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The village boasts a playground for the younger generation, and for others the village has a cricket team, which plays on the old Roman encampment field, and the amateur Holybourne Theatre. For the more active, there is an extensive network of old footpaths that linked the local villages and farms running amongst the beautiful rolling fields and woodlands, which more often than not, still lead to another village and its local hostelry! Slightly further afield, within the Alton boundaries we have access to a very good sports centre, tennis, bowling, golf, skate boarding and a very successful rugby club plus a host of other activities including a local cinema.
For those with children in education, Holybourne has both a primary and secondary school and Alton provides a sixth-form college, plus there is a wide choice of private schools in the area. Holybourne also hosts The Lord Mayor Treloars College for the severely disabled, an internationally recognised college.
Apart from the city shopping centres within an hours drive, Alton provides a wide range of shops as well as two supermarkets and a weekly market.
The community is well served by an excellent health centre and a community hospital in Alton near the sports centre. Also near the centre is an excellent and respected Rehab unit founded with the help of the local doctors and communities. There are also several very good Dental practices in the area.
Within Holybourne we have the CofE Church of the Holy Rood and the Jehova's Witness Kingdom Hall, within Alton we have St Mary's Roman catholic Church, Alton Methodist church, Alton Evangelical Free church, a Quaker meeting house, Alton Baptist church, and the Salvation Army Hall.
As you may note from the history section, Holybourne itself is steeped in history. However, much of the history of this area has been determined by its proximity to the old Roman port of Chichester, being part of the diocese of Winchester, the ancient capital of Wessex, and close to today’s capital, London. Travel an hour away brings all of these cities within reach. Portsmouth with major attractions such as Admiral Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory; Henry VIII’s flagship, the Mary Rose, and the Naval and Submarine museums. Winchester with its Cathedral and King Arthur’s ‘Round Table’ and London, which needs no introduction! In the immediate vicinity we also find Jane Austen’s house, the Watercress Line, Selborne Hangar, the Gilbert White museum and the source of the tale of ‘Sweet Fanny Adams’.
Holybourne can boast of having:
- Extensive road links and a regular rail link directly to London Waterloo
- Broadband telecommunications, especially useful for those who prefer to work in the idyllic countryside.
- Schools from Andrews Endowed Primary, Eggar’s Secondary in Holybourne, and Amery Secondary and Alton College within a mile. There is also a wide choice of excellent quality private schools in the area from Lord Wandsworth to Bedales and Churchers in the Petersfield area.
- Recreation facilities from the local cricket club, Alton Rugby and football clubs and further facilities at the other end of Alton close to the well equipped sports centre.
- A wide variety of shops and stores that supply most of the town’s needs