Grandparent Carers Information Day
An event, run especially for those grandparents in the New Forest who care for their grandchildren full-time, is being organised by Community First New Forest.
The event is on Monday 25 November from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm at Lyndhurst Community Centre, with tea and coffee served on arrival and lunch provided during the session. It is open to grandparents from across the New Forest.
Grandparents can be thrown into a caring role unexpectedly, often as a result of a tragedy. Common reasons include an accident, a death or drug and alcohol addiction.
Several organisations will be attending the Carers Day to answer questions and support with emotional, social and practical issues such as finance, education, benefits and legal matters. Places for the event can be booked by contacting Carol Malky on 01425 482773 or email email@example.com
Alternatively, if you are unable to attend but would like to receive a copy of the Guide for Grandparent Carers, then Community First New Forest would also like to hear from you.
Admission to School – September 2014
Will your child be 4 years old between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014? If so you need to apply for a school place for next year. Applications can be made from 1 November 2013 either online at www.hants.gov.uk/admissions or by using a paper application form available from a Hampshire infant or primary school.
The application deadline is Wednesday 15 January 2014. Schools make individual arrangements for open events in the autumn term. Parents are encouraged to make use of these opportunities to gather information before making an application.
Look out for your right to vote
Voter registration forms will soon be dropping through letterboxes across the district and residents are being urged to return them as soon as possible to make their voices heard in any elections held next year.
In 2014 the European Parliamentary Elections will be held on 22 May; to participate in these and any other elections after 17 February 2014 voters’ names must be on the register of electors.
Registering to vote is very simple. All you have to do is update the annual canvass form with the details of everyone in your household who is eligible to vote and return it to New Forest District Council. If your details haven’t changed you can also reply online or by telephone.
By responding promptly this will save a canvasser calling at your property. Anyone who has not received their form can contact NFDC’s Electoral Registration Team on 023 8028 5445 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Protect your property from burglars
The Safer New Forest Partnership is urging residents to protect garden and allotment sheds, outdoor stores and garages from burglars. The following advice can help improve security:
• ensure that all outside storage facilities are locked with a heavy-duty secure padlock. Safer New Forest offers a high quality alarmed padlock for £10, available from NFDC information centres
• improve outdoor security with external passive infrared lighting, CCTV and alarms
• do not park vehicles or store large items, such as bins, against a fence as this will provide easier access to your property
• keep tools and high-value goods out of sight and locked away. Store your most valuable items inside your main property if possible.
The Partnership reminds residents to protect their valuable outdoor furniture such as gas barbecues, patio heaters and patio sets, bikes and garden machinery, by property-marking them. They can also register their property for free on www.immobilise.com
Switch Hampshire launches for businesses
The Switch Hampshire scheme is helping small and medium local businesses in the New Forest find and switch to cheaper energy tariffs. The scheme is free and is quick and easy via hants.gov.uk/switch, with a closing date of 25 November 2013.
There are over 7500 small and medium size businesses in the New Forest. National figures suggest only 16 to 22 per cent of these switch supplier regularly, as comparing tariffs is difficult and the procedures needed to switch can be complex and time-consuming. NFDC is working with Hampshire County Council to encourage local businesses to register.
The local Safer Neighbourhood Team’s latest beat report, showing crime figures for the beat area during September, can be found on the parish council’s website. Mobile beat surgeries are held by the new Beat Officer, PC Rob Morant, on the first Wednesday of the month at Bartley Stores from 12.30 – 1.30 pm.
There are also sessions on the same day at Minstead Stores (9.30 – 10.30 am) and Bramshaw Stores (8.15 – 9.15 am). ). Alternatively, email the Team at email@example.com
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 12 November 2013 Planning
Tuesday 26 November 1013 Council
Tuesday 10 December 2013 Planning
Please note there is no full Council meeting in December.
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.