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Shocking News !!!!

At the Parish Council meeting last Wednesday 19th March, we were shocked to hear the electrifying news that the Beaulieu River is to be closed in July. We are informed that the big electricity cable at Lepe which carries power to the Isle of Wight is to be renewed. This will result in the river entrance being closed to shipping for one day. However you can find out more by attending a drop in session which is running at the Montagu Arms 10.00am to 2.00pm on Saturday 29th March 2014.

Mouth of River

Beaulieu Village Telephone Box

Telephone Box 2

Most of us locals have probably never even used it but in the High Street there is a very handsome listed red telephone box! The Parish Council have decided that this little historic architectural gem should not be neglected any longer so it has now been cleaned up and the telephone restored to working order. We have also been investigating what other uses it could be put to as we aware that several rural villages have come up with some very ingenious uses for their telephone boxes, such as village information centre, lending library and art gallery to name a few. We are currently investigating whether we can install a heart defibrillator in our box in conjunction with the British Heart Foundation. Beaulieu village is a busy tourist destination, especially in the summer, so we feel this would be a very useful bit of kit to have especially as many of our visitors are fairly elderly. We are assured by the British Heart Foundation and the Ambulance Service that these machines are designed to be easy to operate and come with very clear instructions. Fairweathers’s Garden Centre have very kindly suggested that their ‘ first aiders’ could be trained to operate it. We have also looked into the possibility of installing a cash machine in the box but have discovered this is not possible in a listed telephone box. So perhaps now you will be able to regard our village telephone box in a completely new light and please do not hesitate to let us know if you can think of any other good uses that it can be put to!

Businesses given free memory sticks

TravelHundreds of businesses in the New Forest National Park have been given a free memory stick full of images, maps and videos to encourage visitors to leave their cars behind.

The memory stick highlights a better way for them to enjoy the natural beauty of the National Park by train, bike, Twizy electric car and the open-top New Forest Tour.

Businesses are free to use all of the content on their websites and marketing materials to promote a car free and carefree visit to the New Forest.

Five hundred memory sticks have been produced by the New Forest National Park Authority as part of a £3.8 million fund from the Department of Transport.

The Local Sustainable Transport Fund is shared between the New Forest and South Downs National Parks. By 2015, the aim is to encourage 370,000 visitors to switch how they travel to and around each park from car to sustainable transport, whether that’s train, bike, Twizy or Tour.

A number of local businesses including Careys Manor in Brockenhurst, and The Master Builder’s Hotel at Buckler’s Hard & Daisybank Cottage Boutique B&B have already shown their support.

Mark Holroyd, sustainable transport officer at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: 'We want to show visitors that they can enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the New Forest National Park without the stress of driving and traffic filled roads.

‘Like us, local businesses are proud of the National Park's landscape and its unique qualities. The memory stick helps businesses to play their part and spread the message to visitors to make that switch.’

The memory stick includes:

         Photos of the New Forest Tour, cycling, trains, Twizy electric cars and walks as well as images of New Forest animals and scenes

         Videos of the New Forest Tour highlighting the journey starting from London and from inside the New Forest National Park

         Information on cycle hire, Twizys and the New Forest Tour routes

         Maps of cycle routes, New Forest Tour routes and links with public transport as well as the Essential Guide to the New Forest, where you’ll find plenty of information and inspiration to make holidays in the National Park extra special.

Businesses can also get free updates and photos throughout the year by visiting and signing up to our 'green travel' Park life email newsletter.

If your business would like a free memory stick or for further information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Worrying time for dog owners

Mystery illness in dogs.

Vets Anderson Moores have issued a new update on the mystery illness affecting dogs, which can be viewed here
There have been 2 new cases confirmed within the Forest, in dogs walked at Rhinefield and Deerleap. NFDC have compiled a table of confirmed and suspected cases around the country which can be viewed here There have also been reports of palm oil (which can be fatal to dogs if eaten) on beaches from Southampton to Bournemouth.
Please remain vigilant in checking your dogs over for lesions and seek veterinary advice immediately if you notice anything unusual.

Sent by NFDOG. Contact:
New Forest Dog Owners Group
Racecourse View
Southampton, Hampshire SO43 7AQ

Five-year-old flat-coated retriever ErinFive-year-old flat-coated retriever Erin, who died in February from acute kidney failure


 cycle flikrPhotograph taken by Sean Rowe

Watch out there are cyclists about!

It is going to be a busy summer with many cycle events coming through Beaulieu .The 2 very big ones will   be UK Cycling’s “ Wiggle”. These two events will come through the village in April and October they are starting from the west, just outside the Forest at Matchams Leisure Centre and coming over the Forest to use the area south of Beaulieu. These events run over two days and have 3000 riders per day. There is also a smaller event run by UK Cycling which departs from Gang Warily and is called Wight Sportive with 650 riders it will pass through Beaulieu both going and coming back on the 5 and 6 July. Several of the Forest Parishes are not happy about this and are trying to raise objections.