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As all should now have seen, the new Minstead Village Community Website http://test.minstead.org.uk went live on 1st January. The Parish Council is keen to receive comments, preferably constructive & via “Contact Us” on the website , especially from those who run the various Village Organisations and Amenities that are mentioned.  In most cases it is expected that each individual Organisation will take on the management of its own page, subject only to a final check by the Parish Council.  If you wish to apply for a new page or for access to the existing content for your Organisation please complete the following and email it to admin@minstead.org.uk:

  • Organisation Name:
  • Your Name:
  •  Your Email:
  •  Your Phone Number:
  •  Your Role in the Organisation:
  •  Existing page URL on minstead.org.uk (if applicable):
  •  Existing website URL if you have a site outside of minstead.org.uk:
  •  Do you have any experience of managing web content to date (if so a brief description of how would be useful to gauge your experience level):
  • Description of needs e.g. “I would like to replace our existing website with page(s) on minstead.org.uk:”

The plan is then to hold a short training session either collectively or if this is not possible then individually.


The next date for oil requests is Wednesday January 15th 2014 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.

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


 A group of over 20 organisations has agreed a New Forest Cycling Code for cycling both on and off the road throughout the National Park. The new code has been developed by the Cycling Liaison Group which aims to facilitate responsible cycling which is in keeping with the special qualities and purposes of the National Park.

 The code is available on the National Park Authority website at www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/cycling-code. The Liaison Group is also working on a charter for event organisers and next meets in February with the aim of finalising the charter by the spring.


 For details of services and other events see the Benefice website: http://newforestparishes.com/

(There you will find links to Minstead All Saints Church with details of Services etc, and to the current weekly Benefice Sheet with details of Benefice events etc.)

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

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

Our next Charity Quiz Night is on Wednesday 15th January, all proceeds to Chapter One Charity, starts at 8.30pm.
Burns Night Supper will be on Saturday the 25th January with a four-course Scottish Bill O Fayre, Scottish Music and the Address to a Haggis, only £20 a head so book early to avoid disappointment.
Throughout January we are also running a Calorie Counters healthy eating menu for food and drink to try to combat some of those unwanted Christmas Calories!
Local History event in Lyndhurst
If you haven’t heard of Arthur Phillip who lived and farmed between Lyndhurst Park Hotel and Beechen Lane you will this year. He took First Fleet of convicts out to Australia and was the first European governor narrowly beating the French to claiming the land. Australia Day celebrates his arrival in what he named Sydney on January 26.
2014 is the bicentenary of his death and celebrations in England too from Westminster to Bath and New Forest. Come and find more about New Forest and Australia links.
See attached Poster.