Clubs & Societies

To include or change an entry, please send details to the clerk including contact name and phone number, a brief paragraph describing the club and its activities plus any email or website addresses.


Old Basing Archers
Chairman: Geoff McCann
Club Secretary: Andy Caine, 07972 368402 or email

Old Basing Archers, founded in 1967, is dedicated to the promotion of archery as a family recreation and currently has approximately 100 shooting members. The club is affiliated to the Hampshire Archery Association, Southern Counties Archery Society and Archery GB (the governing body for target archery in the UK). It meets year-round every weekend at its range on Old Basing Recreation Ground and, during the summer months, on many weekday evenings. During the winter it shoots on Wednesday evenings indoors at Old Basing Village Hall. It also shoots indoors on Sunday afternoons at The Hampshire Court, Chineham.


Old Basing Bowling Club
Chairman: Maurice Bates
Club Secretary: Stella Hayden

Bowls is a game for all ages, and fun for anyone aged between 11 and 90.

Free trial sessions – all equipment provided – just bring a pair of flat shoes or trainers.

Old Basing Short Mat Bowling Club
Sheena Grassi 01256 363178
Every Wednesday at the Old Basing Village Hall, from 3.30pm - 6.00pm 


Old Basing Cricket Club
Chairman: Nick Cooper
Secretary: Gavin Jackson
Clubhouse Manager: John Huntingdon

Cricket Club logoOld Basing Cricket Club, which in 2015 celebrated its Bicentenary, is set in the heart Old Basing and offers enviable facilities, an excellent and recently upgraded clubhouse with full bar, function space, kitchen, changing rooms and extensive parking.

The Club offers cricket for all ages and abilities, and welcomes new members, playing or social, throughout the year

OBCC currently run 3 'League' teams:
  • 1st XI will play in the Hampshire Cricket League 1 for the 2019 season following promotion in 2018
  • 2nd XI will play in Hampshire League County Division Four North for the 2019 season
  • 3rd XI will play in Hampshire League Regional Division 1 North East for the 2019 season
The club runs an extremely strong Colts section across 4 age groups:
Under 9; Under 11; Under 13 and Under 15. 
Old Basing Lawn Tennis Club
: Nigel Hatt (
Secretary: Deepanshu Srivastava (

Old Basing Tennis Club is an active and friendly club in a delightful setting with over 100 members. The Club is located on Riley Lane on the left hand side opposite the allotments. As well as participating in the local league, the Club holds several club sessions a week, runs tournaments and organises a variety of social events throughout the summer and winter.

Coaching is also available should you wish to brush up on your tennis, and facilities include four newly resurfaced and painted hard courts and a club-house with kitchen, toilet and changing facilities.

Courts can be booked up to two days in advance through the website (click here for a direct link to the bookings page). Payment for a court will prompt an email to be sent with details of the court access code and guidelines which must be followed.

We always welcome new members so if you would like to visit the Club for a chat and a few hits, please contact the Chairman.



Old Basing Recreation Ground has two football pitches – one full size adult pitch and a junior pitch and currently plays host to 5 teams. In addition to the two pitches, the Pavilion has showers and changing facilities for both home and away teams with a separate referee’s facility plus a tea room with kitchen facilities.

Teams wishing to hire these facilities should contact the Parish Office on 01256 462847 or by emailing

Further information can be obtained from the Grounds & Facilities Manager, Stephen Richardson, on 07968 798605 or by emailing




Basingstoke Canal Society

Chairman: Philip Riley
Secretary: Terry Inskip
General enquiries: 07817-897446 (please leave a message),
or by email to

As the guardian of the Basingstoke Canal, the Society promotes and campaigns for the sustainable future of the Canal as a navigation. Through the John Pinkerton Canal Cruises operation, it also raises money which is used to fund maintenance and improvement works undertaken by Society voluntary work parties. Although the canal no longer reaches Basingstoke, the Society is proposing the creation of a footpath from the current head of navigation to Basingstoke town centre following most of the original line of the canal

Old Basing Allotment & Garden Society (OBAGS)

Old Basing Allotment & Garden Society (OBAGS) was founded in 1977. It aims to help meet the gardening needs of allotment holders and gardeners in the Old Basing and Lychpit area.
Membership is open to those living outside the Parish who wish to join.

OBAGS maintain trading huts at the Riley Lane allotments which are open to members only between 10.30am and 12 noon on most Sundays throughout the year. A full opening schedule is available on the OBAGS website and is displayed on the hut door. There is a range of commonly used composts, soil improvers, fertilisers, lawn improvers and garden ancillaries available at competitive prices.

A plant sale is held every year, usually in May, which is open to members and to the public. All plants are donated by members and the proceeds go towards keep the trading huts in good condition.

Membership is currently £5 per annum and includes affiliation to the National Association of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners and those interest can join at the trading huts on a Sunday.

OBAGS organize social events such as picnics and RHA garden visits throughout the year. For more information please visit

Neighbourhood Watch

If you would like to become a Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator contact Brian Adams (Police volunteer, Basingstoke Police Station) or Tony Tuck (Chairman, Basingstoke & Deane Neighbourhood Watch Association) 


Millfield Conservation Group

Millfield Conservation GroupThe Mill Field is a 38 hectare Local Nature Reserve lying between Old Basing and Lychpit on the east side of Basingstoke and is used daily by young families (children's play area), teens (skateboard ramp), walkers, and is a particular favourite of dog walkers from the district.

To join the team of volunteers that manage this site contact

See our Facebook page Mill Field Conservation Group for more photos.

Old Basing Carnival Committee

Chairman: Joe Croombs 07768 032936

Old Basing W.I.

The Old Basing WI meets on the first Tuesday of each month in the Parish Rooms at St Mary’s Church, Old Basing at 7.30 pm, where we usually have a speaker or other entertainment. We are a thriving, active, friendly and inclusive group of over 40 Members and we celebrated our centenary in 2019. We run a range of activities to suit everyone including a monthly craft group, a walking group, trips to local theatre productions, a weekly coffee morning at a local garden centre, and a monthly lunch at a local pub. We also take part in many Village activities such as the Carnival, the Remembrance Day Service and the Christmas Fayre at Basing House. New members are always made most welcome. If you would like to find out more, then email our President at . Alternatively, visit and select Old Basing from the list under WI’s at the top of the page.

Coffee at the Garden Centre

NWR (A Discussion Group for Women)

Meetings are friendly and informal, usually in a member’s home, either during the afternoon or on the occasional evening. To find out more about NWR visit or to learn more about the Old Basing group contact Diane Hope on 01256 325554 or email or Evelyn on 01256 816636 email

North Hampshire Ramblers Group

This group is part of the Ramblers Association and walks mainly in Hampshire. The group walks on Tuesdays and Saturdays covering areas in and around Basingstoke and further afield. In addition to walks the group is involved in checking paths, signage and stiles, reporting problems and often carrying out repairs and clearance work. Various social activities are also held throughout the year.

For further information about the North Hampshire group check

Old Basing Royal British Legion

Situated in Crown Lane, Old Basing
Secretary: 01256 473047

The Women’s Section meets every fourth Thursday monthly and activities include guest speakers, outings and fundraising events.

Old Basing Ivy Club

Contact: Sue Wilson Chairman 01256 328196

 A club for over 60’s meeting in the Royal British Legion, Old Basing.

Old Basing & Lychpit Good Neighbours

The group was launched in 2016 to enable local people to help and connect with each other. To find out more about the group or to volunteer check the website or email or call Sue Wilson 01256 328196.

Basing Art Group

Contact: Mrs S Hobbs 01256 322246

Basing Singers

Contact: Mike Jackson 01256 468351

Lychpit Ladies Group & Lychpit 1st Friday Coffee Morning

Contact: Norma Tarling on 01256 818534

Hobbies, Activities & Pastimes


Old Basing Allotment & Garden Society (OBAGS)
Chairman: Tracey Braybrook  Vice Chairman: Les Orvis
OBAGS organize social events such as picnics and RHA garden visits throughout the year.
For more information please go to their website


Basing Art Group
Contact: Mrs S Hobbs, 01256 322246


Basing Singers

Contact: Mike Jackson, 01256 468351


Basingstoke Camera Club


Basingstoke Camera Club (BCC) is an active and long-established club for the promotion, encouragement and enjoyment of all branches of photography. We are a lively and thriving club supporting photographers of all levels from beginner to expert who all share a passion for creating wonderful images. The membership covers a wide range of ages, backgrounds and photographic interests.

Almost everyone enjoys taking photographs these days. However, if you want to develop your skills and take more satisfying photographs, joining a camera club is an excellent step. New members are always very welcome in BCC; come along to a couple of meetings and sample what we have to offer before you decide whether to join.

You don't have to be an 'Expert Photographer' to be welcomed as a member of BCC. All you need is an interest in photography. Our aim is to encourage you to develop your interest and skills, as well as to provide a place to meet a range of friendly people who share your interest. The only equipment you will need is a camera, any camera, and a real interest in taking pictures with it. Nowadays all cameras, from smartphones up to the more expensive cameras for enthusiasts, can take excellent images if you understand how to make best use of what you have. There is a lot of practical help at hand; most members are only too happy to share their expertise.

The Club runs a programme of talks, competitions, practical sessions, outings and social events, with regular weekly meetings from September to May. We meet at Oakridge West Community Centre Thursdays at 7:45. For more details please visit our website.


Basingclog Morris Dancers
Basingclog Morris Dancers meet Tuesdays at 8 p.m. in Sherfield on Loddon village hall, RG27 0EZ.

We dance in the North West Clog style from the mill towns of Lancashire and Yorkshire, and we have both men and women dancers — so everyone is welcome.
Wear trainers!
Telephone: 01256 397886

Wine & Beer

Old Basing Wine & Beer Circle
Contact: Mrs W Thomas, 01256 471275 


National Garden Scheme

Access the online NGS Hampshire booklet for 2021 by clicking here.


Support & Parish Groups

Friends of Basingfield Court

Contact: Mrs S Wilson, 01256 328196

Friends of Basing House

Contact: Mrs H Worgan, 01256 477618

The Friends of St. Marys Church Old Basing

The Friends are a community based organisation focused on raising money to help maintain the fabric of our historic church.

Contact: Mr. I Kershaw  01256 355500 

Churchyard Conservation Group (PIOCC)

This is a community project not just for Church goers with regular working parties (no experience needed) throughout the year.  We manage the area for the benefit of wildlife and local people. The Conservation Area is a community space for everyone to enjoy.

Contact: Tim Carr


Old Basing Local History Group

Contact: Alison Williams, 01256 466237


The Mill Field Conservation Group

Contact: Anne Francis, 07974 944439

This friendly group manages the Mill Field (a Local Nature Reserve between Old Basing and Lychpit) for the benefit of wildlife and to involve the local community. Work parties are held mostly during the winter and wildlife spotting in the summer. All welcome, no experience necessary.

Old Basing and Lychpit Neighbourhood Watch

Contact: Tony Tuck, 01256 321242.

Local Police

WPC Tracey Read or PCSO Lauren Miller
Contact: Police/Crimestoppers/Emergencies 0845 045 4545 or 999


Pre-School Groups

Basing Beans Toddler Group

Basing Beans runs on Tuesdays from 10.00 to 11.30 at the Lychpit Community Hall, Lychpit.  The session costs £2 for up to two children, and £1 for each additional child.  We have a separated area for babies and crawlers, and main area for walkers.   Each session includes a craft, story and song time as well as refreshments, biscuits and adult chat!

Basing Beans is a committee-run, not for profit playgroup that operates for the benefit of its users.  Offers of support are always welcome, whether on an ad hoc basis or more regularly.  If you'd like to volunteer in any capacity, or find out more, you can speak to us informally during a session or contact us on Facebook.


Old Basing Village Nursery School

Old Basing Village Nursery School is an Ofsted Registered Early Years Setting for pre-school children aged from 2 years to 5 years; run by a fully qualified primary school teacher and situated within the beautiful surroundings of the Old Basing Village Hall.

Our indoor space comprises of two rooms which are light and spacious where children can fully explore the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Our inside space is set out in the following zones; role play, curiosity, quiet area, creative area and small world and our children explore the areas freely at their own pace. Our highly skilled practitioners use 'in the moment' planning to observe and interact with the children using their interests and development areas as a starting point for teaching. Outside, we have a large, natural garden adjacent to Oliver's Battery Nature reserve where the children can explore our construction area, mud kitchens, wooden climbing frame, slide, den building area and bug hotel.

We take our inspiration from Maria Montessori and Fredrick Froebel but do not operate with one sole theorist in mind; instead, we use our experience as practitioners to select ideas that work for the children in our care and to help to nurture them as they develop within an environment that meets their emerging needs as well as to meet the requirements for the Statutory Early Year's Curriculum. At Old Basing Village Nursery School the child is at the heart of all we do - that's why we pride ourselves on our highly reflective approach, parent partnerships and well-considered, ever-evolving environment.

We do operate a waiting list system therefore early enquiries are encouraged. Please don't take our word for it - come and see for yourself and book a visit by contacting owner manager Victoria on 07557642510 or via email

Bolton Under 5's Pre-School

The Beddington Centre on Riley Lane is the home of Bolton under 5s Preschool in Old Basing, providing a fun, caring and engaging Early Years education to children from aged 2 ½ years old.
Set in beautiful surroundings alongside the Recreation Grounds, the preschool has large secure gardens to the front and rear providing hours of enjoyment all year around. The rear garden has many features to enhance the children’s learning experiences and enjoyment; raised planting beds allow them to learn about where their food comes from, and how it grows, and our large sand pit provides a multitude of Mathematical learning opportunities whilst having lots of fun with their friends.

We have a sensory garden area where the children can explore their senses with beautiful fragrant smells and different textures to walk or climb on, with our wooden playhouse providing the perfect place for the children to take a break.
In 2016, our parent led committee raised funds to erect an all-weather shelter across the patio area of the rear garden, giving us further opportunities for outdoor learning and play during the wet and windy seasons.

We pride ourselves on being a family focussed preschool, welcoming parents and family members into preschool to read stories, bake, or get actively involved in our Management or Fundraising Committees.

Our fantastic team of highly skilled Early Years Practitioners deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum through interests led by the children. We are very proud of the progress the children make during their time with us, and have close relationships with Old Basing Infant school to ensure that all children meet their milestones, with many exceeding them, before they make their next step up to Reception class.

We can support children with Special Education Needs and English as a second language. We have many child friendly strategies in place to support children with their confidence and communication skills; small listening and speaking groups and emotions cards that the children use to communicate their feelings.
We provide 15 hours of free government funding for all 3 year olds, and workplace childcare vouchers are also accepted from all voucher providers.
We currently have spaces available for children to start immediately - to enquire or arrange a visit, please call 07881 920709.