Copythorne Parish Council for the communities of • Bartley • Cadnam • Copythorne • Newbridge • Ower • Winsor

Welcome to the Copythorne Parish Web site

Agendas and MinutesAgendas and Minutes
Agenda PC 22 July plus supporting documents

Draft Minutes - PC 24 June | Planning 8 July

World War One Centenary – Lights Out
LIGHTS OUT is an invitation to everyone in the UK to turn off their lights from 10pm until 11pm on 4th August 2014, leaving a single light on or candle burning for a shared moment of reflection. This will mark the hour that Britain entered World War 1 one hundred years ago. The British Foreign Secretary (Viscount Edward Grey) on the outbreak of WW1 said “the lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our time”

Transport Options in the New Foresttransport options in the New Forest
Read all about transport options in the New Forest. (PDF)

Please tell us your thoughts using the comment form and put it in the box provided, or alternatively post it to us.


You can also complete the comment form online at where you can download copies of this information.


We will not be able to take into account comment forms returned to us after 5 August 2014.


Transport & Tourism Team
New Forest National Park Authority
Lymington Town Hall
Avenue Road
SO41 9ZG


Public Bike Share open house
If you have any questions about Public Bike Share and how it might operate in the New Forest, or would like to speak to us in person about this project then please come to one of our open house sessions:

Monday 28 July, 6pm – 8.30pm
Lyndhurst Community Centre, Lyndhurst

Wednesday 30 July, 6pm – 8.30pm
Brockenhurst Village Hall, Brockenhurst

Land needed for football pitches
Winsor United Sports Club, based in Copythorne, are in need of land for use as football pitches.  If any landowner has any suitable land available for purchase or rent would they please contact Mike Derrick, Clerk to the Parish Council, on 01794 322080

Micro chipping of dogs in the community
The Dogs Trust may be visiting Minstead in August to provide free
microchipping of dogs.  Please see attached PDF for further details

Newspaper and mouseBulletin July available

Safer Neighbourhood Team Newsletter - June (PDF)

Western Country Watch - 17 July (PDF)

 Calendar of MeetingsCalendar of Meetings

The calendar of meetings for 2014/2015 is available online

Flood Sign: image by Bob Embleton


Village Flood Plan (PDF)

Ready for Flooding - before, during and after (PDF)

Grants for local organisations. 

The Parish Council has a limited annual budget to help local groups with the cost of small projects etc.  More details are available (PDF) and a copy of an application form (PDF).

News and Events


Planning DetailsPlanning Details

See the Planning page for short details of applications for discussion on 22 July 2014

  • The parish of Copythorne is on the north-eastern side of the New Forest and forms the major entry point to the Forest. With the M27 and A31 running through the parish, it is divided into two neat halves - north Copythorne and south Copythorne.

  • The history of the area can be traced back to early Iron Age with barrows and tumuli and the remains of a roman road marked in several places. This was the main route between Christchurch and Winchester where the roman road forded the River Test near Romsey. Today over 3000 people live within the parish creating as diverse a range of industries you can think of from traditional farming to IT and metal crafting to thatching.

  • Farming has been predominant on poor soils - a lot of the land was held by Glastonbury Abbey and a Gilbert De Bretuil. The hamlet of Ower was recorded in the Doomsday Book. Mostly the soils are of Bracklesham beds and Bagshot beds. These are sands and gravels.

  • Until recently there were two large estates - the Warrens and Paultons. Over the years these have gradually diminished and individuals and tenants (some of the existing dwellings dating back 300 years or more) have taken on small farms.

  • Copythorne parish boasts some of the oldest watering holes in the Forest and has also maintained a thriving community spirit, with the annual Copythorne Carnival - which has just celebrated its 63rd year - being just one of the many events which take place. Some of the many clubs and societies include the following:

The well known Stanleys Own Scout Group, together with Guides, Brownies and Rainbows; The Royal British Legion; History Society and Camera Club; Flower Club; Horticultural Society; Tractor Club; Copythorne Amateur Theatrical Society; Copythorne Women's Institute; Cadnam & Totton First Responder Group - to name but a new.

Within close proximity to one another, and also enjoying a close relationship, are St Marys Church Copythorne, Cadnam Methodist Church and Winsor Mission Church - all with a thriving congregation and busy agendas.

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