eNewsletter 8th December 2014

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See Beat report Nov14 for the monthly report for our area.

The Safer New Forest Partnership has a range of security products, including alarmed padlocks, for sale at the New Forest District Council Information Offices across the New Forest. There are also a number of helpful resources, including a laminated card for drivers to leave in their parked cars which states ‘No valuables are left in this vehicle’, useful guides and leaflets available for free.

Visit the NFDC website for further information


A further reminder that we are starting to prepare the next edition of Minstead Mail which it is hoped will be printed and distributed to all households in the civil parish in early January.  It is intended to include future village events up to and including Easter (5th April 2015)

If you have any contributions please email them to minsteadpc@googlemail.com or give them to any Parish Councillor or the Parish Clerk.


Everyone is reminded that completed order forms should be returned to the Shop by this Monday 8th December.


Next meeting Tuesday 9th December 2014 at 8pm in the Social Club.

All welcome!


8 pm Green Room, Village Hall

(Bring Cling Film, Scissors or secateurs, Decorations – cones, berries, baubles etc., Plant Material)
Lady Visitors welcome – 2 free sessions before deciding on membership


Friday 12th December – Charity Race Night, become a trainer, owner or jockey for the night, a great fun night with a free fun quiz and betting galore, all proceeds to Dreams Come True Children’s Charity! Starts at 8.30pm.

Saturday 13th December 10.45am – New Forest Hound Hunt Meet, come and see the traditional hunt meet at The Trusty Servant, festive tipples and nibbles provided!

Tuesday 16th December – Village Lunch 12.30pm

Wednesday 17th December – Christmas Quiz Night – a great fun Christmas themed quiz night, all proceeds to Oakhaven Hospice, earlier start time of 8pm!

Saturday 20th December – Father Christmas visits (see below)

 Wednesday 31st December – New Years Eve Party Night, a fantastic way to see in the new year, special specials on the board and dancing the new year in with DJ Ben Franco, no entry fee, booking is essential for tables.

Christmas Opening Hours

Christmas Eve – 11.30am – 11pm

Christmas Day – 12pm – 4pm

Boxing Day – 11.30am – 5pm

All other days we are open as normal,

We also have a couple of tables left for Christmas Day, so if you fancy a delicious 5 Course Christmas Meal with fantastic festive atmosphere and none of the washing up then book now at The Trusty!

See Facebook to keep up to date with all events and other forthcoming attractions.


Friday Dec 19th      7.30pm – Churches Together “Walking Nativity” in Lyndhurst.

Sunday 21st Dec     4.00pm in the Church – Service of Lessons and Carols followed  by  festive  refreshments.

Christmas Eve       4.30pm Crib Service round our special Minstead Crib and at 11.30pm Midnight Mass, the best way to start Christmas.

Christmas Day       10.30am. Family Service. Jesus’ birthday – come and celebrate.  Bring your family, bring your presents!

You 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 All Saints’ Church Christmas Tree decorations.  More detail on the posters in the church porch and at the village shop.

You can also send Christmas greetings to your local friends by using the Giant Christmas Card in the Church and donate the money you might have spent on cards to support the Mukinge hospital in Zambia!

For the week’s Notices, details of Services and other events see the Benefice website and follow All Saints activities on Facebook.


The Department for Transport has recently launched a £25 million Community Minibus Fund. Community transport organisations across the country are being invited to apply for funding for a new minibus. Smaller operators and those who help out in rural areas will be favoured in the scheme.  Anyone interested in making a bid should send an email confirming their intention to bid to buses@dft.gsi.gov.uk putting “Community Transport Minibus Fund” in the subject line by Friday 12 December 2014.

See Community Transport Minibus Fund for further information.


Oil order dates for 2015 are as follows (all Wednesdays, all by 9.00am):

January 14th; February 18th; March 18th; May 13th; July 15th; September 16th; October 14th; November 11th and December 2nd.

From now on Mike Hutton will accept orders as FIRM at the best price he can get on the day UNLESS you specifically ask at the time of ordering for him to seek confirmation from you on the day. If you do require him to confirm your order, you MUST do it by e-mail by 11am or your order will not be processed.

Reminders will be sent out as usual.


Fri 12th Dec 7.30-9.30pm  Fireside Stories £10 a ticket

Visit the Study Centre website for further information.

Friday 19 December 10-5pm

Traditional Bread Making – ‘New’ Extra Date

Visit the Study Centre website for further information


Saturday 20th December between 6 and 8 pm, depending on snow conditions and reindeer performance on the day.

There will be carols, mince pies and a festive tipple outside The Trusty from 6pm……and possibly even some presents!

(Parents please hand in clearly labelled presents to the Trusty by midday Sat 20th and try and keep the value under £10)


Work to modernise and extend the almshouses in Emery Down will finish in early December!
The Trustees invite you to an
Open Day on Saturday, 13th December from 12-3 pm
to view the improvements to these Grade II listed historic cottages.
Mulled wine and mince pies.
And … to make a donation, please bring a cheque book!


 From 10 am on the 13th December Lyndhurst is hosting a Christmas Fun day.

There will be a Santa’s grotto, stalls, carol singing and lots of Christmas fun on the street.


To keep up to date with events visit http://test.minstead.org.uk/news/events/


For past copies of eNewsletters visit http://test.minstead.org.uk/news/enewsletter/


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