eNewsletter 29th September 2019


Harvest Festival Service 11am Sunday 29th September followed by bring and share lunch All Saints Church

Introduction to Floristry 2pm Sunday 29th September Study Centre

Furzey Free Guided Walk 11am Tuesday 1st October

Furzey Toddle 11am Thursday 3rd October

Quiz Night 7.30pm Saturday 5th October Village Hall

Parish Council 7.30pm Monday 7th October Danby Room

Bridge afternoon in aid of the Community Shop 1.30pm Weds 9th Oct Village Hall

WOW (Women on Wednesdays) 8pm Weds 9th October

John Muir Award Leader Training Sat 12th-Sun 13th October Study Centre

Open Door Cafe 2-4pm Thursday 17th October All Saints Church

Traditional Bread Making 10am-5.30pm Sat 19th Oct Study Centre

French Bread Making 10am-5.30pm Sun 20th Oct Study Centre

Trafalgar Day Monday 21st October – plant your garlic!

Shadowlands 7.45pm Thurs 31st Oct, Fri 1st, Sat 2nd Nov Vernon Theatre

 Click on the links above to find out more!

Information about events in October and later in the year can be seen by visiting https://minstead.org.uk/news/events/
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Click HERE to read the latest Parish and Benefice Notices for 29th September.


We’re getting close to the target!

We have £21,175 in share purchases from 51 individuals and we have pledges for another £2,500.

Many, many thanks to all those generous people and also to those organising fund raising events (see below)!

So we need about £1,500 more but we need at least twice the number of members. So, if you think the shop is a good idea then sign up by the deadline on Monday and let’s make it happen!


All households in the Village should have received a printed flyer asking for support. To see this, find out more and to read our updated “Frequently Asked Questions” please visit the Community Shop webpage on the Minstead website (www:/minstead.org.uk/village-community-shop-project/)

Click HERE to see the Share Offer and Application Form.

If you have any queries not answered by these documents please contact the committee through our email: minsteadcommunityshop@gmail.com.


Junior Minstead would like to invite their Minstead friends to a fun quiz night on Saturday 5th October starting at 7.30pm.  It will be held in the Green Room of the Village hall and access to the Social Club bar will be available. 

£2 per person and teams of up to 6.  (Adults only event)

To put your name down as an attendee please email secretary@junior.minstead.org.uk.

Any profit made from the event will be given to the Minstead Community Shop fundraising project.


A Bridge afternoon with tea will be held in Minstead Village Hall starting at 1.30pm on Wednesday 9th October, also in aid of the Community Shop.  Please contact Jo on 023 8081 3457, email jfhmin@yahoo.co.uk, if you would like to book a seat or a table, £10 per head.


Minstead players are looking for budding actors who would like to have a go at treading the boards. This year we are doing 4 very short plays under the heading of Confusions by Alan Ayckbourn.

There must be someone out there who would like to play a grumpy man who wants to be watching the football not treated like a child by his neighbour or perhaps be a business man who is so wrapped in his work that he has no idea that his wife has been on holiday with another man and that he knows the other man well!

Rehearsals are on Tuesdays and Fridays mainly with Thursday on some weeks. Each playlet will be rehearsed separately so you will not be expected to be there is your play is not being rehearsed. The performance dates are 17th and 18th January 2020. You will need to be available for the technical rehearsal which is Saturday 11th January 2020.

Please contact Helen Bennett on 07804046122 or helen.bennett160@yahoo.com


The Hampshire Countryside Access Forum (HCAF) has recently published a guidance document entitled ‘Equestrians in Hampshire’ to provide more information to help decision makers understand the needs of equestrians.  
To read this document click



The New Forest National Park Authority and local buildings expert Kevin Stubbs are delivering a series of evening talks for homeowners in the New Forest.

The talks are part of the Building Skills project, one of 21 projects being delivered through the Our Past, Our Future Landscape Partnership Scheme. The project is informing local people of the importance of traditional buildings to the area’s character whilst providing knowledge of specialist repair techniques. This information is helping conserve and enhance the local distinctiveness of the settlements within the Forest as they raise awareness and encourage sensitive repair and management.

The series of evening talks begins in November on Wednesday evenings in Brockenhurst Village Hall. The subjects that will be covered are as follows:

  • Local heritage of New Forest homes Wednesday 6 November, 7pm – 9.30pm.
  • New Forest cob, thatch, flint and stone Wednesday 20 November, 7pm – 9.30pm.
  • New Forest brick, mortar, plasters and renders Wednesday 4 December, 7pm – 9.30pm.
  • New Forest timber framed buildings and timber roof structure Wednesday 15 January, 7pm – 9.30pm.
  • New Forest tile, slate and lead roof coverings Wednesday 29 January, 7pm – 9.30pm.
  • New Forest building details and finishes Wednesday 12 February, 7pm – 9.30pm.

If you would like to attend one or more of these evenings, please visit our training webpage to book your place: www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/conservation/landscape-partnership/training/ . The cost of a ticket is £5 per person, and you can buy a ticket for all six evenings for £25. If you would like more information, please contact Richard Austin (Richard.austin@newforestnpa.gov.uk or 01590 664661)


There are no new Planning Applications for Minstead this week.

Visit the NPA website for further planning information.
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