eNewsletter 28th April 2019


Local Council Elections Thursday 2nd May 2019

Furzey Toddle 11-12am Thursday 2nd May

Pop-Up Cafe Sunday 5th May on the Village Green

Early May Bank Holiday Monday 6th May

Furzey Free Guided Walk 11am-1pm Tuesday 7th May

Parish Council Meeting AGM 7.30pm Tuesday 7th May Danby Room

Rhododendron Walk at Furzey 1pm Thurs 9th May

Minstead History Group 8pm Tues 14th May Social Club

Primula Walk at Furzey 1pm Thurs 23rd May

Much Ado about Nothing 6.30pm Sat 25th May Furzey Gardens

Spring Bank Holiday Monday 27th May

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The four-yearly, all-out, elections for New Forest District Council and Town and Parish Councils in the District will be held this Thursday 2 May 2019. Polling stations will be open from 7.00 a.m. – 10.00 p.m.

For the first time for many years there will be an election for Minstead Parish Council at Polling Station No. 17, Minstead Hall!

This will be the only election in Minstead this time, our District Councillor having already been elected unopposed.

Click HERE for further information.


In another fund-raising effort the Minstead Community Shop opened a Pop-up café on the Village Green on Easter Saturday and Sunday.  It was a considerable success with takings over £450 for the two days, although we had significant set-up costs for our first Pop-up Café we still made a profit of around £150.  We expected improved profits going forwards.

Many, many thanks to the ladies of the village (and we think it was all ladies) for the delicious cakes and savouries that they contributed.

Thank you to all those who helped by serving at the stall, putting up Peter Bennett’s gazebo and of course all those who patronised the stall.

Most thanks go to Annabel Bruxner-Randall for a massive effort over many weeks in making it happen.

We will be running the Pop-up Café again over the next Bank Holiday weekend on Sunday, 5th May from 10.30am to 2.30pm or later.

The Working Group extends its thanks for all your ideas, support and not least patience, we shall keep you updated on our endeavours.  If you wish to contact the Working Group please use our email: minsteadcommunityshop@gmail.com or speak to any members of the working group.


We are continuing to collect contributions for the Scheme and although there is still a bit of a way to go we are making progress and have collected or had pledges for over 65% of the total needed.

Again, many thanks to all those who have supported the scheme which we continue to believe represents outstandingly good value for money for providing ultrafast broadband to most of the community.

If you still have questions about the scheme we have included a section of Frequently asked Questions on the dedicated page on the Village website https://minstead.org.uk/broadband/

This page also includes the latest “totaliser” which is updated daily so you can keep an eye on progress.

Please consider the advantages that this ultrafast connection could bring you, your family and the wider community and contact us either by emailing minsteadchairman@gmail.com or by using the online form at http://ultrafast.minstead.org.uk/ to discuss your potential participation.


Click HERE to see the latest notices for All Saints Church and the Benefice. Please note that as from and including Sunday 5th of May, by decision of the 3 PCCs, there will be changes in the service times around the Benefice. 


The following Planning Applications for Minstead are out for consultation this week:

Application No:      19/00231

Address:                 Merrie Orchard, Football Green, Minstead, Lyndhurst,

SO43 7FR

Proposal:                 Detached garage with storage over; Demolition of existing

                                    outbuilding (Application for Non Material Amendment to

                                     Planning Permission 17/00532)


ends:                            nyk

Application No:      19/00083

Address:                   Land At Hollyhock Cottage, The Grove, Minstead, Lyndhurst,

                                    SO43 7GG

Proposal:                 Retention of barn and agricultural building


Ends:                          Wed 1st May 2019

                                                                Visit the NPA website for further planning information.