Clerk’s Corner – September 2019

Last month I touched briefly on the subject of VE Day 2020 when Great Britain will be commemorating the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe which marked the first phase in bringing about the end of World War II.

There are plans to change the date of the first Bank Holiday in May 2020 to Friday 8 May and we anticipate that there will be various commemorative events throughout the country on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8, 9 and 10 May.

The Parish Council would like your ideas of how our villages should celebrate.

I think it is safe to say celebrate on this occasion because although we know that many lives were lost during the course of the war newsreels from the time point to the sense of relief and celebrations that took place.

We will be holding our first meeting to start planning an event or events on Wednesday 18 September in Lyndhurst Community Centre at 7.00 pm.

We hope as many as possible of our groups and individuals will come along.

Everyone is welcome to bring their ideas to the table.

One thing is certain and that is we need to work together on this one and ensure that, as far as possible, there are no clashes of similar events.

Ideas so far include a fete, shops decorated 1940s style, a concert, cream tea, barn dance, ringing the church bells, a history exhibition, church service and, of course, if I can work in a dog show somewhere along the way – well why not!

Entries for our 2020 calendar photograph competition have now closed.

The winning photographs will form the basis for the calendar and we are still taking banner advertisements that will appear on each page of the calendar.

Please get in touch if you would like to advertise with us.

Each advertisement will cost £60 and that gives you advertising for the entire year.

We hope you liked the calendar last year and we have had some superb entries again this time.

The calendar will be distributed free to all households within the parish but there will also be an opportunity to purchase extra copies and they will be available soon.

Again, please get in touch if you would like to reserve a copy and look out for more information on the website, in the office window and on our noticeboards.

I have previously spoken briefly about our Parish Champion Awards.

There will be more information shortly but now is the time to start thinking about who you would like to see awarded in the following categories:

  • Community Spirit Award
  • Young Achiever
  • Contribution to a Better Environment
  • Parish Champion

The Award Ceremony will take place at our Annual Parish Meeting on 17 March 2020.

The meeting itself will be brief and the focus will be on the awards themselves.

I know from sitting in our office at 13 High Street that there has been a high volume of traffic in the village this summer and I have heard and listened carefully to all your concerns on the subject.

The main problems seem to be in the village centre itself and in Mill Lane, Emery Down.

Our Chairman and Councillor Bisson are part of a working group with Minstead Parish Council to try to bring some resolution to the traffic problems in Emery Down and the outlying area where knock-on effects are experienced.

In the meantime, if you are interested in the air quality levels in the High Street you can look at the sensor readings which are available on our website or by visiting

Unfortunately, it has proved necessary to increase the price of our Cemetery fees.

These have not changed for over two years now but we are sure you will agree that an adjustment to our fees is warranted in order to keep our Cemetery well maintained.

Previously we have also charged double fees to non residents who are occasionally permitted to use the Cemetery if they have a strong local connection.

This fee will, in future, be tripled.

Allotment renewal letters are being distributed to existing tenants this month.

We usually find that a few plots come back at this time so if you are considering taking on an allotment please get in touch as the winter months are a really good time to prepare the ground ready for all the lovely produce it will reward you by producing next year.

It is also a good opportunity to improve your fitness without having to resort to gym fees.

We have reassessed the size of our plots and in fairness to all our tenants from October 2020 fees will be charged more precisely on the plot size.

The next meeting of Lyndhurst Parish Council will be held on Tuesday, 10 September 2019 at 7.15 pm in Lyndhurst Community Centre and our Planning Committee will meet on Tuesday 24 September 2019 again at 7.15 pm in the Community Centre.

Margaret Weston, Clerk and RFO, Lyndhurst Parish Council,
13 High Street, Lyndhurst SO43 7BB
(email: / tel: 023 8028 4928 or 023 8081 3218).

The office is usually open to the public from 10.30 am until 1.00 pm on Friday mornings and by appointment at other times.  When paying a visit to the office it is often advisable to telephone first as, with only one member of staff who is sometimes out on site, there are occasions when it will not be open at the above time and we ask for our residents’ understanding as this is unavoidable.


Margaret Weston - Parish Clerk

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