Home Library Service
If you can’t get to the library because of ill-health, disability or caring responsibilities, then let the library come to you. If necessary, Hampshire County Council can arrange for you to have your library materials delivered direct to your home on a regular basis. The service is free and books are offered in standard and large print. There is also a wide range of audio books in different formats – cassette tape, CD and MP3.
The Home Library Service is delivered in several ways, with the help of specially recruited volunteers or through the WRVS Books-on-Wheels scheme. More information can be obtained by telephoning 0845 603 5631 or by e-mailing email@example.com. There is also an on-line application form available at www.hants.gov.uk/home-library-service.
Village Agent Scheme
There has been a good response to last month’s search for volunteers to become a Village Agent for Copythorne. Village Agents offer support for older people in the community by providing information about local services and facilities.
A number of local residents have come forward expressing an interest in the scheme and their details have been passed to the local organiser at Age Concern Hampshire. Interviews will now be held and hopefully we will have a Village Agent in post in the coming months. Many thanks to those to those who have put their names forward.
Mosaic Young Champions
The New Forest National Park is offering an exciting participation project for local young people. Young people currently face high unemployment rates and few opportunities for developing leadership and other skills. Mosaic Young Champions are 16 to 25 year olds who live in or near a National Park and want to learn more about it, get their friends involved, improve their health and develop their own skills and potential for finding employment.
The organisers aim to work with 16-25 year olds facing social and economic exclusion. This includes young people struggling to find work or complete education or training, who have caring responsibilities, or those suffering from long-term physical or mental health issues. For more information, ask the Clerk to the Council for a Fact Sheet. Alternatively, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 7924 4077 extension 221.
The Benefits of Refurbishing an Older Home
Is it worth the hassle refurbishing an older home to make it much more energy efficient? There are several good reasons why it may feel like the healthy option:
Reduce fuel bills; increase your house value; reduce mould growth; provide insulation by draught stripping and double glazing, reducing noise and draughts; make your home warm 24/7, reducing the chances of illness; reduce environmentally damaging emissions, helping protect the planet and your children; insulate against the summer sun and avoid overheating.
For more information, visit www.superhomes.org.uk.
Copythorne Fun Day
The Copythorne Community Group is organising a Fun Day at Copythorne Parish Hall on Saturday 7 September from 2 pm to 6 pm. There’ll be children’s games, various displays and performances from local groups, a tug of war competition, with food, ice-cream and a licensed bar. Admission and car parking is free.
There will also be live music from local band Random in the Hall from 7 pm to 10 pm. Free admission and car parking again for this one, with licensed bar facilities.
The local Safer Neighbourhood Team’s latest beat report, showing crime figures for the beat area during July, 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) (new time).
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 10 September 2013 Planning
Tuesday 24 September 2013 Council
Tuesday 8 October 2013 Planning
For those who would like information about the Council’s financial affairs, the Council’s budget for 2013/14 can be found on the website. Details of the Council’s grant scheme, designed to help local organisations with small projects, are also on the site.
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.