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Bramshaw Parish Council

Bramshaw Telegraph

Bramshaw Parish Council Bramshaw Telegraph
Bramshaw Parish Council Bramshaw Telegraph


Bramshaw, Brook, Canterton, Dazel, Fritham, Furzley, Penn.

The Bramshaw Telegraph is an email bulletin which is issued on a monthly basis outlining activities in the village, diary dates, information on consultations and other items that might affect you and a list of useful services.  Please note if you wish us to advertise your event in our diary of events, you must email your details to the Parish Clerk by 20th of the preceeding month.  The Parish Council cannot be responsible for the accuracy of the information provided.



Wiggle New Forest Spring Sportive

Organised by UK Cycling Events, this event will take place over the period Saturday 14th April & Sunday 15th April 2018​.  Further details, including route map, available on event website



The National Crime Agency is warning local retailers and the public about a batch of counterfeit Bank of Ireland £50 notes that are being passed by Irish men in Hampshire.



Please see the following link for information from Defra about the detection of avian influenza (bird flu) in Dorset:




Including St Peters Church,   Bramshaw       

March 2018

Sunday 4th             
9.30am           Family Service and Communion at Bramshaw (David Bacon)
11.00am         United Worship at Landford (David Bacon)
1.00pm           Christening at Plaitford
5.00pm           Sunday Lent Course 4 at Landford Methodist

Monday 5th              
2.30pm           Service at Cedars Nursing Home

Wednesday 7th       
7.30pm           FECF Lent Course at Nomansland

Sunday 11th 
Mothering Sunday

9.30am           Family Service at Bramshaw (David Bacon)
11.00am         Communion at Landford (David Bacon)
3.00pm           Evening Prayer at Plaitford (David Bacon)

Sunday 18th       
9.30am            Matins at Bramshaw (David Bacon)
9.30am            Matins at Plaitford (Stephen Ings)
1.00am            United Service at Landford Methodist Church (David Bacon)
5.00pm            Sunday Lent Course 5 at Landford Methodist

Tuesday 20th          
7.00pm            School Governors’ Meeting

Wednesday 21st      
7.30pm            FECF Lent Course at Fritham

Thursday 23rd       
11.00am          Communion at the Cedars

Sunday 25th 
Palm Sunday
9.30am             Morning Worship at Bramshaw (David Bacon)
11.00am           Holy Communion at Landford (David Bacon)
3.00pm             Evening Prayer at Plaitford (Stephen Ings)
5.00pm             Sunday Lent Course 6 at Nomansland Methodist

Wednesday 28th     
9.00am             School Easter Service at Landford Village Hall

Thursday 29th       
10am – 12.00   “Coffee Cafe” at Landford Methodist Hall
7.00pm              Worship, shared meal and Informal Communion at Nomansland

Friday 30th 
Good Friday

10.00am             FECF Walk of Witness (Starts from Landford Methodist)
2.00pm               An hour by the Cross at Bramshaw

Advance Notices

Sunday 1st April 

9.30am             Family Service and Communion at Bramshaw
11.00am           Easter Celebration (w Communion) at Landford
3.00pm             Evening Prayer & Short Communion at Plaitford

Annual Parochial Church Meetings for 2018

Landford – Sunday 8th April (after 11am service)

Bramshaw – Sunday 22nd April (after 9.30 service)

Plaitford – Sunday 22nd April (3pm service)

Christmas Services Collections
The collections for the two Christmas services amounted to £820 which was a record
and an amazing total. Thank you to everybody for your generosity.

Allowing for Gift Aid on top of that , it enabled the church to send £1000 to Hope and Homes for Children. 
This was matched by the Government so we enabled this wonderful charity to benefit from £2000.

If you want to find out more about Hope and Homes which is based at Salisbury take a look on the internet.'



Have you seen the new Parish Council guide to the Village Clubs and Societies for 2016/17 yet?– if not click here.



Important information for passes ending 31 March 2018
Hampshire County Council would like to notify as many people as possible that we are in the process of renewing bus passes which are due to expire 31 March 2018.  There is no need for the bus pass user to make contact with HCC unless their circumstances have changed as the poster advises. 

If you need any further information please take a look at HCC website www.hants.gov.uk/concessionary-travel or email Anne Gillot, Community Transport and Contracts Team at community.transport@hants.gov.uk



Connect to Support Hampshire is an online information and advice guide and directory of services for adults with care and support needs who live in Hampshire.  This online service includes information and advice, local activities and services, care homes, and home care.  Click here to connect.



Bramshaw Parish Council


Applications are invited for the post of


Working hours – approximately 32 hours per month

Salary in accordance with the NJC scales:
(LC1, SCP 18 – 23), £17,891 - £21,048 pro-rata; hourly rate £9.30 to £10.94). 
The starting point will depend on experience and qualifications.

Bramshaw is a small parish council with an annual precept/community tax support grant of approximately £6750.

Skills required – A pro-active approach to fulfilling the role. Excellent administrative, communication (both written and oral), minute taking and interpersonal skills together with IT & database competences. The ability to keep accurate accounting records is essential.

Previous local government or other public-sector experience is desirable but not essential.  The successful candidate will be expected to attend appropriate training courses. It is also desirable that the successful candidate has or is willing to train towards the CiLCA qualification.

The Clerk will work from home and have his/her own transport.  A laptop computer and printer will be supplied by the Parish Council.  Some evening work will be required as monthly parish council meetings occur during the evenings.

If interested, please apply with your CV to: Ian Milsom, Clerk to Bramshaw Parish Council, c/o Bramshaw Village Shop, Bramshaw, LYNDHURST, SO43 7JB: Telephone No 023 80 813886 or e-mail bramshawclerk@gmail.com

Applications should be returned by 29 March 2018. Interviews will be  held in the week beginning 9th April 2018.



Need help switching energy supplier?

Community First New Forest (CFNF) is a Council for Voluntary Service supporting the voluntary and community sector across the New Forest District. 

The Big Energy Saving Network is made up of local community groups and charities across Great Britain that can advise on energy saving in the home, switching energy suppliers, different energy tariffs and available government support to help the most vulnerable get warmer homes and lower fuel bills.

Debbie Grace at Community First New Forest is one of 290 specially trained ‘Champions’ who are delivering an extensive programme of outreach to vulnerable consumers, focused on helping them to reduce their energy costs. 
As part of the Big Energy Saving Network programme, each Champion has received specialised training from National Energy Action to help them fulfil their important role.
For advice on bills, energy efficiency and government help and support available contact Debbie Grace, Community Development Worker, Community First New Forest on 01425 482773 or email debbie.grace@cfnf.org.uk  



New application forms for the grant or renewal of a firearm and/or shotgun certificate and the variation of a firearm certification came into effect on 31 December 2017.

Previous versions of these application forms will only be accepted if received by the Firearms Licensing Department no later than 28 February 2018, after which any applications received on the old form will be rejected and a new form will need to be submitted.

Another change to the rules now requires only one photograph of the applicant for the grant or renewal of a firearm or shotgun certificate.

For more information and to access our application forms, please visit the Hampshire Firearms and Explosives licensing web page.



Fireworks display organisers and residents in the New Forest are asked to be aware of ponies and other animals to avoid causing them injuries and distress.

The livestock in the National Park can be easily frightened by loud bangs and bright lights, particularly on Bonfire Night. It can cause them to injure themselves by panicking and running across roads or into fencing.

Anyone thinking about organising a local firework display should speak to their neighbouring landowners first so that those responsible for grazing animals can take necessary precautions to safeguard their stock. 

Chinese Lanterns can be a particular problem as they can drift for long distances, are a potential fire risk to thatched cottages and hay stores, and can prove fatal to horses or ponies that chew on them or even try and eat them.



Bramshaw Golf Club is delighted to announce it is adding three new membership categories to complement
its already comprehensive range of annual membership options.  Further details on their website.



Pot holes and other road/footpath defects
Please report direct to Hampshire County Council Highways by using this link www3.hants.gov.uk/index/transport/roadproblems.htm

Common questions:  Answers to common questions that we are asked about potholes.

The future of Local Government in Hampshire

In a recent Public Sector Executive (PSE) article, it was claimed that Hampshire County Council remains “strongly opposed” to any arrangement that would split the county.  The piece goes on to say:

"In a letter to the county’s 11 district council leaders, Cllr Roy Perry has reiterated his stance on proposals to form a combined authority. He has proposed that the September 2015 bid for a combined authority for all of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight is resubmitted.

Additionally, he revealed that he will invite the three unitary councils, LEPs and national parks to rejoin the bid.

In the letter, Perry stressed: “At no point have I stated that I wish to re-open talks on a ‘mayoral combined authority’ for the Solent area.”

The council leader believes that there is scope for enhancing the original combined authority bid so that there is more co-operation between all tiers of local government, but has stressed that this would be in the context of a combined authority for all of Hampshire rather than a mayoral combined authority or a unitary council.

“We certainly remain strongly opposed to any Solent arrangement which would split the county of Hampshire,” he said. “My view is that it is Hampshire’s scale and capacity that has enabled it to avoid the really severe financial problems being faced in other parts of the country."



Did you know that Bramshaw and Brook has an oil ordering consortium?  if you are interested in joining or are already a member, please can you contact the Parish Clerk by email in the first instance at bramshawclerk@gmail.com.  The clerk will then forward your request to join/order oil to the organiser, Mr Ron Gladwell.  Mr Gladwell will contact everyone via email when putting an order together, rather than having to phone. Thank you.



Help for people struggling to keep their homes warm this winter

As the weather turns colder some vulnerable individuals and families will struggle to keep their homes warm.

Cold weather not only makes life uncomfortable but can also lead to serious health problems in the very young, vulnerable and elderly people, such as respiratory diseases, asthma, depression, heart disease or stroke.

We recognise that it can sometimes be difficult to know who to contact or where to begin, but this advice and support is available from our dedicated Advice Line.

Call us today

9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday

0800 804 8601

Call 023 8033 6172 for landline rates. May not be free from mobiles

Your call will be answered by a member of our friendly and knowledgeable Hampshire-based team from the Environment Centre. http://www.environmentcentre.com/projects/hitting-the-cold-spots/



Domain Name Systems (DNS) are like public phone books for the web. They’re the reason you only need to remember a website’s name and not its IP address (think of these as phone numbers for computers). When you type “www.youtube.com” into a browser, a DNS service translates that into the associated IP address ( for you.

Imagine a phone book that automatically filters and removes phone numbers known to be used for fraud. That’s what Quad9 does for websites. Quad9 provides an automated way to protect yourself and your business by blocking access to known malicious websites, like phishing sites designed to steal personal or banking details.

Click here for a printer-friendly version of a graphic on how it works

Information supplied by Action Fraud 



The key to housing Hampshire’s rural communities

Hampshire Alliance for Rural Affordable Housing (HARAH) are inviting landowners and agents to join them for breakfast to hear how to turn land into an asset both for the owner and the community 

Landowners and agents will hear about:

  • The support available from HARAH
  • The options available for developing land
  • What landowners can expect in return
  • Tax advice on providing homes
  • Who HARAH house

The session takes place on 16 March 2018 at Sparsholt College in Hampshire. For more details contact Sherree Stanley-Conroy.

HARAH is a partnership of the 6 Hampshire rural Local Authorities, 5 rural specialist housing association developers, 2 National Parks, the county council, Action Hampshire and Homes England. HARAH has provided over 400 rural homes to date, housing over 1,400 residents with strong local connections to their communities.



Council Tax set 2018/19

Council Tax for New Forest households for 2018/19 has been set at £1,693.78 for an average band D property, an increase of £90.06 (5.62%).

The total amount is collected by New Forest District Council, and then the Council Tax is split between the following organisations:

Hampshire County Council £ 1200.96
Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire  £177.46
New Forest District Council  £168.36
Parish/Town Councils £81.26
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority £65.74
Total £1,693.78

Talking about the District Council’s part of the overall bill, Leader of NFDC, Cllr Barry Rickman said, “It is a difficult decision to raise our element of Council Tax but continuing major reductions in government grant mean that for us to continue to deliver our local council services - including refuse collection, recycling, street cleaning, environmental health, planning, licensing and homelessness prevention - require that we have an increase.

“The District Council’s increase in Council Tax of less than 10p per week for a band D property continues to meet our aim to provide good value for money services that the community want at a fair and reasonable cost.”

Council Tax bills will start to be posted to households around the 10 March, and will include information on how to pay.


Film short “Through the Wardrobe” promotes Film:NewForest

New Forest District Council’s Film:NewForest project has teamed up with film critic Mark Kermode and Creative England to create a four minute cinematic-quality film to promote the New Forest  to prospective film makers.  

“Through the Wardrobe” features BBC and Observer film critic Mark Kermode, who is a New Forest resident, extolling the values of the area as a place to film.  And it was Mark who first coined the wardrobe phrase, adopted by Film:NewForest, to sum up how it feels to be in the New Forest; as if you are going through the back of the wardrobe into Narnia.  

Cllr Michael Harris, New Forest District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Local Economic Development, said “Our film features breathtaking visuals and certainly showcases what this area has to offer.  The hairs on my arms stand up every time I watch it, and it captures the variety of possibilities and locations available in the New Forest beautifully. 

“This short film will further boost the New Forest’s reputation for film and TV, which will focus on attracting high-profile productions to come to the area.  

“Figures show that a major feature film spends just over £42,000 per day on local employment and services and high-end television dramas up to £17-22,000 per day, which is important for economic growth in the area. 

“We are already seeing a boost to the local economy and local businesses because of this partnership, as well as keeping an eye on our other aim of protecting this unique and special area.  

As the opportunities for film and TV industry in the New Forest continue to grow, local residents and businesses can benefit by registering their properties (www.creativeengland.co.uk/film-and-tv/filming-locations) and services and skills (www.creativeengland.co.uk/film-and-tv/crew-and-facilities) on Creative England’s national database.  

Hayley Armstrong, Production Liaison Manager for East & South East at Creative England said: “We are incredibly proud of this film which beautifully captures the vast array of locations available in the New Forest, but we are always looking for more locations and would encourage local residents and businesses to consider registering their properties as potential film and tv locations with Creative England.”  

The film short, along with more information on the Film:New Forest project can be viewed at www.filmnewforest.com 


Looking for private landlords to work with 

New Forest District Council works with private landlords as part of meeting increasing housing demand in the area and needs more landlords to come forward to join their ‘Private Sector Lease Scheme’.  

The scheme sees the council renting properties from private landlords and then renting them to people in need of accommodation.  

This means the landlords get a fixed term lease, guaranteed monthly rental income for the whole of the lease period (this includes any void periods), no management fee for renting their property, hassle free property management, guaranteed vacant possession of the property and in good state of repair and decoration at the end of the lease.  

Cllr Jill Cleary, Portfolio Holder for Housing said, “Housing is very much in demand and that is why one of the ways we assist households is to secure private sector properties. We are looking to increase these properties and would like to ask anyone who owns a property to consider joining the Council’s private sector leasing scheme. We will look at all properties (flats, houses, bungalows) from 1 bed through to 4 and 5 beds (this will be dependent on need). Generally our greatest need is 2 and 3 bed properties but we are happy to look at all viable options.

Properties that are part of the scheme have to meet a strict checklist to show they are habitable and of a good quality and the leases offered to landlords are up to three years.

There are currently 110 properties being rented in this way by NFDC. 

More information and how to get in touch is available at www.newforest.gov.uk/PSL, email daniel.friedman@nfdc.gov.uk or phone 02380 285588.  


Glass Recycling Reminders

Residents of the New Forest can now sign up to a new text messaging service being introduced by the
district council which will send a reminder the evening before monthly glass recycling collections are due
- click here for more information.



Is there anyone willing to start a weekly table tennis club at the village hall,  if Bramshaw Trust were to acquire a table tennis table?  Please telephone 02380 811198 if interested.



The Consultation Report is now available.  Click here to view

The Parish Council hopes to receive the final proposals from Hampshire County Council in time for its meeting on the evening of 27th March 2018, and to be able to display these to parishioners prior to the commencement of the routine business of the Council.  

Parishioners are advised to check the agenda - which will appear on this page - prior to attending the March meeting.




March 16th  - Friday

The Bramshaw and District Film Society
'Hidden Figures'

Bramshaw Village Hall
Doors Open at 7.00pm
Film Starts Promptly at 7.30pm

27th March – Tuesday

Bramshaw Parish Council meeting
Community Room, Village Hall at 7.30pm


April 20th – Friday
The Bramshaw and District Film Society

16th May - (Wednesday [Evening])
Bramshaw Annual Parish Assembly, Valetta Barn. 
Time to be confirmed

19th May - Saturday - The Royal Wedding and The FA Cup Final
Bramshaw Trust Management Committee Invite you to a public showing of
the Royal Wedding, followed by the FA Cup Final at Bramshaw Village Hall from 10.00am onwards.

Cost £5 (£10 family) to include lunch.



Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening Tango holds events in the Studio at the Village Hall - for more details please check out their website here:tango.uk.

Thursday evenings in the Mather Snooker Club at the village hall at 7pm there are ‘try before you buy’ sessions - This is an opportunity to see the facilities within the snooker club and meet some of the members.  Contact Steve Bennison (Tel No 023 80 813442).For more details or to arrange a different evening’s viewing.

Friday mornings – 9.00 am     Bramshaw Bunnies


Please help keep forest livestock healthy

Please do not dispose of windfall fruit, unwanted hay, straw, and grass cuttings on the Open Forest where it can be eaten by grazing animals.This can be very dangerous to the animals and adds unwanted nutrients to the Open Forest which change the flora and soil make up. Grass cuttings in particular can kill ponies.

Compost grass cuttings and prunings within your own garden, take to a licensed tip or consider joining the New Forest District Council or Wiltshire Council Garden Waste Scheme.

Please on 'bin' day make sure that domestic waste is not accessible to animals.  Thank you.






This area will be populated shortly. 

Don't forget about the Fritham Taxi Share. Don't forget about the Fritham Taxi Share.



A Vicar’s viewpoint

The Vicar’s Viewpoint” will return in April

From the National Trust 

We value the species recording completed by our local communities and know that there are many local people that have a keen interest in New Forest wildlife, in both semi-professional and amateur scientific sense.

All records are valuable and important to the National Trust, and we would like to gain more of them.

Citizen Science, often known as ‘crowd-science’ is scientific recording conducted by the general public on mass, and has proved very useful in quickly gathering lots of detailed information.

In terms of species recording on National Trust commons, we currently use a recording system called ‘Living Record’ http://www.livingrecord.net/ , this is a recording system used widely in Dorset and Hampshire.

This allows everyone to record their species sightings directly onto a map, which can then be seen by others and used by the land owner. It works in such a way that very rare species sightings may only be seen by the general public at a low scale so that exact locations are impossible to find. For example, smooth snake sightings are shown at 1km grid square scales so to ensure exact reptile refugia locations are kept a secret.

By clicking below you will  the Living record handbook which gives you a step-by-step guide to using the program.