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Find out what it's like to live, work and play in Basingstoke and Deane from those that live here.


Hannah has lived in Basingstoke since 2012 and has been an avid volunteer since she moved here. Her work has mainly been with the Willis Museum, the Access for All Working Group and Disability Forum Shop Mobility Basingstoke - Busy lady!

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Coming from such an active background, it only seemed fitting that one day, Farah would open her own fitness studio in the town she grew up in. You may already be familiar with this international Strongwoman; she's been running her business, Fonseca Fitness, in Basingstoke for 10 years.

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After being made redundant in 2019, Mary wanted a change. Rather than staring at a screen every day, she turned to something that brought her joy; people and coffee. Inspired by the quaint coffee shop vibes of neighbouring Winchester, Mary sought to open her own coffee shop. In no time at all, she opened Willows, the town centre’s first dog-friendly coffee shop named after her own loveable pup, and supported fellow coffee lovers and crafters throughout the pandemic.

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At 10 years of age, Jan and his family moved from the Philippines to live in the United Kingdom. They chose Basingstoke for its job opportunities and being a great place for their family to grow up in both urban and countryside environments.

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Natalie, Business Woman and Basingstoke’s Strongest Women, has a great affinity with her hometown. From her love of everything local to supporting other aspiring professionals and athletes, she painted an honest picture of what Basingstoke means to her and how she channelled her grief into good.

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After 21 years in the motor trade, Brian decided to go self-employed to help his friend with his business. Unfortunately, before he even got going, he became another casualty of the pandemic, finding himself without an income for six months. Rather than accept defeat, he turned his van into a mobile coffee business and hasn’t looked back.

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Suzie is a creative soul; she likes nothing more than to volunteer at her local Butterfly Conservation Trust, cook up a storm in her kitchen and explore the Areas of Outstanding National Beauty that surround Basingstoke.

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