Kingsclere Parish Council
Kingsclere Parish Council is running a poster competition from 1st November 2019 to 8th January 2020.
We're after creative, eye catching and friendly posters to encourage dog owners to pick up after their dogs to help keep our parish clean and tidy.
This competition is open to children aged 5-14 years with three age categories: 5-7; 8-10 & 11-14. 1st place prizes available for each category and winning designs will be made into signs and installed around the parish.
To enter: download and print off the poster template below, use it to create a wonderful poster design, ask a parent or guardian to fill in the form on the back and drop your design into the Parish Office. Alternatively, paper copies of the template are available in the Parish Office; just pop in and ask for one!
Kingsclere is a great community which benefits from a long-established, friendly village culture and many local organisations and volunteer groups.
Much of the village is a designated conservation area, with 68 listed buildings plus 38 more throughout the remainder of the Parish. The buildings are listed as being of special, architectural or historic interest; testament to the fact that there has been a prosperous village on the site since Medieval times. Prehistoric settlers were the first to enjoy the superb location, with chalk hills and springs making it an ideal defensive settlement. You can still see their ancient hill forts at Brecon Hill and Ladle Hill, and there are many earthworks in the area.
The use of the name 'Kingsclere' began in the 13th century, probably because of the village's long association with the Kings of England - from Alfred in the 9th century, to King John. Kingsclere was en route to Freemantle Park, the royal hunting estate, which existed until the 17th century.
The historic street pattern, based on St Mary's Church and Old Market Square still exists, with the main streets leading to Basingstoke, Newbury, Overton and Whitchurch.
Although the village is steeped in history, Kingsclere has managed to keep pace with the demands of the modern world without losing its integrity, and is a very desirable place to put down roots.
The village has a selection of local shops and businesses, healthcare services, a primary school and varied outdoor facilities. It also has an extensive network of green lanes and paths, glades and the Kingsclere stream. Treasured areas known by the villagers, such as 'the rec.', 'the ducks' and 'shepherds steps' are usually overlooked by the casual visitor, but add greatly to village life.
There are two Christian churches, Kingsclere Methodist Church and Saint Mary's Anglican Church.
Local facilities include the village club, the Holding field and the Fieldgate Centre which lies on the outskirts of the village and adjoins the rugby and football grounds. The centre was built in 1996 at a cost of £1.6 million.
The parish council meets in the village club monthly, except for August and December.