Boldre Parish Council - July

On Monday 10th July, Boldre Parish Council met for its monthly meeting.

The Official Opening of the playpark took place at the Boldre Fete on the 1st of July. Boldre Parish Council welcomed Donna, the partner of the late Councillor Lester Mortimer to cut the ribbon and officially open the park.

The Park was renewed and relocated to accommodate the new Pilley Community Shop which is adjacent to Boldre War Memorial Hall. The opening of the Play Park represents part of a complex project in cooperation with Boldre Parish Council.

‘This was a wonderful example of people working together for a common goal. We had amazing financial support from local organisations: The Bruce Wake Charitable Trust, Beaulieu Beaufort Foundation, Boldre WI and Yacht Havens Ltd, and also from many households and individuals in the area. Without this generosity we would not have been able to complete the Accessible Play Park we wanted to provide,’ said Councillor Sherwin Small.

Councillor Jo Humphreys added ‘The community really pulled together to make the whole project such an incredible success; there was a lot of work involved from initial consultation to completion. Oliver Moore and Sherwin Small led our team, and Boldre Hall Committee and Pilley Community Shop provided invaluable support.’

Councillor Sherwin Small also commented; ‘We are really pleased with the work provided by: Redlynch Leisure, the landscaping provided by New Forest Turf and the furniture from Patrick Kempe. We all feel rewarded by the energy and laughter of the children as they play in the park and are glad that Donna cut the opening ribbon today in memory of her partner, Lester Mortimer’s invaluable work with the Council.’   

BPC also had a stand at the fete and enjoyed talking to members of the Parish and hearing their suggestions. If you were unable to come and say hello, there are some copies of a short Parish Survey available in the Community Shop. The fete was well attended and Boldre Parish Councillors enjoyed what was undoubtedly a very successful Fete

The Council are now looking at phase two of the play area regeneration and will shortly be inviting the older children to an open evening to have their say.

There remain two vacancies to join as a Parish Councillor. Please contact a Councillor or Victoria, the Parish Clerk for information. A Parish Councillor is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in the community and help with a range of projects.

The date for the next Parish Council meeting is 14th August at 18:30. This will be an in-person meeting with the option for members of the public to attend via Zoom. Members of the public are welcome to attend in person but will be required to follow COVID restrictions or recommended advice when doing so.