News letter Autumn 2008

Fyfield Parish Council

News letter

Walnut Tree Ground

May’s AGM -Chairman's Address 2008

How the year has flown by. This year was the first full year that Fyfield was a Parish on its own merits. We had “Beating the Bounds” to introduce you all to our new boundaries and I would like to thank Sir Michael Vernon for allowing us to walk on his land. Also, John Youngs, the farm manager for being our guide. It was good to see so many people come on the walk with us. Maybe we will do it again in 2009.

I hope you like our newsletters. We decided that we needed to get the parish news out to the villagers as so few of you come to the meetings. We had hoped that this would encourage some of you to become Parish Councillors. We desperately need 2 more villagers to join us. It is not a heavy commitment as we are only a small parish and meet 5 times a year. We really need extra people as there are only 3 of us on the Council.

We have also decided to have our bi-monthly meetings in the small office of Weyhill Fairground, except for the AGM. It is much warmer in there, especially during the winter months and is a neutral venue. However, this should not put anyone off from attending any Parish Council meetings, as any of us will gladly give a lift to anyone who wishes to come along. Just let us know my telephone number is 773335.

The village has been relatively vandal free this year. The wheelbarrows always look lovely, due to the careful attention of Rosina Ball. I am sure you would like me to thank her for all her hard work in keeping the wheelbarrows looking so lovely. Everyone who passes through the Village comments on how nice they look. That they improve the appearance of the Village for everyone.

I would also like to thank Ann and Tania for all their hard work throughout the past year and also to Richard for without his unfailing help, boundless knowledge and support, we would not be able to run the Parish as smoothly.

Lastly, I want to send out an URGENT APPEAL for someone to come and join us on the Parish Council. PLEASE VOLUNTEER.

Good news in July

A warm welcome to our new Councillor, Anne Youngs.

We now have 4 Parish Councillors they are:-

Chairwoman - Beryl Vickers,

Vice Chairwoman - Tania Zaslawska,

Councillor and Web mistress - Ann Constable.

We still have a vacancy, we are still desperate for another volunteer.

Parish Plan

You may be aware of the amount of housing which is required within our area. We need your help to construct our parish plan to ensure we take ownership of our future and preserve our quaint and beautiful village.

Its important you have your say now before additional development is thrust upon us.

Your views are important as is your participation. There must be villagers with time, no matter how little, to assist us with this important project.

Observing skills are needed, for constructing a detailed picture of our village. No experience is needed just enthusiasm and your support.

School Fund

Fyfield is very fortunate to have access to a very special fund to support personal and vocational development. In the past, it has been used for the provision of musical instruments, tools for apprentices and more recently the 3 Villages Sports Trust. Our local school has also benefited.

If you would like to be considered for a grant, please do apply in writing to Mr Cowlard. The Board of Trustee’s are looking for a volunteer to help Mr Cowlard to look after the funds paperwork.

Home Fire Safety Visits

“Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) are committed to Making Hampshire Safer” Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) will provide a free home fire safety inspection to identify any potential hazards.

If you are in one of their target groups they will come to your home, fit smoke detector and provide fire safety advice. The target groups are the over 60’s, Hearing or Sight impairment, mobility difficulties and homes with children under 5.

Even if you are not in one of their target groups you are invite you to a programmed presentation which will contain the latest fire safety advice and provide you with guidance to undertake a risk assessment of your home and a free ten year smoke detector.

We urge everybody to take advantage of a home visit from the Fire Service as it could save lives. For further information telephone 02380 626809 or visit the website

Councillors Reports

Items from the councillors reports that are being addressed.

Oil theft

We have been advised by Pat West, our County Councillor to warn everyone about the theft of oil from peoples’ tanks. Trading Standards are monitoring the situation nation wide, if you have any concerns the number to ring is 0845 4545.


This still an issue in the village, particularly in Privet and Back Lane. Please be vigilant and report any incidents to Test Valley BC.


We are looking at finding somewhere in the village which is a suitable venue for holding elections. The Church has been identified as a possible venue, but at the moment, it does not meet all of the requirements. We are working with the Church Wardens to find a solution.

Privat Lane

Cllr Vickers asked if there was any news on the tree roots damaging the road in Privet Lane. Cllr Mr P Lashbrook has spoken to Highways about this dangerous bump in the road and he is chasing the matter to its conclusion.

Councillors Contact Information

Cllr Ellie Charnley Phone - 07941504849
Cllr Phil Lashbrook Phone – 01264 773588
County Cllr Pat West Phone – 01264 339880 Mobile 07879696224

Dates for your Diary’s

Meeting Where Time
Parish Council Meeting Weyhill Fair Tuesday 11th November 08 at 8.00 pm