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About Us

Set up in 2012, inOdiham is a not-for-profit organisation run by a friendly group of local residents, who believe in the benefits of a close-knit community and work together to enrich the village experience for everyone.

As a registered Community Interest Company, our team consists entirely of unpaid volunteers – meaning no shareholders and no members of the Committee receive payment for their services.

inOdiham is closely supported by various local authorities and companies – all of whom share the joint aim of delighting visitors and helping bring the admirable Odiham community closer together.

Odiham Parish Council
Odiham Parish Council

What we do

As well as the 3 annual events below (and the occasional one-off event) we also arrange the Friday Grocery Market in the High Street, the hanging baskets on lampposts throughout the village, the Christmas Lights along the length of the High Street, the street-level planters in the High Street and the mass bulb-planting in the grass verges approaching Odiham … we’re a very busy bunch!

A family-friendly day with food, drink, live music and dancing.

Enjoy over 50 artisan food and drink stalls, talks and live music.

A festive evening with the switch on of the Christmas Tree Lights!

A fantastic family-friendly day with food, drink, stalls … and of course plenty of live music and dancing.

Enjoy over 50 artisan food and drink stalls, talks from the expert local producers and exciting live music.

A festive, fun-filled evening which?includes the switch on of the Village Christmas Tree Lights – and Santa!

A fantastic family-friendly day with food, drink, stalls … and of course plenty of live music and dancing.

Enjoy over 50 artisan food and drink stalls, talks from the expert local producers and exciting live music.

A festive, fun-filled evening which?includes the switch on of the Village Christmas Tree Lights – and Santa!

Reasons to Visit

Other than the fabulous events, there are plenty of reasons to visit the Saxon village of Odiham, including the wide Georgian High Street with it’s eclectic mix of independent shops and eateries, as well as one of the last surviving Pest Houses in Britain … and the Village Stocks!

Odiham and the surrounding area also boasts some of the best rural and canal walks in Hampshire and the local stretch of the Basingstoke Canal is home to the start of the Magna Carta Trail at King John’s Castle and runs along the site of a royal Deer Park.

So come and take a stroll through the village, across open countryside, along either the Basingstoke Canal or the River Whitewater or over expanses of common – all of which give the opportunity for great views and to see nature at its best.

For more information on the heritage that Odiham has to offer check out either visitodiham.org.uk or odiham-society.org, but in the meantime, here is a gallery to give you an idea of what to expect when you visit our lovely village, including various events throughout the year, plus the bi-annual Armed Forces Day celebrations organised by RAF Odiham and the Parish Council.

Latest News

Coronavirus Statement – Unfortunately, like everywhere else, the village has been affected by the global Coronavirus pandemic. As our priority is always the safety of the community, we have already altered the Friday Grocery Market in accordance with the current social distancing rules.

Planned events for 2020 have also had to change and we have sadly made the decision to cancel both this year’s Bands in the Bury and the 5th annual FlavourFest. The Odiham Christmas Extravaganza is still currently planned to go ahead on 28th November … so please keep your fingers crossed!

We will of course follow government advice regarding events and let you know if anything has to change.

Coronavirus Statement – Unfortunately, like everywhere else, the village has been affected by the global Coronavirus pandemic. As our priority is always the safety of the community, we have already altered the Friday Grocery Market in accordance with the current social distancing rules.

Planned events for 2020 have also had to change and we have sadly made the decision to cancel both this year’s Bands in the Bury and the 5th annual FlavourFest. The Odiham Christmas Extravaganza is still currently planned to go ahead on 28th November … so please keep your fingers crossed!

We will of course follow government advice regarding events and let you know if anything has to change.

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Posted on Oct 27th, 2020

Our team are devastated to have to cancel the Christmas Extravaganza. Like all our other planned events this year, there was just no way that we could guarantee our volunteers and attending community would be safe, given the current COVID restrictions and guidance.

Despite this, we still very much plan to ensure that the High Street has its usual display of lights, put up by our brilliant volunteers, who will be extending the display even further this year. And to try and help some of our other local businesses, we will also be inviting several of the stalls who usually visit us at the Extravaganza to join our Friday market.

Our team are also exploring a couple of other Christmas ideas to help us all feel a little more festive, even if we can’t put on the Extravaganza for you all as normal. We will let you know once we have firmed these ideas up!
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Posted on Oct 27th, 2020

Our team are devastated to have to cancel the Christmas Extravaganza.  Like all our other planned events this year, there was just no way that we could guarantee our volunteers and attending community would be safe, given the current COVID restrictions and guidance.  Despite this, we still very much plan to ensure that the High Street has its usual display of lights, put up by our brilliant volunteers, who will be extending the display even further this year.  And to try and help some of our other local businesses, we will also be inviting several of the stalls who usually visit us at the Extravaganza to join our Friday market.  Our team are also exploring a couple of other Christmas ideas to help us all feel a little more festive, even if we can’t put on the Extravaganza for you all as normal.  We will let you know once we have firmed these ideas up!

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Fully understandable and sensible decision in the circumstances, I’m confident in the team that help organise this that it will come back even stronger next year, it’s what makes odiham the community it is... Thank you for your efforts over the years so far...

Is the shop window display challenge happening?

Thank you for the update and for coming up with ideas!

Such a shame as the highlight to living in Odiham. However expected thanks for letting us know.

Oh we will miss it so much but completely understand why. Let's make it bigger and better when we can next year 😛

It's sad but understandable

Absolutely understandable. So sad.

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Good luck to all the children heading in for their first year at their new school - as well as those heading back to class for the first time in a long time.

And to our brilliant teachers at our fabulous village schools.

A good step towards normality

Stay safe on the school run.
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Posted on Sep 7th, 2020

Good luck to all the children heading in for their first year at their new school - as well as those heading back to class for the first time in a long time.  And to our brilliant teachers at our fabulous village schools.  A good step towards normality  Stay safe on the school run.

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Have fun everyone. X

What a shame we can’t mark the VJ Day anniversary- and give our veterans the day they deserve, in Odihams special street party style.

We are thinking of all the service men and woman who sacrificed so much - Never Forgotten!
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Posted on Aug 15th, 2020

What a shame we can’t mark the VJ Day anniversary- and give our veterans the day they deserve, in Odihams special street party style.  We are thinking of all the service men and woman who sacrificed so much - Never Forgotten!

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Well done the residents of Palace Gate who did hold a 2 minute silence this morning and then D-Day and Far East veteran Fred Lee laid a wreath at the Memorial.

We may never see this sight again.

Well said 👏much respect 🙏❤️

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Posted on Aug 15th, 2020

Great to see the High Street flags back again www.facebook.com/863593130377160/posts/3092175344185583/?d=n ... See MoreSee Less

Posted on Aug 4th, 2020

Great to see the High Street flags back again https://www.facebook.com/863593130377160/posts/3092175344185583/?d=n

We are still so v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v sad that we had to cancel Bands in the Bury. Would have been a stonking day for it. ... See MoreSee Less

Posted on Aug 1st, 2020

We are still so v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v sad that we had to cancel Bands in the Bury.   Would have been a stonking day for it.

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Such a brilliant well organised event here's to next year ❤

Yay  https://www.facebook.com/1254883343/posts/10222001490327063/?d=n

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Great to see you all back again! Thank you for looking after us so well last night.

Welcome back! So great to see your doors open again!

Oh fab-u-lous !!!!

Lucy Toms 😍

It’s great to see so many visitors coming to visit the canal and wharf area from outside of the Parish. Including from quite far afield!

We have asked our Dirstrict Cllr Ken Crookes to see if it’s possible to get another bin installed - and he has said he is on the case.

We have also asked the Parish Council to consider adding some visit Odiham leaflets with its village Map and visitor website, to help promote our fabulous High Street and local businesses. Something that a quick and informal bit of research of last weekends visitors to Odiham said they would welcome!
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Posted on Jul 14th, 2020

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An ambulance got blocked down here at the weekend as both sides of the road were parked with large vehicles inc both sides of the brow of the hill. They were on a break at the bottom of the road and paramedics had to ask people to move so they could get out. Hoping that the Basingstoke canal authority put up some signage to advise that swimming is prohibited (bylaw) so people can enjoy the space safety.

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Posted on Oct 27th, 2020

Our team are devastated to have to cancel the Christmas Extravaganza. Like all our other planned events this year, there was just no way that we could guarantee our volunteers and attending community would be safe, given the current COVID restrictions and guidance.

Despite this, we still very much plan to ensure that the High Street has its usual display of lights, put up by our brilliant volunteers, who will be extending the display even further this year. And to try and help some of our other local businesses, we will also be inviting several of the stalls who usually visit us at the Extravaganza to join our Friday market.

Our team are also exploring a couple of other Christmas ideas to help us all feel a little more festive, even if we can’t put on the Extravaganza for you all as normal. We will let you know once we have firmed these ideas up!
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Posted on Oct 27th, 2020

Our team are devastated to have to cancel the Christmas Extravaganza.  Like all our other planned events this year, there was just no way that we could guarantee our volunteers and attending community would be safe, given the current COVID restrictions and guidance.  Despite this, we still very much plan to ensure that the High Street has its usual display of lights, put up by our brilliant volunteers, who will be extending the display even further this year.  And to try and help some of our other local businesses, we will also be inviting several of the stalls who usually visit us at the Extravaganza to join our Friday market.  Our team are also exploring a couple of other Christmas ideas to help us all feel a little more festive, even if we can’t put on the Extravaganza for you all as normal.  We will let you know once we have firmed these ideas up!

Comment on Facebook

Fully understandable and sensible decision in the circumstances, I’m confident in the team that help organise this that it will come back even stronger next year, it’s what makes odiham the community it is... Thank you for your efforts over the years so far...

Is the shop window display challenge happening?

Thank you for the update and for coming up with ideas!

Such a shame as the highlight to living in Odiham. However expected thanks for letting us know.

Oh we will miss it so much but completely understand why. Let's make it bigger and better when we can next year 😛

It's sad but understandable

Absolutely understandable. So sad.

View more comments

Good luck to all the children heading in for their first year at their new school - as well as those heading back to class for the first time in a long time.

And to our brilliant teachers at our fabulous village schools.

A good step towards normality

Stay safe on the school run.
... See MoreSee Less

Posted on Sep 7th, 2020

Good luck to all the children heading in for their first year at their new school - as well as those heading back to class for the first time in a long time.  And to our brilliant teachers at our fabulous village schools.  A good step towards normality  Stay safe on the school run.

Comment on Facebook

Have fun everyone. X

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Join Us

We have a wonderful group of volunteers, but could always do with an extra pair of hands and we’d love to have you on the team, even if it is only to occasionally help distribute leaflets and/or marshal events!

Our current chair-person is Jon Hale and the other active committee members are Becci Friend, Sue Williams, Rachel Watt, Callum Campbell, Jim Coomber, Ralph Cook, John Lodder, Shane Avery, Anna Macready, Julia Freeman, Mandy White and Sue Hockey.

A big thank you also goes to all previous committee members including Delly & Francis Howard, Jan Baker, Jo Kelsey, Min Broughton, Amanda Coomber, Emma Jones, Melanie Harper, Netty Warnakulasuriya, Sarah Golley, Richard Harris, Mark Kellie, Jenny Atherton & Therese Lawlor.

We realise that time is precious and we would only ask you to offer a few hours every now and then, as the need arises, entirely at your convenience. If you’d like to be involved, just drop us an email and we’ll add you to our team of volunteers and let you know what help is needed and when.

Get in Touch

We’d love to hear from you, so just drop us a line – to ask about volunteering and general enquiries please use the form below or for details and applications regarding a stall, please see the relevant event above – or if you’d prefer, our postal address is inOdiham, c/o The Cross Barn, Palace Gate Farm, Odiham, Hampshire RG29 1JX.