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Lockdown: Local Information

Some shops in the village are allowed to remain open in some form during lockdown. They depend on local residents for support, so please make use of the services they provide.
Coffee shop take-away service in operation, Wednesday–Sunday 9-4pm
07894 557523
Queensmead Village Shop
A range of essential food items, locally produced food, general household supplies and stamps. Local delivery service available. Mon-Sun, 10-5pm. 07437 971459
Fairweather’s Garden Centre
Open 10–4pm every day. Steff’s Kitchen is closed.
Steff’s To Go is open, 10–4pm every day. 01590 612307
Beaulieu Organic Farm Shop, Hazelcopse
Fresh meat, vegetables, fruit, bakery, cheese and other groceries.
Open Mon-Sat 9-4pm. 01590 612666
Norris & Sons, Home Farm
Mon-Sat 9-5pm, Sunday 10-4pm. 01590 612215

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The same information is included in the Beaulieu, East Boldre and Exbury News magazine.

Climate Focus at the Countryside Education Trust

Planning permission has now been submitted for a new flexible exhibition space and classroom at the Countryside Education Trust.  Donated by Mr Ted Fort, a passionate climate change advocate and generous funder for many years, the Fort Climate Centre will provide a place for schools, local groups and the wider community to learn about the impact of climate change globally and with special reference to the New Forest.  Schools and community groups will be able to book sessions with the Trust’s skilled team. The building is designed to be highly flexible, acting as an exhibition space, lecture room and classroom. It is hoped that local environmental groups will make the Fort Climate Centre their base in the future.

The Centre will replace a much less adaptable classroom on the site, which is now required for office space to comply with health and safety requirements, so there will not be any additional traffic. It will also mean that some community groups which were too large to use the CET any more will hopefully be able to return. This will be a special resource for the whole area, and one of the few centres dedicated to climate in the country. If anyone would like more information, or has any concerns, please don’t hesitate to call the trust’s director Jane Cooper on 07757964387 or contact her via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Covid 19

Dear resident

In this email

·         New coronavirus lockdown just announced

·         Coronavirus vaccine

·         Reporting a breach of coronavirus restrictions

·         Disposing of waste if you’re self-isolating

·         Cold weather advice

·         Recycle your real Christmas tree

We are sending emails like this one to residents of the New Forest with information about our services, and updates as we respond to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
You can unsubscribe at any time – see the end of this email.

New coronavirus lockdown just announced

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has this evening announced tougher coronavirus restrictions in England from tonight (one-minute past midnight on 5 January 2021).

The new set of lockdown restrictions for England has been introduced to stop the current fast spread of coronavirus which has reached a record high.

The increasing pressure on the NHS means healthcare services are at risk of being overwhelmed.

You may now only leave home for limited reasons such as to shop for essentials, to work if you absolutely cannot work from home, to seek medical assistance such as getting a COVID test, or to escape domestic abuse.

You should follow this guidance immediately. The law will be updated to reflect these new rules.

Keeping to the lockdown restrictions, as well as reducing your social contact and continuing to follow hands – face – space, will save lives.

Stay home – protect the NHS – save lives

You must stay at home except for:

·         shopping for necessities for yourself or a vulnerable person

·         going to work if you cannot work from home

·         exercising locally once a day, alone, with your household or support bubble, or with one other person

·         meeting your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary

·         seeking medical assistance, or to avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)

Primary schools, secondary schools, and colleges across England will close and move to remote provision from tomorrow, except for vulnerable children and the children of key workers.

Full lockdown restrictions and updates will be added to and a summary is now available at

Council services

We are reviewing what this latest announcement means for our services.

·         Health and leisure centres are closed

·         Information offices at Lyndhurst, Lymington, Fawley, New Milton, Hythe and Ringwood are closed

·         Parking clocks (season tickets) can be bought on our website – they will be posted to the address supplied and should be received within five working days

·         Building control are continuing with external inspections (where access through a property is not required) and other inspections will be risk assessed to ensure the surveyors and the homeowners are not put at any risk.

Essential services, like waste collections, benefit payments and homelessness support continue, but please see for any updates
and for how to get in touch.

Keep up to date at:

·         Website:

·         Facebook:

·         Twitter:

Hampshire helpline 0333 370 4000 – for advice and support if coronavirus has had an impact on you or any aspect of your life.

Coronavirus vaccine

The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, the second vaccination to be approved in the UK, has started to be given across the country.

The vaccine, which has been through stringent safety checks and extensive trials, is our best defence against the virus and will help curb infections and then allow restrictions to be lifted.

The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus. The vaccine is being offered in some hospitals and hundreds of local vaccination centres run by GPs.
It’s being given to:

·         some people aged 80 and over who already have a hospital appointment in the next few weeks

·         people who live or work in care homes

·         health care workers at high risk

The vaccine will be offered more widely, and at other locations, as soon as possible.

The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine. It’s important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.

Read more:

Reporting a breach of coronavirus restrictions

If you are concerned that there has been a breach of restrictions you can contact Hampshire Constabulary at

If you have concerns that Covid-secure measures are not being met by a business, we would recommend you raise this with the business at the time and, if you are not satisfied with the response, contact our environmental health team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 02380 285230.

Disposing of waste if you’re self-isolating

If you have any symptoms of COVID19 you must self-isolate immediately and book a test.
The main symptoms are:

·         a high temperature

·         a new, continuous cough

·         a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
To book a test, call 119, use the NHS COVID-19 app or visit

You must change the way you put out rubbish for collection if you are self-isolating due to coronavirus, because you have had a positive test result, have symptoms or have been told to isolate by NHS Test and Trace,

Please double-bag your personal waste (tissues, cleaning cloths) before putting them in your black sack. Wait at least three days before putting your sacks out for collection.

By taking these extra precautions, you can help keep our staff safe and our collection services running during this time.

There is more information on our website:

Financial support for those who have to self-isolate – read more and see if you are eligible:

Cold weather advice

Icy conditions and cold weather are forecast this week.

Cold weather can make some health problems worse and even lead to serious complications, especially if you are 65 or older, or if you have a long-term health condition.

Please check on older neighbours and relatives, and those with heart or breathing problems, to make sure they are safe and well, and have stocks of food and medicines so they do not need to go out during very cold weather.
If you are concerned about someone, you can contact Hampshire County Council’s Social Care and Health team
If you’re concerned the person may have hypothermia, contact NHS 111 or in an emergency call 999.

Keep warm and well:

·         keep following COVID-19 guidance and remember hands, face, space

·         if you’re not very mobile, are 65 or over, or have a health condition, such as heart or lung disease, heat your home to at least 18° C

·         keep your bedroom at 18° C all night if you can – and keep bedroom windows closed

·         if you’re under 65, healthy and active, you can safely have your home cooler than 18C, as long as you’re comfortable

·         use a hot water bottle or electric blanket to keep warm in bed – but do not use both at the same time

·         have at least 1 hot meal a day – eating regularly helps keep you warm

·         have hot drinks regularly

·         get your heating system checked regularly by a qualified professional

·         stay as active as you can – any exercise can bring health benefits

·         get your flu vaccine

Help with heating costs:

·         See Hampshire County Council’s advice for people struggling to keep their homes warm

·         Winter Fuel Payment – If you were born on or before 5 October 1954 you could get between £100 and £300 to help you pay your heating bills.

·         Cold Weather Payment – You may get a Cold Weather Payment if you’re getting certain benefits or Support for Mortgage Interest.

·         See the government’s Simple Energy Advice website or call the Simple Energy Advice helpline on 0800 444 202.

Tell us about people homeless or rough sleeping this winter
Contact our homelessness team as soon as possible if you see, or know of someone, that you suspect is homeless or sleeping rough: on our website, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 023 8028 5222.

Recycle your real Christmas tree

If you have a real Christmas tree, we can help you recycle it safely this new year.

·         In your garden waste: Until 18 January 2021, if you subscribe to our green waste collection service, you can recycle your real Christmas tree in your garden waste bag. Trees must be less than 6ft tall and be cut up, with all decorations removed, before placing them in your bag.

·         At our local drop off points: Until 17 January 2021, you can recycle your real Christmas tree by leaving it  in a designated drop-off point at selected car parks. The collected trees will be chipped and used as mulch. Remove all decorations from the tree before taking it to a drop-off point. Find your local drop off point at
Please observe the local coronavirus restrictions when leaving home to drop off your Christmas tree.
Do not fly-tip trees in car parks that are not on our list, outside of the designated fenced bays, in disabled parking bays, on footpaths, or by litter bins or recycling banks.

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Casual Vacancy

Following the resignation of a councillor a vacancy has occurred on the council. A notice will probably be served after the next Parish Council meeting, 21/1/21. It is intended to fill the vacancy by co-option. Electors interested in standing must be qualified to serve, please watch this space.

Census 2021

March 21st Is Census Day!

Did you know?

The first UK Census took place in 1801, the England & Wales population was estimated to be 8.9 million.  By 2011 it had grown to 56,075,912! 

Statistics from the National Census will be used for the next 10 years to help create policy, plan and allocate funding throughout our area and beyond.  The census gives us a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. The census is unique. There’s simply nothing else that gives so much detail about us and the society we live in.

All kinds of organisations, from local authorities to charities, use the information to help provide the services we all need, including transport, education and healthcare. Without the census, it would be much more difficult to do this.

By taking part, you’ll be helping make sure you and your community get the services needed now and in the future.  So this year, we are asking you to complete the census and if you can, offer help to friends and family so we can collect the best data possible.


  • Census day is 21st March
  • You can complete the Census online
  • Please complete
    the census, and if you can, offer help to friends and family so we can collect the best data possible!