eNewsletter 9th September 2018


Local History Group 8pm Tuesday 11th September Social Club

School Veg Garden Course 2-5pm Friday 14th September Minstead Study Centre
Beat Surgery 11am Saturday 22nd September Trusty Servant pub.

Elf and Fairy Day 11am-3pm Friday 28th September Furzey Gardens

Macmillan coffee morning 10.30am Friday 28th September All Saints Church
Click on the links above to find out more.
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As mentioned in an earlier Newsletter the Royal British Legion is inviting the public to take part in a movement to say ‘Thank You’ to the First World War generation who served, sacrificed, rebuilt and changed the nation. In support of the ‘Thank You’ movement the RBL is offering for donation a variety of silhouettes to symbolise the communities that took part in WW1 and who shaped the nation as we know it today. The silhouettes are near life-size and can be fixed to a wall or attached to an upright post in public or private spaces. The Parish Council is asking for donations to pay for a Classic Tommy  to be situated by the War Memorial on the Village Green.

If you would like to make a donation, however small, please contact

Helen Bennett at helenbennettpc@yahoo.com tel 023 8081 2358 or

Alan Ferguson at alanfergusonpc@btinternet.com tel 023 8081 3838

who can provide you with payment methods.

Any excess above the cost of £250 will be donated to the Royal British Legion.


Your Oil Order for September should be with MinsteadOil by 9am on Wednesday 19th September with anticipated delivery by the end of the month.

Subsequent Oil orders will be at 4 week intervals until the December one on the 5th to get delivery before Christmas.


Following the Annual Parish Meeting on March 21st the Parish Council has been very frustrated by the lack of progress and information from Openreach.  During August we escalated the matter within Openreach, Hampshire County Council, and via our MP.  This has resulted in some updated information.

On work that Openreach are already committed to, providing fibre broadband to some further areas of the village they say ‘Work on the local distribution fibres is currently not started and isn’t due to start until late 2018/early 2019 with the network being live mid 2019……………The local surveying/planning is due to complete within the next 2-3 months and at that point we will get a clear line of sight to a completion date’.

For our proposed Community Fibre Partnership, Openreach now expect to have a proposed solution and cost by the end of September.  This is for work to provide fibre broadband to many areas of the village that would not otherwise be covered.  This will allow us to access Hampshire County Council funding, but also requires some community contribution.  Until the scheme is agreed and funded we will not have possible installation dates for this.

Please note that all previous dates supplied by Openreach have slipped!


Many thanks to all who helped with this year’s Village Fete.  Despite the weather there was a good turnout and we raised a fantastic £1215.50 to be shared between the Church and SSAFA.

The Divisional Secretary of SSAFA has written as follows:

“Thank you all in Minstead for considering SSAFA New Forest Division as the recipient of a share of your profits from your fete.  £608.25 is an amazingly generous sum to come our way and I can assure you it will be used locally and wisely to help veterans in the New Forest.  Many thanks to you all for your hard work and generosity”

The breakdown of “takings” was as follows:

Books                    76.90

Refreshments        389 50

Dogs Trust            37.60

Tombola                 126.00

Coconut Shy etc     38.00

Cake weight          7.50

Card Lady              5.00

Coconut expense    25.00-

TOTAL                  680.50

Donation from

Trusty Servant      535.00

GRAND TOTAL   1215.50


The next Production by Minstead Players will be

“Don’t Get Your Vicars in a Twist” by Ann Gawthorpe and Lesley Brown

7.30pm Friday 16th November and Saturday 17th November in the Hall.


Lunch time walk in sessions at Lyndhurst Surgery will be available from 12-1 pm each day from Monday 17th Sept but the MAIN walk in clinic will be held from

2.15 – 5 pm on WEDNESDAY 19 SEPTEMBER.

Booked appointments can also be made in the extended surgery sessions throughout September and October (from the 17th September).

Visit http://www.lyndhurstsurgery.org.uk/ or ring 023 8028 2689 for further information.


Very many thanks to all those who have offered help.  We shall be taking this initiative forward and provide an update in due course.


You may already be aware that the M27 is undergoing major improvements.  The motorway will be closed between junctions 3 and 4 over three separate weekends in the next year with the first starting on Friday 28/09/18 at 2200 until the early hours of Sunday for the demolition and replacement of the west bridge.

This will mean lengthy tailbacks into the west and may well cause heavy congestion in the eastern part of the district as drivers attempt to avoid the lengthy diversions by driving through local roads.


The next Wiggle sportive event is taking place in the New Forest on the 15th and 16th of September. It doesn’t come through Minstead but might cause problems travelling round.  Further details of the route and other information can be found by clicking here.


The following Planning Applications are out for consultation:

Application No:      18/00591

Address:                    Land Of Williams Farm, Lyndhurst Road, Minstead,  Lyndhurst, SO43 7FP

Proposal:                 Replacement barn; demolition of existing barn

Comment by:        Friday 14th September

Application No:      18/00656

Address:                    Minstead Social Club

Proposal:                   Creation of covered seating area

Comment by:          Thursday 27th September

Application No:      18/00654

Address:                    Skymers, Stoney Cross, Minstead

Proposal:                Stables; hardstanding

Comment by:            Thursday 27th September

Application No:      18/00653

Address:               Stable Cottage, Acres Down Farm, Minstead

Proposal:                Two storey rear extension; first floor side extension

Comment by:                   Monday 24th September

Application No:             18/00642

Address:                           Sir Walter Tyrell, Canterton Lane, Brook

Proposal:                          Retention of mobile home for residential use (Staff Accommodation)

Comment by:                   Friday 28th September

Visit the NPA website for further information


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