Published: Saturday, 02 March 2019 08:59
Hampshire County Council is rolling out superfast broadband across the region.
It enables people to get internet speeds of 24Megabits per second or more – making streaming TV, working from home, online banking and shopping, and gaming a lot easier – to name just some of the benefits.
Currently it’s available to 95% of the region, and that number is on target to reach 97.4% by the end of 2019. However, many people don’t know whether they can get superfast broadband or not, or believe it is more expensive than their current package – which is not always the case.
Hampshire County Council’s role is to provide the infrastructure to enable as many people as possible to access superfast broadband (not to sell the service). We have a postcode checker that will tell you if its available where you live, and what to do next if you want to find the right package for you. You can also register with us to be told when superfast broadband is coming to your area.
Use our postcode checker to find out if you can get superfast broadband now: www.hampshiresuperfastbroadband.com/myparish/
Published: Sunday, 27 January 2019 20:19
Beaulieu Twinning Association visit to Hautvillers
France December the 7th to Sunday 9th December 2018 Report from Jenny Graefe
After an appalling drive through mostly sheeting rain and gusting winds starting at six in the morning from Beaulieu and not ending until our arrival in Hautvillers in the late afternoon, our delegation of six were greeted in the early evening by Catherine and Patrick, who then accompanied us to Marie-France and Dany’s home, where we spent a jolly evening together and enjoying, of course, much champagne and tasty canapés!
On Saturday morning after breakfast at the Campanile Hotel, we returned to Hautvillers to the school dining room where we were given our name tags and introduced by Patrick and translators to the members of the other Twinning towns and villages and to drink more champagne!
We were then all invited to sit at long tables and enjoy a very well organised and delicious picnic lunch with much red and white wine! Fortified against the cold, grey weather, we walked back to the “Mairie “where Patrick, in his official capacity as Mayor and attired accordingly, asked the six official delegates to join him in laying a wreath at the memorial cross in the courtyard accompanied by a fanfare and followed with a minute’s silence to honour those fallen in the two wars. I also planted the poppy made by the children of the Beaulieu School behind the wreath.
At 2pm we all boarded a bus and were driven to the War gravesites of the English, German and Italian fallen soldiers. In quite emotional ceremonies, each representative of the Twinning towns laid together with Patrick a wreath in the respective colours of their nation at the foot of their memorial stones. After a minute’s silence and subsequent fanfare, I read out the short poem in both English and French at our memorial and then signed on behalf of the BTA a golden book. This procedure was repeated at both the German and Italian War graves.
On our return to Hautvillers we had time for a short rest and change of clothes before being collected by the bus in the evening and driven to Ai where, in a beautiful Art Nouveau hotel building, we enjoyed a fantastic five course celebratory meal. Each Twinning partner contributed a local speciality, for the most part wines and champagne but our hand made Beaulieu Chocolates supplied by Trevor in the village were greatly appreciated. The evening was a huge success and, luckily for us, we had the pleasure of Veronique on our table to aid communication with the Italians!
Sunday morning was an early start, meeting at the Sal de Fetes to set up our stands for the Marche de Noel before opening to the public at 11.00 am. Despite the continuing bad weather, the market was quite busy and we managed to sell most of our produce.
During the afternoon, two of the German delegation came over and asked if I had time to talk to them. They thanked me for the reading at the War graves which they found quite moving and were obviously surprised at my being able to speak fluent German. They presented me with a bottle of wine and extended an invitation to the BTA to join them in Kiedrich next year at a time to be decided. Patrick heard of this and later in the evening expressed his joy at a possible deepening of ties between us.
At 6pm the rain, as if on cue, stopped for a while allowing us to enjoy the most magnificent firework display, choreographed to jolly Christmas music and carols and signalling the end of the Christmas market.
After packing up the stall, we all remained in the hall and enjoyed a rustic pizza supper on long tables and discussed with hands and feet the events of the day! All totally exhausted but happy with the success of the market and the whole weekend, we said our goodbyes to the other Twinners and returned to the hotel.
On Monday morning after an early breakfast, we returned to Champagne Lopez-Martin, loaded up with champagne, said fond farewells to Catherine and Patrick and set off for Calais!
I think all of us who took part in this weekend would agree that it was a huge success.
Published: Monday, 05 November 2018 19:44
The village of Beaulieu is commemorating the one hundred year anniversary of the end of the First World War with a stunning display of poppies in the Twinning Garden, situated in the High Street.
The Parish Council have arranged for the children at the Beaulieu Village Primary School to each make a poppy which are being planted in the Twinning Garden on Monday November 5th so that they will be in situ during the week leading up to Remembrance Day on Sunday November 11th.
The children have made 109 poppies which are designed to turn the Twinning Garden into a Garden of Remembrance for the week and we hope will be a fitting tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. It will also have importantly involved local children who will have gained an understanding of the sacrifices made by previous generations. Twenty six of the poppies will have a plaque on them with the names of those who died during the First World War taken from the East Boldre and Beaulieu War Memorial. One poppy will be dedicated to ‘the fallen of Hautvillers’, the French village twinned with Beaulieu. The plaques have been beautifully written by the older children from the school who will then plant them in the Twinning Garden on Monday November 5th.
The Beauileu Twinning Association have very kindly sponsored the cost of making the poppies which has only been made possible by the hard work that Councillor Lindy Shanks has put into the project from designing the poppies to helping the children construct them.
We hope that as many of you as possible will come during the week to view what should be a memorable sight.
Published: Monday, 05 November 2018 19:31
Beaulieu Community Speedwatch
In order to address the issue of speeding HGVs and other traffic in the village we are trying to establish a community speedwatch scheme with the backing of the local parish council and police community support officer (PCSO)
Full training will be given you just need to be able to commit to a couple of hours per month.
Published: Monday, 05 November 2018 19:30
#add3minutes to your journey for the winter
New Forest commoners and organisations are appealing to local drivers to slow down as the clocks go back, to prevent the usual huge rise in animal deaths and injuries in the longer nights.
Nearly 100 free-roaming animals were killed or injured in the New Forest last year.
A quarter of these – 25 animals - were killed or injured on just four key routes in the evenings in the two months after the clocks go back. About three quarters of the accidents involved local drivers.
Now New Forest commoners, the families who own the animals that maintain the Forest, have teamed up with other organisations to focus efforts on reducing accidents this winter. They are asking locals to add just three minutes to their journeys and drive slowly across the Forest.