AN Alresford pub has been handed a new four-out-of-five food hygiene rating. The Cricketers pub in Jacklyns Lane, which boasts “home cooked food all prepared from scratch” on its website, was given the score after an assessment on March 10 by the Food Standards Agency. Inspectors rated the pub ‘good’ for its management of food safety and food handling, further finding the cleanliness and condition of the facilities and building ‘generally satisfactory’. It means that of Winchester’s 103 pubs, bars and nightclubs with ratings, 87 (84 per cent) have ratings of five and none are rated zero.

A REMINDER that the Ropley History Network and Archive is moving the time and place for its workshops. They will now be held in the parish hall’s back meeting room every Thursday between 2-4pm. In a Facebook post the group said: “A big thank you so much to Ropley coffee room for the use of their great facilities while we located a venue that would be able to store our new archive equipment. “Please come along and meet us. Get involved - help with the building of our online archive, contribute documents and photos - or just for a friendly chat about your local history.”

PLANS are being considered for solar panels on the aptly-named Sun Cottage in Cheriton. Mr G North has applied for permission from the city council for the panels on his house and garage on Alresford Road.

LOCAL drinking water providers have been inviting residents to have their say on improvements to the Candover Stream and the Upper River Wey. The work, funded by South East Water and Southern Water, has focused on invertebrates, such as white-clawed crayfish and southern damselfly. As part of their investigation work, they are consulting landowners and environmental stakeholders on potential options for habitat improvements Representatives from both organisations have held public information sessions including at The Yard café, Chilton Manor Farm, Chilton Candover, near Alresford. Debbie Wilkinson, groundwater manager for South East Water, said: “We both provide drinking water to Hampshire residents, but the water originates in different sources for each company. “It’s really important to us that we take into account the views of local residents, landowners and other representatives about this project so we can be sure that the water we use to produce drinking water does not negatively impact the environment.” “We have a long history of protecting the environment we work within, we rely on the health of rivers and groundwater aquifers like these to produce top-quality drinking water to 2.2 million people across the South East.” For more information visit southeastwater.co.uk/rivers. There is no need to book the events, just drop in.

ALRESFORD Town Council has produced a booklet of eight maps of walks around the town. The walks all start from Arlebury Park and vary in length from 11.2 to 4.5 miles. The town is on or close to nine long-distance paths including Pilgrims Way, St Swithun’s Way, Itchen Way and South Downs Way. The booklet is available from the council offices at Arlebury Park