eNewsletter 4th February 2018

Parish Council 5th Feb at 7:30pm Danby Room
How we used to Live 6th February Emery Down & Bank Village Hall
Made in Cornwall 9 & 10th Feb at 7.30pm, St Michaels, Lyndhurst
Minstead History Group 13th February at 8pm Social Club
Furzey Gardens Gallery & Gift Shop re-opens 10th February, and Half Term Events (see below)
Valentines Day 14th February at the Trusty and Village shop (see below)
Village Lunch 20th February at 1230 Trusty Servant Inn
Minstead Players Play reading 21st February at 8pm Deerhurst, Pinkney Lane, Lyndhurst
For further information click the links above, visit the Village website and follow us on Facebook

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See Parish & Benefice Notices to find out about services and to read the latest church notices.  Follow All Saints Church on Facebook and visit the Benefice website for more information.

Escape to the Country
The episode of Escape to the Country that was filmed in and about Minstead will be aired on BBC1 at 3pm on Tuesday 6th February. Additionally, you will be able to watch the episode on BBC iPlayer for 30 days after it has first been aired.

“It shouldn’t happen to a New Forest Pony or a Vicar”
By Reverend Peter Murphy
Tuesday 6 February 2018 at 7.30 pm
The experiences of a vicar and his New Forest Pony.
Venue: Emery Down and Bank Village Hall
Entrance: £3 on the door.  Refreshments available.

To raise funds towards the £48,000 needed for All Saints Church Bell Tower Fund, Nigel Pascoe has offered to donate the proceeds from the premiere of his latest play.
Made in Cornwall” is a dramatic story about society’s interaction with mental health, prejudice and passion.
Many of the cast and back stage have worked with the playwright before –
Michele Arkle, Vic Milne, Jack Barnett, Ingrid Bond, Mary Hyde, David Balfour, Bill Andrews, George Dibben, Stevie Parker, Emma Davis, Bill Walsh, Alistair Banks, Steve Cattell, Andy Bennett, Sylvia Dibben and Helen Bennett.  All are or have been associated with one or more of Minstead Players or Lyndhurst Drama Society or one of the Churches in the Benefice.
Departing from tradition, the play will be performed as a Radio Production at St Michael and All Angels, Lyndhurst at 7.30 pm on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th February.
Tickets £5 each are available at Minstead Village Shop and Costa Coffee in Lyndhurst.
All proceeds including a raffle on the night will be given to All Saints Church Bell Tower appeal.
Further information:
Sylvia Dibben,  Producer
sylvia@dibben.net  023 8081 2967

Silent Auction 
Two pictures and a bowl have been donated to All Saints church Minstead for the express purpose of raising money for the church. We need to replenish the reserves as the repairs to the tower have seriously depleted the funds that maintain the fabric in good repair.
We intend to run a silent auction for these three items, the result will be revealed on Saturday 10th February at the performance of ‘Made in Cornwall’ by Nigel Pascoe in St Michaels and All Angels church Lyndhurst.

The items were displayed in Minstead Village Shop on Saturday 3rd February, and will be at both performances of the play on 9th and 10th February.
If you wish to make an offer you may leave your envelope at the shop or at one of the performances. Your envelope must contain your name, contact number, identification of the item you are bidding for and the amount. Please mark envelope with Silent Auction.
If you wish to view these at any other time please contact Helen Bennett on
023 8081 2358.

[CAUTION – The linked pictures below may be quite large & may take a while to download]
The bowl is marked with Mason’s patent Firestone, Mandalay, England, and it was donated by the late Veronica Collins.

The pen and ink is entitled :
Little Harbour Mevagissey, pen and ink print on art paper by Peter Sey , Milford on Sea

The painting of Minstead Church is an original watercolour by Gervase A. Gregory, dated Feb 1990. This was donated by Timothy Boulton who once owned and ran the village shop. (There is some discolouration on the picture mount)

There will also be a Raffle at the play and Sylvie Dibben (023 8081 2967) would be most grateful to receive donations of prizes towards this.

What’s on at the Trusty in February
14th February – Valentine’s Day..
Treat your loved one to a gorgeous meal for two. Book now and receive a free glass of prosecco!

19th February – Local produce week – The Trusty’s fabulous team of chefs have carefully designed a menu using ingredients sourced as locally as possible!!

Call Laura or Leigh to book 02380812137

Minstead Players Play Reading
Minstead Players would like to invite you  to the next play reading  on Wednesday 21st February 2018 at 8pm at Deerhurst, Pinkney Lane Lyndhurst Hants SO43 7FE
This is an opportunity for us to read plays that we may perform in future. Attendance at the play reading is a chance to get together, read a play with a drink and some nibbles. There is no obligation to be in any future productions.
Please let us know if you intend to come via email: Helen.bennett160@yahoo.com

Valentines Breakfast – Wednesday 14th February
Join us for Valentines Day. Breakfast/Brunch served from 8am.
Dishes to include New Forest Smoked Trout with Scrambled Eggs and Sourdough, French Pancakes, Poached Egg and Avocado on Sourdough, Sausage Sandwich and a Full English.
We were fully booked last year so please book early!

Owl Experience Day – Thursday 15th February
A wonderful opportunity to meet and greet a Barn Owl & a Tawny Owl. Hold one of these majestic birds under the expert tuition of their handler, Mick. Learn about their history and habitats here in the New Forest. The birds will be in the shop throughout the day for you to meet.
We are holding two special workshops that you can attend for a more detailed insight to these birds and experience handling them.
Workshops 11:30-12pm and 2:30-3pm. £3 per person – maximum of 15.

To book either of the above events please email heidi@minsteadvillage.com or call the shop on 02380813134.

The Gallery Gift and Coffee Shop re-opens at Furzey Gardens on
Saturday 10th February, 10am – 4pm. Don’t forget, you don’t need to visit the gardens to enjoy a drink or some lunch. We look forward to welcoming you.

Half Term Fun at Furzey Gardens: Decorate a Fairy Door or Castle
Monday 12th -16th February and 19th – 23rd February
Children can get creative in the bug barn at Furzey Gardens and decorate a fairy door or castle door. Tickets £3.50 when bought in advance, or £4 on the day  https://www.minsteadtrust.org.uk/Event/half-term-fun-decorate-a-fairy-or-castle-door

Love that Wedding Show at Minstead Lodge
Sunday 18th February, 11am – 3pm
Join us at Minstead Lodge where we are hosting a Love That Wedding Show. Come and meet lots of local suppliers and chat through your wedding plans.

Local Residents’ Day at Furzey Gardens
Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th February
Free entry to SO43 residents to celebrate the start of a New Year at Furzey Gardens and meet some of the Furzey Team. Just bring along a proof of address in the SO43 postcode to take advantage of the free entry. https://www.minsteadtrust.org.uk/Event/local-residents-day-free-entry-for-so43-postcodes

Treat your mum at Furzey Gardens
Monday 5th March – Friday 16th March
Book a Furzey-licious special cream tea to treat your mum in celebration of Mothers Day https://www.minsteadtrust.org.uk/Event/treat-your-mum-2018

Dixieland Jazz & Supper, 7pm at Minstead Lodge
Friday 23rd March, 7pm
Join us for a night of crazy rhythm and good ole fashioned Ragtime. Tickets are just £35 and include an American Dixie inspired 2 course hot Buffet. All proceeds raised at the evening will go towards the work of Minstead Trust.

On Saturday 27th January 2018 between 20:00 and 21:00 a vehicle parked outside 2, Seamans Cottages was scraped and covered in mud on the back drivers side probably by another passing vehicle.  If any residents have a CCTV that points onto Seamans Lane, that could help in identifying the source of this damage.  The owner is pretty sure it was the only vehicle to go down the lane during that time, and thinks the vehicle came from the A31 end and continued down the lane.  Can someone help?
If you can help in this way, please contact the editor of this newsletter through minsteadpc@gmail.com
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The found Spaniel reported during the week had to be put to sleep as it was seriously ill with a large, inoperable tumour.
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