The group runs various projects aimed at all residents of Drayton and Farlington. Its activities tend to focus on the needs of older people, but is keen also to be relevant to our younger residents. We keep in touch with local councillors, our neighbourhood forum, volunteer centres, other voluntary organisations and service providers. There is always interest in local developments, so we try to keep our ears to the ground.

Current projects

  • The Drayton and Farlington Information Centre
  • Management of the footcare service at the Drayton Centre
  • Provision of our Drop'n'Shop service to a local supermarket
  • A monthly "Whats On" publication, displayed in various places
  • A free lunch on Christmas Day, funded by local traders
  • Booking appointments for free consultation with a solicitor

We are in need of minibus drivers to help with our Drop'n'Shop service. It would be for about 4 hours, once a week on either Tuesday or Thursday. You need to have a MiDAS licence, but free training will be provided if required.

Please contact us if you can help.


Please don't forget to bring us your used postage stamps, which help to fund the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.


A bit of history

We started from a survey into the amenities and facilities needed by residents 55 years of age and over in Drayton and Farlington. Following publication of the survey report in October 2002, the team formed themselves into the Drayton and Farlington Action Group to oversee implementation of the report's main findings which were:

Lack of policing

Lack of facilities for young people

Bus services needed to be improved

No access to cash points and banking facilities

Lack of useful shops: existing ones were expensive

Uneven and dangerous pavements and roads

Need for: bereavement group, drop in centre, benefits surgery, shopping service, good neighbour scheme

Need for additional pedestrian crossings

Poor library, information and leisure facilities. A library and a modern community centre were high on a list of facilities seen as needed in the area.

Some of these concerns have been addressed, but some remain as elusive as ever.

How you can help

Volunteers are always needed to assist with our various activities. Please call in at the Information Centre, ring us on 023 9238 0000, or email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Action Group is a registered charity, number 1115636.