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Hale Parish Council Information Update


This is the latest news from Hale Parish Council.  Documents not found elsewhere on the website will be uploaded here.

15 February 2018

Good morning everyone

Here is the latest news from Hale Parish Council

Council meetings

​I attach copies of the approved Minutes of the January Parish Council meeting and the draft Minutes (subject to approval) of the February meeting.  As there has not been any planning applications to consider the Planning Committee has not met since December.  I think this may have led to some confusion about the start time of meetings.  Unless otherwise stated the meetings will always start at 7pm.  If there is a Planning Committee meeting this will be 7pm and the Parish Council meeting will not start before 7.30pm.  If there is no Planning the full Parish Council meeting will start at 7pm.  The correct time is always at the top of the agenda so please do check if you are coming along.​

The Great British Spring Clean - join us for a Spring Clean of Hale on 3 March

The Parish Council and National Trust are taking part in the Great British Spring Clean.  It would great to have as many volunteers as possible to help litter pick all across Hale.  If you can spare a little time please meet Gaby Lucas at 1pm on Saturday 3 March at the Village Hall car park.

NFDC has kindly provided bags, gloves and pickers and the rubbish will be taken away by the National Trust at the end - don't worry, we won't ask you to take it home. As we will be clearing near roads please bring along any high visibility clothing you may have.  We are aiming to do a couple of hours but any time you can spare will be much appreciated.  The more people we have the greater the area we can cover, its not just about the Green.  We want to get as far as we can including Hale Purlieu and Forest Road.

What a great opportunity for fresh air, to meet with other villagers and clean up your lovely village. 

Hale Annual Parish Assembly - 17th April 2017

A date for your diary - the Annual Parish Assembly will take place at 7.30pm on Tuesday 17th April in the Village Hall.  Our theme this year is very much "All about Hale".  Watch this space for more details but for now please keep the evening free.  It would be lovely to see as many of you as possible and there is every chance you will learn something new about the many things happening in and around your village.

National Trust

The National Trust February newsletter and details of Spring events are attached.  adobe icon National Trust February 2018 Newsletter [2Mb]  adobe icon National Trust Spring 2018 events [582kb]  adobe icon National Trust Strategy 2018 [2Mb]

Volunteer Driver recruitment

Hampshire County Council is currently recruiting Volunteer Drivers to undertake various social care journeys within Hampshire. Volunteers use their own vehicles to transport adults and children who are under the care of the County Council. The scheme provides an essential transport link to facilities and activities for Hampshire residents, some of whom have physical or learning disabilities.

A copy of the recruitment poster, including contact details if you are interested in volunteering, is attached.  adobe icon Hants Volunteer Drivers [1000kb]

That's all for now, enjoy the sun while it shines


24 January 2018

Firstly, welcome to all those receiving their first Information Update from Hale Parish Council and for leaving your contact details at the Parish Plan Exhibition on Sunday.  I hope you find these updates useful and interesting.  They are sent out on an ad hoc basis and I promise you will not be bombarded.   If you prefer not to receive these emails just let me know and I will remove you from the circulation list.

Parish Plan Exhibition

​Thank you to those who braved the rain and came along to the Parish Plan Exhibition on Sunday.  It was lovely to meet so many of you, and for those who went in the afternoon I am sorry I missed you.  I hope you found it informative and you had any questions answered.  I also hope you went home well refreshed by the delicious cake made by volunteers.  All your comments have been noted and will form part of the discussion in formulating Hale Parish Plan.  We can't please all of the people all of the time but we will work hard on achieving what the majority would like.

A huge thank you to those of you who offered your services as volunteers or who expressed an interest in a particular project or matter.  I am collating the information and will be sending out separate emails in that respect.  If you didn't put your name down on the day and there is something you would like to help with or be better informed about just let me know.

For those of you who were unable to make it to the exhibition I attach a copy of the Interim Parish Plan that was handed out on the day.  This tells you where the Council is currently at and may help you identify those areas you may like to get involved in.​  adobe icon Interim Parish Plan Jan 2018 [30kb]

Scam warning

I have been asked by Sharon Barnett, Neighbourhood Watch to pass on the following:

"There continues to be a telephone scam where a recorded message is left, allegedly from HMRC, stating that HMRC are bringing a lawsuit against the individual and is going to sue them. The recipient is asked to phone a given number and press "1" to speak to the officer dealing with the case. This scam is becoming widely reported and seems to be targeting older people. Please do not reply to the message.

HMRC takes security very seriously but you need to be alert. If you cannot verify the identity of the person making the call you should not disclose your personal details. The HMRC website states they would never use these methods to tell you about a tax rebate, a penalty or even to get personal payment information.

Anyone who comes across such a scam should contact Action Fraud at or contact the Action Fraud Hotline on 0300 123 2040 as they are the investigatory body for offences of this type.

Further information on scams can be found on the Government website


Rob Morant PC 21142

New Forest West Neighbourhood Policing Team

(responsible for Fordingbridge, Downlands and Forest and Forest North West)

External: 101

Internal: 4656106


For the Victim of Crime Information Pack click here

Sign up to Hampshire Alerts: - A FREE crime and community information service for information about what is going on in your area"


That's all for now.  Keep an eye on your inbox for emails about those projects you said you were interested in - more will follow in the next few weeks.



15 January 2018

Parish Plan Exhibition

As you know the Parish Plan exhibition is taking place this Sunday - from 10am to 4pm in the village hall.  This is your chance to have your say about the future work of the Parish Council in Hale.  Come along and meet members of the Parish Plan working party and Councillors to find what is planned, what you can do and to have your questions answered.  There will be lots to see and you can have a cuppa while looking at our new projects such as Hatchet Green regeneration, improvements to the cemetery and upgrade of the car park.  The Council is also looking at working with possible new volunteer groups for example a youth working project, Community Land Trust, Community First Responders and Age Concern.  The Parish Council cannot do this work or make meaningful plans without your help so please do drop in and see us.  A poster is attached for your information - feel free to display it and tell your friends too!

Bus passes

Hampshire County Council have asked us to pass on the fact that they are in the process of renewing the bus passes that expire on 31 March 2018.  Please do not contact HCC unless your circumstances have changed - see attached poster.  adobe icon HCC Concessionary travel [262kb]

National Trust

The latest newsletter from the National Trust is attached.  adobe icon National Trust Newsletter Jan 18 [855kb]

I look forward to meeting lots of you on Sunday



3 January 2018

Dear all

I hope you all had a good Christmas and found some time to relax and recharge your batteries ready for 2018.  Just a couple of items for you to start the new year.

January council meetings

Please note there is no Planning Committee meeting this month as there are no new applications to consider.  The full Parish Council meeting will be on 9 January and will start slightly earlier at 7pm.  As ever you are all welcome to come along.  The Agenda is attached and is also on the website.

Parish Plan Exhibition

On 21 January 2018 there will be an exhibition in the Village Hall with further thoughts on Hale Parish Plan.  Please watch this space for more information and put the date in your diary to come along and help shape the future of Hale.

NHS Hampshire

I have received a round robin email from NHS Hampshire explaining the pressure the hospital emergency service is under and advising of other means by which health care may be sought.  The note is attached.  adobe icon NHS Hants January 2018 letter [74kb]

And finally, on behalf of the Parish Council may I wish you all a happy and healthy 2018 enjoying life in Hale

Best wishes



19 December 2017

Dear all

I hope your preparations for the festive season are in full swing and you are looking forward to some time out with friends and family.  Here is the last update from Hale Parish Council for 2017.


The Minutes of the November Planning and Full Council meetings are attached, along with draft minutes of the December meetings.  The latter have yet to be approved.  This will take place at the meetings on 9 January 2018 which you are all welcome to attend.

Hale Housing Needs survey​

Our thanks to those of you who took the time to respond to the Hale Housing Needs survey sent out by NFDC.  NFDC has collated the responses and prepared a short summary report relating to the replies to Part 2.  You will recall this was the section completed by those who have a housing need. A copy is attached.  The summary report is useful in that it demonstrates a prima facie housing need within the village but is insufficient to enable the Parish Council to make any decisions about its possible future involvement in the provision of any affordable housing in Hale.  HPC is asking NFDC to pass the survey responses to HARAH (Hampshire Alliance for Rural Affordable Housing) so that they can prepare a full report.  Those interested may like to look at the report on the Ellingham, Hargbridge & Ibsley Parish Council website as an example of the type of report HPC is looking for.

I understand there may be some confusion as to the current status of this project.  If anyone has any questions or concerns please do give me a ring or drop me an email and I will happily answer them.

A date for your diary

The working party who put together the Parish Plan questionnaire and who are now working on a draft of a revised Parish Plan will be holding an exhibition at the Village Hall on 21 January 2018 to provide more information about the responses and to consult with you on the way forward for Hale.  More information will follow, but please do put the date in your diary as it would be good to see as many of you as possible.

National Trust events

I attach a couple of posters from the National Trust with details of events being held at Foxbury, along with the December newsletter.  adobe icon December 2017 Newsletter [741kb]  adobe icon Foxbury Christmas event [3Mb]  adobe icon Horse Rides 2017 [651kb]

Community First job opportunity

​I have the following email from Community First - could be a new year, a new job!  This will not insert as it has an incompatable table.  It is CEO role, if you are interested I can email the details.​

That's the news for now.  It just remains for me, on behalf of all at Hale Parish Council, to thank all of you for your contribution to life in this lovely village and to wish you and your loved ones a merry Christmas and a very happy, healthy 2018.

Best wishes



10 November 2017

Dear all

We understand from Lucy Buis (NFDC) that there has a been a good level of response to the Hale Housing Needs survey sent out by New Forest District Council.  Thank you to all of you who have taken the time to complete and return the survey so far.

Just a reminder to those of you who have yet to return your survey to NFDC, the deadline is 14 November so if you have time this weekend please do take a few moments to fill it in and pop it in the post. 

Please be assured that the responses will be collated by NFDC and presented to the Parish Council, those interested in developing affordable housing and the village as whole in an anonymous form so please do be open with your answers.  It is only by knowing how the village genuinely feels about affordable that those who are interested in the various schemes can decide whether and if so, how to take matters forward.

Many thanks, have a good weekend


6 November 2017

Good morning

On behalf of the Parish Council and all users of the Village Hall car park I just wanted to say a massive thank you to all of you who kindly gave up your Sunday morning to help fill the potholes in the car park.  Your digging, raking, shovelling, water blowing, compacting, leaf shifting and numerous other jobs paid huge dividends and we now have a fabulously level car park.

Thanks so much for all your help and hard work, I hope you aren't aching too much this morning!



2 November 2017

Good afternoon

I hope you have enjoyed the sun this afternoon.  A few updates

Next meetings

​The next Planning Committee and ​full Parish Council meetings are Tuesday 7 November, 7pm and 7.30pm respectively at the Village Hall.  The agenda for each is attached.  As ever you are all welcome to attend.

Temporary repair to the car park

I hope I have contacted all those of you who have kindly volunteered to help fill in the potholes in the car park.  In case I have missed anyone I confirm the work is going ahead this Sunday, 5th November from 9am onwards.  For obvious reasons we will need to close the car park for the duration of the work.  If you do use the car park can you please move your car before 9am on Sunday.  The gravel is being delivered tomorrow morning.  If you are using the car park Friday or Saturday please be aware there will be a large pile of gravel to the left hand side of the car park.  We will cone it off so please do not move the cones or park near the gravel.  Hopefully by Sunday afternoon the car park will have a reasonably level surface!

Responses to the Parish Plan Questionnaire

Thanks to all of you who completed the Parish Plan Questionnaire.  The results have been analysed and are available on the website   A copy is also attached.  It makes interesting reading.  The Parish Council will be using this information to prepare the new Parish Plan and its work to improve life in Hale in the future.

Grants available for businesses in rural areas.

​I have received the following information from New Forest District Council

" Grants Still Available for Businesses in Rural Areas, including New Forest, southern Test Valley and southern Wiltshire

The EU's New Forest LEADER grants can be used to fund investment in certain types of buildings, equipment and machinery to help small businesses grow and/or create jobs. However the scheme is due to end in 2019, so businesses are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

LEADER can grant fund up to 40% of the investment cost (for commercial projects) up to a maximum grant amount of £75,000. The minimum grant amount you can apply for is £5,000. 

Visit the New Forest LEADER website at  for information on what LEADER can fund and how to apply.  For tips and information follow us on twitter at @newforestleader

 Sally Igra

Programme Manager

New Forest LEADER

New Forest District Council

Appletree Court


Hants SO43 7PA

Tel: 023 8028 5588


Grants for rural businesses and communities:"

That's all for now, I look forward to seeing some of you on Sunday


Sue Plumb

Clerk to Hale Parish Council

Tel:  07717 851694









































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