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Hale Parish Council


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.


Now is your chance to help plan the future of Hale.  A working party, under the guidance of the Parish Council, and in conjunction with other local organisations has put together a questionnaire to establish what you like about the village now and what you would like to see in Hale in the future.  The replies to the questionnaire will inform the Parish Council in preparing a Parish Plan for Hale.

So have your say now and help us understand what the village would like.  Please complete the survey by clicking the link here.  Hale Parish Plan Questionnaire  Alternatively, we are happy to deliver a hard copy questionnaire for you to complete or, if you prefer please download and print a copy.  adobe icon Parish Plan Questionnaire [161kb]  Once completed these should be returned to The Old Rectory, Queen Street or Hale Park.  If you would like your completed questionnaire collected please call 513781 and leave your name and address.

We would like as many people as possible to complete the survey.  We encourage every individual in each home to fill in a questionnaire so that the Parish Plan can reflect the differing needs of  the whole village, over every generation. 

Full details of the basis and background to the questionnaire can be found here.  adobe icon Parish Plan Letter [119kb]

Thank your for helping to shape the future of Hale.

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.  Parishioners are very welcome to attend all Council meetings and the Annual Parish Assembly.

Local Distinctiveness Project

The New Forest National Park Authority is running a Local Distinctiveness Project to help monitor changes to the villages in the National Park.  It is looking to create a photographic record.  Hale Parish Council, with the help of Georgina Babey, is supporting this project.  If you have any photos from the 1950s onwards of street scenes in Hale (not individual properties) and would be willing to share them please contact Georgina at Sirius, Hatchet Close, Hale:  01725 514480  Georgina will scan the photos and return them to you.

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