Dream Green Getaways this Summer

Looking for a dream green getaway this summer but not up for trawling the internet to find transport information as well as holiday locations? Then we might just have the answer for you.

Green traveller is one of a number of sites which highlight inspiring holidays you can go on without having to set foot in an airport terminal.


For starters the site includes information on ferries, trains and coaches to get you to your destinations.

It includes information on home grown holiday options in the UK, such as their guides on Car-free travel in the UK’s national parks, as well as international adventures, like Electric Bike Cycling holidays in Switzerland, Austria, Portugal and Italy.

Finally, the site also gives advice on eco-concious accommodation, days out and places to eat to enable you to tailor your Green Getaway to you and your family.


Other websites with similar advice include Eco Travelling and for those who want more detailed alternatives to flying both Loco2 and The Man in Seat 61 are brilliant sources of information.


Gearing up for Bike Day

The countdown has officially begun for our FREE bike day at Alice Holt this Sunday!

Woodlea School Dr BikeIn preparation we’ve had our Dr Bike out and about in the last few weeks not only at the Eco-station but also checking over about 36 bikes at Woodlea Primary School.

This Saturday we will be ‘pimping’ bikes at the Phoenix Theatre Family Fun Day. We’ll have spokey dokes, stickers and tape ready to jazz up any bikes that are brought along.

And then on Sunday we’ll be hosting the main event up at Alice Holt Country Park.

The lovely folks at Quench Cycles are offering free bike health checks, free guided bike rides and free bicycle hire, for 2 hours at a time (which will also include adapted bikes for people with disabilities), all to encourage residents to take the time to explore Alice Holt Country Park by bike.

Quench Cycles Bikes

Full details, including information about free transport, can be found in last weeks post (FREE Cycling Day at Alice Holt) but remember that all activities are run on a first come, first served basis so book your spaces to avoid disappointment!

FREE Cycling Day at Alice Holt!!

I’m pleased to announce that on Sunday 30th June we will be hosting a free cycling day, for the whole family, at Alice Holt County Park, in association with Quench Cycles!!

AH PR2 April10 0018With free bike health checks*, free guided bike rides* and free bicycle hire*, for 2 hours at a time (which will also include adapted bikes for people with disabilities), we hope that people will take the time to come and explore Alice Holt Country Park by bike.

The day will start at 10am with the first of the guided bike rides and end around 5pm, following the final guided bike ride.

Not only that, if you live in Whitehill & Bordon, we are also putting on some free transport for you and your bike but you will need to book, by Friday 28th June, to make sure that we’ve got space for you.

*All activities are run on a first come, first served basis so book your spaces to avoid disappointment.

To book on to the guided bike ride or for the free transport please contact me (Kim Hardwick) on 07833 970210 or kim.hardwick@easthants.gov.uk

To book the bicycle hire call Quench Cycles at Alice Holt Country Park on 01420 520355 and quote Whitehill & Bordon Eco-town event.

Free home energy assessment – Get in quick to save £100

Free home energy assessments are up for grabs for Lindford, Whitehill and Bordon residents.

These assessments will give existing householders suggestions about how to reduce their energy bills by not only explaining where current problems areas are but also suggesting the most effective solutions, to make the best energy savings, for their home.

With an assessment usually costing more than £100 this is a great free opportunity, but hurry…it’s only for the first 100 householders who sign-up!! 

To sign up for an assessment or to ask any questions please phone Evolve (the company carrying out the assessments on behalf of the Eco-town team) on 02392 280152 or email them at greendeal@evolvepartnership.co.uk

Walking for Health in Bordon

On Monday I was lucky enough to be invited to join the Bordon Walking for Health group on their free weekly walk around the Bordon area.

With my wellies, scarf and coat at the ready I joined the walkers at their normal meeting point, the Woodlark Pub, Bordon. We then headed off together to our walk’s start point, near Lindford Sports Association hall, to begin exploring some of Broxhead Common. The cold, drizzly weather didn’t dampen spirits either with 16 of us ready and raring to go.

Our route took us around Broxhead Common, along part of the Shipwrights Way, between sheep filled fields, into pine woods and through the heath, all in an hour.


During the course of the hours walk I got to chat to quite a few people and even though it was my first walk with the group I wasn’t long before I felt part of the group. It was also a real mix of ages (20-60+) which was just so nice to see.


The pace of the walk was enough to get the heart going but it was easy to keep up conversations and keep an eye out for wildlife and beautiful scenery.

To end the walk there was also a brilliant opportunity to continue conversations started on the walk over a hot drink back at the Woodlark Pub.

So, if you want to meet some new people and are free on Monday mornings why don’t you come along? (Just make sure you arrive a little early to introduce yourself to the walk leaders and dress for the weather.)

The normal weekly walk for the Bordon group meets at the Woodlark Pub, Bordon, GU35 9AH and leaves promptly at 10.30am. Next week though is the monthly joint grouping walk. This is when the Bordon group joins up with the Kingsley Walking for Health group to explore some of the Kingsley area. This group meets at the Kingsley Centre, Main Road, Kingsley, GU35 9ND on Monday 4th March at 10.30am.

For more information on the next walk you can call either the Kingsley Centre on 01420 479000 or contact Carol, one of the walk leaders for the Bordon group, on 01420 477861.

Zero’s coming to Haslemere Motorcycles

Having been the first to break the news that Haslemere Motorcycles were going Electric we are so pleased to hear that Zero Motorcycles have made Haslemere Motorcycles its exclusive motorcycle dealer in the South East.

2013_zero-s_studio_black-ra_1680x1200_pressThe all-new 2013 model line features motorcycles with over 130 miles+ range on a single charge and as they cost less than 1p per mile to operate Zero Motorcycles offer owners a true motorcycle experience while saving on costly petrol and virtually all routine powertrain maintenance.

2013_zero-s_action-02_1680x1200_pressDan Lynch, Country Manager (UK) for Zero Motorcycles, said, “Haslemere Motorcycles is the most respected motorcycle dealer in South of England and we are looking forward to building a longstanding relationship with them. With our recent strides in electric motorcycle technology the people of Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex can now purchase a fun, efficient, high-performance electric motorcycle.”

“It benefits everyone in the South, from motorcycle enthusiasts to future generations who will depend less on petroleum and more on building a cleaner environment for all.”

Zero Range of BikesFor more information on the bikes and to book a test ride contact Haslemere Motorcycles on 01420 488290 or visit www.haslemeremotorcycles.co.uk. Also, feel free to check out the bikes by dropping into their showroom on Petersfield Road, Whitehill, Hampshire GU35 9AR.