2017 News

Hart First Response Young People’s First Aid Training

Hart First Response (HRF) have funds to support 6 young people (aged 16-24) by providing training, supervision, volunteering opportunities and a qualification in first aid.

HFR a registered charity that aims to help save lives by providing ambulance and first aid cover at local events, and by teaching first aid skills within the community.

This video at the bottom of this page shows what our previous young volunteers have achieved.

 Are you aged between 16 and 24?
 Are you free on Tuesday evenings?
 Could you save someone’s life?
 Do you want to know more?

How to apply:

For further details please contact Hester on: 07941 980914
Email: admin@hartfirstresponse.org.uk
Twitter: @hart1stresponse #ACF17
Website: www.hartfirstreponse.org.uk

New Dog Warden Poster

The Hart District Council Dog Warden has recently launched a poster on responsible dog walking, which can be viewed below. We would like to draw all residents’ attention to this, so that we can all enjoy walking around our beautiful estate together.

Further information can be found on the Hart District Council website.

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 www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/willow-craft-workshop-tickets-35143211291.

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).




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.


Success of Family Art Event ‘Create a Masterpiece’

The ZCRA sponsored Family Art event ‘Create a Masterpiece’ was greatly enjoyed by those attending. Lots of beautiful 2d and 3d artwork was created in paint, crayon, charcoal and clay, by children, parents and grand-parents of all ages!

Many thanks go to artists Fatima and Barbara for running a day of crazy creations, and to Nicole Le Jeune from ZCRA for organising the much appreciated event.

ZCRA hope to run similar events in the future. Remember to look out for the craft tent at the 2017 fete!

Chairman’s Farewell Dinner

On the 28 February, friends and grateful members of the Zebon Copse Residents’ Association gathered together to thank their long-standing Chairman who recently retired. Guests of honour, David Jackson and his wife Vicky, were treated to a farewell supper at the Exchequer in Crookham Village.

For over 20 years David Jackson has served on the ZCRA committee dedicating much of his time and effort to maintaining a pleasant living environment and community spirit on the Zebon Copse Estate.

As a parting gift, David and Vicky were presented with a bouquet of flowers and a holiday at Leeds Castle, which we hope they will enjoy.

We would like to thank David for his dedicated service, and wish him and Vicky a pleasant retirement.