Successful Litter Pick 7 April 2018

The Zebon Copse Residents’ Association held another successful litter pick around the estate on Saturday 7th April 2018.

As with last year, a team of geocaching enthusiasts of all ages, coordinated by Zebon Copse resident Barnabas Balint, met for a Cache In Trash Out (CITO) event to support volunteer residents.

This event was run jointly by the Zebon Copse Residents Association (ZCRA) and Geocaching enthusiasts taking part in CITO (Cache In Trash Out, an activity where people combine litter picking with orienteering activities – see

The volunteer litter pickers took to the streets, paths and streams of the Zebon Copse estate for what was an immensely successful event. There was an excellent turnout on this beautiful sunny Saturday and much litter was collected. As well as large quantities of the usual food wrappers, cans and bottles, they retrieved some rather unusual items: a pipe, a broken artificial Christmas tree, and an empty toolbox.

This Easter edition of the Litter Pick also included an Easter Hunt, in which children searched for clues around the estate to claim a chocolate prize kindly donated by Rajan from the local SPAR shop.

The ZCRA committee is very grateful to the geocachers for their continued support of these litter picks. We have run these joint litter picks for several years now, this event being the 9th and most definitely not the last!

We would also like to thank Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council for their support in removing the rubbish collected.

The attached picture shows some of the volunteers and the rubbish they collected.

Call for stalls: ZCRA Summer Fete 2018

Sunday 1 July 2018 ZCRA Summer Fete.  In and around our Community Centre, GU52 0ZE.

Quintessentially an event for all the family, residents and friends.  Live music, variety of stalls, fun fair, BBQ, afternoon teas and cakes, competitions for children, licensed bar, ice-creams, dog show and activities.

Stall holders’ booking form available from  If you have something interesting to sell or promote please get in touch.  Local people with their crafts are most welcome.

Details also available on the stallfinder website.


Notice is hereby given of the Annual General Meeting for the Zebon Copse Residents’ Association.

All residents of Zebon Copse are invited to attend and make their inputs to the plans for ZCRA for the coming year and enjoy light refreshments and a glass of wine. The Zebon Copse Ranger plus Parish and District Councillors have been invited.


Time: Thursday 15 February 2018, 8-10pm, doors open 7.45pm

Place: Zebon Copse Community Centre


1. Apologies

2. 2017 AGM Minutes

3. Chairman’s report

4. Statement of/Approval of accounts

5. Appointment of Auditor

6. Appointment of cheque signatories

7. Election of committee members

8. Any other business

9. Break for refreshments

10. Zebon Copse Ranger

11. Hart Local Plan

12. Question time

ZCRA AGM 2018 Poster (1)



Fleet Lions Oktoberfest

Please find below a message from local charity, Fleet Lions regarding their upcoming Oktoberfest event at the Zebon Copse Community Centre.

Join the Fleet Lions for a fantastic evening of German themed entertainment. Including live music from Oompah band BETTESTEINER FOOTSTOMPERS and German meal included (pre-ordered vegetarian option available).

A cash bar will be serving a range of authentic German themed beers as well as cask ale, wine and soft drinks.

Traditional German dress is encouraged – there is a prize for the best dressed on the night.

Strictly over 18’s only.

Please e-mail for enquiries or book via eventbrite. This event sells out so pre-booking is essential.

Fleet Lions is a volunteer run charity and 100% of monies raised will go to local charities.

Further details can be found on the event’s eventbrite page:

ZCRA celebrates love of parks in national #LoveParks Week!

The Zebon Copse Residents’ Association has joined over 200 organisations nationwide to celebrate Love Parks Week.

Love Parks Week, now in its 11th year, is Britain’s biggest celebration of these valuable spaces. ZCRA is joining the celebration, and encouraging everyone to share why they love our local green spaces.

This #LoveParks Week, we are encouraging as many people as possible to go out and enjoy their local park. Take a photo, video or simply post on social media, using the hashtag #LoveParks, telling the world why you love your park. On each day of #LoveParks week, ZCRA is tweeting residents’ love for their many local green spaces on @ZebonCopse.

Using this tide of public support, with people sharing how much parks matter to them and why, environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy will campaign to secure the quality of parks for future generations to enjoy.

Barnabas Balint, ZCRA Webmaster said, “There are so many beautiful and diverse green spaces on and around the Zebon Copse estate, which are truly valued by residents.”

“We are lucky to have a dedicated team of volunteer residents and a professional team of countryside rangers who strive constantly in the upkeep and to improve our many green spaces.”

“Recent investment from the Hart District Council Biodiversity Action Plan has seen an amazing array of wildflower patches across the estate, alongside a residents’ association funded orchard, both of which are incredibly popular with residents.”

“It has been wonderful to take part in this national celebration of our parkland.”

Residents of Zebon Copse have highlighted their love for parks for the following reasons:

‘I love parks because they are calming environment to walk around in.’ – from ZCRA Webmaster Barnabas.

‘I love parks because I love flowers and butterflies!’ – from ZCRA Secretary Nicole. 

‘I love parks because I like to connect with nature (not my phone)!’ – from ZCRA Chair Chris.

‘I love parks because wild flowers = insects, insects = birds, birds = joy!’ – from ZCRA Treasurer Val.

‘I love parks because they are the most beautiful and tranquil place I know’ – from Zebon Copse resident Iris.’

‘I love parks because I like to chase a ball and meet my friends’ – from Crumble the dog!

Volunteers with the Hampshire Countryside Services team have been celebrating their love of the copse – a special space with wildflowers, a mire and a woodland area dating to at least 1600, managed with biodiversity in mind. Volunteer work parties, suitable for all ages and with all equipment supplied, take place from 10am – 1pm on the second Sunday of every month, meeting at the end of Londlandes. At a recent work party focusing on path maintenance run by the Yateley Common Rangers, volunteers highlighted their love for the copse for the following reasons:

‘I love parks because we can play in the green shade.’ – from Zebon Copse work party volunteer Grace.

‘I love parks because I keep connected to the real world.’ – from Zebon Copse Ranger Binz.

‘I love parks because I love the fresh air.’ From Zebon Copse work party volunteer Jane.

Paul Todd, Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Award manager said, “We believe that everybody, wherever they live, should have access to a quality green space. We are asking everyone to join us in showing how much they care and helping us to protect parks for future generations.”

2017 Zebon Copse Fete a huge success!

The Zebon Copse Residents’ Association is proud to report that the 24th Summer Fete, held this year on 25th June at the Zebon Copse Centre, was an immense success.

The 2017 Fete Dog Show

Following a 20 day online countdown, which saw details announced each day on the associations’ twitter feed (@ZebonCopse), there was a buzz of excitement as the associations’ new chairman, Chris Hall, declared the 24th ZCRA Fete open.

With perfect weather conditions, residents enjoyed a fantastic array of stalls from local producers, charities, and organisations.Proud Buster after being crowned 'Best in Show'.

The fete was truly an event for all the family, with traditional games and a funfair for children, and stalls and a beer tent for the adults. The ever-popular Hog Roast and BBQ was in high demand, along with ice creams, soft drinks and beer from the drinks tent. The fun dog show saw a fantastic selection of the best dogs from the estate, with proud winners in all 8 categories and  Kat Kendrick’s 14 year old Buster being crowned ‘Best in Show’.

The 2017 Fete Showground


Returning to the fete, local artist Flora Gare ran windsock making craft sessions for children and adults to create together in a packed craft tent. Owing to the success of this, the committee is pleased to announce that Flora will run a family craft event in October half term on Wednesday 25th October at the Zebon Copse Centre. Tickets are available from the SPAR shop on Zebon Copse and online at

The committee would like to thank all those who volunteered their time to make this fete a success. Particular thanks goes to Sheila Thorns, who has worked incredibly hard in organising so many aspects of the fete. Without her tireless efforts over the past few months, the fete would not have happened. We would also like to thank Crookham Village Parish Council for their sponsorship of the Zebon Copse Centre, field and craft tent. A final thanks go to all our volunteers, stallholders and residents who attended and enjoyed the fete. We hope to see you all again at our 2018 Fete on 24th June.  The Sounds Easy Jazz Band at the 2017 ZCRA Fete

As a token of our appreciation for the work done throughout the year by our ZCRA Committee members and volunteers, we will be throwing a ‘Thank You’ tea party in the Autumn. We look forward to celebrating the work of all our volunteers!

For more pictures of the 2017 Fete, see our Twitter Feed (@ZebonCopse).




Zebon Copse Summer Fete

The Zebon Copse Fete will take place at 1-5pm on Sunday 25th June 2017 at the Zebon Copse Community Centre, GU52 0ZE.

Highlights of the fete will include:

Dog Show – free to enter! See twitter here for categories.

Family Craft Workshops

Live Music – Sounds Easy Jazz Band

Ice Cream, Soft Drinks & Bar

Hog Roast and BBQ

Funfair, Children’s Games

Local Stalls.

CVPC Hart Local Plan Consultation Meeting

Crookham Village Parish Council invites residents of Zebon Copse to contribute their thoughts and suggestions on the Hart Local Plan, which may be viewed online here.

CVPC will be considering its response at a meeting in public at the Zebon Community Centre at 8pm on Thursday 1 June 2017. All parishioners are invited to attend. Please note the change of date from 18 May.

This is the final major opportunity to influence the content of the Hart Local Plan. The consultation has a closing date of 5pm on 9 June 2017.

CVPC Hart Local Plan Public Meeting

WHEN: 1 June 2017 @ 20:00 – 21:30
WHERE: Zebon Community Centre, Danvers Drive, Church Crookham, Fleet GU52 0ZE
CONTACT: Parish Clerk, 01252 810568

Further details can be found here.