Have you seen the Bunting Fairy?

As many local residents will have seen over the years, a few days before any festival or big event in Overton, the bunting 'appears', as if by magic, down the whole length of Bridge Street.

It is a stunning site which has accompanied every Sheep Fair and Scarecrow Festival. The bunting itself was made from old clothing by the residents of Bridge Street a few decades ago. The view as you turn down from the High Street really is stunning and sums up the carnival atmosphere in this wonderful rural Hampshire village.

Even more special, Jo South has now captured this sight for all to enjoy throughout the year. In a beautiful watercolour, now available as a limited edition Giclée print, Jo has painted the beautiful cottages of Bridge Street, as well as the vibrant bunting...and if you look closely you may even spot the fairy!

Mounted prints (size 40cm x 30cm) are available directly from Jo South Artworks or from Overton Gallery who stock many of Jo's prints. 

  Never seen, but very active and very much appreciated is ‘The Bunting Fairy’! Thank you!

Never seen, but very active and very much appreciated is ‘The Bunting Fairy’! Thank you!

 

 

OBA at Overton Scarecrow Festival

Members of the committee were pleased to represent the Overton Business Association (OBA) at the Overton Scarecrow Festival on Saturday 14th July. 

The stall was covered in prizes donated by many OBA members and the tombola was a great success with those attending the festival. The winners were very grateful for the generous prizes that were on offer from local businesses, and we have since heard that some have been directly in touch with the businesses themselves to say thank you! 

We were also delighted to share with Overton residents more about what the OBA do, who their members are and to share marketing materials from a number of members' businesses. 

Many people who visited the stall also took away an Open Overton Quiz, which was full of questions about this very website. Entries are due back today to Parnell Jordy and Harvey. We will announce the winner of the £25 shortly! Good luck to all entrants.

The Overton Scarecrow Festival was once again a wonderful community weekend and a great chance to invite more people to see all that this village has to offer.

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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: overtonnewsviews@hotmail.co.uk and to find all updates and related posts, search #PlasticFreeOverton on Facebook.

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