eNewsletter 7th October 2018


Minstead History Group 8pm Tues 9th Oct Social Club

Harvest Festival Concert 7pm Sat 13th Oct All Saints Church

Harvest Festival Service 10.30am Sun 14th Oct All Saints Church

Beat Surgery 11am Saturday 20th Oct Trusty Servant

Free Composting Sessions 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm Sat 20th Oct Study Centre

(limited availability)

Half Term Fun 11am-3pm Mon 22nd – Fri 26th Oct Furzey Gardens

Traditional Bread Making 10am-5pm Sat 27th Oct Study Centre

Click on the links above to find out more.
Please let us know at minsteadpc@gmail.com if you would like us to notify the village of any event you are hosting or of any incident that would be of local interest. We are able to do this via our website, e-newsletter and Facebook page.


A further reminder that the following roads will be closed as shown below from 8am this Monday 8th October, hopefully for a period of no more than 2 weeks:

  • C151 Lyndhurst Road Minstead between its junction with Church Lane and its junction with Newtown Road.
  • U139 (Road to Football Green) between its junction with Bull Lane and its junction with C151 Lyndhurst Road adjacent The Trusty Servant.


This month’s speaker will be Hadrian Cook. Hadrian published a new book about the Forest last year and you can find out more about it by clicking here.

For some while now Hadrian has lived in Salisbury and has studied the Water Meadows there.  A family connection and his book about the Forest led Isabel Yeo to invite him to speak.

Do come to listen; he is a good speaker.


In case you have not seen him yet, Classic Tommy is now on the Village Green by the War Memorial

Again, many thanks to all those who contributed.  Your generosity means there is enough money left over to make a very worthwhile donation to the Royal British Legion.


Click here to read the Beat Report for September 2018.  It contains much useful information including advice on securing out-buildings such as sheds and garages which are more susceptible to theft as the evenings draw in.

Please note that the next Beat Surgery will be at 11am in the Trusty Servant on Saturday 20th October.  This is a good opportunity to meet our local Police on an informal basis.


For services and events at All Saints click here.

  • Click here to visit the New Forest Parishes website for news and information.
  • Click here to find out more about the Harvest Festival Concert of Gregorian Chant and secular music for organ and flute at 7pm on Saturday 13th Tickets £8.50 from the Trusty Servant.
  • The Harvest Festival Service will be held the following day at 10.30am on Sunday 14th October!


Minstead Players are a very willing group, dedicated to learning their lines and throwing themselves about the stage as the script decrees but this year their collective lowers limbs have been somewhat troublesome. Two suffering from chronic sciatica, another with half a knee replacement not to mention a smattering of generally dodgy knees.  Consequently we have decided to postpone the scheduled November production of “Don’t Get your Vicars in a Twist” until January.  Performances will be at the Minstead Village Hall on Friday the 18th and Saturday 19th when crutches will be discarded, physiotherapy will be a memory and hopefully no one will be limping anymore – as I said we are all very willing!


The next litterpick is planned for Tuesday 16th October. We will meet at 10am in Andrews Mare Car Park. As usual, we will cover both sides of the road between the A31 and the Newtown Crossroads. McDonalds will provide the litter picking sticks and refuse bags. Anyone is welcome but if you have any queries please email tessakeeley1@gmail.com


This is a reminder to all who own hedges and ditches along our roads that they are responsible for cutting them back and keeping them clear.

If hedges or ditches are badly neglected then the matter will be referred to Hampshire County Council who may ultimately carry out the necessary work and will pass the bill to the landowner. Even if ditches are outside the hedge their clearance is still the responsibility of the owner of the boundary.


It is important for all dog owners to take responsibility for cleaning up after their animal as not only is it unpleasant to look at and even more unpleasant to step in, it can pose a health risk, particularly to children. For example, Toxocariasis is a rare infection caused by roundworms in the digestive tracts of dogs. It can cause headaches, eye problems and fever in humans if they come into contact with it.

Please clear up after your dog to keep the New Forest a pleasant place for everybody and encourage others to do likewise. You can use any plastic bag to pick up your dog’s waste and if you can’t find a dog waste bin it’s all right to put it in one of the litter bins. Dog waste from your garden can be double-bagged and placed in your black refuse sack.

If you spot a dog fouling problem, you can report it to Customer Services on 023 8028 5000 or report it online.

New Forest District Council can fine those who fail to pick up after their dog £50 so please ensure you have bags or poop scoops with you every time you walk your dog.


Booking is open for the 2018 New Forest Walking Festival

The festival runs from 13th to 28th October and more than 70 walks are available.

Click here to find out more and make a booking.


Tuesday 6th November 10am to 3pm in Lyndhurst community Centre

Free Entry

The New Forest Community Heritage Fair will see groups from around the Forest come together to share their current research and passion for the fascinating history of the New Forest.

Groups will be displaying their research in the form of exhibitions, manned information stands, posters, books and talks for the day.

Our Minstead Local History Group will be taking part!

The event is a perfect opportunity to find out more about heritage on your doorstep and chat with some local experts. It might even inspire you to join your local group and discover a new passion or finally get around to getting hands on with something you’ve always had an interest in?

Click here for further information.


Appletree Careline provide a 24 hour /375 days a year monitoring service to people aged 18 to 100 + who live in and around the district of the New Forest.

The service provides the security and reassurance of an immediate response in times of crisis or emergency, to person or property.

Inside the home and out in the garden

The installation of an alarm is quick and easy, there is no need to remember any numbers, simply press the button and the trained operators at Appletree Careline will mobilise the help required. We use the personalised information and preferences provided by the customer and this will include contacting family members, friends, their GP or the emergency services.

Out and about in the community

Appletree Careline also provide an ID wristband service, a flexible silicone band uniquely numbered for each customer, which offers the opportunity to maintain social and day to day activities out in the community; visiting friends, going for walks or just doing the shopping.

To find out more click here, call 02380 285523 or email us appletreecareline@nfdc.gov.uk we would be delighted to hear from you.

You will see we currently have a winter promotion offering a free calendar with every installation during October, November and December.


The following Planning Application is out for consultation:

No:                          18/00707

Address:                 Old Cobley House, Emery Down, Lyndhurst, SO43 7EA

Proposal:                Replacement of tiled roof on barn with thatched roof


ends:                       Wednesday 31st October

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