eNewsletter 8th July 2018


Minstead Local History Group 8pm Tuesday 10th July Social Club

WoW (Women on Wednesdays) 8pm Wednesday 11th July Green Room

Study Centre 50th Anniversary Celebration 12.30pm Saturday 14th July

Free entry!

Present Laughter 7.45pm Thu 19th, Fri 20th, Sat 21st Vernon Theatre

New Forest Show 24th, 25th, 26th July

Beat Surgery 10am Saturday 28th July Venue tba

For further information click on the links above and to keep in touch follow us on Facebook.

Please let us know at minsteadpc@gmail.com if you would like us to spread the word around the Village of any incident or forthcoming event in the parish which may be of local community interest and we can include it on our Facebook page or in this weekly eNewsletter as appropriate and also put it on the Village Website calendar. Items for the eNewsletter should be with us by the preceding Friday.


Along with many in the Village the Parish Council much regrets and is deeply saddened by the closing of the Village Shop which has been in existence in one form or another for over 200 years.  We are very grateful for the number of suggestions and offers of advice and help we have received and are actively exploring possible options for the future in order to conduct a village wide survey in the near future.  This survey will ask for your thoughts, ideas and suggestions for the future and we hope to promulgate it in as many ways as possible to reach all households in the village.


At the risk of stating the obvious the current heatwave represents a hazard to the old, babies, young people and those with certain medical conditions.  There is a lot of useful advice on coping in hot weather that can be found on the NHS website and also on the Met Office website.

And perhaps even more obviously, the Fire Severity Index for the New Forest is now assessed as Very High by the Met Office, one less than the maximum rating. This is an assessment of how severe a fire could become if one were to start rather than the risk of one occurring.  The NPA website contains a lot of sensible advice on the prevention of accidental fires which can be read by clicking here.

If you spot a wildfire call 999 immediately, try to give your exact location, including any landmarks and if possible meet the fire engine to give directions.


There is not a lot of ragwort around in the Village this year (other than on the A31 central reservation!) so we suggest everyone clears what they can find this week in their own immediate neighbourhood and disposes of it with their normal rubbish collection.  If you collect a large amount please contact Councillor Richard Taylor who may be able to help.

We recommend you wear gloves and a hi-vis vest if you are on the road and you may find a small fork helpful in this dry weather.

If anyone can spare a bit of time helping Councillors clear the far side of the Glebe land (behind Congleton Close) that would be much appreciated.


For several years our Lengthsman, Stephen Short has devoted many hours in all weathers around the village clearing our footpaths to keep them passable, cleaning signs, repairing the bus shelter, maintaining street furniture, helping to resolve flooding issues, clearing ditches and a host of other small but important jobs to help keep our village functioning and looking tidy.  We are sure everyone will join us in thanking him for all he does.


8pm in the Social Club Tuesday 10th July

A further reminder that this month Carole Standeven will lead a talk about Minstead Players.  She asks that as many people as possible can attend to help identify from photographs some of the people involved over the years.

All welcome!


Free entrance!

Minstead Study Centre would like to invite you to its Big Birthday Celebration on Saturday July 14th 2018 from 12.30 to 4.30pm. The Centre has been running for 50 golden years inspiring all its thousands of visitors to ‘tread more lightly on the Earth’.
There will be lots of fun activities to enjoy: Hand to Mouth Puppet Show, music and dancing, wonderful food and much, much more.
We are aiming to put together a collage of memories and photos of all the past school visits to display at the event. We would like you to send us your fond memories/photos or bring them along and add them to the memory wall.
We all look forward to catching up with as many Villagers as possible on the day!


Many apologies to the Speedwatch Team for stating in last week’s eNewsletter that their recent activities had been in Bull Lane when in fact they were, of course, busy in Mill Lane!  This was a slip of the editor’s pen or whatever is the keyboard equivalent.

Many thanks to them for all they do!


Saturday 21 July 2018 2.30 – 5.00 pm

Emery Down and Bank Village Hall

Fun Dog Show starts at 2.45 pm with Fancy Dress for Dogs, Children and Adults, followed by Fun

Dog Classes. Cream Teas, Cake Stall and Raffe.

Entry at the gate: Adults £1 (children free), Dogs £5 for show (covers all classes).

Free Parking in adjacent field.

In aid of Emery Down Church.


There are no new planning applications for Minstead this week.

Information about planning can be found by visiting the NPA website.


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