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Minstead eNewsletter 2nd February 2021

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The NHS in Hampshire and Isle of Wight is continuing to vaccinate patients against coronavirus during the biggest immunisation programme in history. 

The programme aims to save as many lives as possible, as quickly as possible, and reduce the pressure on the NHS. 

Over ten million people across the UK have already had vaccine doses.

If you have questions about the vaccine, you can find up-to-date information, including the latest advice and guidance about the COVID-19 vaccinations Click HERE

The NHS will contact you when it is your turn to receive the vaccine, please do not contact them. 

CENSUS 21st MARCH 2021

This will be the first Census run mainly online and you’ll get a letter to your household with a unique access code. You are encouraged to complete the questionnaire on your computer, phone or tablet if possible.

Census information is used by charities, central and local government, and others, to put services and funding in the places where they are most needed. Which is why it is so important everyone takes part. NFDC use it for nearly all services it provides, from planning to housing, and waste collection to their website. 

Households will get their letters with the online codes from early March. 

The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations. 

For more information, Click HERE  


There are a number of elections due to take place on Thursday 6 May. These include the delayed Police and Crime Commissioner election from May 2020, along with the Hampshire County Council elections and a number of Town & Parish by-elections, either delayed or arising since May 2020.

Given the ongoing pandemic these arrangements are being kept under review but for the time being preparations are continuing including work to ensure polling places will be covid-secure
For this election you might prefer to vote by post or by proxy. 
To apply to vote by post or proxy Click HERE 


A vacancy has arisen following the impending retirement of the present Clerk at the end of May. The successful candidate may be expected to liaise with the present Clerk before she retires. The position is for 10 hours a week, mainly home based. Salary is commensurate with experience within LGS Scale for Local Government Employees. For more details about the position. Click HERE 


Click HERE for the January New Forest Heart Beat Report from PCSO Richard Williams
Details for the Police and Fire Service for the village can be found HERE 


A small conversation about mental health has the power to make a big difference. Time to Talk Day is aimed at getting people talking about mental health to end the stigma surrounding it.

We are all affected in different ways by day-to-day life and past experiences. Many people have found their mental health negatively affected by the pandemic and now is the time to talk about it.

Whether you speak in person to someone you live with, call a family member, text a friend or post on social media, Thursday 4 February is the time to start talking about your mental health.

To find out more about Time to Talk Day 2021 and get involved Click HERE


With the three church buildings still closed, on the YouTube channel you can catch up with any of Revd David’s online services; in particular a special Service of Lament and Hope, recorded on Sunday 31st January.    A way of acknowledging grief and loss whilst holding onto hope. 

At 6pm every evening during February, do join Revd. David via Facebook for a time of prayer.

With Easter Sunday on April 4th this year, to begin Lent (on Feb 17th,) there will be a live streamed Ash Wednesday service at 7.30pm via the Facebook Page.

For Lent, Revd. David will be running a course called “Two’s Company” about becoming a church which refuses to ignore those in or community who struggle with ‘hunger’, ‘thirst’, ‘inclusion’, ‘poverty’ sickness’ and ‘isolation’.  

Friday March 5th “The Big Sleep”, Alabare’s charity fundraising flagship event against homelessness, will be replaced for the second year running by “Big Sleep at Home”.  You can sign up through Eventbrite.

Lastly, at Christmas the Lychgate at All Saints’ became a focus for your prayers, thoughts and memories.  This opportunity will continue; for the rest of this year, you will be able to write names and thoughts on a wooden roundel and hang it there as a prayer.  Information at the lychgate. 

More information on the Benefice website

Get in touch via the website or by ringing 023 8028 3175


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This year the annual parish meeting will be held on the 10th March at 7.30pm over Zoom.  Please join the meeting to hear what the Parish Council has been doing over the past year. Meeting joining details will follow in early March.

NFDC's planning team have introduced a new duty planning officer system. 

The officer can assist you with simple questions such as:

  • general advice on planning considerations and permitted development rights
  • how to apply for pre-application advice and what this service involves
  • how to apply for planning permission and general advice can be given on requirements for validating planning applications

The appointments are on the phone for 15 minutes and can be booked online 14 days in advance at

The New Forest Awakening Festival

New Forest organisations, businesses and charities are taking you behind the scenes to learn about the nature and climate emergencies – and everyone’s invited 

This Festival is led by the New Forest National Park Authority with a range of partners is an online festival throughout February.
 Festival programme, with more events being added daily, is available Click


We have a number of exciting new products to tempt you in February:
·      Home cooked frozen ready meals supplied by Mange Tout Catering
·      A range of breads including ciabattas, sourdough, croissants and cinnamon buns supplied by 108 The Bakery.
·      Local sausages and bacon from Tatchbury.
·      A new range of gifts from New Forest Aromatics.
·      Children’s toys (sold in aid of the Church).
We shall of course continue to sell cake, dairy produce, basic groceries, hot warming drinks and lots of other locally sourced goodies including a range of cheeses and jams.
Thanks to our brilliant volunteers we are able to keep the shop open during national lockdown 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 and pay by card if at all possible (though we will continue to take cash if no alternative)
Our Winter Opening Hours are now :
10am to 3.00pm Mon-Fri and 10am to 3.30pm Sat & Sun
If you who would like to place a telephone order for collection you should ring the shop on 023 8051 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.


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