Virgin High Speed Broadband in the Test & Dunn Valley

Virgin Media

Chilbolton village has now gone live with the new Virgin Media (VM) FTTP network and residents of Chilbolton can now start to take up services from VM. This is obviously a major milestone in the quest for superfast broadband in the Test and Dun Valleys.

On Tuesday 4 September from 6.00pm – 8.30pm VM sales reps were in the Chilbolton Village Hall so that Chilbolton residents could sign up for a contract. There was a temporary fibre feed into the village hall that night to demonstrate the speeds available through this is exciting new network. While the event was primarily a sales event for Chilbolton, others were welcome to attend to see the fibre speeds in action and to talk to VM representatives.

VM will be hosting similar events in each village as they are released. Goodworth Clatford will be the next village to be released, hopefully followed by Wherwell and Kings Somborne at the end of September/early October. Michelmersh and Timsbury and Stockbridge, should all be live by the end of the year. 

Planning for the Phase II villages is well underway and it is hoped that part of the build will start in the 4th quarter this year. The website below will be kept up to date as villages go live and to report progress of the build.


King’sSombornes Secret Gardens

Click here for details POSTER A3 – Kings Somborne – open garden June 15 – 28 apr 15

The Crown is Reopening

After their enforced closure due to flooding, the Crown will be re-opening on Saturday 31st May at 5.30pm following a full refurbishment. Caroline Nokes MP will be on hand to do the honours and then the party can start! They will be serving BBQ food in the garden (if the weather is good) and local vocalist Cari Summer will be singing

Recent flooding in Test Valley – workshop for councillors Saturday 21 June 2014 – 9.30am to 12noon at King’s Somborne Village Hall

Leader of the Council, Councillor Ian Carr, has arranged for a workshop to take place in June for members to learn more about the role that councillors and communities can play in increasing local resilience to flooding. The workshop is particularly aimed at borough councillors. In addition, each parish council and local flood committee will be invited to send a representative to attend the event.

The workshop aims to learn from the recent floods by looking at the experiences of communities in the borough. In particular, we will look at the experiences of Shipton Bellinger and King’s Somborne, where local resilience plans were already in place. In addition, members of the County Council’s Emergency Planning team will be on hand to give advice about how to develop a local resilience plan. We will also use the workshop to receive feedback on the lessons that can be learnt for the future.

It is expected that representatives from the Environment Agency, Hampshire Fire and Rescue and Hampshire Constabulary will be in attendance. An invitation will also be extended to Southern Water. 

Collection of unwanted sandbags in Test Valley

Click here for collection details

King’s Somborne will Sparkle

Sparkle Day

Love Where You Live – Test Valley Borough Council’s litter campaign launched on 14 February 2011. The campaign aims to encourage everyone to help improve where they live and work in Test Valley. Residents have supported the campaign by becoming Community Litter Pickers and by arranging Community Clean Ups. Many environmental issues have been reported too by phone, text and email. Please see for more information.

As part of Love Where You Live, we have introduced ‘Sparkle Days’. We aim to hold at least 10 Sparkle Days across the Test Valley during the year. The purpose of this initiative is to add that extra bit of sparkle to an area.

A Sparkle Day will take place in Kings Somborne on Monday 25 February 2013. During the day many activities will be taking place, for instance roads and paths will be swept, signs will be cleaned and shrubs tidied etc. We will also be helping residents with any questions they may have on dealing with their waste and recycling.

Love Where You Live