eNewsletter 29th January 2017


All Saints PCC Meeting 8pm Wednesday 1st February

101Dalmations Vernon Theatre (see below)

Minstead Quiz 7.30pm 3rd February Village Hall (see below)

Parish Council 7.30pm 6th February Danby Room

WOW 8.00pm 8th February -Annual Dinner, Tickets only

Rural Communities Matter conference with PCC Michael Lane 0930 11th February

Let’s Cook Vegan 5.30pm 11th February Study Centre

Minstead History Group 8.00pm 14th February

For further details of these events click on the links above.

For future events please visit the Village website.


Glass recycling text message reminders
Residents of the New Forest can now sign up to a new text messaging service being introduced by the district council which will send a reminder the evening before monthly glass recycling collections are due.
As well as the text message prompt, Remind Me will reward residents for recycling their glass by entering them into a reward draw. 20 households will be randomly selected each month and, if they are recycling the right things, they can choose from a range of rewards, such as one month’s free membership at one of five New Forest Health and Leisure Centres, a family ticket to Beaulieu or a hamper full of local goodies from The New Forest Hamper Company.
The first 15,000 households to sign up will also receive a free Brand New Forest discount card, usually £5.
To register for the reminders, residents should text GLASS followed continuously by first name, last name, first line of address and postcode to 81025

(e.g. GLASS Joan Smith 1 Long Lane SO12 A34)
Find out more about Remind Me at newforest.gov.uk/remindme


RURAL COMMUNITIES MATTER conference 0930 on 11th February 2017

Michael Lane, Police and Crime Commissioner will hold a rural communities matter conference at the New Forest Outdoor Centre, Minstead Manor Estate, Emery Down. The aim is to give those who live and work in rural communities the opportunity to give their views on rural crime – click here to find out how to book your place.


UNIVERSAL CREDIT – Full Service in Totton and surrounding area

People living in our parish will be affected by the rollout of Universal Credit full service

from 22 February 2017.

Universal Credit is a working-age benefit being gradually introduced across the New Forest as part of the government’s welfare reforms.    With the introduction of the full service whole households will be affected. People will no longer be able to make a claim for any of the benefits below if they live in Bartley, Bramshaw, Brook, Cadnam, Calmore, Copythorne, Lyndhurst, Minstead, Ower, Totton and Winsor. 

Universal Credit replaces:-

Housing Benefit, Jobseekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance,

Income Support, Working Tax Credits, and Child Tax Credits.

New Forest District Council has recently updated this entry on its website



For services and events see the attached Notices here, here and the All Saints Calendar



The Lyndhurst Drama and Musical Society is staging 101 Dalmations at the Vernon theatre on Friday 3 February (7.30) and Saturday 4 February (2.30). Tickets are £9 adult and £6 child.

Click on 101-dalmatians for further information



At the Minstead Village Hall on 3rd February 2017 at 7.30p.m.

Enter a team of up to 6 people

Entry £15 per person, includes a lovely hot supper at half time

Bar opens at 7.00p.m.

For tickets contact: 023 8081 3437 or email  zebe.harris@hants.gov.uk


Minstead Village Shop


If you would like events or services promoted on the community noticeboard in the shop please do drop in. All notices are also posted on our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/minsteadvillageshop

Valentines Day – Tues 14 February (Booking required)

Bring your loved ones, meet up with the girls or let the kids join in.

Breakfast/Brunch served from 7am: Dishes to include New Forest Smoked Trout with Poached Eggs, French Pancakes, Scrambled Egg and Avocado Grilled Sourdough Toastie and a Full English.

Afternoon Tea 3pm-6pm: White clothed tables and beautiful crockery. Pauline’s Pantry Scones, Tutti Frutti Jam, dainty sandwiches and a wide range of Dorset teas to enjoy.

Hot chocolate with your walk – available throughout the day.

GiftsPre order your Cheese board and red wine for the evening. Gift hampers available for him, her, the children and your best friend (gluten free available) – please pop in to see samples.

Community Groups

Mondays – 9:15-10:15am Ladies Outdoor Fitness & Nutrition Session – 45 minute varied outdoor session of cardiovascular and strength training. Followed by 20 minute nutrition guidance over a cup of complimentary herbal tea.  £10 per session (in blocks of 6).

Tuesdays – 10-11am Scandi Style Outdoor Toddler Play & Coffee Morning – Get stuck into natural crafts, outdoor painting and a variety of other free-range activities. Free to attend.


Would you like to host an event in the shop or do you have an idea for a community activity – please email heidi@minsteadvillageshop.com


Thank you for your continued support.

Heidi, Andy, Wilson & Bella






Does anyone have a Metal Detector that they might be willing to loan to a parishioner?

Please let us know.


And Finally . . .   A TALE of THREE KITTIES (with apologies to C Dickens!)

A week or so ago three tabby kittens along with their mother were cruelly abandoned in a cardboard box at the entrance to Castle Malwood Lodge Minstead.
They survived the night in sub zero temperatures and were found on the Friday.
A call to the Cat Protection office in Totton was quickly followed up by their Officer (Caroline) arriving and collecting the family of cats, who are now safe, warm, fed and happy.
If anyone would like to rehouse them in a secure friendly home then please phone 07515177773.



The following planning applications for Minstead are out for consultation this week:

No:                  16/01053

Address:         Thrifty Gate, The Grove, Stoney Cross, Lyndhurst, SO43 7GP

Proposal:         Replacement outbuilding with room over


Ends:               Thu 26th Jan 2017 [now Extended to 7th Feb]


No:                  16/01052

Address:         Field 13 North of School Lane, Lyndhurst Road, Minstead

Proposal:         Agricultural barn


Ends:               Mon 23rd Jan 2017 [now Extended to 7th Feb]


No:                  16/01071&2


Proposal:         Addition of 3no dormer windows; internal alterations; and

associated application for listed building consent


Ends:               Mon 6th Feb 2017 [now Extended to 7th Feb]


No:                  16/01068 & 9


Proposal:         Increase height of 2no existing chimneys; flue; and associated application for listed building consent


Ends:               Wed 8th Feb 2017


No:                  17/00023 (Multiple Parish – Information Only)

Address:         Holly Hatch, Emery Down, LYNDHURST, SO43 7EA

Proposal:         Roof alterations to create additional first floor habitable accommodation; dormer with juliette balcony; 2no rear rooflights; demolition of existing conservatory.


Ends:               Tue 21st February 2017


Kung Hei Fat Choi                Gong Xi Fa Cai             Xin Nian Kuai Le

Happy Chinese New Year of the Rooster



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