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Citizens Advice: What is Disability Discrimination?

It is against the law to discriminate against disabled people in various areas of their lives. If disability discrimination takes place in any of the following situations, you may be able to take action about it:

There are some important areas where it is not against the law to discriminate against disabled people, for example, in access to public transport services.

Disability discrimination can either be direct or indirect.

Direct discrimination is where you are treated less favourably because of your disability than someone without a disability would be treated in the same circumstances.

Here is an example of direct discrimination because of disability:

A pub allows a family with a child who has cerebral palsy to drink in their beer garden but not in their family room.

The family with the disabled child is not given the same choices that other families have.

Indirect discrimination is where there is a rule, policy or practice which seems to apply equally to everyone, but which actually puts disabled people at an unfair disadvantage compared with people who aren't disabled.

Here is an example of indirect discrimination:

A local authority produces an information leaflet about its services for local people. In order to save money it does not produce an easy-to-read version of the leaflet.

This would make it more difficult for someone with a learning disability to access the services and could amount to indirect discrimination.

Sometimes, it is possible to justify the rule, policy or practice that puts disabled people at a disadvantage. For example, there could be a health and safety reason, or an unavoidable business reason. Where this is the case, it won't count as discrimination.

If you have a problem concerning discrimination or any other matter, please contact us to see how we can help.

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The Camrose Centre welcomes extra funding

The Camrose Centre for the Homeless and Vulnerably Housed is delighted to announce its continued financial support from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. The Council grant means Friday sessions at the Centre are fully funded; and Sunday sessions can continue for at least the next twelve months thanks to match-funding from one other grant giving organisation.

Mike Browning, Chair of Trustees at The Camrose Centre said “while food and clothing donations are very much appreciated by our clients, the financial support we receive enables us to continue giving the service we give. It gives great encouragement to our wonderful staff and volunteers to know they have the backing of those around them".

Kate Randall, Head of Housing and Social Inclusion for the Council commented, “the services and support provided at The Camrose Centre are a vital part of our joined-up partnership plan to eradicate rough sleeping.”

The Centre opens for up to four hours, four days a week and offers hot food, shelter, a shower, clothing, food packs and toiletries. Importantly, it offers a compassionate listening ear from staff and volunteers who help their clients to get out of the affliction that is homelessness.

As well as the practical and emotional support it offers, the Centre also hosts activities including hairdressing, foot care, GP and Mental Health professionals, housing services and a therapeutic art project which are provided by other members of the Social Inclusion Partnership.

Mike adds "We still need to raise £36,000 this financial year to maintain service on Tuesdays and Thursdays and donations are always welcome.”

To help support The Camrose Centre please visit

Whitchurch Silk Mill

Mill Café up for an Award

We were surprised and delighted to be nominated as a finalist for the Museum Café of the Year Award. This is a testament to all the hard work our team of Mill Hosts have put into making the café a go-to destination for locals as well as providing appealing refreshments for the Mill’s visitors. The other nominees will be stiff competition but we’re happy to be in their classy company: Manchester Jewish Museum, English Heritage’s Stonehenge café, Kiplin Hall in Yorkshire and the Black Watch Castle and Museum. The winner will be announced at a ceremony on 11 May and some of our team will attend.

New Podcasts

Our podcast series launched in February across all our social media platforms. It follows the fascinating journey from thread to woven cloth at the Mill, focussing on the weaving process, our efforts to preserve traditional silk weaving skills and our design process. All episodes will include chats with the weavers/tacklers and interviews from experts on the wider topics of weaving and silk, sustainable textiles, and how silk made at the Mill is used.

Fifties Fete, Friday 3 June, 12 – 4 pm

Take a step back to the 1950s at the Silk Mill’s Fifties Fete. Historical interpreters Pedlars and Petticoats will be bringing history to life, performing in character throughout the afternoon, and there will be live music, games and entertainment to enjoy. We’re offering free entry to this fun community event.

Friends Membership

With Whitchurch Silk Mill Friends membership, you can enjoy:

  • unlimited entry to the Mill for a year
  • a year’s free entry to all exhibitions and selected events with Friends exclusive private viewing
  • a Friends café loyalty card
  • the Mill’s annual garden party and more

Basingstoke u3a

There are over 50 groups in our U3A, all meeting regularly to enjoy different things together, and coming together monthly, usually for a light-hearted presentation on a wide range of subjects. (Currently membership fee March – 31 August £25)

We’re keen to make sure we meet the interests of our members. So several of us came together in Lychpit recently to have a good chat about our future and how we can continue to run the activities our members want. It was great to hear everyone exchanging ideas with friends they don’t see quite so often. One idea was to start a Home Maintenance Group! Let’s see if we can find a Group Leader to take this one on.

Some members brought a friend to see what’s on offer before joining. More get-togethers like this are being planned.

What’s on offer

We offer sports to enjoy such as football, cycling, table tennis and badminton - to name but a few. Others dance, sing, or garden - yet others enjoy a wide range of games from quizzing to scrabble, bridge to skittles. And our creative members write, paint, photograph, sew, knit and arrange flowers together.

However, many of our members have more academic interests to learn a new language (French, German, Spanish or Latin anyone?) or work on their Family History together. Others like nothing better than a good debate. We really do offer a good range of learning if you want it - Science & Technology, the Environment, Philosophy, Art History, Biography, Film Studies, History and Poetry at present. If you have a different special interest, we can try to help you set up a new group of your own - that’s what our U3a is all about: For Members by Members. Come and enjoy summer with us!

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 07787 520 281

Basingstoke Civil Service Retirement Fellowship

The speaker this month was Daniel Cowling who is Headteacher at Oak Wood School in Uxbridge where he took up his position in April 2020. He had titled his talk Getting to Good – A School’s Journey and went on to explain that when he arrived at the school it was OFSTED rated as 'Requires Improvement'. It is an 11–18 mixed comprehensive Foundation School with at present 1094 pupils, including 84 Sixth Form Students, and nearly 200 staff. He gave an outline of his own journey to becoming a Headteacher and then gave details of the measures being taken to ensure that at the next OFSTED inspection the school would receive a ‘Good' rating. After giving an insight of the problems faced from having a diverse catchment area, with a higher than average number of children having special needs or not having English as their first language, he explained the challenges that were faced in introducing these measures. After two years progress was being made with better pupil behaviour and attitude, an improved curriculum and a fully committed teaching staff. All of this was being done with the aim of providing the best possible education to the children to equip them with the skills and ambition to succeed in life through the school motto “We Dream, We Learn, We Grow.”

The group’s next outing will be to Hatfield House on Thursday 19 May and then on Thursday 14 June there is a Cruise on the Thames from Runnymede with, lunch included, followed on Thursday 14 July by a visit to Hever Castle.

A collection at the meeting raised £206 for the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

The next meeting is on 4 May when the speaker will be Terri Reid with a talk titled Putting Your Best Foot Forward. The group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at Brookvale Village Hall from 10 am to 12 noon and all retired Civil Servants, their relatives and friends are welcome. Further details about the group and information about our meetings and trips can be obtained by contacting [email protected]

David Cowling

Probus Hears About Creatures Great and Small

Stephen Thair, the speaker at the Probus Club of Basingstoke sought to air his concerns about the way our planet is headed.

The speaker cited many reasons for changes in the world’s ecology. Some UK plants flower a month earlier than decades ago before bees have emerged to pollinate them. Housing developments need to be neutral in water usage to overcome the impact on the environment. The RSPB calculates that in the last 50 years, from 1972, this country has lost over 38 million birds.

Nevertheless, there has been progress on several fronts. The International Whaling Commission set catch limits to preserve stocks. In 2020 only Japan and Norway were whaling commercially. Today whale watching has become a tourist activity.

Cod stocks off Newfoundland are at 10% of the level seen in 1960. Herrings, around Britain, are now said to be in good numbers following a ban from 1977 – 1983. Tins of Tuna claim that the contents have been caught by lines rather than by nets.

Tequila fish were extinct in Mexico. They have been reintroduced after being bred in an aquarium at Chester Zoo. Rewilding in West Sussex has seen the return of Nightingales, Turtle Doves and breeding White Storks. Last year 72 pairs of Common Crane fledged 40 chicks with the result that today there are more than in the 17th Century.

Tropical rainforests, the lungs of the world, are subject to extensive logging. Deforestation of biodiverse forests takes place in some parts to grow palm trees for their oil.

The UN COP-15 biodiversity conference is planned for August in China. The aim is to make 30% of the Earth’s land and seas to be protected areas by 2030. Of twenty goals set at a similar conference in 2010, to be achieved by 2020, none have been fully met.

The pressure is on us all to do something to bring these targets back on track. Time is running out.

Concert: A Celebration of English Composers

The Anvil, Basingstoke - Saturday 25 June, 7:45 pm

A concert to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The programme features popular works by Parry, Handel, Walton and Vaughan Williams. It includes Elgar’s Cello Concerto, and the first performance of Dover Beach by local composer David Lucas.

Piano soloist: Mark Kinkaid

New London Sinfonia conducted by David Gibson

Tickets from £14 - Box Office 01256 844244 -