Village Halls Available for Hire
The Village Halls website is now part of this website. Go to the Village Halls Section for booking details.
East Boldre WW1 Project
East Boldre Hedgehog Rescue
East Boldre resident Louise Godden is a member of the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and registered with them as a carer.
Hedgehogs will be getting ready to hibernate soon. They need to weigh 600g to survive hibernation. Putting cat or dog food out now, under a makeshift feeding station if you are worried about other diners, a few bricks with a roof slate on top or an upturned plastic crate with a 4 inch square door cut out, could save a hedgehogs life.
Injured or sick hedgehogs need help. or call Louise on 07595709617.
War Memorial Restored
Decades of wind and rain have taken their toll on the war memorial plaque at East Boldre Village Hall. Recently, however, the missing letters have been replaced and, as soon as the weather is a little warmer, the lettering will be repainted by Sue Adams, a village hall volunteer. The lettering was restored by Allstone Stonemasons of Southampton who offered their services free of charge.
Visit our Village Hall War Memorial page to find out more about the local soldiers who died in the two world wars.
East Boldre Education Trust
The East Boldre Education Trust has monies that could be granted to children who live in the parish and have educational needs or for very talented children.
Contact Jan Saunders on 01590 612085
Sports & Social Club Update
The East Boldre & Beaulieu Sports & Social Club building will be leased to the Swamp Rats Motorbike Club from 1st July 2012. Read more.
The Beaulieu Letters Restored
The Beaulieu Letters, which date back to the New Forest Flying School at East Boldre, are being restored and the restoration will be featured in the BBC programme, ‘A Great British Story’. Never heard of them? Read all about it on our Local History Page.
Speed Limit Reminder
Too many drivers are speeding through the village. Read more.
Join Community SpeedWatch and do something about it. Read more.
At this time of year, everything in the garden should be rosy – but beware of shed burglars.
After a recent spate of things being stolen from sheds in the Hythe area, the Safer New Forest Partnership is urging residents to take extra steps to protect garden and allotment sheds, outdoor stores and garages from intruders.
New Forest Chief Inspector Tony Rowlinson said: “Make sure you secure everything and don’t leave anything of high value on show or unprotected.”
To reduce the risk of your outdoor premises becoming the target of thieves, the following advice can help improve your security:
Ensure that all outside storage facilities, such as sheds and containers, are locked with a heavy duty secure padlock. Safer New Forest offers a high quality alarmed padlock for £10, which can be purchased through New Forest District Council information centres.
Improve outdoor security with external passive infra-red lights, CCTV and alarms.
Do not park vehicles or store large items, such as bins, against a fence as this will provide easier access to your property.
Keep tools and high-value goods out of sight and locked away. Store your most valuable items inside your main property if possible.
Report any suspicious activity, including descriptions of suspects and vehicle number plates, to police on 101. In an emergency, dial 999.
If you have access to the internet, or can pop into your local library to use their computers, visit www.crimereports.co.uk to see the actual crime reported to police in your area.
The Partnership also urges householders to take steps to protect their hanging baskets, flower tubs, barbecues, garden ornaments, patio sets and patio heaters.
To secure hanging baskets to their brackets, loop heavy gauge wire in and out of the basket and run it up one of the chains to the bracket where it can be wound round a few times before running it back down to the basket again.
Lockable hanging baskets are available from the internet and garden centres.
The Partnership reminds residents to protect their valuable outdoor furniture, such as gas barbecues, patio heaters and patio sets, bikes and garden machinery, by property-marking and photographing them. They can also register their property for free on www.immobilise.com
Cllr Jill Cleary, NFDC portfolio holder for Housing and Communities, said: “New Forest residents take great pride in their gardens and spend a lot of time and money in nurturing them. To prevent the heartache and loss that garden crime causes, I urge all our local gardeners to take these simple measures to protect their property.”
Be sun aware - that’s the message from New Forest District Council as it launches a campaign to help reduce the number of people diagnosed with skin cancer in the New Forest.
The New Forest has the second highest rate of malignant melanoma (skin cancer) in England, which is why the council hopes its campaign will encourage people to protect themselves in the sun and regularly check their skin for signs of skin cancer.
Nine out of ten skin cancer cases are preventable if simple measures are followed and the majority of skin cancers can be cured if detected early enough.
Residents are advised to use a high protection sunscreen of at least SPF30 with a high UVA rating, to check all their skin every month, and to tell their doctor about any changes to a mole or area of skin. Remember - if in doubt, always check it out!
Councillor Di Brooks (pictured), New Forest District Council’s portfolio holder for health and leisure, said: “The New Forest is a wonderful place to spend time outdoors and some sunshine can be good for us – often giving us a sense of wellbeing.
“However, over exposure to the sun can lead to a range of skin problems and potentially skin cancer.
“Skin cancer is a prevalent health issue for us in the New Forest and by raising sun awareness we hope to reduce the number of residents diagnosed with skin cancer in the future. We also want to encourage people to regularly self-examine so they can detect any signs of skin cancer early and see their GP quicker. This could save lives.”
Over the summer the council is attending several community events and talking to local groups about sun awareness. A sun awareness leaflet and spotting skin cancer leaflet are available from council information offices and leisure centres. It is also available on the council’s website www.newforest.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=14224 If you are a community group and would like more copies of the leaflets, contact the communications team on 023 8028 5588.
Special exercise classes are now available in the New Forest to offer a steadying hand and help prevent the risk of injury.
Steady and strong exercise classes
New Forest District Council, in partnership with Hampshire County Council and Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust now run special exercise classes for older people who are unsteady on their feet or have recently suffered a fall.
They provide specific targeted exercise to increase muscle strength, develop coordination and improve balance, flexibility and confidence. They also offer social interaction and, above all, a great opportunity for people to have fun!
Classes are currently held at:
Lyndhurst, Fenwick2 Health and Wellbeing Centre
Contact 02380 282862
Quaker Court, Ringwood
Thursdays 10am and 11am
Contact Gilly Ostler on 07817 233707
Avonway Community Centre, Fordingbridge
Contact Gilly Ostler on 07817 233707
Totton and Eling Community Centre (from 1st July)
Contact Jacqui Hewitt on 07710 478185/02380 360625
Hythe Medical Centre
Mondays 10.30am and 11.30am
Contact Gilly Ostler on 07817 233707
Wednesdays 10.45am (from July)
Contact Sally Crumpler on 07895 003910
Lymington Health and Leisure Centre, Pennington
Contact Tony Winslow on 02380 285588
Andrews Lodge, 66-66a Southampton Road in Lymington
Contact Sally Crumpler on 07895 003910.
Here are some comments from the people who attend:
"An excellent set of exercises which work well with those given to me by my physiotherapist."
"I find it a little easier to get in and out of the bath now. I find I often walk around my flat without a stick and don't miss it."
Make your outdoor buildings burglar-proof
With Springtime just around the corner, you may be thinking of clearing out your sheds and garages to prepare for the year ahead.
If so, the Safer New Forest Partnership is offering a low-priced but highly-effective alarmed padlock to help householders secure their outdoor buildings and protect their property from intruders.
"Many people think 'It couldn't happen to me', but you could become a victim of theft if you leave your property unsecured," said Cllr Jill Cleary, New Forest District Council portfolio holder for Housing and Communities.
"Don't be complacent - make sure your sheds, garages and any other outbuildings are securely locked with a good quality device."
The Safer New Forest Partnership offers residents a high quality alarmed padlock for £10 which can be purchased at New Forest District Council information centres across the district, as they're too heavy to post.
The Partnership also reminds residents to protect their valuable outdoor furniture, such as gas barbecues, patio heaters and patio sets, bikes and garden machinery, by property-marking and photographing them. They can also register their property for free on www.immobilise.com
"The New Forest is a relatively low-crime area but that's no excuse for apathy," said New Forest Chief Inspector Tony Rowlinson. "I would advise all householders to protect their property, especially when it is left in outdoor buildings which may be easier to access. Lock your outbuildings and remember if you don't, you may not be covered by your insurance."
For information about the work of the Safer New Forest Partnership visit: www.safer.newforest.gov.uk or contact Community Safety co-ordinator Stephanie Bennett on 023 8028 5588, email email@example.com
Rachel Pearson, resident agent for Beaulieu Estate, informed East Boldre Parish CouncilCouncil that the closed East Boldre & Beaulieu Sports & Social Club building will be leased to the Swamp Rats Motorbike Club from 1st July and introduced Trevor Bradford from the club. He stated that the club will use the building on Wednesday evenings for a meeting and Saturday evenings for a social get together up to 11:00-11:30 pm. There are currently twelve members. Some meetings might involve more people from other clubs. They undertake a lot of fund raising activities.
Following questions from councillors, Mr Bradford confirmed that the club has been meeting in pubs but that that alcohol would not be for sale in their new venue. Club members have varying types of bikes and live in different areas. They would not all arrive and leave at the same time. No bike maintenance would be carried out at the premises. He assured the meeting that they will respect residents and the area and was anxious to allay any concerns over potential noise.
1 Protect Your Bike from Thieves
New Forest cyclists of all ages are urged to protect their bikes from thieves by security marking them and locking them securely when unattended.
Bicycles left unlocked outdoors are prime targets for thieves, says the Safer New Forest Partnership.
As an incentive to keep bikes secure, the Partnership is offering a gold standard D lock for just £16, available from New Forest District Council information offices. This is a much reduced price on similar quality products in the shops.
Securing bikes with this toughened lock will act as a visible deterrent to thieves.
Cllr Jill Cleary, NFDC portfolio holder for Housing and Communities, said: "The New Forest is a very safe area to live, but opportunist crime still exists and unlocked cycles are stolen from front gardens, public sites and in the street.
"New Forest police officers are actively targeting cycle thieves, but please do your bit to keep your bike secure.
"The Partnership is pleased to support the sale of these high quality cycle D locks in the council's information offices. These have been tested and proved very successful. Giving local cyclists the opportunity to buy one at such a low price will help reduce bike thefts in the future."
The Safer New Forest Partnership also urges bike owners to make a note of their bike's serial number and security mark their property with a product such as Crimestoppers Property Protector fluid.
Pupils and students who cycle are reminded to secure their bikes at school and college, even if they are left in a locked bike store or CCTV protected area. Remember to secure or remove your lights too.
The Partnership supports the Immobilise website www.immobilise.com where you can register your bikes and other property for free. The police then use this information to reunite stolen or lost property with its rightful owner.
If you have information about cycle thieves, call Hampshire Police on 101 and ask to be put through to the Safer Neighbourhood Team for your area.
2 Be Seen by Motorists on Dark Winter Days
Cyclists are urged to take extra care and make sure they are seen by other road users on the dark winter roads.
The Safer New Forest Partnership reminds cyclists to switch on their bike lights, even in late afternoon and always in bad weather.
New Forest District Council Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities, Cllr Jill Cleary said: "If you're cycling and haven't already got lights fitted to your bike, please invest in a set and remember, the law intends you to stay safe."
She added: "Please wear a helmet and reflective clothing too - they could save your life. Think 'Can I be seen?' before you start cycling on the winter roads."
Think about keeping safe on the road with this handy checklist from the Safer New Forest Partnership:
Two bike security products are now available at New Forest District Council information offices at Appletree Court, Lyndhurst; Lymington Town Hall; Hythe; Ringwood Gateway; Fordingbridge and Totton.
In addition, the Safer New Forest Partnership supports the Immobilise website www.immobilise.com where you can register your bikes and other property for free. The police then use this information to reunite stolen or lost property with its rightful owner. Please use this.
More information can be found on www.safer.newforest.gov.uk
There is shortly to be a change in District Council policy regarding the issue of sandbags as explained below. Will you please be aware of this change should any member of the public make enquiries regarding the provision of sandbags.
For several years the District Council has provided sandbags for collection from various locations and during some events have delivered sandbags to properties. However, as the property owner is probably aware, it is the responsibility of property owners to take all necessary steps to protect their own property against flooding and the Council does not have a duty to provide sandbags for this purpose.
There are now many flood protection products available to property owners that offer better performance and a much enhanced level of protection compared to sandbags and which, in the long-term, are more environmentally sustainable. They range from simple door guards and air brick covers to complete protection systems.
In recognition of this growing market in property-level flood protection products, and of increasing concerns about the unsustainable nature of using sandbags due to their short life and limited effectiveness, the Council proposes to stop making sandbags available to the general public from Spring next year.
The National Flood Forum, an independent national charity which helps people to prepare for flooding in order to prevent it or mitigate its impacts, publishes the 'Blue Pages', a directory of products and services designed to help protect against flooding. This can be viewed at www.nationalfloodforum.org.uk or a copy obtained by contacting The National Flood Forum, Snuff Mill Warehouse, Bewdley, Worcestershire. DY12 2EL. Tel: 01299 403 055. This information should be of help to anyone who is likely to suffer flooding.
If you have any queries on the above please contact Stuart Beaton on telephone number 023 8028 5588
Parents and carers are urged to get the facts about legal highs and talk to their teenagers about drug use.
Legal highs are substances that are designed to mimic the effects of illegal drugs like ecstasy and cocaine but are not controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act. But just because a substance is sold as 'legal', doesn't mean that it's safe.
The Safer New Forest Partnership website www.safer.newforest.gov.uk features a link to a factbook which gives information and practical advice on legal highs and club drugs to help parents understand the issues and discuss drug use with their children.
The publication has been produced by The Angelus Foundation, a charity dedicated to reducing the dangers to young people caused by legal highs, the ADFAM charity, which helps families with drugs and alcohol issues, and the Drugs Clinic at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.
The handbook also signposts young people to www.whynotfindout.org which will inform them about legal highs, their toxicity and their effects.
"If parents can have informed conversations about legal highs with their children, it will help young people make the right decisions and can potentially save lives," said Cllr Jill Cleary, New Forest District Council portfolio holder for housing and communities.
"I hope parents and carers of teenage children, in particular, will read the Angelus Foundation handbook and get the facts about legal highs, which many people know little about.
"It could stop your child from experimenting with these drugs."
East Boldre Parish Council is about to embark on an exciting new project with grant funding from HCC and NFNPA. This will involve collating memories and social history from East Boldre residents who were born and brought up in the village.
This research will explore how the village has changed over the years. We will record and transcribe memories from residents, then create an interpretation trail linking the village together and forming a community thread.
The trail will run from Hatchet Pond to East End, providing fascinating social history interpretation which will be sited in the BT kiosks as well as in other village locations. Interpretation will include QR codes which link to the Parish Council website where more extensive information and audio transcriptions will be available.
There will be plenty of opportunities for residents to get involved throughout the project, with creative roadshows and a community celebration when the project is complete.
Parish Clerk - Mrs N Curzon
PO Box 389
O7562 985 631
12th July 2019
With much thought and deliberation over the past few months, the parish council raised a proposal to consolidate all allotment plots onto allotment site 1, at the Parish Council Meeting on 9th July 2019.
East Boldre Parish Council rent the land on which the allotments are situated from the Forestry England. The agreement is that this land will be used for garden allotments. The allotments act 1908-1950 states that garden allotment plots must be used to grow flowers, fruit and vegetables for personal consumption only. Following consultation and guidance from the NSALG legal team, the council gave notice to terminate the leases of plots 12-24 and plots 27-31 inclusively, which must be vacated by 1st April 2020 because the plot holders were growing produce which are considered commercial ententes. It is abundantly clear that the space at allotment 1 meets all the requirements for allotments. There is therefore no case for holding allotment site 2 unless there is a major campaign to find many more allotment holders from within the parish. Previous campaigns have not been successful, there is currently no waiting list for plots.
Any future use of the allotment land is in the responsibility of Forestry England not the parish council. East Boldre Parish Council might choose to delay giving the land back in order to gain some other advantage. This is the best the parish council can do.
Residents of the parish may wish to express their views in writing to the parish council by Friday 26th July. All views will be considered before our next meeting on August 13th and a decision made at this meeting.
You may know that a working group for the Parish Council is in the process of developing an Emergency Plan for the Parish. An essential part of this development is to distribute questionnaires to all households seeking your support as volunteers to assist the village in the event of a serious incident, like a major fire or weather/loss of power event.
If you have received a form and would like to help but have not yet completed it, could we encourage you to do so. Forms can preferably be returned via the village shop or you can leave a message with your address on 612858 for it to be collected. If you do not have a form blank versions are available in the village shop.
Many households have, thank you, already offered their help as well as a number of significant local businesses. Any further assistance offered will give us more flexibility in the unlikely event of an incident; so if you're able and willing to help please complete the form.
We are already drafting the plan later in the year it will go the Hampshire Council for approval. Once approved it can be called into action by the Emergency services or by ourselves if necessary. An approved plan also allows to apply for Grants to support our emergency support and recovery activities.
Saturday Bus Service Cancelled
Due to Hampshire County Council cuts, the 112 Saturday bus service ceased running in April this year. At the request of the Parish Council, HCC invited tenders for a replacement taxi or minibus service replacing the bus service once a day on a Saturday. Only one company responded, unfortunately their quote was excessive and would be unsustainable.
The Parish Council has been working hard to find alternative transport to replace the bus service:
The council is also looking into the possibility of working with Community First New Forest, who hire out their minibuses and have a list of Midas trained drivers who might be prepared to run a return service on a Saturday. Before setting up a replacement minibus service, the council will need to establish who is likely to use this service and appropriate times for the service to run. This service might run once or twice each month rather than weekly.
Several complaints have been made about inconsiderate parking which at times blocks access to Matthews Lane completely and often reduces visibility for residents driving in and out of the lane. The council is looking in to various options to improve this but top of the list is a request to shop visitors to park considerately!
Cllr Husband has researched the possibility of HCC painting road markings over the entrance of the Lane, however the case for carrying out this work is evidence based and HCC is unlikely to approve line painting work. Cllr Husband will contact HCC again to request painting 'Keep Clear' over the entrance.
The clerk has now contacted Jayne Albery if the parish council can mount a convex mirror on the telegraph pole opposite the entrance of Matthews Lane to increase visibility. A request to move the dragon's teeth forward in front of the BT kiosk has also be made. This will prevent people from parking perpendicular to the kiosk, which reduces access to Matthews Lane.
The clerk will research the possibility of installing signs on the external walls of the properties on either side of Matthews Lane: 'Keep clear at all times - Road in constant use'.
Cllr Drodge will speak to the South Baddesley School bus driver to request that they do not park opposite Matthews Lane.
For further information and minutes from parish council meetings please see the parish council website: http://www.eastboldre-pc.gov.uk/Meetings_and_Minutes/Meetings_and_Minutes.aspx
Transition New Forest are urging parish councils to declare a climate change crisis. They have offered plenty of ideas on how the Parish Council could make a difference. We would like to encourage for residents to:
NFZCA team are hosting "Climate Emergency: Turn Challenge into Opportunity - towards a Zero Carbon New Forest". Date: 8th November 2019, 7pm (doors: 6.30pm). Location: Brockenhurst Village Hall, Highwood Road, SO42 7RY.
East Boldre Parish Council meeting dates for the next year, are as follows: 12th November 2019, 10th December 2019 (only if urgent business), 14th Jan 2020, 11th Feb 2020, 10th Mar 2020 (Annual Parish Meeting), 14th Apr 2020, 12th May 2020 (Annual Council Meeting), 9th June 2020, 14th July 2020, 11th Aug 2020 (only if urgent business), 8th Sept 2020, 13th Oct 2020, 10th Nov 2020
Meetings are held in East Boldre Village Hall at 7pm (on the second Tuesday of each month.) Residents are welcome to attend as observers and can speak during the public session. For further information, minutes and agendas, please see the parish council website: http://www.eastboldrepc.gov.uk/Meetings_and_Minutes/Meetings_and_Minutes.aspx
The recordings for the East Boldre Oral History project (EBOH) are now going well, with several transcribed recordings, and plenty of fascinating stories being told. There is a huge sense of pride amongst those who have contributed to the recordings, and many more names are being put forward by residents.
On behalf of the parish council, Cllr Hawker thanked Mike Upton for all his hard work creating an emergency plan for the village. The draft plan has been sent to the resilience team in Winchester. With just a few minor changes, the plan will be approved.
County Councillor report
Cllr Mans told the council that HCC has now approved their budget for the next 2 years:
The County Council will be looking into more effective and long-term ways to fund social care.
HCC is investing in electric vehicles and within a few years their entire fleet will be electric. More charging points will be made available across the county.
Cllr Mans is a trustee on the East Boldre Education Trust. Their grant allocation meeting last month had to be postponed because no grant applications have been received. East Boldre Education Trust was set up when the village lost its primary school. Grant funds are available annually to children in the village who need financial support; for example, to purchase a musical instrument. Funding is also available to schools or educational groups working with children from East Boldre. For further information please contact Jan Saunders on 01590 612085. If anyone in the village requires help making an East Boldre Education Trust grant application, parish councillors may be able to assist. (Please see parish council website for councillor contact details)
District Councillor Report
NFDC Local Plan has been broadly agreed by government inspectors, with a minor revision - to build 10400 houses (reduced from 10500) outside the National Park boundaries.
Cllr Harris, Cllr Holmes and Tim Davis from NFDC have now received a range of possible dates from the Beaulieu Estate, for a meeting to discuss the proposal to build affordable housing at Strawberry Fields.
Climate Change is a major issue at NFDC, the district council is looking into ways of reducing carbon emissions. Recycling policies are also under review.
Parking around Matthews Lane
The clerk contacted NFDC to request the installation of a convex mirror on the post opposite Matthews Lane, in order to increase visibility for residents leaving the Lane. Unfortunately, this request was turned down, but Cllr Gabzdyl will contact HCC because there is already a precedence for convex mirrors in the village.
A resident from Matthews Lane has organised a meeting with Nick Warlock of Forestry England to try and resolve the parking issues around Matthews Lane. If this is unsuccessful, the council will organise a meeting in East Boldre with NFDC, HCC, Forestry England and parish councillors in order to resolve the parking issues.
The Bus Shelter.
The clerk has filled in a Safer New Forest questionnaire, noting the issues around the bus shelter, this has been returned to NFDC. Residents are encouraged to report crimes to the police, if there is an increase in crime it will be resourced with extra police. Cllr Hawker circulated documents from Duffield Parish Council which will be discussed by councillors at a later date. With the onset of winter, the issue of groups of people gathering around the bus shelter is not currently a problem. However, both the clerk and Cllr Harris will contact the community police officer again and request that he attends the parish council meeting on 14th January 2020.
The Village Emergency Plan.
The plan is almost complete and the Parish Council will now purchase equipment including a first aid kit and mega-phones which will be stored in the Village Hall and School Fields Trust Hall. There will be a final emergency plan meeting in January, councillors and residents of East Boldre will be invited to attend.
East Boldre Parish Council
PO BOX 389
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