Parish Council

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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.

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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
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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.

Disclaimer

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.