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Volunteer Fair

News from New Forest National Parks Authority.

Charities and local groups looking to recruit volunteers are invited to register their interest for the New Forest Volunteer Fair 2015.

The annual event at Lyndhurst Community Centre attracts hundreds of people from across Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire, looking to try new skills and enjoy new experiences. 
The fair will take place on 31 January next year, when around 30 organisations from in and around the New Forest will attract volunteers for wildlife projects, archaeological surveys and outdoor activities.
One organisation which has benefited recently is Sir Harold Hillier Gardens near Romsey, which has attracted the skills of photographer Matt Pringle to improve their portfolio of images for their websites and magazines.
Mr Pringle has also benefited from the experience, helping him to recover from mental and physical health problems after being assaulted at work as a police officer. 
He said: ‘Volunteering at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens gives me the opportunity to give something back. It’s helped me gain a sense of achievement, reach attainable goals and I’ve enjoyed meeting new people. The positive nature of the experience has been a real benefit for my mental health too.’
Janet Pratley, Volunteer Co-ordinator at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, said: ‘Matt’s photos have been of the highest quality and he has been a fantastic addition to our team of volunteers. They make such a difference to the gardens, whether it’s by planting and digging, helping customers or other skilled services such as photography. The New Forest Volunteer Fair has been a great place for us to find such wonderful people.’
The Volunteer Fair will take place on Saturday, 31 January, 2015, from 10.30am to 4pm at Lyndhurst Community Centre. If you are from a volunteer organisation which would like to get involved, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01590 646681. Spaces are limited. 
http://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/news

Small Business Saturday UK

Small Business Saturday UK is a national initiative to encourage people to use and support local independent shops and businesses in their own communities.  The event, which is now in its second year, takes place on the first shopping Saturday each December, although the campaign aims to have a long-lasting impact on small business awareness all year round.   In 2014 the event will take place on Saturday 6 December.

Last year New Forest District supported the first Small Business Saturday in the UK by providing free parking in the District’s town and village car parks.  This year, the Council has agreed to repeat the initiative and therefore car parking charges will again be suspended on Saturday 6 December in NFDC car parks.  Please note that these arrangements are in addition to the suspension of NFDC car parking charges to assist locally arranged events on other days leading up to Christmas.    

Small Business Saturday will also be used to celebrate  Lymington’s award as 2015 Brand New Forest Town of the Year and to launch the 2015 Brand New Forest Card.  We will therefore be encouraging all Brand New Forest cardholders to visit local towns & villages to take advantage of the spending power of their card in the run up to Christmas.

Many towns will be holding special events across the UK to celebrate small business and it is hoped that you will alll take advantage of the free parking to encourage local spending on that day in your town and village and help spread the word far and wide. 

For more information on the Small Business Saturday UK campaign please visit:

www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com

Beaulieu Christmas Fair

The annual Christmas Fair, held in Palace House to raise funds for the Countryside Education Trust, will take place on Friday 14th November from 10am to 2.30pm.  In addition to stalls selling Christmas gifts and a Grand Draw with fabulous prizes, you can enjoy morning coffee and lunch in Palace Café.  Entry is £3 per person with parking in Church Meadow. Free admission for parish residents – one ticket per household. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 612365.

Victorian Christmas Evening

Beaulieu Victorian Christmas Evening

Saturday 29th November 2014 From 5.00pm until 8.00pm 

Join in the Fun as Beaulieu High Street steps back in time
Follow the Father Christmas Procession at 6pm
 
SANTA’S GROTTO –– PUNCH & JUDY –– STREET THEATRE
FOOD & STALLS –– SHOPS OPEN
VICTORIAN SOUP KITCHEN
VICTORIAN CAKE COMPETITION
 
Why not enter the Great Beaulieu Bake-Off competition with a traditional Victoria Sponge Sandwich and prizes for Under 12s and Adults. Entry forms are available from the Abbey Stores and Queensmeade newsagents or by email from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A park & ride service will operate from the visitor car parks of the National Motor Museum. Parking is free. Those wishing to walk can do so, from 5pm, through the museum grounds; just follow the signs on the night.

 
High Street closed to traffic ..... Strictly no parking in Church Meadow
 
For more information visit /BeaulieuVillageChristmas
Supporting local charities

Beaulieu Neighbourhood Watch

You are invited to an opening meeting of the Beaulieu Neighbourhood Watch at 6pm on Tuesday 21st October at Steff's Kitchen Beaulieu.
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