where more than one TOC operates, the strapline used with the National Rail logo is'Britain's train companies working together'. Several conurbations have their own metro or tram systems, most of which are not part of National Rail.
These include the London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, London Tramlink, Blackpool Tramway, Glasgow Subway, Tyne & Wear Metro, Manchester Metrolink, Sheffield Supertram, Midland Metro and Nottingham Express Transit. On the other hand, the self-contained Merseyrail system is part of the National Rail network, urban rail networks around Birmingham, Cardiff and West Yorkshire consist of National Rail services. London Overground is a hybrid: its services are operated via a concession awarded by Transport for London, are branded accordingly, but until 2010 all its routes used infrastructure owned by Network Rail. LO now possesses some infrastructure in its own right, following the reopening of the former London Underground East London line as the East London Railway. Since all the previous LO routes were operated by National Rail franchise Silverlink until November 2007, they have continued to be shown in the National Rail timetable and are still considered to be a part of National Rail.
Heathrow Express and Eurostar are not part of the National Rail network despite sharing of stations. Northern Ireland Railways were
Bursledon is a village on the River Hamble in Hampshire, England. It is located within the borough of Eastleigh. Close to the city of Southampton, Bursledon has a railway station, a marina and the Bursledon Windmill. Nearby villages include Swanwick, Hamble-le-Rice and Sarisbury Green; the village has close ties to the sea. The Elephant Boatyard located in Old Bursledon dates back centuries and is where Henry VIII's fleet was built. Submerged remnants of the fleet can be found in the River Hamble; the village the Jolly Sailor Pub and the Elephant Boatyard, were used as the primary filming venue for the 1980s BBC TV soap opera "Howards' Way". The village was known as Brixendona or Brixenden in the 12th century, Burstlesden in the 14th century, Bristelden in the 16th century; the name means "Hill associated with a man called Beorhtsige", from Old English personal name meaning'bright victory' and dun meaning "hill, modern down". It is unlikely; the original bridge carrying what is now the A27 road across the River Hamble was made of wood in 1783, was a toll bridge.
Bursledon's waterside position and woodland surroundings made it a natural location for building wooden ships. Numerous vessels were built for the Royal Navy at private shipyards at Bursledon, although a claim that two eighty-gun ships were constructed at Bursledon during the reign of William IV is untrue; the yard owned by Philemon Ewer in the 18th century was responsible for the building of the 50-gun HMS Falkland and the sloop HMS Lizard in 1744, the 50-gun HMS Ruby in 1745, the 24-gun HMS Fox in 1746, the 60-gun HMS Anson in 1747 among other vessels. There is a monument to Ewer. George Parsons's Bursledon shipyard built a number of naval ships from 1778 to 1807, when he moved to Warsash at the mouth of the River Hamble. Although most of the construction of these ships was carried out in Bursledon, they were sailed after their launchings to Portsmouth to be sheathed in copper there. By the 1870s, the shipbuilding trade had disappeared from Bursledon and the main industry was arable agriculture the growing of strawberries.
The Bursledon Brickworks, based in the village of Swanwick, was founded in 1897 and produced the famous Fareham red brick. Today it is the last surviving example of a Victorian steam powered brickworks in the country; the brickworks were sold to Hampshire Buildings Preservation Trust, can be visited as the Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum. Notable people from Bursledon include: Claude Grahame-White, aviation pioneer and aircraft manufacturer. Nicholas Armstrong, artistic director of the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra. According to local legend, the old Victorian bridge over the railway line on Coal Park Lane is haunted by the ghost of Polly Crook whose love of distilled apple cider and clay pipe caused her to accidentally ignite herself on this spot. Official site Bursledon Windmill Hamble Valley: Bursledon Swanwick and Warsash Regatta Bursledon Parish Church Greyladyes Arts Foundation
Botley is a historic village in Hampshire, England with an estimated parish population of 5100. Between 1806 and 1820 it was the home of the famous journalist and radical politician William Cobbett, who described the village as the most delightful in the world. There is a memorial stone to William Cobbett in the village square; the village can be accessed from Eastleigh and Fareham by train. A rail service operated to Bishops Waltham along the Bishops Waltham Branch Line. Botley railway station is just within Curdridge. In nearby Curbridge is Fairthorne Manor, a day camps centre run by the YMCA, which includes a golf course, the Fairthorne Manor Golf Course, farm; when the Romans built a road from Noviomagus Reginorum to Clausentum, it crossed the River Hamble at a natural crossing point located to the south of present-day Botley. The crossing became the site of Botley's first settlement, which existed at least as far back as the 10th century. Known in Saxon times as "Bottaleah"; some time prior to the Norman conquest, a gradual rise in sea level meant that travellers found the river easier to ford further north of the original Roman crossing, this new crossing place provided a new focal point for the village, which in 1086 was listed in the Domesday book as "Botelie" and included two mills and had a population of less than 100.
In 1267 John of Botley, Lord of the Manor, obtained a royal charter from Henry III for holding an annual fair and weekly market in the town. The village did not, grow and in 1665 the village still had a population of only 350. During the eighteenth century, Botley functioned as a small inland port with barges transporting coal, grain and flour along the river; the first bridge over the tidal part of the river was built in 1797 and by the time of the 1801 census 614 people were residing in the village. During the first half of the nineteenth century, the radical journalist and political reformer William Cobbett, lived in Botley and called it "the most delightful village in the world". A corn market was opened in 1829 and a cattle market in 1836, while Botley Market Hall – today a Grade II listed building – was built in 1848. A new All Saints church was built nearer the village centre in 1836; the National School opened in 1855 and the Recreation Ground was purchased in 1888. In the mid-nineteenth century the climate made south Hampshire ideal for growing strawberries and Botley became the centre for a thriving trade in strawberries.
In 1841 Botley railway station was opened by the Southampton Railway Company. It became a major loading point for the seasonal strawberry traffic, as Botley formed the start of what is now known as the Strawberry Trail. Fairthorne Manor is operated by the YMCA opening as a marine training centre in 1947, was one of two national centres until 2002. Within the grounds of the manor, there was a short golf course at just over 3,600 yards, with a par of 62; as such, it had much to offer golfers of all handicaps. Beginners benefited from the fact that no hole exceeds 300 yards in length and the'intimidation factor' is therefore reduced. High to mid-handicappers will be rewarded for straight hitting and careful club selection, developing their course management skills. Experienced, low-handicappers will be presented with a different set of challenges to those they may be used to; the club was affiliated to the English Golf Union, the Hampshire, IOW & CI Golf Union and the Hampshire County Ladies Golf Association.
These entitled Members to play in county competitions and give the reassurance that the course has been validated by the EGU. The course closed in May 2013 following a decline in membership. Botley has possessed a place of worship for at least nine hundred years; the early church called St Bartholomew's, adjacent to the old village of Boteleigh, was mentioned in the Domesday Book. This church was destroyed by the falling of a large poplar tree onto the nave resulting in the original capacity of 500 being reduced to what had been the chancel; the present building, dedicated to All Saints, was constructed between 1835–6 as a result of a petition to the Bishop of Winchester and much fund-raising, following the destruction of the old church. The centre of the village had long since moved away from the old church and parishioners were finding it troublesome to take the path across the fields to the church. Prior to this, a'Dissenters Church' had been built in Winchester Street in 1800 and was attracting a growing congregation.
The parcel of land on which the church is built was given by James Warner and the foundation stone was laid on 11 June 1835. The building was consecrated on 22 August 1836 at a service with a congregation of 700; the Walkers organ was installed in 1852 enlarged and dismantled and overhauled. Baker died and his successor was John Morley Lee, bought the benefice by his father, a London builder who built a new rectory for his son; the present chancel and choir vestry were added in 1859. Further large increases in population made necessary the major work of removing the North Wall and replacing it with an arcade supported by oaken pillars on stone bases. A lower outer wall was built of stone crowned by a parapet. This, with the installation of dormer windows to improve the interior lighting improved the Northern aspect of the building by reducing the large area of slated roof visible from the ground; the work was completed and consecrated by The Lord Bishop of Winchester on 25 October 1892. With this increase in seating capacity the gallery across the West End was removed and