2019 AGM

The 2019 AGM of the Zebon Copse Residents’ Association will be held in the Zebon Copse Centre at 8pm on Monday 4th March.

All residents of the estate are cordially invited to attend and provide their input as to the role of the ZCRA for the coming year. Membership for the coming year can be paid at the door – just £2 per household (£1 pensioners).

A Parish Councillor will be attending to give an update on the Neighbourhood Plan and other areas of interest, and to field any questions.

Wine and light refreshments will be provided.

Please email if you have an item you would like considered for the agenda.

Quiz Night – 26 Jan 2019

Which road is the brainiest on Zebon Copse?

Well there’s only one way to decide… by taking part in the ZCRA Quiz Night on Saturday 26th January!

The quiz is being held at the Zebon Copse Community Centre. Doors open at 7.15pm, with the quiz starting at 7.45pm.

Tickets cost £40 per table of up to 8 people. Don’t worry if you don’t have enough people for a team, tickets for individuals who would like to join up with other residents on the night are also available at £6 per person.

Tickets are limited and selling fast so contact Mike Pope (mobile number below), or visit Rajan in the Spar shop to secure your place.


Quiz Night 26/1/2019

Call for Stallholders – 2019 Summer Fete

This year’s ZCRA Summer Fete will be held on Sunday 30 June 2019, in and around the Zebon Copse Community Centre GU52 0ZE.

If you have something interesting to sell or promote and would like a stall, please get in touch. Local people with their crafts are most welcome.

Stall holders’ booking form is available from

The annual ZCRA Summer Fete is an event for all the family, residents and friends, with live music, a variety of stalls, fun fair, BBQ, afternoon teas and cakes, competitions for children, licensed bar, ice-creams, dog show and activities.




Silver Jubilee Zebon Copse Fete a huge success!

As the sun shone all day, ice creams were in high demand.

The Zebon Copse Residents’ Association is proud to report that the 25th Summer Fete, held this year on 1st July at the Zebon Copse Centre, was an immense success. On this the Silver Jubilee of the Zebon Copse Residents’ Association, hundreds of residents enjoyed an impressive array of stalls, games, and food and drink from local businesses and groups in an event that brought together the entire community.

Following a two week online countdown, which saw details announced each day on the associations’ twitter feed (@ZebonCopse), there was a buzz of excitement as the 25th ZCRA Fete was declared open.

With perfect weather conditions, residents enjoyed a fantastic array of stalls from local producers, charities, and organisations. The fete was truly an event for all the family, with traditional games, a funfair, and practice metal detecting for children, and stalls and a beer tent for the adults. The ever-popular Hog Roast and BBQ was in high demand and, along with ice creams, soft drinks and beer from the drinks tent.Over 20 local stallholders attended the ZCRA Fete 2018, many from Zebon Copse.

Rowan Hill, stalls organiser, said: “This is my fourth year doing this and it has certainly been the best yet! It was fantastic to see so many stalls of such diversity and good quality from Zebon Copse and the local area itself”

The fun dog show saw a fantastic selection of the best dogs from the estate, with proud winners in all six categories. ‘Best in Show’ went to Ryan and Hannah’s one-year old Golden Retriever Nala.

Best In Show Nala (left) at the Dog Show 2018

The dog show was judged by Lucy King, from Paws for Success, a positive dog training group in Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire. She said, “They did very well in the very hot temperatures! We had some lovely dogs, sensible owners sticking in the shade, and it was nice to see an amazing variety of breeds, like a Boxer cross Staff and a Jack Russel cross Pomeranian!”. ZCRA’s thanks go to Lucy for judging the dog show so expertly and to Rowan, Jo and Barnabas for helping it run so smoothly.

Returning to the fete, local artist Flora Gare ran craft sessions for children and adults together in a packed craft area. The butterfly and dragonfly creations were immensely popular with local children, who enjoyed flying them around the showground throughout the afternoon.

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. Special thanks go to Rowan Hill for her expert coordination of over 20 local stalls and Barnabas Balint for all online communications. We would also like to thank Crookham Village Parish Council for their sponsorship of the Zebon Copse Centre, field and crafts.

A final thanks go to all our volunteers, stallholders and residents who attended and enjoyed the fete. Without the help and support of our team of dedicated volunteers, none of this would be possible.


Hart Players

Local amateur dramatics group Hart Players are presenting Farcicals (by Alan Ayckbourn) and Mission Impossible (by David Muncaster)

When: Friday 1st & Sat 2nd June 2018

Where:Zebon Copse Centre

Doors and Bar open from 7:30pm, Curtain up 8pm

All Tickets £10

Online at

Tel: 07553 498498 or on the door

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.”