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Bramshaw Telegraph

Bramshaw Parish Council Bramshaw Telegraph
Bramshaw Parish Council Bramshaw Telegraph

The Parish Council wishes all parishioners, partner
organisations and local businesses a peaceful New Year



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 30/12/17

The NHS in Hampshire is under pressure

Please click here to read letter from West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group

This item posted 30/12/17

Police Funding Consultation Survey 2018/19

Michael Lane, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton is asking residents what level of contribution they are willing to make towards the cost of local policing through their council tax.

Please click here to take the survey to make sure your voice is heard.


This item posted 20/12/17

Pleases note that the Management Committee will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Monday, 15th January 2018, in the village hall at 7.00.  Further details under list of dates below.


This item posted 17/12/17

National Trust New Forest Newsletter - December 2017

Click here to download


This item posted 16/12/17

Community First New Forest

Click here to view December 2017 Newsletter


This item posted 16/12/17

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.


This item posted 16/12/17

Citizens Advice Briefing

Click here for briefing on the use of rural post offices


This item posted 14/12/17

It’s Your Choice New Forest
are looking for a chief executive

Salary: Up to £40k – Full time or 4 days per week
Location – Totton – New Forest

It’s Your Choice (IYC) provides information, advice, guidance (IAG), and counselling to young people, aged 11-25, who live in and around the New Forest.  We also provide casework and targeted project support to ever growing numbers of young people with higher level, more complex needs which include homelessness, poor mental health, repeat offending, drug/substance misuse and being long term NEET. In the 12 months to 31st March 2017, 698 young people received 1:1 support from IYC rising to 2,617 when taking into account those attending our group work and emotional health and well-being (EHWB) programmes in schools
We are the only youth charity serving the whole of the New Forest.  We have a deserved reputation for innovative service development to meet needs through open access to a ‘one stop shop, of services delivered consistently by a stable and resourceful team of qualified and experienced staff (13) and volunteers (21) possessing sound local knowledge and specialist skills.  
Our key challenge is securing multiple year income to sustain our annual turnover of £300k+ through diversifying our funding streams and promoting our service benefits and outcomes.
Our Chief Executive must have demonstrable leadership and management skills to ensure the effective running of the whole charity and the awareness of the statutory basis for all our operations.  There is a constructive and supportive relationship with Trustees and the governance systems are strong.  No specific qualification or background is sought but you must have a minimum of 5 years management experience in a service or setting relevant to our work and proven experience of successful income generation across voluntary sector funders.
More information and detail on how to apply is on our website iyc.org.uk
Closing date: Monday 22nd January.  Interviews will be held on Monday February 12th

This item posted 14/12/17

Christmas recycling in the New Forest

Household waste can really increase at Christmas, from packaging and gift wrapping, to glass bottles, chocolate tins, and Christmas trees. New Forest District Council have this advice on how to dispose of some of your extra household waste and what can be recycled. 

• Gift wrap paper – generally can’t be recycled because the majority of this paper is mixed with foils and plastics, which cannot later be separated. It’s also difficult for the sorting machinery to recognise torn and screwed up paper. Pease put gift wrap in your black sack and it will be sent to the energy recovery facility.

• Glass bottles – glass bottles and jars can be recycled using the household glass collection - rinse them out, and remove the lids.  Always forget when to put it out?  www.newforest.gov.uk/remindme  If you’ve got lots of extra glass over the festive period, remember you can still use our glass recycling banks.

• Cardboard packaging - can be flattened and folded and put in the clear recycling sacks. Remember you can put out as many clear sacks for collection as you need to.

• Tins or plastic tubs of chocolates, sweets and biscuits -   Metal tins whatever their shape, can go in your clear recycling sacks, along with all your tins, cans and aerosols. Plastic containers such as tubs, pots and trays go in the black rubbish sack. 

• Real Christmas trees – bring them to us from 2 January, and they will be chipped and re-used as mulch. Please remember to remove all decorations first.  You can find your nearest drop-off point here http://www.newforest.gov.uk/christmasrefuse 

• Large items - Do you need to dispose of an old sofa, fridge or other large household item? If you’re unable to take it to  a household waste recycling centre, you can use our ‘Bulky Waste Collection’ service  http://www.newforest.gov.uk/recyclingandrubbish

The Christmas period can mean some overindulgence, with mountains of mince pies and piles of cheese and biscuits. For lots of great advice to help you buy what you need, savvy tips to make your food last longer and recipe ideas to use up those leftovers visit the Love Food Hate Waste website: https://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/ 

To find out if there are any changes to the normal glass, or black and clear sack collection day over the festive period visit   http://www.newforest.gov.uk/christmasrefuse  or pick up a leaflet at Information Offices

Further information on what can be recycled in the New Forest district can be found at http://www.newforest.gov.uk/recycling 



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.



Was your child born between1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014?

From 1 November 2017, Hampshire residents can apply:

  • Online at www.hants.gov.uk/admissions where you will also find information about schools in Hampshire; 
  • Using a paper application form available from any Hampshire infant or primary school

Schools will hold open days/evenings in the autumn term.  These will provide you and your child with an opportunity to look around the school and gather information before making an application


For help with the application process, please visit any Hampshire infant or primary school or call the Admissions Team on 0300 555 1377.  To obtain this information in an alternative format, call 0300 555 1377.


31st December - Sunday

No service at Bramshaw
United Worship 11:00am Landford Methodist Church



1st January - Monday

FECF New Year's Walk 
Nomansland Methodist Church, 2.00pm

7th January - Sunday

Family Service & Communion
Rev David Bacon
9:30am Bramshaw Church

9th January - Tuesday

Extraordinary meeting of the Parish Council
Community Room, Village Hall
Click here for agenda.

Team Council Meeting
Morgan's Vale, 7.30pm

14th January - Sunday

Stephen Ings
9:30am Bramshaw Church

15th January - Monday



Bramshaw Village Hall at 7.00pm

Please note: There will be a vacancy for a Treasurer for the Trust from January, 2018.  
Please telephone Jenny Watts, 02380812432 for further information.

21st January - Sunday 

Family Service & Communion
Rev David Bacon
9:30am Bramshaw Church

28th January - Sunday 

New Forest National Park Volunteer Fair
Lyndhurst Community Centre SO43 7NY

This event is free and people are welcome to just turn up on the day.  There will be over 40 organisations attending, offering volunteer opportunities spanning outdoor practical conservation, surveying, research, help in the community and support for local charities.

Morning Worship
Rev Frank Gimson
9:30am Bramshaw Church



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.  


This information has been provided by Hampshire Constabulary

How To Shop Online Safely

Check the web address
Always check you’re on the correct website. Criminals can set up fake websites that have a similar design and web address to the genuine site.  

Is it a secure connection?
Web pages you enter personal or financial details into should display a locked padlock sign and have a web address that starts with https. This means your connection to the website is secure.

Don't click on links or attachments within unsolicited emails. The number of online shopping related phishing emails increases significantly during the holiday period.

Bank transfers
65% of Action Fraud reports during the 2016 Christmas period were linked to online auction sites. Don’t pay for goods or services by bank transfer unless you know and trust the person. Payments via bank transfer offer you no protection if you become a victim of fraud.

Advice issued after woman conned by fraudsters who posed as police officers

We are urging people to warn elderly friends and relatives after a woman lost £9,000 to fraudsters posing as police officers.

The 87-year-old victim from Yateley was called on Tuesday 14 November by a woman who said the victim’s card had been used to buy an expensive camera and that she should dial 999.  The victim did so, but the fraudster stayed on the line and a man claiming to be from the fraud department of London Police ‘answered’ the victim’s call.  He told her that they were investigating a fraud involving staff at the victim’s bank.

The victim was persuaded to withdraw £9,000 from the bank to help with the investigation, and urged not to tell any member of staff what was happening unless they gave an agreed codeword.  A courier later came to the victim’s house to collect the money for examination.
A relative of the victim then called the police to report the fraud.

We would like to speak to a man matching the following description:
• black
• aged in his mid 20s to mid 30s
• around 5ft 5ins to 5ft 8ins tall
• of slight build
• wearing a dark baseball cap

Anyone with information should call 101, quoting 44170446378.

Another version of this scam is where fraudsters posing as police officers claim to be investigating a jewellers for selling counterfeit items, and ask the victim to buy expensive goods which are later collected.

Other requests include victims buying hundreds of pounds worth of iTunes vouchers to be collected by a courier.

Police officers or bank officials would never ask you for money. If someone does call you in this way, hang up. If possible, use another phone line to report this to the police by calling 101.

We would like to remind people to protect themselves by using the following advice:

• never give out personal or ban details to anyone who contacts you unexpectedly
• never tell anyone your PIN number
• if you have given out information which could compromise your bank security in any way, call your bank to cancel your cards as soon as possible.
• never hand over your card, money or valuables to someone at the door to be sent off elsewhere

Anyone who is concerned about a similar incident should call police on 101. If a crime is in progress, please call 999.


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.



Planning Applications Decided Between 13/12/2017 and 19/12/2017

Application No. 17/00826/FULL
Proposal: Creation of access (close up existing); cattle grid

Decision Level: Development Control Committee

Decision Date: 19/12/2017

Decision: Refuse

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



A Vicar’s viewpoint

Dear Friends

Plans for a New Year
I really like the joke that asks, “How do you make God laugh?”
The answer is, “You tell Him your plans!”

I’m a great one for planning and I’m sure that’s OK as long as
we realise that the only plan that really counts is God’s plan.
The Bible teaches us that we are not here by accident. God
has created us for a purpose. He has a plan for each one of us.
So, this January, as well as making my own plans, I’m going to
seek the plan that God has for me and for his Church in these

Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” (John 14:6)
so let this be the year that together we follow his way, rejoice
in his truth and start living life to the full.

With my love and prayers for a very happy 2018


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.