Welcome to The Yateley Society

The Yateley Society is a voice for the people of Yateley…

Event Calendar

This event calendar will give you a quick and simple overview of all the planned events and activities that we have. If you have anything that you feel should be added to this calendar then please email us at contact@yateleysociety.org.uk. In the meantime we hope you find this quick and simple calendar useful!

Your past and your future….

Discover more about the history of Yateley as well as the future plans for our town.


Natural History and Conservation The ecology and natural history of Yateley is nationally important. To the south we have the National Nature Reserve at Castle Bottom and the scarce lowland heath of Yateley Common, which is a Site of Specific Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Protection Area (SPA). It is also home to protected species […]


Local History research has been a core activity of the Society to support achieving each of its four charitable object clauses. The Society would not have won so many of the planning inquiries concerning listed buildings and conservation areas if we had not presented well researched historical evidence about those buildings and their setting. The […]

About us

It all started in the autumn of 1979 when a small group came together to study the village and its interesting features. This, the Yateley Study Group, became the Yateley Society on 15 January 1981. The Yateley Society is a well-recognised and respected community group, comprising enthusiastic locals – amateurs and professionals / novices and […]


Planning is a principle concern and is one of the main reasons why people belong to the Society. Because of its key location next to urban conurbations Yateley is perpetually under threat from unsuitable new development. Yateley lies in the north east corner of Hart with the Blackwater River as its northern border and the […]

Join us..

Membership of the Society is open to all who have an interest in the well-being of Yateley.

Urnfield latest

Public meetings at the Tythings on 22nd Oct @ 19.00 and 25th Oct @12.00 noon. Come along and lend your support. See details on the web site under Planning – Urnfield latest.

Latest Newsletter Available

Click here to read our latest newsletter (number 117)

World War 1 Lecture

Roger Coleman MBE will be giving a lecture about the Hampshire Regiment during WW1 on the 16th October at Yateley School Drama Studio. Roger is a trustee of the Royal Hampshire Regiment Comrades Association. All are welcome. Tickets cost £3 each available at Yateley Library. The doors will be open at 19.00 with the lecture starting at […]

Hart Local Plan – Latest

Hart District Council is consulting on how new development is to be planned for the period up to 2032. See Current Planning Matters

Urnfield Latest

Welbeck gave a presentation of the Urnfield development to Yateley Town Council Planning Committee on the 21st July. There was nothing new and when asked serious questions the presenters did not always know the answer – or were under instructions not to discuss the issue. We now await a formal planning application sometime this month.

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Military Hospitals 1914

 WWI: Yateley at War. The Home Front – Auxiliary Hospitals Preparations Following the Boer War the War Office was concerned that the medical and nursing services would not be able to cope in the event of another war.   The peacetime needs of a standing army, in relation to medical care, were very small and specific.   […]

Belgian Refugees 1914

WWI – Yateley’s Story Belgian Refugees On the night of August 3rd Germany invaded Belgium. To their surprise little Belgium wasn’t a pushover and the Belgian civilians didn’t play fair either and fought back. The Germans used terror, “Schrecklichkeit”, as a weapon. Horrific tales spread rapidly. Germans were accused of bayonetting babies, killing children, rape […]

Royal Navy 1914

  WWI : Yateley’s Story  Yateley Men Who Fought in the Naval Battles of  1914. The Battle of Coronel and The Battle of the Falkland Islands   The Royal Navy in 1914 mirrored Britain’s global dominance with an Empire that embraced a quarter of the worlds land mass. To protect this Empire and its sea […]

4th Hants Mobilisation 1914

World War 1 – Yateley’s Story  The 4th Hampshire Regiment – 1914 to 1915 Call Up and Embarkation Out of about two hundred Yateley men who took part in the First World War no fewer than twenty nine served in the 4th (Territorial) Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment. Of these five were to lose their […]

Home Front – Yateley 1914

World War 1 – Yateley’s Story Yateley 1914 Written by Valerie Kerslake from oral histories collected by her over the last 40 years and with material from privately published memoirs. ~ A visitor to Yateley in 1914 might have been struck by the number of new buildings in this small village.  Right in the middle, […]

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Latest Newsletter AvailableNewsletter 115

Urnfield latest. Secretary of State upholds Welbeck’s appeal against carrying out an EIA

Urnfield latest. Secretary of State upholds Welbeck’s appeal against carrying out an EIA. See Planning pages.

Wyndhams Pool Dam closed

Wyndham Pool Dam closed. Hampshire County Council has closed the dam from  walkers. The bad weather of rain, rain and then more rain has given cause for concern that the dam may collapse and sending water down the hill. It is expected to be closed for 6 weeks, perhaps longer.

Annual Report 2013

The Yateley Society annual report 2013-14 Annual Report 2013

AGM has elected a new Executive Committee

The AGM has elected a new Exec. Committee. With a number of resignations during the year the members elected an eight strong Executive Committee. See web site “About Us”.    

Old St Peters school to become new extension to Yateley Manor School

Old St Peters school to become new extension to Yateley Manor School.

Mike Mann has joined the Executive Committee

Mike Mann has joined the Executive Committee.

Newsletter January 2014

Latest newsletter January 2014    

WW1 Exhibition

For more details on the WW1 Exhibition please see “Events” page.

Latest newsletter

Latest newsletter – October 2013  

Proposed Planning Reforms

Hart is carrying out a new Strategic Housing Market Assessment. See Current Planning Issues ip info

Latest Newsletter

Latest Newsletter – April 2013

Latest Newsletter

Latest Newsletter –February 2013

Current Planning Matters

Current Planning Matters Visit our new and updated Current Planning Matters Page for up to date information and views on planning issues.

Have your say – The Yateley Common Fencing Issue

Have your say – The Yateley Common Fencing Issue If there is a public inquiry about the fencing issue the Yateley Society needs to decide whether to take part and reflect the views of it members. We need your opinions – please complete  our Yateley Common Survey without delay.

Yateley Society Response to Hart District Local Plan: Core Strategy

Yateley Society Response to Hart District Local Plan: Core Strategy 2011-2029 (Pre-Submission Version) for public consultation On 14th November 2012 Hart District Council  formally published a Local Plan: Core Strategy, and an accompanying Sustainability Appraisal Report, for public consultation under Regulation 19 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012. Read the Society’s […]

Latest Newsletter

Latest Newsletter – December 2012

Latest Newsletter

Latest Newsletter – September 2012

Yateley Common Consultation

Have your say on the future of Yateley Common. Thank you for your interest in Yateley Common. Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust are seeking views on how best to look after this area to benefit the people who use it and the wildlife that lives there. Please click the link below to find […]

New and Updated Planning Pages

April 2013 – Visit our new and updated Planning Pages for up to date information and views on planning issues. Cubinsdemefin .

Membership Subscriptions.

Membership Subscriptions. An early reminder that next year’s subscriptions are due on 1st October. Please help the Society by paying by Standing Order. aacps blackboard