eNewsletter 1st December 2019


Parish Council meeting 7.30pm Monday 2nd December Danby Room

Minstead Flower Show Society AGM 8pm Tuesday 3rd December Green Room

Father Christmas at Furzey 10am-4.30pm 7th, 8th, 14th and 15th December

Screen and Block Printing 1-4pm Sat 7th December Study Centre

Minstead History Group 8pm Tues 10th December Social Club

WOW (Women on Wednesdays) 8pm Wed 11th December Green Room

General Election Thursday 12th December

Quiz Night at the Trusty Friday 13th December

Needle Felting Workshops 9.30am and 12.30pm Sat 14th Dec Study Centre

Christmas Wreath Making 1pm Sun 15th Dec Study Centre

Carol Service 4pm Sunday 15th December All Saints Church

Open Door Cafe 2-4pm Thurs 19th Dec All Saints Church

Minstead Trust Christmas Service 11am Friday 20th December All Saints

Beat Surgery 10am Saturday 21st Dec Trusty Servant

Father Christmas visits Minstead 6.30pm Sat 21st December

Minstead Residents’ Christmas Special 7.30pm Sat 21st Dec Trusty Servant

Christmas Eve Tue 24th Dec – Nativity Service at 4.30pm and Midnight Holy Communion at 11pm in All Saints

Christmas Day Wed 25th Dec – Christmas Morning Service and Nativity Play at 10.30am in All Saints

Boxing Day Thurs 26th Dec

New Years Day Weds 1st January 2020

Click on the links above to find out more!

Information about events in December and early next year can be seen by visiting https://minstead.org.uk/news/events/
Please let us know at minsteadpc@gmail.com if you would like us to notify the village of any event or incident that would be of local interest. We are able to do this via our websitee-newsletter and Facebook page.
If you know of anyone near to you who does not get emails and may like to read this eNewsletter please print a copy and give it to them.

Please note that there will not be an eNewsletter next weekend!

The next edition will be sent out on Sunday 5th January


Please support this year’s Annual General Meeting of the Minstead Flower Show Society which will be held at 8pm this Tuesday 3rd December in the Village Hall Congleton Room (Green Room).

The Show, which is always held on the first Saturday in September, is one of the highlights of the Village year!  Please come along and air your views and if possible send any suggestions or proposals to the Secretary Jo Instrall at joinstrall@gmail.com.



Click HERE to read the Parish and Benefice Notices for 1st December and to see details of Services over Christmas.


Minstead Oil orders should be sent to minsteadoil@gmail.com by 9am on Wednesday December 4th with the intended delivery before Christmas.

The order dates for 2020 are (all Wednesdays by 9am):

January 8th, February 12th, March 18th,

May 13th, July 15th,

September 16th, October 14th, November 11th and December 2nd.

Many thanks to Mike Hutton for keeping all your tanks topped up!


A further reminder that polling will take place in the Danby Room from 7am to 10pm

Click HERE for further information


Amy’s funeral will be held at 1pm on Wednesday 4th December

at the Test Valley crematorium, Ridge lane, Romsey, SO51 6AB.
Afterwards the wake will be held at Minstead Village Hall.
Everyone welcome.


Click HERE to read the Beat Report for December

Please note that our next Beat Surgery will be at 10am at the Trusty Servant on Saturday 21st December.

At 7.30 pm next Friday, 6th December, the New Forest Heart Neighbourhood Policing team is holding its first ever Policing in your Community meeting.
This will be your chance to meet some of your local Police team and to ask them anything you like.
We will also have some scam busting and crime prevention advice particularly relevant for this time of year.
The meeting will only last an hour, so if you can make it we would love to see you.
That’s 7.30pm on Friday 6th December  at St Michael and All Angels Church in Lyndhurst.


Many thanks to all who attended the Shareholders’ meeting on Saturday afternoon.  There was an excellent turnout of over 70 to hear from Chairman George Dibben and Treasurer Tim Nicholson about the plans for refurbishing the store at the Trusty Servant and opening the new Shop at Easter.  Much needs to be done over the next few months and the team will be making contact in the New Year with all those in the Community who have volunteered to help – the Shop needs you!

Many thanks also to everyone who helped with the Christmas Fayre that followed, especially Yvonne LeBrun and Annabel Bruxner-Randall.

There were some great stalls and fantastic teas!


We are once again taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge.

There will be updates on social media with the news of the campaign 

“I have a learning disability and I want to work”.

This year the Trust is hoping to raise £4000 between midday 3 December to midday 10 December, to help more people with learning disabilities gain valuable work skills and support them to find employment too.  Donations made during the Big Give Challenge will be doubled, so overall the target is £8000.  This money will go directly to the Trust’s Step up for Work project.

The Trust is very grateful for the support from Dom and Marion Young who are supporting our campaign this year, and Dom has kindly agreed to be a contacted if you want to learn more about how they themselves are supporting Minstead Trust and their Big Give campaign.  Alternatively, you can go directly to the Big Give website from midday 3 December, to make your donation and have it doubled! Here is the link.


Follow Minstead Trust on Facebook @TheMinsteadTrust.


Father Christmas is expected on the Green around 6.30pm on Saturday 21st December.

From around 6pm there will be Carols, Mulled Wine and possibly some presents!

(parents please hand in clearly labelled presents with a value of £5 or less to the Trusty by midday 21st Dec!!)

We hope and expect to have the Minstead Mummers play this year continuing the tradition that stretches back more than 100 years.

Think about rounding off a fun evening with a Residents’ Christmas special meal

Click HERE for further information about this attractive and unique offer.


As mentioned previously and until further notice future eNewsletters will be sent out only monthly and not weekly.

Please let us have your contributions at minsteadpc@gmail.com as follows:

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The following Planning Applications for Minstead are out for consultation:

No:              19/00842

Address:      Marleys, Lyndhurst Road, Minstead, Lyndhurst, SO43 7FY

Proposal:      New barn; demolition of existing outbuilding


Ends:           Mon 30th Dec

No:              19/00859

Address:      Brock Farm, Football Green, Minstead, Lyndhurst, SO43 7FR

Proposal:      Application for a Certificate of Lawful Development for existing

                   use of dwelling in breach of condition 2 (agricultural occupancy) of

                   planning permission NFR



Ends:           Mon 16th Dec

No:              19/00827

Address:      Marleys, Lyndhurst Road, Minstead, Lyndhurst, SO43 7FY

Proposal:      One & two storey extensions; roof alterations


Ends:           Wed 18th Dec

Visit the NPA website for further planning information.