Odiham celebrated Christmas in style again in November with another wonderful Extravaganza. It was fantastic to see so many residents and guests of all ages in our beautiful High Street enjoying the shops and restaurants of the High St as well as a great range of food, drink and gift stalls.

The music was fittingly provided by Cove Brass Band, The Odiham Military Wives Choir and the Choirs of our two local schools, Buryfields and Mayhill. Even Elsa and Olaf from Frozen came along for a visit.

Thanks to everyone who came, to all on the InOdiham Committee who worked so hard and to Sarah Biggs and Nicola Deere for their excellent coordination of the event.

We know its early but please save the date for this popular event for 2024 – Sunday November 24

Here follows those we wish to thank and without whom we could not organise this wonderful event.

All our inOdiham planners, volunteers and helpers who are awesome (if we do say so ourselves)

The financial support of OPC, Hadley Simmons, Westport Grey, King Street Dentists, the Odiham & Greywell Cricket Club and all of you who donated via our Tombola. The event costs over £5k to put on and we couldn’t do it without your support.

The brilliant marshals of RJA. They do such an amazing job keeping us all safe and managing the traffic. Friendly but firm – so professional

Team Medic’s first aiders and Hooke Highways for dealing with the road diversions.

Robert Mays School, King Street Dental and Spectro for providing vital parking.

Mayhill School for hosting our stallholders’ vehicles (so important to find somewhere to stow eighty stallholders’ vehicles and reduce the impact to our other limited parking)

John Searle Funfairs, Cove Brass band, the Military Wives choir, Boogie Magic, Basingstoke Community Radio – and our lovely Buryfields and Mayhill School choirs for keeping us entertained.

Tom Janaway at Ford Farm for the hay bales to provide some rustic seating.

Shane Avery for the storage, trailer and time

The Rotary for coordinating with Father Christmas and the Bel and the Dragon again for hosting him and his elves.

The Red Lion for providing refreshments for our marshals. 

The third mention for the Bel – providing refreshments and a room for Cove Brass Band.

Hart Council and Serco for providing the extra black bins so Odiham looks as tidy at the end as it did at the beginning!

And lastly but extremely importantly, our local residents for dealing with the disruption.

Thank you everyone!