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First New Forest Food and Drink Festival

New Forest District Council prepares to stage its first ever food and drink festival week, 31 October to 6 November.

Cllr Barry Rickman, Leader of NFDC, said. "The festival will showcase the unique food and drink offer and attract visitors to stay in what is usually the first quiet week of our tourism and visitor season.

"The area's impressive array of food and drink businesses makes up part of our strong local business community, and I am very proud to be supporting the industry with what is sure to be an enjoyable event."

Fifteen themes, including Glorious Game and Roaring Fires, Cheese and the Forest Larder and The Vegetarian Forest Feast will be headlined by a range of events including a six-course ‘Tastes of the Forest’ menu at Chewton Glen and the ‘Six Sausages Dishes’ and chef’s challenge at the New Forest Inn.

There’ll be a Mad Hatters’ tea party for young foodies, as well as a talk on The Very English Afternoon Tea at the Montagu Arms Hotel and events connected to Pannage pig, forest drinks including our wines, beers and ciders, sweets and chocolates, foraging, pies, the great New Forest Breakfast, charcuterie, plus fish and seafood from our 40-mile coast.

Free events include a Living and Learning Event at Beaulieu Road Pony Sales yard on Wednesday November 2 where locals and visitors can learn all about the forest’s rich history and cultural heritage – followed by some scrumptious outdoor food cooked by top chefs. There’ll also be a producer’s market and chef demonstrations at Brockenhurst College on Sunday November 6.

Anthony Climpson, Destination Manager and Chairman of the New Forest Food & Drink Festival Week said: “Local menus have long included venison, and the New Forest’s unique Pannage pork – and this made us realise that we needed to celebrate our food and drink heritage a little more formally.

“The festival week will not only be a showcase of the epicurean delights of our magical destination, but also a celebration of the distinctive personalities and characters who grow, cook and serve our fabulous forest food and drink.”

As research shows that more people are holidaying and travelling in the UK, a trip across the country to discover an interesting new area, try some locally-sourced dishes or learn from a Michelin-starred chef has become increasingly attractive to the British public.

For more information or to book tickets, visit www.thenewforest.co.uk/newforestfoodfest

Community Alarm launches New Service

New Forest District Council’s community alarm service ‘Appletree Careline’ has an innovative new approach to keeping people safe away from home with the launch of their new wristband which quickly gets help to an individual.

The silicone band (see photo) has a unique ID number on it and an emergency telephone number for Appletree Careline, who are on the end of the phone 24/7. Should someone need help, Careline staff can quickly alert the individual’s relatives or contacts who are registered as part of the wristband service set-up.

Cllr Jill Cleary, Portfolio Holder, said, “The wristband is comfortable and discreet and is ideal for anyone who wants to feel safer and more confident out of the home.

“It doesn’t replace the need to call 999 where urgent medical or police assistance is required of course, but the wristband service is there for those non-emergency situations that may arise. Such as someone becoming lost or confused or feeling a little unwell and needing assistance to get home.

“We have introduced this service because our existing community alarm customers have asked us how they can benefit from the same level of reassurance beyond their home and garden. I am pleased that the already excellent support Appletree Careline gives can now be extended for anyone who feels vulnerable.”

As an introductory offer, current Appletree Careline community alarm customers who sign up to the wristband service before the 31 October 2016 will get 6 months free.

New customers taking up both services will not pay an installation or administration fee, saving £30.

The wristband service costs 45p a week (£24 annually)* with a £10 registration charge for new customers.

http://www.newforest.gov.uk/appletreecareline 

Community First New Forest seeks two additional Trustees

Community First New Forest is a Council for Voluntary Service which supports voluntary and community groups across the New Forest and provides a range of services to those living in and around that area including community development, volunteer centre, children and young people’s services, transport, home improvements and New Forest Nightstop.

CFNF is now seeking two additional Trustees for its Board, one with legal experience and the other with financial experience.

Full details can be found here

Inclusive Transport Conference

Please find details below regarding an Inclusive Transport Conference which has been organised by Disabled People’s Voice. This event will get together disabled people and the people who run our public transport system in Hampshire.   https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lets-talk-about-inclusive-transport-tickets-27237645531

It will be a great opportunity to discuss ideas of how to make the system work better for everyone. The presentations will look at how different areas have tackled some of the problems people have reported. The aim for the day is to enable good communication and promote best practice.

WHEN - Thursday, 22 September 2016 from 10:15 to 15:30 (BST)

WHERE - Middle Brook Centre - Middle Brook Street, Winchester, SO23 8DQ

Electoral Review of Hampshire: Final Recommendations

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) has released its final recommendations. Despite our protests, the LGBCE has decided that Boldre should be grouped with Lymington under a single County Councillor rather than continuing to be associated with other rural parishes. Boldre Parish Council is disappointed that this conclusion has been reached, despite our objections.

A full copy of the report is available on the Local Government Boundary Commission for England website, www.lgbce.org.uk. An interactive map of final recommendations is available at www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk

The changes proposed for Hampshire must now be implemented by order subject to Parliamentary scrutiny. A draft Order – the legal document which brings into force the recommendations – will be laid in Parliament. The draft Order will provide for new electoral arrangements for Hampshire County Council to be implemented at the local elections in 2017.

A summary of all of the electoral boundaries recommended by the LGBCE is available here.