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National Volunteers’ Week 2022

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KCA would like to thank all of you who have given your support over the past year to ensure that this hugely valuable facility remains open and continues to flourish.
The Fieldgate Centre is run by a small group of volunteers who dedicate their time and energy to benefit the whole community by offering a wide range of activities and events all year round.
If you would like to help us, just choose what you’d like to do, how much time you can spare and get in touch. You’ll be made very welcome.
Events: Summer Play Days | Community Celebrations | Social Meet-Ups | Quizzes | Race Night | Comedy Night | Last Night of the Proms | Panto | Christmas Sing-Along
Other: Gardening | DIY | and more.
Kingsclere Community Association


Prize-winning racehorse to lead Kingsclere jubilee parade

Prize-winning racehorse to lead Kingsclere jubilee parade

By Jonathan Ashby

Kingsclere’s grand parade for the Queen’s platinum jubilee will be led by prize-winning racehorse Side Glance.

The magnificent black horse, bred by Park House Stables based in the village, will walk at the head of the parade on Saturday, June 4, with a young rider wearing the Queen’s racing colours.

Side Glance, or “Sidey”, won nearly £2 million in prizes in his racing career including wins at Ascot and Epsom races and in the 2013 Group 1 McKinnon Stakes in Melbourne, Australia.

He was bred by Emma Balding, mother of Andrew Balding, and successfully raced for Sheikh Fahad of Qatar.

Current owner Leanne White isn’t able to ride the horse herself due to an injury, so her 12-year-old stepdaughter Jemima White will put on the Queen’s racing colours and take up the reins.

Jemima learnt to ride on Side Glance from the age of 10 and still regularly rides and takes care of him.

Side Glance won nearly £2 million in prizes in his racing career


The initiative was organised by Kingsclere Community Association.

Parish councillor David Conquest said: “I’m delighted that we will have such a wonderful animal leading our village jubilee parade.

“It’s a great opportunity for the whole village to come together.”

After Side Glance’s retirement from racing in 2015, and a spell doing dressage around the country, he now lives a relaxing retirement, with some local dressage, show jumping, fun rides and Retraining of Racehorses parades.

The parade, which begins at 2pm, will be part of a host of events the village has arranged for the long weekend, including a jubilee party at the Fieldgate Centre.

The parade is open to everyone and has a royal and 1950s theme, with prizes for the best costumes.

A beacon will also be lit on the downs between White Hill and Watership Down on Thursday, June 2, while the following day there will be a Duck Race at the stream at the foot of Pope’s Hill.

Christmas Event News

We are sorry to advise that we have taken the decision to cancel the Christmas Sing-Along on Friday 17th December.

Christmas is a time for happy community gatherings and this joint event with the Kingsclere Singers is always a popular celebration.  We did not take the decision lightly, but consider it prudent given the current need to effect precautionary measures against Covid.

The Christmas Monthly Meet-Up on Tuesday 21st December will also not take place.

We look forward with optimism to hosting a range of community events in 2022 that we hope you will join us for and we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

The Trustees – Kingsclere Community Association

Sports Pitch Drainage Works


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Sports Pitch Drainage Work

We are pleased to announce that drainage work on the sports pitches began on 27th September. The work involves installing a drainage system across the sports field and then re-seeding. This will mean that the pitch areas will be out of bounds until the Spring of 2022 to allow the grass turf to establish. There is a low barrier around the field and all are asked to not walk on the field while the grass is growing. The Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) and the community centre are not affected by the work. The recycling centre, operated by Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council (B&DBC), is closed temporarily.

A large number of our young have played rugby, football and cricket on the Fieldgate pitches over the years and it’s great to see so many progress through the levels to the senior teams. These improvements will ensure there is good playing surface for the many village teams that use the pitches – Kingsclere Rugby (mens and minis), Kingsclere Football Club, Kingsclere Ladies Football, Kingsclere Youth Football and Kingsclere Cricket. Alternative ‘home’ grounds will be used by rugby and football teams while the Fieldgate Centre pitches are out of commission during the 21/22 season. Minis rugby and youth football training will be held on the Holding Field.
The pitches at the Fieldgate Centre are owned and operated by B&DBC. Due to the restrictions on who can be awarded grant funding, the Kingsclere Community Organisation (KCA) has applied for and obtained funding needed for the drainage work from B&DBC, although some funding will be provided by the sports clubs. The KCA, who is responsible for managing the project, is working closely together with the sports clubs and B&DBC.
To make best use of the funds available it was decided not to spend significant money on rigid high fencing to seal off the field area during the work and to prevent access while the grass is re-establishing. We therefore request that all respect the low barriers and stay off the field. The footpath will remain along the hedge boundary of the field.


Upgrading the MUGA has provided significant benefit and this further investment in the drainage will maximise availability of the pitches by reducing the waterlogging that has impeded use over the past few seasons.
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