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Installation of the Defibrillator


The Parish Council are currently in the process of installing a defibrillator into the village which has been generously funded by the British Heart Foundation and the Beaulieu Beaufort Foundation. The cabinet to house the defibrillator has already been put up in the covered passage between the High Street and the Village Hall as can be seen in the picture. The devise itself will be installed on January 15th 2015 after a training session on its use has been run by an officer from the South Central Ambulance Service.  This training session will be held on January 15th at 4.30pm in the Village Hall and if anyone from the village would like to take part please get in touch with Sara Steele on 01590 612 216 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To date there are first aiders from The Village School, Fairweathers Garden Centre, The Montagu Arms, New Forest Activities and the Estate signed up to be trained. The Parish Council are keen that as many people as possible in the village are familiar with its use, so don’t be shy in coming forward!  The defibrillator is designed to be used by lay people with no medical experience and has very clear simple audio instructions. Also, importantly, it is designed to only shock a patient if they need it and so it is not possible to do any damage to someone with suspected cardiac arrest or yourself.   If anyone would like any further information on the defibrillator and its use please contact Sara Steele as above.

The Twinning Garden

The Parish Council have been fortunate to receive a grant from the Beaulieu Common Good Trust which is going to enable us to refurbish the two flagstaffs in the Twinning Garden and also to purchase new flags that can be used on civic occasions. We feel that it would be fitting for the village flags to be flown on days such as Remembrance Sunday and during our twinning events. Earlier this year the Twinning Garden was replanted and we hope you will agree looked magnificent all summer. We are grateful to Mark Young who has now taken on the maintenance of the Twinning Garden and the village playground.  Our French visitors were especially pleased to hear that the grapes off the vines that they presented us with a number of years ago were used to help decorate the Abbey Church for harvest festival.     

News Release From Hampshire County Council

Working together to make Hampshire more resilient

Parish and town councillors from across Hampshire are working in partnership with the County Council as winter sets in a bid to strengthen community resilience.

Around 100 representatives joined talks with the County Council in Winchester this week on how to manage flood risks, mitigate the effects of flooding, address funding challenges and help strengthen resilience.

Councillor Seán Woodward, Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, who opened the event, said: "We were reminded again last winter how effective working together with communities can be in connecting the views and needs of local residents with those of all the statutory agencies. Parish and town Councils have a very important role in helping prepare and embed community resilience, and we are committed to working with all our partners to ensure that best use is made of the resources available. Our shared knowledge and experience can help us become better prepared for the future, both in terms of responding to flooding events, but also in maximising the impact of flood defence funding and working with different partners across boundaries.
"Since last winter, we have been working hard to repair the roads damaged by the floods, putting extra resource and focus into extra drainage schemes and gully work. We were successful in bidding for money from Government for flood recovery and repairs, and now await news of our bids for flood defence and alleviation measures.
"Despite the damage to the roads inflicted by the weather, it was very encouraging to see that Hampshire was the top performing authority in the country for highways maintenance in this year's National Highways and Transport public satisfaction survey. The support provided by parish and town councils in this is hugely valued in enabling us to provide such an efficient and responsive service."

The Chairman of the Hampshire Partnership and Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Roy Perry, said: "It was good to see Hampshire's Highways contractors Amey demonstrate the latest equipment to deal with potholes and roads maintenance. Using modern and efficient technology enables us to repair more potholes more quickly and no doubt is one of the reasons why Hampshire has come out tops for road maintenance. I know there will always be potholes but we want to get them repaired as quickly as possible and I do encourage residents and road users to report any potholes they see using "

Steven Lugg, Chief Executive of the Hampshire Association of Local Councils, said: "In serving residents' best interests local government needs to work differently, and together. Local highways support is just one of the areas where parishes and towns can add low cost support to the objective of safe, clean and drained highways. We look to every council as community leaders to make a contribution to Hampshire life."

Any communities/parishes looking to develop Community Resilience Plans should email The Emergency Planning Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For advice on emergency action plans visit:

For more information about flooding and flood management in Hampshire visit:

Amey is the County Council's term highways maintenance contractor. For more information about Amey visit:

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