See the introduction to the campaign HERE.


The Torch Relay would benefit many more people in some of the most important villages and Whitchurch Town if it were to be brought through this more detailed route. It would be right and proper to bring the torch relay again through Whitchurch as it was in 1948.

— The Mayor of Whitchurch, Cllr Barry Jackman

Whitchurch Mayor, Cllr Barry Jackman

We think it would be wonderful for the children at Naomi House and jacksplace to witness the torch make its way past a place many think of as a home away from home.

— Keith Wilson, Naomi House

Torch campaign is supported by Naomi House & jacksplace

I applaud the local initiatives designed to make sure that as many people have access to the torch relay as possible.

— Rt Hon Sir George Young Bt, MP for North-West Hampshire

Sir George Young, MP

I saw the torch come through Whitchurch in 1948! I’ve signed the petition to bring it back again in 2012.

— Mrs. Christine Yeates of Whitchurch

Mrs. Christine Yeates saw the torch in 1948 (but Mr Christopher Yeates somehow missed it)

You can explore a map that shows the proposed local Torch Relay route by clicking HERE. A screenshot is to the right.

A proposed route for the Olympic Torch Relay that includes Whitchurch. For an interactive map visit

Specifically, it is proposed that: the Torch Relay should travel out of Basingstoke along the B3400 towards Whitchurch, passing Oakley, Deane, Overton, Laverstoke, and the rabbits at Watership Down in Freefolk beforehand.

It would head south out of Whitchurch, past our historic Silk Mill and under the A34, past Tufton and up to the B3400 again to turn at Hurstborne Priors. It would then head south through the villages of the Test Valley, like Longparish and Barton Stacey.

The route would then curve back across the A34 at Sutton Scotney and pass directly by Naomi House, where a lot of VERY excited children would cheer it on!

The torch would then head south to Kings Worthy via South Wonston.


Click icon above to obtain a full-size (pdf) version of the petition - return it to the Whitchurch Town Hall.

To make this happen, as many people – especially youth and students – along the proposed route need to make their views known to the organisers, LOCOG.

This is easily done by signing the petition that will be in shops and pubs around town, and at the Town Hall and Gill Nethercott Centre. Feel free to download a copy (right) and put copies in places you go to – just remember to get them returned to the Whitchurch Town Hall, RG28 7DW before Christmas!

Volunteers are needed to gather more signatures – say at schools, Youth Clubs, Scouts, various organisations, and perhaps even door-to-door. People in towns outside Whitchurch are encouraged to get involved too – the more the merrier, and the better our chances together!

In addition, you can emphasize your point by writing a letter direct to the organisers at LOCOG and to our MP at the addresses shown below.

Now add your voice to ours! Support the rural Hampshire route!

Here are the contact details for our local MP and for the London 2012 organising committee:

Sebastian Coe
London 2012
One Churchill Place
Canary Wharf, London
E14 5LN
Sir George Young
MP for North-West Hampshire
2 Church Close
Andover, Hampshire
SP10 1DP
LOCOG Contact Form

Feel free to download, print out, and distribute campaign material. Please ensure that all petition forms are returned to the Whitchurch Town Hall before Christmas. Our thanks to John Buckley for the design and creation of these posters and petition form.

Petition Form

Whitchurch Poster

Overton Poster

Sutton Scotney Poster

Oakley Poster

Laverstoke Poster

Hurstbourne Priors Poster

Wonston Poster

Longparish Poster

Barton Stacey Poster

Return signed petitions before Christmas to: Whitchurch Town Hall, Whitchurch, Hampshire, RG28 7DW