Clerk’s Corner – March 2020

As I write this month’s article our Planning Committee Chairman and some fellow Councillors are preparing to visit the offices of Hoburne in Christchurch to hear more about their proposals for the site of the former Lyndhurst Park Hotel.

We understand Hoburne hope to be able to save the oldest part of the hotel which has architectural and heritage merit.

Their representatives have been along to the Planning Department at the New Forest National Park Authority to discuss preliminary ideas for the site and it is gratifying, at this stage, to know that they are keen to engage with the Parish Council at local level as well.

This is such an important part of our village and it is so important that everyone gets whatever comes next absolutely right.

I am almost into single figures now with the last few remaining copies of the 2020 calendar so if you would like a copy please call at our office or the Community Centre.

They are £3 each.

Plans are well in hand for our Annual Parish Meeting.

Like many other Parish and Town Councils we have been looking at ways to use this meeting to engage with all of you.

The actual meeting will have a shortened form this year with a written report to compliment the actual meeting.

There will be an opportunity for all of you, our residents, to have your say with your ideas on projects the Parish Council could be working on in the future.

This will be followed by the Parish Champion Awards which will also be taking on another form this year.

There will be four awards – one each for Community Spirit, Youth Achievement, Environmental Awareness and our highest accolade, the Parish Champion Award itself.

Do you have an ideas as to who the winners might be this year.

If not, please come along and find out.

There will also be some very nice refreshments during the evening, supplied from the new Community Centre menu.

VE day

The village and surrounding area are really starting to come together to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.

Events will be taking place between Friday 8 May and Sunday 10 May.

The Community Centre are planning a mainly nostalgic event replicating the sort of celebrations that would have taken place in 1945 but with a modern flavour.

There will be a wartime themed film, scrumptious tea and very interesting talk from our local historian, Angela Trend centred on how both World Wars affected our community.

I don’t think Angela will mind me giving away one piece of information that she has unearthed and that was the fact that a Messerschmitt crashed on the outskirts of the village and was brought back to a High Street garage, minus its wings, where people took it in turns to sit inside.

As mentioned last month, Angela is working to produce a lasting legacy in the form of a leaflet and we also hope to be able to engage with shopkeepers to display information on how their shop was used in the 1940s by having a display in their window.

Another idea is to have information in shop windows about people who fought and died in the two world wars.

Angela is working with Councillor Fiona Green and local resident Claire Wickens but she is also seeking as much support and information as possible from anyone who has a connection with Lyndhurst.

Angela has asked for this short piece to be included in this column as follows:

On Saturday 9 May we will be holding our Picnic on the Pitch event which will, in fact, encompass both Coles Mead Recreation Ground where the Junior Football Club will be holding their Fun Day and the Wellands Road ground where the Parish Council event and dog show will take place.

Our event will be much the same as the events we have held on an occasional basis since 2012 but with the added twist of being slanted towards the 1940s with lots of attractions from then and now which we hope will blend together for your enjoyment.

There will be a Dog Show as well.

If you would like to take a stall please contact Councillor Barbara Preddy (email: )

Telephone Box

Our Vice Chairman Suttichai Se-Upara has come up with an idea for the redundant red telephone box that is at present languishing in Councillor Adrian Wiltshire’s garden.

Why not turn it into a small tourist information centre?

A position could be found somewhere in the village where it would not cause an obstruction and visitors could obtain leaflets and information from it concerning what there is for them to do in Lyndhurst and the wider New Forest area.


Margaret Weston, Clerk to Lyndhurst Parish Council,
13 High Street, Lyndhurst SO43 7BB

(email: or telephone 023 8028 4928).

When paying a visit to the office please note our opening hours are Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 10.00 am to 12.30 pm.  If you require disabled access please contact us in advance so that arrangements can be made to meet you elsewhere in the village.


Margaret Weston - Parish Clerk

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