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Minstead eNewsletter 17th January 2021

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You must stay at home except for:

  • shopping for necessities for yourself or a vulnerable person
  • going to work if you cannot work from home
  • exercising locally once a day, alone, with your household or support bubble, or with one other person
  • meeting your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary
  • seeking medical assistance, or to avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)

The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus. The vaccine is being offered in some hospitals and hundreds of local vaccination centres run by GPs.
It’s being given to:

  • some people aged 80 and over who already have a hospital appointment in the next few weeks
  • people who live or work in care homes
  • health care workers at high risk

The vaccine will be offered more widely, and at other locations, as soon as possible.

The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine. It’s important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before

For more information Click HERE

ALL SAINTS’ ”Remembering a loved one at Christmas” and Friends of Lyndhurst Surgery’s “Hope, Wishes and Prayers.” 
You are invited to an online Service of Blessing; Sunday January 24th, 2pm.

Broadcast from All Saints’ Church, Minstead.

Revd. David will lead this service to bless the many hopes, wishes, prayers and memories written at All Saints’ Minstead lychgate and at the F.O.L.S. Christmas tree in Lyndhurst High Street.  
By necessity, he will be alone in All Saints’ Church; it will not be possible for anyone else to attend in person.
Please do join him “virtually”;
  • live online via Facebook (search on Facebook for “Church of England in Lyndhurst, Emery Down and Minstead”).  It is recommended that you join the service at 1.50pm to ensure that you are ‘present’ when the service starts
  • or, once the service is over and has been uploaded, you may watch it via the Benefice YouTube Channel:   NEW FOREST BENEFICE


Following the recent tragic animal deaths on the B3078 Roger Penny Way a petition has been lodged with NFDC by Gilly Jones of New Forest Speed Awareness Campaign as follows:
“We the undersigned petition the council to add its support to calls for the introduction of an Average Speed Camera system on the B3078"

This ePetition runs from 04/01/2021 to 04/04/2021.
For a petition to be brought to Council for a full debate it must have 1,700 signatures - it currently has 824

To sign the petition Click HERE

We plan to keep the shop open during national lockdown thanks to our brilliant volunteers but ask customers to be understanding.
Please support them by keeping to government guidelines i.e. only one customer at a time,
sanitise hands, wear a face covering, pay by card if at all possible (though we will continue to
take cash if no alternative)

Our Winter Opening Hours will continue to be:
10am to 2.30pm Mon-Fri and 10am to 3.30pm Sat & Sun

In case you missed it for the month of January we are offering a 5% discount to all locals 
living in the SO43 area who are not yet shareholding Members.

If you who would like to place a telephone order for collection you should ring the shop on 0238051 8166 and we will do our best to oblige (but if a Volunteer is working on his or her own you may have to be a little patient!).  Pay when you collect.

We shall of course continue to sell cake, dairy produce, basic groceries, hot warming drinks as well as lots of locally sourced goodies including a wide range of cheeses and jams


Click HERE for the December New Forest Heart Beat Report from PCSO Richard Williams


Dear Friends
Jill's funeral is intended to be a celebration of her life which was rich and fulfilling and will be held at the Test Valley Crematorium, Ridge Lane, Romsey at 2.30pm on Friday 22nd January.  It will be live streamed for all of Jill's friends who would have liked to have been there but live a world away or who cannot come because of travel restrictions due to the pandemic. The video of the service will be available for a further 28 days.

In these unusual times, while we are able to have people at the funeral, numbers are limited. If you are able to and wish to join the family then please contact me directly.

There is a tribute page set up for Jill which has all the details of the service and the weblink for the live stream:

Please feel free to pass this link on to anyone you think will want to know of it. Many of you have sent wonderful memories and tributes to Jill. We will include what we can in the service. However, we cannot include everything and after the funeral has taken place we will upload all of the kind words, video/audio to the link above.

You were all important to Jill and I hope you are able to join us in celebrating her life in whichever way feels most appropriate to each of you.

Tim Holt

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