Look out for your elderly neighbours
‘Look out for your neighbours’ – that’s the plea from the Safer New Forest Partnership in a bid to protect vulnerable householders from door-to-door rogue traders.
New Forest residents are urged to report doorstep sales people who use bullying tactics to get residents to sign on the dotted line for services, including replacement windows, driveway repairs and roofing. There is also concern that elderly residents may become the target for distraction burglaries.
Residents are reminded to ask for ID from callers at the door and not to let them inside their home. If they are persistent or won’t depart when asked, call the police by dialling 999, or 101 for non-urgent incidents.
Alternatively, contact Hampshire County Council’s Trading Standards Quick Response Team on 01962 833666 if the callers are still in the area or are due to return.
Household glass collections
New Forest District Council will shortly be adding household glass collection to its household refuse collection service. Collection boxes will be delivered to houses in Copythorne during June, ready to start collections of glass bottles and jars in July.
NFDC will be promoting the new service to residents through advertising in local papers, their information offices and roadshows at local events, markets and supermarkets.
Get involved with the New Forest Show
Following on from last year’s highly successful ‘Best of British’ theme, the New Forest & Hampshire County Show’s theme this year is ‘Get Involved’.
The idea is for as many people as possible to come along and enjoy the Show and join in with all the demonstrations and interactive events on offer. Every section of the Show is organising something for visitors to do – whether it is taking part in the tug of war with a tractor in the Old Time Farming area, making pottery in the Art Tent or having your face painted in the Church Tent.
Agricultural shows are famous for their livestock and rural activities and this remains the central attraction, especially as the Show is particularly famous for its horse competitions, including international showjumping. Over 3000 animals will be at the Show, 75 traditional crafts shown and cooking demonstrations and wine tasting ‘live’ on the showground.
The Show will take place on 30 & 31 July and 1 August 2013, with 15% off advance tickets bought online until 11 July at www.newforestshow.co.uk
Home library service
Another reminder about the Home Library Service. If you are no longer able to get to the library due to reasons such as ill-health, disability or mobility problems, and there is no-one you know living locally who could be a “Good Neighbour”, you can take advantage of the service.
Arrangements can usually be made for library materials to be delivered direct to your home on a regular basis by a Home Library Service volunteer.
There is no joining fee and reservations from Hampshire’s stock are free to users of the service.
You can make application by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
online at www3.hants.gov.uk/home-library
or by writing to The Home Library Service, Equal Access Manager, Units 5 & 6 Moorside Place, Moorside Road, Winnall, Winchester SO23 7FZ.
The local Safer Neighbourhood Team’s latest beat report, showing crime figures for the beat area during March can be found on the parish council’s website. Residents are reminded that, pending the appointment of a new beat officer to replace PC Dee Faulkner, there will be no beat surgeries for the time being.
The Parish Council discusses all planning applications at each of its meetings – on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month If you think you may be affected by an application, the Council would be pleased to hear your views to help form a response to the planning authority (either the New Forest National Park Authority or New Forest District Council).
Comments can be made to the Parish Council either by letter or in person in the public participation session at the start of each meeting. Applications due to be considered at the next meeting can be found by clicking on Planning on the top menu on the Council’s website at www.copythorne.org.uk
The Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 7 pm in the Copythorne Parish Hall (rear extension). Members of the public are very welcome to attend the meetings and speak on any matter of concern at the start of the meeting.
The dates of the next few meetings are:
Tuesday 14 May 2013 Planning
Tuesday 28 May 2013 Annual Council Meeting
Tuesday 11 June 2013 Planning
The Clerk to the Council (Mike Derrick) can be contacted at
3 Chichester Close,
Telephone and fax 01794 322080,
Details of individual Parish Councillors can also be found on the parish website.