The storm conditions over the Christmas period produced flooding problems for many local residents. The Parish Council is therefore gathering information about the nature and scale of events with a view to discussing problems and solutions with relevant authorities.
A questionnaire has been sent to residents known to have been affected so that details of the events can be compiled.
If other residents would also like a copy of the questionnaire, please contact the Parish Clerk. Flooding, of course, is not a new issue for Copythorne and sadly previous attempts to persuade the Environment Agency and others to take preventative measures have met with little success.
Hampshire County Council now has a fundamental role of lead flood authority so hopefully this will produce beneficial results.
See the Planning page for short details of applications for discussion
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.