1. Stansted House
The house has reopened until the end of September – for Sunday, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday. 1pm – 5pm (last admission 4pm). Visitors can explore the state rooms furnished as though the 10th Earl was still at home, giving a real sense of a bygone era, including the extensive Servants’ Quarters below stairs. A new exhibition of Ponsonby family memorabilia from the Victorian era has recently been opened.
2. Proposals for a new reservoir
The proposals for a new reservoir in Havant Thicket, submitted by Portsmouth Water Company, have taken a step closer. They have received Planning permission from the two local authorities concerned – Havant Borough Council and East Hampshire District Council.
The scheme will provide greater resilience for water supplies. It will also relieve pressure for extractions from Hampshire’s chalk streams. It is expected to cost £120 million and take nine years to complete – by 2029. More information is available on the Portsmouth Water Company’s Website
Editorial: this issue of the RCHC Website ‘News’ was updated in August 2021