March 2016

After an epic Clerk’s Corner last month I will try to keep it short and snappy for March in the hope that you will all still be awake by the time you have finished reading it!

Plans for Paws in the Park 2016 are continuing.  We have Terena Plowright, her border collie Sweep and her gorgeous ducks coming to give an arena display.

Also, Jon Cuthill has agreed to make room in his busy schedule to come along and open/MC the event for us.  There is still a lot to do and if anyone out there feels like helping please get in touch.

There is still a lot to do and if anyone out there feels like helping please get in touch.

Last month I mentioned the 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and we had this as an Agenda item for our February meeting.

George Bisson reported that the Village Lights and Decorations Committee would be willing to put up some flags in the High Street if the Parish Council would like them to do so.

Councillors jumped at the suggestion as did Pat Wyeth with her other hat on as our District Councillor.

She offered £300 from her grant scheme and our Councillors quickly agreed to match this with the same amount, all to be spent on patriotic flags and bunting.

Some of you may also remember that in 2012 for the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations the Parish Council donated party boxes for anyone holding a street party.

I have been asked to source and price similar boxes this time so if you would like one for your organisation or “street” please get in touch with me so I know whether there is likely to be an uptake for this suggestion.

As I write this, tomorrow I am visiting Michael Grant who is once again undertaking the task of bringing our cemetery records and map up to date.  We hope to have all the records, etc on

We hope to have all the records, etc on show when we have our open day at the Chapel later this year so it is essential that we have them as current as possible.

We have had a good response regarding funding for the necessary work to safeguard the future of the fabric of the Chapel but I have been asked to point out that all the work will be funded by any grant aid or donations we can secure.

This is the only building within our parish that we own and it is deteriorating due to lack of heat causing condensation and mould to the interior walls.

Recently, local photographer Sarah Penfold visited the Chapel and Cemetery and took some photographs for us.

For those of you who have never seen it here are a couple of the photographs she took.

Clerks Corner - March 2016 Lyndhurst Chapel and Cemetery - Image by Sarah Penfold

Clerks Corner - March 2016 Interior of Lyndhurst Chapel - Image by Sarah Penfold








The electricity supply will also eventually be used to supply CCTV in the Cemetery in the hope of preventing vandalism in the future.

I am really looking forward to having an open day to show our records, our beautiful Cemetery and Chapel and hopefully a small exhibition of the history of the war memorial and the surrounding area of Bolton’s Bench.

I’ve had quite a response to my comments last month about the patch of green land on the corner where Broughton Road leads into Westwood Road.

I should again point out that work on this land would not be financed by the Parish Council as it belongs to the Forestry Commission, who have been along and cut the hedge and along the verges at the side of the road.

They cannot proceed any further at the moment as the ground is too wet.

I am told more work is likely to be done in the Autumn.

A local resident did point out that this might result in the green being used as a parking area but the land is far too wet.

However, perhaps to safeguard it some planting or dragon’s teeth could be installed along the edges.

Our next Parish Council meeting will be held on Tuesday 8 March at 7.15 pm in Lyndhurst Community Centre.

Why not come along.

There is an opportunity for members of the public to air their views at the commencement of the meeting.

Alternatively, we have our Annual Parish Meeting on 15 March when you can hear a resumé of Parish Council activities during the previous year.

Details can be found elsewhere in this Newsletter.


Margaret Weston - Parish Clerk

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