NFDC Cllr Janette Duke Helps Out Pilley Community Shop

Recently, Pilley Community Stores suffered an attempted break in. Whilst the repairs were being covered under the shop's insurance, it was clear that security improvements were required. Boldre Parish Council would like to thank NFDC Councillor Janette Duke for providing a grant to fund a new alarm system for Pilley Community Stores. The grant provision was turned round extremely quickly and will enable our local shop to enhance its security during this uncertain time.

Pilley Post Office and Shop is a lifeline for the Community of Boldre and the surrounding villages, especially now we are in lockdown, and this prompt action to improve security is very welcome. We would also like to thank Committee Member Neil Eccles and the Volunteers who saw to it that the shop opened at 8am the morning following the failed break-in.

COVID-19 - Community Support

With the current social distancing measures being proposed by the UK Government and people choosing to self isolate it's important that the community continues to support each other. Boldre Parish has always had an excellent community spirit and people look out for each other but at this time it's particularly critical we take care of the vulnerable people in society.

Local Support Groups:

The following groups are being coordinated in Boldre Parish. If you would like to volunteer to help or are in need of assistance, please contact a representative below.

Area Contact Email / Phone
Boldre Parish Pilley Community Shop 01590 673380
Boldre Parish

Nicholas Walford

(Age Concern Agent)

07776 594997
Boldre and Pilley Village David Ridout This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 07502 355355
Sandy Down Julie MacKay This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 07595 343125
Norley Wood and South Baddesley George Mills This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Boldre Parish Council Peter Lock (Clerk) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 07751 497597

The official Government guidance for COVID-19 information can be found here:

The official NHS guidance can be found here:

If you believe you have COVID-19 Symptoms or have close contact with those showing symptoms, refer to the guidance at or if you do not have internet access, phone 111.

To protect others, do not go to a GP, pharmacy or hospital.

Anyone needing urgent assistance with essential food or household supplies, collection of medication, or who are at risk of loneliness can contact the Coronavirus Hampshire Helpline on 0333 370 4000, available seven days a week from 9am to 5pm.

NFDC Contacts

Hampshire Council Contacts

In addition to the above, the below form has been circulated on social media and can be downloaded here (PDF). If you have people local to you who might need help and you want to offer, this is an easy way to let people know. 

If you're working to support people impacted by the COVID-19 virus please let us know so we can share information and help ensure everyone who needs assistance gets it.

Viral Kindness Form


Wessex Cancer Trust - Walk for Hope 2020


Wessex Cancer Trust’s biggest annual fundraising event, Walk for Hope, returns to the New Forest for its fourth year on Sunday 7th June, and the charity would love more walkers than ever to put their best foot forward and raise vital funds for local people living with cancer.
Three hundred people and 30 dogs took part in the 2019 walk. Together they raised £50,000.
Participants can choose from a five, 10 or 20-mile route, making the event accessible for supporters of all ages and abilities.
Dan Bateman walked the ten-mile route in 2019 with his wife Ashleen who had recently been diagnosed with cancer.

He said:
“The months leading up to the walk had obviously been really tough for us, so taking part in Walk for Hope was something really positive to focus on. Everyone who took part was really friendly and because we’ve all been touched by cancer in some way, there was a real sense of community and support. It wasn’t a race because we really felt like we were on the same team.” 

Dan says he recognises that taking part in a charity event can be daunting, but advises anyone thinking about it to, “go for it”:

“Walk for Hope was great because it was challenging, but there was a choice of distances so as many people as possible could get involved. You can view it as a gentle stroll or be more competitive with yourself. Ten miles tested us more than we had thought and the legs were a bit sore the next day, but we felt a real sense of achievement when we crossed the finish line. We were spurred on by everyone around us and knowing we were doing it for a brilliant cause. And of course the promise of a burger at the end!”

Catherine Lawry from Wessex Cancer Trust who’s organising the event, said:
“The peace and beauty of the New Forest make it a fitting setting to come together to give hope to friends and family undergoing cancer treatment, to remember loved ones and to support everyone affected by cancer, and we would love 2020 to be the biggest and best yet.”
Entrants will receive an official Walk for Hope t-shirt, training and fundraising tips, and membership to our Team Wessex Facebook group where they can meet other supporters and share fundraising ideas and photos. After being cheered over the finish line, walkers will receive a medal and celebrate with well-earned refreshments.    

Tickets are £15 for a child under 16, £25 for adults and £75 for a team of four, with a sponsorship goal of £200. Visit for more information and to sign up, or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

All of the money raised will be used to provide practical and emotional support to people living with cancer in Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight. The event is being sponsored by Irwin Mitchell Solicitors.

New Forest District Council - Electoral Boundary Review 2020

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking for your views on our electoral review of New Forest District Council. The review will agree new council ward boundaries across the council. The consultation runs from 17 December 2019 – 2 March 2020.

  • Do you have suggestions about where your ward boundaries should be?
  • Where do people in your area go to access local facilities, such as shops and
    leisure activities?
  • Which areas do you identify as your local community?

Your Opinion Matters

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Write to: Review Officer (New Forest), LGBCE, 1st Floor,Windsor House, 50 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0TL

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