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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.


This item posted 5/2/18

M3 junction 9 improvements

Highways England is consulting on its proposal to carry out major work to the M3 junction 9 at Winnall, Winchester where the M3 meets the A34.  It will be redesigned to create dedicated free flow lanes, allowing drivers travelling between the M3 and the A34 northbound and southbound to avoid using the junction roundabout.

Find out more by downloading the consultation brochure

You can also find out more about the proposals at one of the public information events and complete the online survey at https://highwaysengland.citizenspace.com/he/m3-junction-9-improvements/

The consultation runs for 6 weeks from Tuesday 9 January 2018 to Monday 19 February 2018.


Land – 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.


Hampshire County Council - Concessionary Travel

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


Hampshire Alert - To businesses over fake Bank of Ireland notes

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.
For further info: https://www.hampshire.police.uk/news/witness-appeals/alert-businesses-over-fake-irish-banknotes/

Take Five To Stop Fraud Week.
Download the leaflet Take Five Week Leaflet A5_Generic.pdf

Fraudsters pretending to be police officers 

Hampshire Police are issuing a warning after a woman was scammed out of £10,000 by fraudsters posing as police officers.

The woman, in her 70s and from Lymington was contacted continuously by phone between Jan 11 and Jan 16 by a man pretending to be a Detective Sergeant form the Metropoliton Police Service.

The so called ‘officer’ called the woman’s home phone and said that he was investigating counterfeit money and that he suspected the money in her bank to be fake.

He has then asked her to help him with his investigation by going to the bank for him and withdrawing more than £10,000 cash over a four day period. She has also been advised by the ‘officer’ not to tell anyone in the bank about the investigation.

The bogus police officer has then arranged for another person, claiming to be a courier, to collect the woman’s money, her bank cards and PIN numbers from her home address. A man has then turned up and told the women the money will be examined by the police.

The woman never met the man claiming to be a ‘detective’ but she did meet the ‘courier.’

We would like to speak to a man matching the following description:
•Black, possibly Kenyan
•In his 30s
•5’ 9”
•Brown eyes 
•Short brown hair
•Full brown beard
•Driving a 3 door black hatchback type vehicle that looked between 6-8 years old.


Bramshaw Traffic Calming Scheme

The Consultation Report is now available.  Click here to view

The next stage will be the creation of a detailed design and implementation plan, available in
the New Year, and further consultation with residents.


Citizens Advice Briefing

Click here for briefing on the use of rural post offices



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.


Hitting the cold spots - 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/


Community First New Forest - 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 firearms certificates

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.


Information from Defra about bird flu

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


Information provided by Phil Rogers (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Hampshire Corporate Communications)


Improve Your Internet Security For Free

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 (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)


Advance Notice - 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


Bramshaw Golf Club - New Affordable Membership Options

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.





4th February - Sunday
Family Service and Communion
Rev David Bacon 9:30am Bramshaw Church

6th February - Tuesday
Bramshaw PCC Meeting 7:30pm

Escape to the Country.  BBC1 will air at 3pm the episode that was filmed in and about Minstead.

9th February - Friday & 10th February - Saturday

7.30 pm both evenings at St Michael and All Angels Church, Lyndhurst. 

Nigel Pascoe has chosen our cause for the world premiere of his newest play MADE IN CORNWALL”.  Presented as a Radio play, Director Michele Arkle has cast performers and back stage support from our community and church congregation with some local and Lyndhurst thespians.

All proceeds to maintain Minstead All Saints Church Bell Tower

Tickets £5 on sale now at Minstead Village Shop and Costa Coffee, Lyndhurst

A Fundraising RAFFLE will be held and we would be most grateful for donations of prizes, promises etc towards this very good cause.

For further information and to contribute prizes please contact
Sylvia Dibben on 023 8081 2967 or sylvia@dibben.net

11th February - Sunday
Matins - Rev David Bacon 9:30am Bramshaw Church

14th February - Wednesday
FECF Ash Wednesday Service 7:30pm TBD

16th February - Friday
The Bramshaw and District Film Society
“Sense of an Ending” (2017)
Starring:  Jim Broadbent, Charlotte
Rampling, Harriet Walter, Michelle Dockery

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

Divorced and retired, Tony Webster (Jim Broadbent), an ageing Londoner and vintage camera shop owner, whittles down the solitude of his isolated existence by keeping an affectionate relationship with his ex-wife, Margaret (Harriet Walter), and by accompanying his nearly full-term pregnant daughter, Susie (Michelle Dockery), to antenatal courses. However, the unexpected arrival of an unsettling letter will disrupt the fine balance of things in Tony's orderly life, reconnecting him with his first love from college, Veronica (Charlotte Rampling), and the nostalgic, yet clouded memories of a distant past. Inevitably, as Tony scavenges for bits and pieces through flashbacks, the out-of-focus picture of his youth will gradually sharpen, nevertheless, is he ready to face the truth?

Runtime 1hr 47mins                                                              
Cert. Rating: 15


March 16th – Hidden Figures

April 20th – Dunkirk

18th February - Sunday
Holy Communion
Rev David Bacon 9:30am Bramshaw Church

22nd February - Thursday
Coffee Cafe 10:00 - Noon
Landford Methodist Hall

25th February - Sunday
Morning Worship - Stephen Ings
9:30am Bramshaw Church

1:30pm Christening Bramshaw Church

27th February – Tuesday
Bramshaw Parish Council meeting

Community Room, Village Hall at 7.30pm


16th May - (Wednesday)
Annual Parish Assembly (Venue to be confirmed)



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



New Forest District Council considers residential investment proposal

New Forest District Council's cabinet will consider a plan to invest in residential property as part of their approach to generating income to protect key services, at their meeting on 6 December.

Portfolio holder for finance, corporate services and improvement, Councillor Jeremy Heron said, “The face of local government is changing and we look to innovative methods of bridging the funding gap whilst being mindful that we continue with our policy of being prudent when investing.  By a carefully considered investment in residential property we will be able to generate income to support the delivery of council services as well as deliver much needed greater diversity in housing.”

The strategy would see the council purchasing residential properties, vacant or with existing tenants, and becoming a private sector landlord with the benefit of a proven track record in rental property management. It would also build homes on sites it owns or would acquire to provide a range of housing types including private rented, shared-ownership and starter homes for sale.

“This is a new venture for us into a type of investment that many other councils have found to be a successful way to generate income to fund services" said Cllr Heron.

"If this is agreed by council members, we will follow the model which has worked well elsewhere of setting up a holding company to allow us to develop a wider range of housing type and tenure than we are able to as a local authority” continued Cllr Heron, “The company would be wholly owned by the council and would buy, build, hold and manage the properties.”

With an initial investment of £10 million, the council would gain a significant additional asset, as well as a projected annual income of around £350k. Up to one third of the investment would come from the council’s General Fund, while the authority would borrow the remaining two thirds from its internal reserve balances, or at a low rate of interest from the Public Works Loans Board.

“Residential property represents a good investment for the council just now” said Councillor Heron, “because the New Forest has a significant housing shortage and a growing population. Demand for housing in the district continues to increase. The government is also promoting a policy of increasing the build to rent sector, which is reflected in this plan. This investment strategy is entirely separate from the council's Housing Strategy and does not affect our commitment to providing council housing and encouraging developers to build affordable homes to help address the housing need in the district. ”

The Draft Residential Property Asset Investment Strategy will go before the council’s cabinet on 6 December 2017 and to full council on 11 December 2017. 

New Forest District Council is 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.



Fireworks display organisers in the New Forest are being 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 the loud bangs and bright lights of fireworks causing them to panic and to run into the road or into fencing and injuring themselves.  

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. Horses are easily spooked by a sudden burst of fireworks, which can cause them a great deal of distress.


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

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.



Did you know that Bramshaw has an oil ordering consortium?– if you are interested in joining or are already a member,

Please can you send your email to Bramshawclerk@btinternet.com, we will forward this information onto the organizer – Mr Ron Gladwell as it would be considerably easier for him to contact everyone via email when putting an order together, rather than having to phone. Thank you.


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.


Found a pot hole – why not report it directly to Hampshire County Council by Clicking here: Report a pothole to HCC.

If you have noticed a pothole on a road or footway or any defect that causes concern the County Council want to hear about it. So that it can be repaired as soon as possible, please let us know as quickly as you can. Your help in helping us to keep the network safe is appreciated.

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



Applications Decided Between 10/01/2018 and 16/01/2018

Tree applications

Application No: CONS/17/1197
Decision Date: 10/01/2018
Decision: Raise No Objections

Planning applications

Application No.: 17/00988/LDCP
Proposal: Application for a Certificate of Lawful Development for a proposed outbuilding
Decision Date: 10/01/2018
Decision: Permitted Development

Applications Decided Between 17/01/2018 and 23/01/2018

Planning Applications

Application No.17/01018/VAR
Proposal: Application to vary Condition 2 of planning permission reference 16/00367 to allow an amendment to the building position.
Variation: Removal of Condition
Decision Date: 23/01/2018
Decision: Grant Subject to Conditions

Landfill works at Pound Bottom
CSG has given notice of their intention to complete the landfill works at Pound Bottom.   Full details may be seen on the New Forest National Park planning website under application 17/00878.  The application indicates that landfilling operations should be completed by Spring 2018 and the restoration by the end of 2019.

Applications Received Between 24/01/2018 and 30/01/2018

Planning Applications

None received for Bramshaw

Applications Decided Between 24/01/2018 and 30/01/2018

None for Bramshaw

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



A Vicar’s viewpoint

There is always in February some one day, at least, when one
smells the yet distant, but surely coming, summer. (Gertrude Jekyll)

I don’t know about you, but by the beginning of February, I am longing
and looking for any sign that the spring is on the way. I shall never forget
the February day many years ago when the sun shone and the mercury
hit the dizzy heights of 18°C. Some people searched out their shorts and
even I was tempted out to enjoy my morning coffee in the garden. Two
days later, it snowed! I love the glorious unpredictability of the British

But the church’s calendar is totally predictable and this year the season
of Lent begins on 14th February. Thus, will begin the annual journey
through Lent to Holy Week, Good Friday and Easter, which wonderfully
falls this year on 1st April. (There’s a sermon in that, but I haven’t found it

Lent is a time for slowing down, taking stock and seeking to draw closer
to God through seeking to grow in our discipleship (“disciple” and
“discipline” have the same root) as we seek to be better followers of
Jesus. The problem is that sometimes people have seen this as a teeth-
gritting exercise rather than an act of love in response to God’s love for
us shown in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. As we read the
Bible, we discover on every page a God who loves us and who has a
purpose for us. Lent “disciplines” like reading the Bible, prayer and study
are ways that we can respond to God and so grow in faith.

We cannot rely on the weather – especially in February – but we can
rely on Jesus “who is the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Hebrews

Have a good Lent


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.