Road Closure - Church Lane - April 1st 2019

Church Lane will be closed for up to 3 days from April 1st 2019 to allow for ducting work to take place. The area closed and alternative route are shown in the image below.

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Cycling Event: Wiggle New Forest Sportive - Saturday 30th March 2019

Cycling Event: Wiggle New Forest Sportive - Saturday 30th March 2019

On Saturday 30thMarch 2019, the Wiggle New Forest Sportive Cycling Event will take place. This will impact the following roads in the Parish: Rope Hill, Pilley Hill, School Lane, Undershore Road, South Baddesley Road, Lymington Road.

There will be a large number of cyclists throughout the New Forest so please be aware and plan accordingly.

If you see or are involved in any incidents related to this event, please inform the Parish Council via our website or you can report them to the NFDC here:

Full details of the event and an interactive map can be found here:


Subsidy for Staurday 112 Bus Route

As part of a Hampshire County Council savings program, BPC has been informed that the Saturday 112 bus route will be terminated. The Council has been approached by other neighboring Parishes to see if there is sufficient usage on Saturdays for a collective subsidy for this route by the combined Parish Councils.

We would very much welcome feedback from those of you in the Parish that use the 112 on Saturdays to be able to make an informed decision on this proposal based on usage. The total subsidy required to sustain the Saturday journeys is £6500.

The issue will be debated at the Parish Council meeting on February 11th.

New Forest Folklore

Boldre Parish Council has been contacted by a Histroian called Brice Stratford to see if there is any local folklore we can share. Further details are in the letter below. If you can help, please contact Brice using the details provided at the end of the letter.

To Whom It May Concern,

I'm contacting you today in the hope that you may be able to offer me some help. 

Brice Stratford a historian, folklorist and storyteller currently working on the first collection of folktales specific to the New Forest area, which should be published this Christmas. I've been researching the project for some years now, and believe I have all but exhausted the historical, literary and linguistic sources which exist. I'm very keen now on adding a more human, less academic element, and on exploring what oral traditions might remain or exist, and seeing what golden nuggets and old fragments I may be able to find in people's memories and experiences. If the contributor wishes me to, then I will protect their anonymity.

I'm currently looking for any:

  • Ghost stories and sightings, Fairytales and Fairy stories, accounts of Witchcraft, magic, etc.
  • Customs, Sayings, Phrases or Traditions
  • Local nick-names for Animals, Places, Roads and Pathways, Geographic Features, etc.
  • Stories or experiences of the supernatural or the strange and unexplained
  • Stories, slang, traditions or anecdotes about or from:
    • The area, the people, the culture, or the history of the New Forest
    • Local industry or work, Smuggling, or the Military
    • Any churches, large houses or old buildings
    • Any places, trees, rocks, areas or geographical features

If you or anyone under your aegis might have anything close to any of the above to send me I would greatly appreciate it, no matter how relevant or random, how serious or silly, how ancient or new, how widely known or how personal and obscure. I want to be as inclusive as possible, and am hungry for any scrap of anything I can find, no matter how tawdry or peculiar.
I can be contacted by email or post, and I would ideally need responses by the end of February. I am especially interested in hearing from older generations, and people with long ties to the Forest. Please do disseminate this as widely as you can, and to any and all interested parties.

For those interested in submitting anything, I would also like to know:

  • Name & Address, Date & Place of Birth
  • How long have you lived in / what is your connection to the New Forest?
  • Where were your parents and grandparents from? (Do you know where any earlier generations of your family were from?)
  • How did you hear about my search for folklore? • Where did you first hear of the information you're sending me? (eg: told at school, told by a parent/friend/grandparent, experienced it myself, etc.)
  • How widely known is it? (eg: throughout the village, throughout the Forest, throughout Hampshire, once common but now not so well known, personal to you and your friends, passed down through family, etc.)
  • Where and when did it occur?
  • Do you believe it to be true, or is it more just a bit of fun?

Kind Regards,

Brice Stratford

 4 Empress Road, Lyndhurst, SO43 7AE 

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Consultation on England's National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

An independent review of England's National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) has been commissioned by the Government; one of the key commitments of the government’s 25 Year Environment Plan. The Consultation Ends on 18th December.

The review is led by writer Julian Glover, assisted by an advisory panel with a vast breadth of experience in landscape, biodiversity, heritage, farming and rural issues.

Last month the review opened its ‘Call for Evidence’ for anyone who visits, lives in or works with a National Park to give their views on the issues the report should tackle.

The consultation closes on 18th December - more details can be found at