Over 450 people attended the exhibition on the potential provision of affordable housing in Copythorne on Thursday 28th January 2016. Copies of the material and information that was displayed at the exhibition will be uploaded to the website soon.
In the meantime, a summary of the exhibition and an attendee information pack that was prepared for the exhibition are now available to view by using this link
The open forum event will also be held in the Parish Hall on Wednesday 16th March 2016 commencing at 7.00 pm (see here for further details)
|Meeting Agendas - Planning 09 February 2016 | Supporting Documents|
|Draft Minutes of Meetings - PC 24 November | Planning 8 December | 12 January|
|Calendar of Meetings updated for 2016/2017|
|Parish Newsletter – monthly newsletter, February 2016 edition now available|
|Neighbourhood Policing – beat reports, last updated in January 2016 (PDF)|
|Planning - details of planning matters that are to be considered by the Parish Council in the near future, last updated on 9 February 2016|
News and Events
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.