eNewsletter 2nd December 2013

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 A set of car keys was lost between 2pm and 4pm on Tuesday 26th November during the refreshments at the village hall following the service for Liz Green. If anyone knows their whereabouts please contact Rosie Tugwell on 07964 789793 as a matter of urgency. Thank you.


The next date for oil requests is Wednesday 4th December 2013 at 9.00am. Please indicate the quantity of oil needed and say if you are prepared to accept the best price I can get. Otherwise, be prepared to answer an e-mail on the Wednesday quickly (and in any case by midday) saying if the price and company are acceptable to you.

Dates in 2014 will be as follows (all Wednesdays, all by 9.00am):-

January 15th 2014; February 12th; March 12th; May 14th; July 16th; Sept 17th; Oct 15th; Nov 12th; December 3rd 2014

New customers please ensure that I have your full name, address, post-code, telephone number(s). Communications should be sent to Minsteadoil @gmail.com


Look out for Lyndhurst Scouts Post stamps and post boxes in local shops!

Stamps at 20p available from now until 21st December.

Deliveries on 22nd December only, anywhere in the Lyndhurst, Emery Down, Bank and Minstead areas.


It’s that time of year again folks! Christmas is just around the corner (oh yes it is!!) and from 1st Dec the order forms will be in the shop for you to fill out for all your food goodies. We are also delighted to say that we now have a regular weekly order from the award winning butcher, Uptons of Bassett. Their pies and savouries are amazing, just right for Christmas!

This year we have lots of Christmas treats from useful gifts to that little something different, many of them made  locally in the forest. Why not avoid the mad rush of town, pop in and see what we have to solve that pressie problem?

Whatever your needs we will do our best to help and really look forward to seeing you.

With all best wishes from everyone in the shop.


Sylvie Dibben and Rosie Tugwell are holding a bring and buy coffee morning     When: this Tuesday December 3rd     Time:  From 10.30am to 2.30pm     Where: Ivy Cottage Farm  (SO43 7FY), Minstead Coffee, tea and cakes will be on offer as will lunchtime soup. Neal’s Yard products will also be available, in addition to a raffle. Please come and support these very worthwhile causes. Any queries please ring Rosie on 07964 789793.


Minstead Flower Show Society A.G.M. will be held this Tuesday 3rd December from 8pm in the Green Room at the Hall.  Please come along and tell us your opinion of the Show and any new ways in which we might improve what seems to be a successful format.  Also, many thanks to all of you who exhibited in this year’s show, making it a record breaking 643 entries!!

Refreshments will be provided and we hope you can stay for an informal chat at the end of the required proceedings, which we promise to dispense with as quickly as possible.


The Safer New Forest Partnership has identified an increase in thefts from sheds, outbuildings and garages in the rural part of the New Forest see Parish councils – burglary security advice Dec 2013 for some home security advice for residents.

In the busy run-up to Christmas, the Partnership is also promoting safer cycling. It has more useful information on its website and offers security products for sale, including high-visibility rucksack covers for cyclists, flashing armbands and cycle locks. Please see the link below and bring it to the attention of your parishioners:


Art and Artists in the New Forest

Past Masters – Part One

Tuesday, 3 December – 7.30pm

An illustrated talk by Georgina Babey.

Emery Down and Bank Village Hall (SO43 7EB)

Entrance £2 on the door.  Refreshments available.

An How We Used To Live Event

 Table Top Sale

Saturday 7 December – 11am-3pm

Emery Down and Bank Village Hall (SO43 7EB)

Light Refreshments Available

Entrance: £1 (children free)

If you wish to hire a sale table (£10) please contact Yvonne Griffiths on 8028 4343.

A Friends of Christ Church Event.


Sunday December 8th, 10.30am; All Age Worship.

6pm; Evensong with Holy Communion

Sunday December 15th; 9.30 Communion.

Sunday December 22nd 4pm Carol Service.

Mukinge Giant Christmas Card will be put in church during this week.

Remember what to do?  You can send Christmas greetings to all your local friends by writing one of the small Christmas cards provided and pinning it up on the giant card.  Then you can donate the money you have saved in postage and cards by putting it in one of the envelopes provided and then into the donations box in the porch. It will go towards Mukinge Hospital in Zambia.

Forest Link.  Our Benefice Magazine is now distributed mainly by email.  For a few who have requested it, the parish of All Saints’ Minstead has begun printing copies and arranging for delivery.  PLEASE, IF YOU OR ANYONE YOU KNOW NEEDS A PRINTED COPY LET THE CHURCHWARDENS KNOW.

·  The Two Saints’ Box (in the porch) is the collecting point for donations of items for homeless men and women in our area.

· At each Service in All Saints there will be a Retiring Collection for the month’s Charity – this month The Children’s Society.


In addition to the Mukinge giant card (see above) all are invited to share the remembrance of a loved one at Christmas by filling in a name tag which will be used as part of the tree decorations from 4pm Sunday 22nd Dec until Twelfth Night.

Blank tags are in a box on the front left pew in the nave.


Many congratulations and thanks to Nick Parker for organising a very successful Quiz Night on Wednesday 27th November which raised an excellent £92 for the Trussell Trust (see http://www.trusselltrust.org/)

*Friday 13th December Race Night from 8pm*

*Saturday 14th New Forest Hunt Meet 10.30am onwards*

For further information ring 023 8081 2137

Weekly Events this Season

Monday Night is “Curry Night” – curry for 2 for £20, a selection of meat and vegetable curries, bombay potatoes, rice and chapatis.

Tuesday Night is “2 for Tuesday” – 2 fish and chips for just £15!

Thursday Night is “Steak Night” – 2 steaks and a carafe of wine for just £25!


NFDC are providing free afternoon parking in some local towns and villages for Christmas Shopping to assist locally organised Christmas events.

(6th Dec: Brockenhurst, Milford; 14th Dec: Burley, Lyndhurst, Ringwood)

In addition NFDC Car Park fees will be suspended on Saturday 7th in support of Small Business Saturday.

NFDC’s 2014 parking clocks (£20 for 3 hours in any town or village) are now available to purchase on line at newforest.gov.uk/parkingclock. 

Special clocks permitting 5 hours parking in Lyndhurst only (3 hours elsewhere) can be obtained for £20 from the Community Centre.