eNewsletter 25th August 2014

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Our annual Fruit, Flower & Veg Show is less than 2 weeks away so if you haven’t yet filled in your entry form now is the time to do so!

Entry forms are at the end of the 2014 Flower Show Schedule and should be completed and forwarded to the Hon Secretary at the address shown or emailed to her at jm4mfs@btinternet.com not later than Wednesday 3 September 2014.

(Late entries may be accepted at the discretion of the Hon Secretary and fees can be paid on the morning of the Show).

There are classes for everyone, for children, for adults, for flower enthusiasts, for fruit & veg growers, for bakers & jam makers and for the young home craft enthusiast so have a bit of fun by joining in and see how well you can do!

More information is on the schedule so start planning your entries now!

All donations of bottles/prizes for the Tombola will be very welcome!

Please hand in to the Village Shop.

Open to the Public from 2pm, teas from 3pm, prize giving 4.15pm, draws 4.45pm

so come along and enjoy the show!


The final amount taken was £970.00.

A magnificent effort by all!


For this week’s Notices, details of Services and other events see the Benefice website and follow All Saints activities on Facebook.


Follow the clues around Minstead Village along a route that takes an hour to an hour and a half.

Entry £1 per person for good fun for the whole family.

Register from 2pm, treasure hunt starts at 3pm, BBQ to follow from 5pm.

Prize presentation at 5.30pm for the winning three teams for both adults and children.

See MSC Treasure hunt poster 2014 for further information.


At the Village Shop from 9.30am to 10.30am

Come along and meet our local police officers and discuss any issues of concern with them informally.


See Facebook to keep up to date with all events and other forthcoming attractions.


There will be a joint Autumn Tones concert of music from a by-gone era given by the theatrical society and the Lockerley Silver Band at Copythorne Village Hall on Friday 5th September  at 7 30 pm. Tickets cost £5 and can be reserved by phoning Sandra Dovey on 023 8081 3415.

See CATS Autumn Tones poster for further information.


A further reminder that the next edition of Minstead Mail is in the course of preparation and it will cover the period from September until the New Year.  If you wish to submit anything for inclusion please email it to minsteadpc@googlemail.com.

Many will know that the late Andrew Salanson gave his graphic design skills to help produce the highly professional looking Minstead Mail that we have all enjoyed in recent years.  His contribution will be sorely missed.

Thus we are looking for someone local with graphic design skills who may be able to help in future.  Anyone interested should contact us at minsteadpc@googlemail.com.


Since the last eNewsletter we have received an update from the Highways Agency Information Line (H.A.I.L.) who state that the works that will be undertaken during the period includes: the installation of over 50 new signs to the west bound carriageway; resurfacing at Verwood junction and at Rufus Stone; renewing white lining to both carriageways; repairs to accident damage site; drainage maintenance; sign cleaning; and works to the soft estate (verges).

With regards to when and where each section will be closed, please see below:

M27 Junction 2 to Ashley Heath Westbound will be closed 26th, 27th and 28th August.

Ashley Heath to M27 Junction 2 Eastbound will be closed 1st and 2nd September.

Ringwood to Ashley Heath Westbound will be closed 8th, 9th and 10th September.

For any other enquiries/queries please contact H.A.I.L. who are available 24 hours a day by phone: 0300 123 5000 or by email: ha_info@highways.gsi.gov.uk


Residents should be aware of bogus cold callers claiming to be from Solent Green Deal and New Forest District Council
New Forest District Council has been made aware that several residents in the district have received cold calls from two individuals claiming to be working with the council on the Solent Green Deal scheme and asking for householders’ details. Reports so far have been from the Lyndhurst area. These individuals are not representing the council or Solent Green Deal. Neither the council nor Solent Green Deal use cold callers to promote schemes or services and all NFDC staff working on council business carry formal identification with them.
Residents who receive a cold call like this are asked to report it to the Police by telephoning 101.


There seems to have been a growing number of problems with broadband in recent days, in particular with frequent losses of connection for short periods and abnormally low speeds (even for Minstead!), which may be related to work on the BT cabinet at the top of the village.

If you experience this sort of fault either with you broadband service or your landline you should call your Internet Service Provider or BT on 0800 111 4567 (landline) or 0330 123 4567 (mobile).


Our local police have asked all to be aware about  the theft of the copper earthing strips from electricity poles. The SSE carry out four yearly inspections and in 2014 they have found that a handful of the poles in the Forest have had their copper strips stolen, the most recent being in the Minstead area. Although the metal is of relatively low value it is an essential safety feature should there be any issues with the supply.

If you believe you have seen suspicious activity around electricity or telephone poles please ring the Police on 101.


NFDC have warned that there looks to be a new phishing email circulating at the moment.  It implies it’s from HMRC suggesting that you have a tax refund but HMRC have confirmed that they will never send out an email of this nature.  Please do not ‘Click here’ as it advises, it definitely does not take you to an HMRC site.  You are advised to delete the email as soon as possible.

In addition someone has been phished by a site called human-eyes.sakura.ne.jp  which appears to have obtained bank details and at first sight looks quite genuine.

You are advised to be very careful to check any website requesting sensitive personal details before entering any data whatsoever!

It may not be what it seems to be!


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