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Hale Parish Council

The next meeting of Hale Parish Council open to the public and representatives of the press and broadcast media is on Tuesday 5th March 2018 in Hale Village Hall at 7.30pm.  This will be preceded by a meeting of the Planning Committee, which commences at 7.00pm

All are welcome to attend.



Nomination papers for the elections on 2 May 2019 are now available to download from: .   There are separate forms for each Parish/Parish ward.  

The notices of election will be published on Friday 22 March 2019, and nominations will be accepted from that date.   The Electoral Services Team at New Forest District Council will be happy to review nomination papers informally before 22 March but papers cannot be submitted formally before 22 March. 

Electoral Commission's Guidance

If you follow the link shown above you will find a further link to the Electoral Commission's guidance for candidates at parish and town council elections.   Please do follow the link - it contains very useful information relating to the nomination and election processes.  


Nomination papers must be delivered by hand - theywill not be accepted if sent via the post, e-mail or fax, or any other medium.  They do not have to be delivered in person by the candidate or his/her agent, but they must be delivered by hand.   The closing time and date for the submission of nominations is 4.00 p.m. on Wednesday 3 April 2019. Under no circumstances will nomination papers be accepted after then.

Publication of Candidates' Home Addresses

Please note it is no longer necessary for candidates' addresses to be published in election notices or to appear on the ballot papers.   The nomination pack now includes a "Home Address Form" which candidates should complete and return if they do not wish their addresses to be published or to show on the ballot papers.  If you choose to withhold your address, the words "Address in xxxx Parish" will appear with your names on relevant notices and the ballot papers. 

Poll and Count

The hours of poll will, as usual, be from 7.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. on 2 May.  The count for all  District wards and Parishes will  follow immediately after the close of poll at Applemore Health & Leisure, Claypits Lane, Dibden, SO45 5TN.  The numbers of papers will be verified and then counted.  District papers will be counted first, followed by votes cast for the Parishes.     

Candidates' and Agents' Briefing

A briefing for candidates and their agents will be held at 6.00 p.m. on Thursday 4 April 2019 in the Council Chamber,  Appletree Court, Lyndhurst.   Candidates standing for election are asked please to reserve the date and time.  We shall be using that opportunity to supplement the written information about the election and the count that will be provided when nominations have been accepted.    

If you have any questions or would like any further information you can contact the parish Clerk e:, Tel: 01425 652495  or the NFDC Electoral Services Team, led by Rosemary Rutins. Tel: 023 8028 5588     


**Feb 2019 - Our website is in the process of an update. Please bear with us. All comments and suggestions are most gratefully received and should be sent in the first instance to the Kathy Cleary, Parish Clerk; either by email to or by post to 5 Saddlers Close, Fordingbridge, SP6 1AE**


Welcome to Hale, a small village in the north west of the New Forest.  Lying partly along the River Avon and partly on the Hampshire/Wiltshire border, Hale is a scattered community with the centre of the village being Hatchet Green.  This delightful open space, enjoyed by residents and visitors alike is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Conservation Area. The Green, often grazed by wild ponies, is surrounded by pretty thatched cottages. It is here you will find the modern Village Hall adjacent to the Victorian school building, home to the flourishing and very successful Hale Primary School. Nearby is the modern sculpture that was erected to mark the Millennium.

Other notable landmarks in the village are Hale Park House, rebuilt in about 1715, St Mary's Church and Hale Purlieu, a stunning common in the New Forest, owned and managed by The National Trust. There are 260 properties within the Parish boundary and a population of approximately 470.

History of Hale Parish Council

An informal meeting of Parishioners of Hale took place on 4 December 1894. It was proposed that a formal second meeting be called on 20 December 1894 to determine whether an application should be made for a Parish Council. At that second meeting it was resolved that an application be made to the County Council for a Parish Council in Hale. Such application was successful and the first Parish Councillors were elected on 27 May 1895.

Present day - Hale Parish Council

The Parish Council and its Planning Committee each meet 11 times a year on the first Tuesday in the month, except in August. The Annual Parish Assembly takes place in April each year. All the meetings are held at Hale Village Hall by Hatchet Green and start at 7pm for Planning and 7.30pm for the full Parish Council meeting (unless there is no planning meeting in which case it is 7pm).  Parishioners are very welcome to attend all Council meetings and the Annual Parish Assembly.