Plastic Free Overton - a feasible reality?

The overuse of plastic is something none of us can ignore,  especially when David Attenborough implores you to do something about it.

Overton resident, Holly Foat, is currently working with Surfers Against Sewage, as a community leader, to publicise their 'plastic free communities' campaign.

She would like to see Overton become a plastic free village, committed to ditching single use plastic and making a concerted effort to ensure alternatives are readily available.

Holly has already received approval from the Overton Parish Council, who are fully onboard, and now she is keen to invite businesses to get involved with the campaign, as well as local community groups. The main objective is to get owners and organisers to commit to removing at least three single use plastic items and replace them with sustainable alternatives. It doesn't have to be expensive or difficult. Litter picks and other events will also be organised to encourage a clean, tidy and pleasant place to live for all.

If enough businesses and groups will commit, Overton can apply for 'Plastic Free Status'. This will be great not only environmentally but for publicity, encouraging press and media coverage, as well as tourism.

We are plastic bag free already, after a very successful campaign 11 years ago, so there is no reason not to take this one step further.

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Holly Foat on: and to find all updates and related posts, search #PlasticFreeOverton on Facebook.

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The Little Princess Trust - A hairdresser's most important cut

It is lovely to see in recent weeks that OBA members and local hairstylists, Kayleigh Hale, from Hair By Kayleigh, and Emma Restell, from Emma Restell Hairdressing, have both been involved with sponsored haircuts for the amazing charity The Little Princess Trust.

Two brave young ladies joined the company of the Duchess of Cambridge and Harry Styles, having their long hair cut off to be made into real hair wigs for children and young adults who have sadly lost their hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses.

The charity, The Little Princess Trust, was launched in 2006 by the parents of Hannah Tarplee, who was diagnosed with having a Wilms Tumour and sadly died in 2005. At the time, it was incredibly difficult to get high quality, real hair wigs for children, and those that were available, were incredibly expensive. With the help of friends and Hannah’s school, the Little Princess Trust was set up to provide free wigs, and has continued to thrive for the last 12 years.

Kayleigh and Emma find the process incredibly emotional, but also very fulfilling knowing they are cutting the hair for such an amazing cause, and of course, then having some fun doing a gorgeous restyle for the courageous and kind volunteer (now with significantly shorter hair!).

Well done to all involved - it is wonderful cause to support.

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Hardy's Win Gold at Chelsea Flower Show

We are delighted to hear that OBA member Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants have won gold at this year's Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show. In fact, it is their 23rd gold medal! Congratulations to Rob and Rosy, and all of the nursery's staff.

The exhibit featured three new stunning flowers, as well as a beautiful stone bench by Marshalls Plc and metal sculptures by Greg Pearson Originals.

Hardy's also have an Charity Open Day in aid of Noami House and Jacksplace on Sunday 3rd June from 10am until 2pm. Come along, soak up the beautiful flowers and indulge in a slice of homemade cake or maybe even two. All monies made from the sales of tea, coffee and cake will be donated directly to the charity. You can also receive as 15% discount on all Hardy's plants and enter in to a chance to win two tickets to the Hampton Court Flower Show, a voucher to spend at The Watership Down Inn and a family ticket for Hilliers Arboretum.

For tickets and full event details, click here.

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