Parish Council


Residents of the Ellingham, Harbridge and Ibsley parish are asked for their comments on the Parish council’s wish to increase the number of councillors from 8 to 10.

The Parish Council currently has 8 members and we wish to increase the number to 10. Our electorate is currently over 950 and looking at the guidelines for number of members for the size of electorate (501-2500 electors between 6-12 members), we feel it is reasonable to request an increase from 8 to 10 members.

Our case and the view of the District Council is explained in detail in a pdf document that can be viewed: NFDC Autumn 14 newsletter

Tell the District Council what you think:
If you have any objections to, or support for, the proposal, or have any other views you would like drawn to the District Council’s attention, please send them by e-mail or letter to arrive not later than Thursday 30 October to:
Rosemary Rutins
New Forest District Council
Appletree Court
Beaulieu Road
SO43 7PA
Telephone: (023) 8028 5588 (ask for Rosemary Rutins)


A big thank you to those who dropped by our stand at the Ellingham show. It was interesting to hear your concerns and interests in the Parish.

One of the main topics that you brought up was the subject of broadband and the sorry quality of connection experienced in most parts of the Parish. We will probably focus on broadband next year at Ellingham show. One of our councillors is well versed in the saga behind the poor level of service we experience and I am sure he will be happy to go through the state of play in August 2015, let’s hope things have improved by then.

Our stand showcased local producers within the parish. Some producers within the parish kindly donated their produce to our free raffle and the winners will shortly be able to sample some quality local produce - visit the Producers Focus page on this web site.

Welcome to the Ellingham Harbridge & Ibsley Parish Council Web Site.  It has been compiled and is maintained by the Parish council. If you would like to contact the councillors about a parish matter please go to the Contact page.

We are keen to keep you informed of Parish News, it would help us greatly if you would join our email news list. We will inform you when the EHIPC newsletter is online and also update you on Parish news and events. 


Ragwort Pull 2014

A triumph of co-operation, well done and thanks to all who came and helped.

What follows is aimed at those who are not conversant with the locality and may be considering visiting or moving into the area or just seeking information.  For such persons a basic introduction to the area and what it has to offer now follows.

The long name of the parish arose in 1974 with the amalgamation of the then separate parishes of Ellingham, Harbridge and Ibsley.  This has given rise to one of the largest parishes in terms of area.

EHI Parish map
(Click on map for larger version)

The parish is situated north of Ringwood and extends towards Fordingbridge.It is divided on this north / south axis by the River Avon and the busy route between Poole / Bournemouth and Salisbury. (A338)

To the west of the river is situated the picturesque area of Harbridge and the large Somerley Estate, home of Lord Normanton.

Further west the parish extends into Ringwood Forest and terminates at the county boundary with Dorset.

To the east of the river is the village of Ibsley and further east the scattered community at Linwood. In between and around are large tracts of open land forming part of the New Forest (due to be incorporated in due course into the pending National park) where forest animals roam freely. At the eastern extremity the parish meets the A31 en route to Southampton.

Although the parish is large in area, in terms of population it is more modest with 1301 persons residing in 474 households. The relation between the area and population ensures that houses are spread very sparsely throughout the parish with Ibsley being the only area where houses are grouped together. Here one will also find a village hall and a vehicle service station with MOT facilities.


Whilst all the above information has been included in good faith and is correct to the best knowledge of the Parish Council, neither the parish councillors of the clerk shall be liable for any loss that is suffered by any person or party as a consequence of any errors or omissions.

If you note any item which you consider incorrect, or if you wish additional information to be included please bring it to the attention of a parish councillor or the clerk.