Preserving our village environment

17th Century cottage

Explore Denmead’s Past

Denmead began as an isolated Saxon settlement in the Forest of Bere. It was originally called Denu Mead, meaning in small valley or meadow.

Some building date from the 15th century along with a few timber framed homes from the 17th.

Local place names such as Worlds End, Anmore, Kidmore, Furzeley Corner, Anthill and Barn Green hasten back to the days when they were tiny hamlets before joining up to become more of a village.

By 19th century the village was growing and included a windmill.

Barn Green corn mill

Please take a dander down Denmead way via our slideshow below and see how stunning our village is.

Book of Condolences

A message of thanks from Patricia Stallard:

“ Please extend my thanks for the beautiful Book of Condolences.  I have already read through the many comments and am overwhelmed by the outpouring of kind words and high regard for Neil.  I’m sure he would have been surprised because he never thought of himself as anything special, but to Denmead, his many friends and to me, he was very special indeed.

I will treasure these (words) always and they will be a constant reminder of an amazing man.

Thank you all so much.

Patricia “

Come and join us to celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2023. We have a few events planned – details later.

Pastures green …

Discover Our Village …

Pompey sailors encouraged the cockfighting for which Denmead was famous, but it was later disbanded due to local disapproval, although it was suspected that some carried on in secret locations.

The Old School building now hosts the Community Centre and Parish Council Offices.  All Saints Church cost £2000 to build in 1880.

After the war, particularly in the 1960s, Denmead witnessed rapid growth and many homes were built.

By 1973 a new school was opened to educate the local children as demand exceeded that available at School Lane.

DID YOU KNOW?

Creech Woods had a POW camp for Germans captured in Normandy during WWII. Please check out our book below!

The DVA Committee has been working hard this week to plan in an egg-citing activity for the young people in and around Denmead during Easter.

Try these at home using craft scraps, paint or felt tips.

Our Easter Egg Adventure …

April 1st may be April Fools’ Day, but you can come along to the Denmead Community Centre and use your imagination to decorate an egg in any design you like.

We will supply the eggs and felt tips.

Children are FREE and adults £2 each. Please bring one Easter egg per family to donate to the local Food Bank via the Church.

Refreshments available!

The DVA will raffle a large Easter Egg – come along and have fun designing and decorating your masterpiece.

All Saint’s Church

Experience What the DVA has to offer villagers

Since the 1970s many housing estates and small developments have expanded Denmead.

Over the years concern grew about retaining the village’s identity and there was a need to restrict too much development allowing Denmead to ‘grow’ into Waterlooville.

The Denmead Village Association was therefore established in 1973 to represent the villagers’ interest in planning, architecture, preservation of green and built up areas in the parish of Denmead. Also to liaise with appropriate statutory authorities in order to maintain Denmead’s village identity; and to defend the “Denmead Gap”.

e-mail to join us, please!

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dvatreasurer@btinternet.com

Denmead Village Green

Many thanks to Tony Jones and Graham May for the use of their village photographs.

THE DVA SUPPORTS THE FOLLOWING VILLAGE GROUPS

Our Open Event on Friday 20th January

After the Village update Neil organised a quiz about Denmead – what do you know about the local population or the Denmead Queen? Not the Waterlooville pub, but an old bus!