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Link Magazine

Link is the community magazine for the villages of Oakley, Deane, Malshanger and Wootton St Lawrence. 

The new Link is being delivered free, to every house in the villages of Oakley, Deane, Newfound, Malshanger and Wootton St Lawrence, from August 2020. If you haven’t received your copy, please contact our distribution manager, [email protected], with your address.

If you prefer to download the latest issue click on the link below.

Please send anything you would like to be considered for the November 2020 Link to [email protected] by Monday 10 October.

Articles from October 2020 Link

Basingstoke & District Disability Forum (BDDF) your local adult disability charity


BDDF quickly responded to lockdown by moving our services on-line. We focused efforts on tackling isolation for our members by providing support virtually. Offering both weekly coffee & chat and chair yoga sessions. 

We also continued to provide our signposting activities which help those with disability related queries.

BDDF are slowly reintroducing face to face yoga, whilst continuing the online sessions – both are free to attend. 

We are also exited to announce our brand NEW weekly Walking Group which again is free to attend, open to all abilities and strictly follows Government group guidelines. Funded by ‘Energise Me’ these social walks are already being thoroughly enjoyed by our members, an opportunity to make new connections whilst getting exercise and fresh air.

Our next annual disability information day will take place in The Malls shopping centre on Friday 26 March 2021. If you are a local disability service or business operating in Basingstoke and are interested in exhibiting do get in touch.

Over the summer BDDF organised Chineham and Sherfield Park’s first ever Scarecrow Trail. With 5 awards all voted for by the public, the community spirit shone and competition for the coveted title of ‘best in show’ was fierce with 91 displays all based around the theme of books.

Our local charity partner for 2020 was the incredible Sebastian’s Action Trust who support children and the families of children with life limiting and life-threatening illnesses. 

We are so grateful to everyone who supported, entered a scarecrow, sponsored and donated raffle prizes and of course our volunteers. Thanks to you all it was a huge success raising over £5k. 

The feedback suggests we would be welcomed back. We plan to reach out in the new year to seek volunteers to be part of the 2021 organising committee. 

We will always find a way to continue supporting the disabled people in our community. Currently our offerings include weekly virtual Chair Yoga & meditation, Walking Clubs, and Online Signposting and Support groups. 

We would love to hear from you whether you have feedback, ideas on how we can best serve our disabled community or if you would like more information on our current services – become a member of our BDDF community follow us on Facebook @BDDForum; email us [email protected] or call 01256 423869.

Amanda Knowles