Welcome to Hyde900

Hyde900 is a community project in Winchester, Hampshire, to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the founding of Hyde Abbey. For more details see the "What is Hyde900?" page.

W2W Cycle Ride, 10am, Sunday 19th July

Now in its 8th year, the W2W is a 53-mile cycle ride from Wantage in Oxfordshire to Winchester in Hampshire, starting in the birthplace of King Alfred the Great and finishing at his final resting place.

Along the way, you travel along quiet country lanes along the Vale of the White Horse, over the Marlborough Downs, across the Thames valley and over the North Hampshire Downs, then enjoy miles of easy cycling through the sleepy villages of the Bourne valley.

The ride is non-competitive. We provide directions, signs and marshals to keep you on track and refreshments en route and at the end. Entry is £7 for Hyde900 members or £10 for non-members.

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In April and May Hyde900 will once again put the spotlight on four local residents in Hyde in Conversation, a series of in-depth analyses and discussions of their lives and work. In front of attentive audiences in Hyde Parish Hall, General Sir Anthony Walker, Helen Corcoran, Andy Tucker and kevin Ashman will undergo in-depth questioning from interviewers Bill Lucas, Edward Fennell, Rose Burns and Alison Royall about their life and their careers.

More information and booking details will follow shortly.

Helmetcleang5Under the auspices of Hyde 900 there is a project afoot to research and document the lives of the soldiers of the First World War who are commemorated in St Bartholemew’s Church.

Apart from Regiment, Rank and Age, the intent is to explore the stories behind the names, to bring to our very comfortable and peaceful lives in Hyde today, a concept of the community during this time.

If you are interested in joining a working party; enjoy research –   ably assisted by Alys Blakeway and  would like to take part in what  promises to be a fascinating task, with an excellent group of  ‘ Hydeites’  please contact Caroline Scott on 01962853997 or e mail scotty@traceysheppard.co.uk or livinghistory@hyde900.org.uk

Equally if anyone has any information on any of the soldiers who so sadly did not return, all leads are welcome at this initial stage.     

cover previewIn late September the back room of the Hyde Tavern pub in Winchester was filled with budding local writers who were celebrating the launch of their second book. Following on from the success of Inspired by Hyde, which was published in 2010, Hyde Days and Holidays has just come into print.

For this second book, we’ve broadened our horizons and the book contains a selection of poems and prose about both Hyde and travels further afield. Whether it is Winchester’s Water Meadows or Marrakech’s markets, the stories told will whisk you into another world, a world of facts and fiction and a feeling of escapism.

Supplementing these are two eye-witness accounts of the recent opening of the Unmarked Grave in the local church and its possible connection with King Alfred.

Hyde Days & Holidays is available now – you can order it online for £6.50 including postage and packaging.

To order, press the “Buy Now” button below. You can pay using a Paypal account if you have one, or by debit or credit card.