It was decided back in the early 1990’s that Oakley & Deane Parish Council would produce some small items for sale as a means to advertise our work in the community. The first items that the Parish Council produced back in the early days were Tea-Towels designed by Audrey Moss-Bradnam (one of the councillors) notelets and our first walks leaflet. We are still selling the same design of tea-towels today although through the years we have changed the colours. The notelets also remain popular.
In November 1994 the book to celebrate the Parish Council’s centenary – 'Oakley – the last 100 years' written by Ros Blackman (a Councillor) and Sally Warner (the Parish Clerk) was published. The first 1,000 copies sold within two months and there are very few of the reprint available for sale now.
Since then the Parish Council have produced Greetings cards, Christmas cards, Millennium mugs in 2000, coasters depicting old Oakley and a set with modern photos, postcards, bookmarks, calendars which are popular as Christmas presents, Weekly Things To Do pads, Don’t Forget pads and shopping bags.
A second book based on the stories behind the names of the men appearing on our War Memorials in St Leonards Church, East Oakley Garden of Remembrance and in All Saints Church in Deane was co-written by Ros Blackman and Sally Warner with the help of Derek Burgess. It was published in 2012 and partially funded by a grant from Basingstoke and Deane Borough council.
Some items have been more popular than others, but all have met the criteria of advertising the village both at home and in the wider world.
For details of the current items for sale please contact the Clerk by telephone or email who will be pleased to help you.