Independent Networking Group

Established in 2008


10am to 12pm
First Wednesday of the month
(not August)


Victoria Hall
Hartley Wintney
RG27 8RQ


£12 (cash only please)
Payable on the day
No membership or booking required

Next Meeting:

Wed 5th Jan 22


Coffee and Connect is an independent networking group for local business people held in Hartley Wintney near Fleet in Hampshire. Our meetings are relaxed and friendly and we are very welcoming towards first time visitors. We have lots of smiles and great conversations at our meetings but don’t be deceived, lots of “proper” business gets done as well!

Mel Wardle

Hello! I’m Mel (Melanie Wardle) and I set up Coffee and Connect in May 2008. Twelve of us met up for a coffee in Fleet at that first meeting and thirteen years later our meetings are thriving.

Our format is very simple – we each have thirty seconds to introduce ourselves and our businesses and then we stay and chat afterwards. It’s as simple as that!

We cover a truly diverse range of businesses e.g. Copy Writers, IT Specialists, Accountants, Printers,  Hypnotherapists, Human Resources, Web Designers,  Photographers, Admin Services, Solicitors, Interior Designers, Marketing Agencies, Financial Advisors, Local Magazines etc. and come from Farnham and Camberley in Surrey across to Fleet, Farnborough, Hartley Wintney, Hook and Odiham through to Basingstoke in Hampshire.

If you run or work in a business in these areas why not come along and say hello – it would be lovely to meet you.

You don’t need to book but if you give me a ring or send me an e-mail to let me know you are coming along for the first time, then I can look out for you when you arrive.

I look forward to meeting you

Best Wishes

Melanie Wardle


I am delighted to say that we returned to face-to-face events in September. It is really lovely to be able to chat to everyone in person again; catching up with old networking friends and meeting new ones, who I had previously only seen online on our Zoom events.

I am asking everyone to do a Lateral Flow Test before attending and to book in/get refreshments wearing a mask. There are also changes to the room layout to create more space between seats and to minimise the usual crush around the cakes! Feedback from people who have attended is that these measures help everyone feel more comfortable. 

Otherwise the meetings are running as normal, with lots of free-flowing, spontaneous open networking – the bit we all missed!

Meeting Dates 2022