Photography Competition 2022


The theme for this year’s Photography Competition is “Jubilee Celebrations”.

Prizes will be awarded for the following categories:
7-10 years
11-13 years
14-17 years
Over 18’s
Peoples Favourite

Entries are open to all residents on the Zebon Copse Estate, Crookham Village and Dogmersfield.

Entries must be unframed and no bigger than A5 which is 148 x 210 mm or 5.8 x 8.3 inches. Presentation is important and will be part of the judging protocol.

Each entry must have the entrant’s name, age, address, phone number and email address printed on the back of the photograph.

All entries are to be posted in the letterbox of Zebon Copse Community Centre or handed into the Spar shop by 5pm on Sunday 19 June 2022.

Judging will be done in advance of the day and will be displayed in the Zebon Copse Community Centre during the fete. On the day of the fete, fete goers will be invited to vote for their favourite overall photograph.

Prize giving will be at 4pm on the day of the fete and after which entries may be collected.

Enquiries to

A full list of the Rules for Entry can be found below.


ZCRA Photographic Competition Rules 2022
Theme: Jubilee Celebrations

1. Prizes awarded for the following categories:
* 7-10 years
* 11-13 years
* 14-17 years
* Over 18s
* Peoples’ Favourite
2. Entries are open to all residents on the Zebon Copse Estate, Crookham Village and Dogmersfield
3. All entries must be taken within the “Crookham” area (as specified above).
4. Entries must be printed out and supplied unframed and be no bigger 
than A5 size (148 x 210 mm or 5.8 x 8.3 inches).
5. Presentation is important and will be part of the judging protocol.
6. Each entry must have the entrant’s name, age, address, phone number, 
email address & caption for the photograph printed on the back.
7. In accordance with it’s GDPR policy, the ZCRA will only use the entrant’s details for the purposes of the competition and will not retain thereafter.
8. Entrants can enhance the picture to make it brighter, clearer etc., but not digitally manipulate the from or content of the picture, or create a composite image.
9. Entrants must not be professional photographers. For the purposes of this competition, a professional photographer will be considered to be someone who makes more than half their annual income from the sale of their photographs.
10. All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. The entrants must be the sole owner of copyright in all photographs entered.
11. Entrants under the age of 18 years must ensure that they have the permission of their parent or guardian.
12. All entries are to be posted in the letterbox of Zebon Copse Community Centre or handed into the Spar shop by 5pm on Sunday 19th June 2022 in an envelope clearly marked “ZCRA Fete Photographic Competition”
13. Judging on all categories other than “Peoples’ Favourite” will be done in advance of the day and as many entrants as possible will be displayed in the Zebon Copse Community Centre during the fete.
14. All entries will be judged by a panel of judges. The judges will select a shortlist of three photographs (the ‘Finalists’) for each category which, in their opinion, best illustrate the theme of the competition. They will consider a range of factors including composition, technical ability, originality, presentation and interpretation of the brief.
15. A winner will be chosen from each category.
16. One entrant cannot win more than one category (excluding Peoples’ Favourite).
18. The prizes are as stated. There are no cash alternatives and they cannot be resold.
19. Prizes are as follows for each category:
* Winner = £20 Amazon Voucher
19. The judges’ decisions will be final and no correspondence can be entered into. 
20. On the day of the fete, fete goers will be invited to vote for their favourite overall photograph to determine the “Peoples’ Favourite” with the winner being the entrant with the most votes .
21. Prize giving will be at 4pm on the day of the fete and after which entries 
may be collected.
22. Entrants will retain copyright of the photographs that they submit. 
By entering the competition all entrants grant The Zebon Copse Residents’ Association (ZCRA) the right to reproduce the images for the following purposes: – Judging the competition & displaying at the fete
- Inclusion in any ZCRA publicity or printed materials (i.e. newsletter, website).
23. No fees will be payable for any of the above uses.
24. By entering, entrants will be deemed to have agreed to be bound by these rules and the ZCRA reserves the right to exclude any entry from the competition at any time and in its absolute discretion if it has reasonable cause to believe that an entrant has breached these rules.
25. The ZCRA reserves the right to cancel this competition or alter any of the rules at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, and if circumstances arise outside of its control.
26. Prizes will be awarded at 4pm on Sunday 3rd July at the Zebon Copse Community Centre. If any prize winner cannot be contacted after reasonable attempts have been made, the ZCRA reserves the right to offer the prize to the next lowest placed entrant.
27. Any additional enquiries must be made via email to

Copse Clearance

Following receipt of many concerns regarding the recent clearance in parts of the copse, we have received the following response from the ranger.

“Over the past many decades, woodland management at Zebon Copse has been somewhat absent. Since 2012 we have put in place a woodland management programme to try and help restore the woodland flora and fauna. This work is carried out in stages with the previous compartment being coppiced a couple of years ago and the first compartment a couple of years before that. Over the next 8-10 years, further, similar work will be carried out in the wooded areas to the north of the site reducing the thick, choking understorey of holly to open up the woodland floor. Holly has little value for wildlife other than the odd berry for food (only the female trees).

Whilst this work may seem a little damaging at first, it will in the long run allow much more light down to the ground providing optimum conditions for more wildflowers and other flora to flourish. It will also allow other tree species such as hazel to flourish, rather than being overwhelmed by the holly. These new saplings will create a much more valuable understorey for the wood itself and for wildlife too; better nesting sites for birds and food sources for butterflies, for instance.

The works are in line with our woodland management agreement.

The works are now complete for this year, but as the wood is so close to housing we don’t have bonfires to get rid of all the cut material. Bonfires are used on our other more open sites, but the amount of smoke and ash would be detrimental to the local residents, hence why we don’t have them here. Traditionally, this material would not have grown so tall/mature, it would have been cut long before now and would have been used for rural crafts such as hurdle making, fencing, brooms and the like, but due to the current size and amount of cut vegetation, it has to be chipped and/or stacked. The material will rot down quickly as has been the case in the other two compartments already worked on and the display of wildflowers will hopefully be better than ever. We also hope to use some of the cut material to create a dead hedge to the southern edge of the site to support the collapsed fence currently in place. The larger lengths of wood will be removed.

We are very mindful that not everyone welcomes work such as this, but if we left it, all the trees would eventually decay, so for the longevity of the woodland, some woodland management is necessary.”

Urgent Call for Collectors & Deliverers

Can you spare an hour or two from time to time to collect ZCRA membership subscriptions and deliver newsletters for your road?

The committee are in urgent need of some more ZCRA members willing to help with delivering the quarterly newsletters, and collecting ZCRA subscriptions when they are due.

The ideal is to have at least one member to cover each road, so each person’s work is kept to a minimum.

If you would like to help, or to find out more, please email, or come along to the Fete on the 30th June 2019 and speak to one of the committee.

Basingstoke Canal Bulletin

Near Crookham Village February 2019 – photo © Judy Coleman

The January edition of the Basingstoke Canal Bulletin is packed full of interesting information and news, and is now available to read and download.

The Bulletin is produced by the Basingstoke Canal Society who work tirelessly protecting and promoting the canal.

Click here: Basingstoke Canal Bulletin Jan 2019 , or on the image below for your copy.

It’s easy to take the canal for granted and overlook the fact that the upkeep alone is extremely costly, not just in terms of money, but in manpower too. The Society are always looking for volunteers; if you’re interested, take a look at their website for more information: BCS Volunteer Roles

The canal is a wonderful resource for all the residents of Zebon Copse to enjoy, right on our doorstep. Keep an eye out for a new section here on the ZCRA website with canal information and regular updates.


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.


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.


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)