Oakley, Hampshire


Oakley, Hampshire

Coordinates: 51°15′03″N 1°10′35″W / 51.25095°N 1.17639°W / 51.25095; -1.17639

Oakley
Beach Arms Hotel at Oakley near Basingstoke - geograph.org.uk - 73160.jpg
Beach Arms Hotel
Oakley is located in Hampshire
Oakley

 Oakley shown within Hampshire
Population 5,322 
OS grid reference 575???
    - London  48 miles 
District Basingstoke and Deane
Shire county Hampshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BASINGSTOKE
Postcode district RG23
Dialling code 01256
Police Hampshire
Fire Hampshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Basingstoke and Deane
List of places: UK • England • Hampshire

Oakley is a semi-rural affluent large village and parish situated 8 km (5.0 mi) west of the large town, Basingstoke, Hampshire, England. In the 2001 census it had a population of 5,322, verging on 'minor town' status. The village was recorded and mentioned in the Domesday book. The village is popular with middle-class professionals working in London, and boasts some picturesque countryside.

Oakley is divided into two districts, namely East Oakley and Church Oakley. It sits on chalkland.[1] Its village magazine, Link, is published monthly.

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Education and worship

Oakley has two linked educational facilities: Oakley Church of England Junior school and Oakley Infant school, both of which have consistently achieved 'Outstanding' ratings in OFSTED inspections. Oakley also contains a small Methodist church, an Anglican church (St John's) and the ancient Anglican church, St Leonard's.

Pupils of Oakley CE Junior School also won a BBC learning competition, to create a Doctor Who mini-adventure. Their winning adventure was entitled "Death Is the Only Answer".[2]

Facilities

In the centre of the village is a duck pond surrounded by attractive thatched dwellings. The duck pond is inhabited by mallard ducks and coots. Unfortunately Oakley does not have all the facilities that would be expected of a village of its size: a surgery (very limited hours since April 2006), a convenience store, a veterinary surgery, four parks, a dentist and two public houses, the 'Barley Mow' and 'The Beach Arms'. A coffee shop 'Buttercups Cafe' was a recent addition to the village, as well as a local window-cleaner http://www.oakleywindowcleaning.co.uk. Its railway station, originally on the West of England Main Line closed in 1963.[3] Situated to the west of the village is Oakley Hall, an 18th century Georgian manor that is now used for corporate events.[4]

Sports

Oakley's public sporting facilities include a football pitch (Peter Houseman field), several fields, two tarmac tennis courts, and a set of skateboard ramps. Oakley has many children's football clubs plus adult rugby, table tennis, cricket, tennis and football clubs.

Oakley Cricket Club

Oakley Cricket Club was founded in 1849; OCC's grounds are at Oakley Park, where, on June 11, 1961, the Hampshire cricketer Roy Marshall captained a team for a benefit match. This team, which won the match with 246 runs, also included Arthur Milton and Cliff Michelmore.

OCC's three youth teams are known as the 'Colts'.

Oakley Football Club

Oakley Football Club was founded in 1967 by the Chelsea FC footballer, Peter Houseman. The aims stated by Oakley FC are to enjoy their football, and encourage boys and girls to take part from all ages and abilities.

Oakley Tennis Club

Oakley Tennis Club has four hard courts.

Oakley and Deane Parish Council

Oakley Parish Council was formed in 1894. In 1966 the East Oakley ward of Wootton St Lawrence became part of the parish[5] and in 1976 the Deane Parish Meeting also joined the council, at which point it became known as Oakley and Deane Parish Council. The current chairman of the council is John Strawbridge.[1]

External links

The Guardian, Saturday 24 March 2007, Oliver Burkeman The happiest village in Britain

References

  1. ^ a b Parish Council
  2. ^ "BBC announces one-off mini-episode of Doctor Who" (Press release). BBC Press Office. 24 August 2011. http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2011/08_august/24/who.shtml. Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Old Hampshire Gazetteer, Oakley Station, Oakley
  4. ^ Oakley Hall
  5. ^ "Oakley and Deane parish council - history". http://www.oakleydeane-pc.gov.uk/council/. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 

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