eNewsletter 22nd November 2015


Christmas Workshops at Furzey Gardens 27th and 28th November

Flower Show Society AGM 8pm Village Hall Tuesday 1st December

Carol Service 5pm Furzey Gardens  Saturday 5th December

Parish Council Meeting 7.30pm Old Surgery Monday 7th December

History Group 8pm Social Club Tuesday 8th December

Beat Surgery 9.30am Village Shop Wednesday 9th December

WOW 8pm Green Room Wednesday 9th December



If you want to have your say on the future of the Hampshire Library Service you can comment on HCC’s draft library strategy which is out for public consultation until Saturday 16th January 2016. Printed copies of the questionnaire are also available in all Hampshire libraries and in mobile library vehicles.

In essence HCC states that many people access library services very differently now compared with how they used them years ago and it is seeking a clear focus for the future of the Service.  It also expects that it will need to save money in the future but that is not the only reason for change!


Many thanks to those who have volunteered for training!

There are still plenty of spaces available for more volunteers at either 4pm or 7pm on Wednesday 27th January and an additional session can be arranged if there is sufficient demand.

We are still looking for ideas for fund raising to help pay for this important piece of potentially life-saving equipment for our community.


A further reminder that the FOLS Christmas Tree Festival 2015, organised by the Friends of Lyndhurst Surgery (FOLS) and the League of Friends Fenwick (LOFF) in partnership with St Michael and All Angels Church, Lyndhurst, will be take place from

Thursday 10th December to Saturday 12th December

(open from 10.30 to 6.00 daily)

This year it is something almost entirely different with a new more flexible format with supporting entertainments and is open to all the community.  Please consider supporting these very worthwhile charities which benefit us all.

Click on the above link for further details and contact Mrs Sylvia Dibben, Ivy Cottage Farm Minstead, Lyndhurst, SO43 7FY Tel: 023 8081 2967 Email: sylvia@dibben.net if you want to know more.


Exclusive Christmas Room offer for locals!

If you do not have room for your whole family to stay, the Trusty is offering an exclusive room offer over the festive two days:

£50 per night per room (excludes breakfast) – must be a two night stay over Christmas Eve and Christmas day.

Contact the Trusty on 8081 2137 for further details.

For other events and news visit the Trusty website.

Please note that the Trusty will be open for lunch on Christmas Day (only 2 tables left) and Boxing Day but closed from 5pm.


A heads up that Father Christmas will be visiting us again on Saturday 19th December during Carols on the Green from 6pm.

Parents can hand in clearly marked presents for their children to the Trusty in advance and no later than midday.


There are no Benefice notices available this week, however here are some of the All Saints notices…

Sunday 29th November –  10.30, Five Candles Service.

Christmas Shoeboxes – Friends, family, community and church managed to fill 43 shoeboxes!  They have now begun their journey to give 43 children in need a happier Christmas.  “Well done” and “thanks” to everyone who contributed.

Saturday 5th December 10am, CTog event in Lyndhurst Youth Club as part of Lyndhurst Fun Day.  Refreshments needed.  Visitors from all churches welcome to come and help spread the word!

For other week’s notices etc see the Benefice website. Follow All Saints’ activities on Facebook and/or sign up for Church Notices.

 Social Media ‘Friend’ Requests from Extremist Groups

Hampshire Police have been made aware by education establishments and young people in Hampshire and IOW of suspicious ‘friend’ requests being made through social media accounts; describing those making contact as being from ‘ISIS’.
Recipients of these ‘friend’ requests have reported that the names of those making contact are ‘unusual’ and have ‘funny’ symbols. It is not yet clear if these requests are specifically intended to target young people or that this is an issue being encountered by people of all ages??
In response to this information, safeguarding young and vulnerable people is the Constabulary’s priority; raising awareness of the matter both directly, and through parents, carers and relevant professionals.
Their advice to you is to make young and vulnerable people aware of this risk; speak to them, reassure them that they can speak to you, and warn them NOT to accept friend requests from ANY person they don’t know, particularly from those who appear to be linked to extremist groups.
This message is one step of a broad plan to ensure we raise awareness in order to keep young people in Hampshire and IOW informed and safe; our plan includes further investigation and ongoing communication of information as it becomes available.
If you have any concerns or require further advice, please contact us:
Alternatively, click here to visit the Hampshire Police Prevent Advice Page.


Most in Minstead will be aware that feeding ponies human food, or even things like carrots, causes serious issues in the New Forest. Some ponies and donkeys develop an unhealthy craving for human food and can become aggressive with people which can result in them being removed from the Forest and destroyed. The animals also tend to gather near roads, looking for people with food, and this makes them more vulnerable to traffic accidents. Human food also gives the ponies colic (bad stomach ache) which is very painful.

Feeding of ponies is therefore against the byelaws – for good reason.

For further information visit the Verderers’ website, the Forestry Commission website and the National Park Authority website.


The following planning application for Minstead is open for consultation.

Visit http://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/viewplanningapplications for further information.

Application No:      15/00732

Location:                Castle Malwood Lodge, Lyndhurst Road, Minstead, SO43 7HB

Proposal:                Retention of lamp post and addition of lantern


Expiry date  :         24th November 2015


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