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HEDGE CUTTING TEAM AT WORK!

An ad hoc but effective hedge cutting team consisting of members of Minstead Parish Council and other local helpers have cut back part of a high hedge which was overhanging Lyndhurst Road.

            Hedge Cutting Team

Normally Hampshire County Council expects property owners to maintain their hedges so they do not intrude on to the highway but an exception was made to give a helping hand in this particular case.

Many thanks to all who helped!

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BRIDLEWAY 10 WORK COMPLETED BY SEPTEMBER 2015!

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Drainage, Restoration and Resurfacing work to Bridleway 10 (Brook – Canterton Green) have been completed to a good standard (see above and below).  Our thanks to all who participated, including HCC, local firms and volunteers and especially to John Cartwright (HCC) for his vision and coordination.

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MINSTEAD FLOWER SHOW SOCIETY’S 64TH ANNUAL FLOWER, FRUIT AND VEGETABLE SHOW SATURDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER 2015

A huge thank you and many congratulations to all those who contributed to yet another outstandingly successful Minstead Flower Show.  There were a bumper 610 entries, considerably up on last year, and a very high standard was achieved in all classes.

The Show was opened by Parish Council Chairman Mr Bill Andrews who also presented the Cups and Special Awards.

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Special thanks go to the hard working committee of Colin Payne (Chairman), Janet Mitchell (Hon Secretary) and Tim Holt (Hon Treasurer) as well as the very many volunteers who helped with the detailed organisation, the teas, the raffles, the tombola and other attractions.

And a final thanks to all in the Community who took part, especially to the children for their wonderful array of exhibits.

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The Society’s Annual General Meeting will be held in the Hall on Tuesday 1st December 2015 at 8.00pm – everyone welcome!

 VILLAGE FETE 15TH AUGUST 2015

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Many thanks to all who organised and helped with yesterday’s Village Fete!

With a great deal of hard work it was another outstanding success, greatly enjoyed by lots of people, both local and visitors.

Total profit was a fabulous £1452.78p which will be distributed between Junior Minstead, All Saints Church and Help for Heroes!

Congratulations to all who participated, donated, contributed, supported and/or otherwise helped!

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FATHER CHRISTMAS VISITS MINSTEAD SAT 20th DECEMBER!

Father Christmas visited Minstead on his sleigh to give out presents to a great many children.  Everyone enjoyed seeing him as well as singing carols to live music with mulled wine and mince pies.  He thoroughly enjoyed his time in Minstead and hopes all the children got what they wanted. He plans to return again next year!

Father Christmas

His visit was followed by the annual performance by the Mummers of Minstead, led by the indefatigable Nick Mellersh!

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PARISH COUNCIL PROPOSES SAFE CYCLING NETWORK!

Following last year’s petition in the Village and the discussion at the Annual Assembly in March, the Parish Council has prepared a proposal for a strategic cycling network in the New Forest so that both locals and visitors cyclists can cycle safely between major settlements, specifically Cadnam to Lymington via Lyndhurst and Brockenhurst.

Visit this page to read more and give your support by contacting any of the addressees to whom this proposal has been sent. These are listed on the last two pages of the main proposal.

Many thanks to Councillor Richard Taylor for all his hard work in putting this proposal together.

ANOTHER WONDERFUL VILLAGE FLOWER, FRUIT AND VEGETABLE SHOW!

Colourful Flower Show

 This year’s Show on 6th September was another outstanding success thanks to all those who contributed exhibits and to all the hard work by the Committee and other helpers.

After a welcome by Chairman Mr Colin Payne President, Mr Peter Danby, introduced Dr Julian Lewis MP who formally opened the Show and presented the Cups and Special Awards.  There were 553 entries with 145 of those in Div 4 (Young People) with 43 different children producing those 145 entries, amazing!  The Judges always rate the quality of the exhibits and are always surprised that a small village like Minstead can put on such a fabulous display.  The colours especially were spectacular from the moment you walked in the door.  In addition a great many teas were served and greatly enjoyed.

A special note of thanks goes to Mrs Janet Mitchell, Hon Secretary whose tireless efforts, knowledge and experience made the Show such a wonderful and memorable occasion.

 Over 550 entires in the Flower Show

 

GREAT WEATHER FOR THIS YEAR’S VILLAGE FETE !

Congratulations and thanks to Peter Bennett for organising this year’s highly successful Fete on Saturday and to all the helpers and stall holders involved for their hard work.

The first count shows an approximate take of £890.00.

A magnificent effort by all!

 Splat the Rat – one of the highlights!

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 The Human Fruit Machine…

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 …was a top crowd puller!

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 In addition there were stalls with bric-a-brac, loom band demonstrations and of course an amazing number of books!  Various events were held included a raffle, bagatelle, a coconut shy and a fantastic cake stall where the entries for the Great Minstead Bake Off competition were sold.  A church stall offered a restful place for everyone to relax while the added attractions at the Trusty Servant, including a bouncy castle, face painting, a beer festival and a hog roast all contributed to a most enjoyable day for both locals and visitors.

Minstead commemorates Armed Forces Day 28th June

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The Armed Forces Day Flag was hoisted by the War Memorial on Minstead Village green by the Chairman of the Parish Council, Cllr Bill Andrews.  A number of parishioners attended.  Cllr Andrews thanked everyone for attending, said that all are very proud of the Armed Forces and that the day gave people across the nation the opportunity to show their appreciation and respect for the military and all they do, including the sacrifices they make for their country.  The Village will fly this flag to show its respect, gratitude and support.