Message from RAF Ibsley Airfield Heritage Trust

It is with great regret that we write on behalf of the RAF Ibsley Historical Group to inform you that the 2020 RAF Ibsley Annual Memorial Service has been cancelled.

This decision has been taken for two reasons: the weather forecast for Sunday warned of severe conditions due to Storm Dennis that could have put anyone travelling to attend at risk, but on a much sadder note, we received news today that the Group’s former Hon. Secretary and founder, Mrs Vera Smith, passed away this morning.

Therefore, as a mark of respect, it was agreed to cancel Sunday’s service. We hope instead to hold a combined memorial for Vera and for RAF Ibsley later in spring, at which we can celebrate her life and the tireless dedication with which she led the Historical Group for so many years.

Emma Blake
(Director – RAF Ibsley Airfield Heritage Trust)
On behalf of
Bill Dow
RAF Ibsley Historical Group

Ragwort – 2019

The annual ragwort pull will be Wednesday 17 July at NT Rockford Common car park. This is organised by the National Trust so look out for their vehicles and staff.

You can get good quality considered information about Ragwort here:
There is a great deal of misinformation about Ragwort online and verbally – beware.

On the Parish Council property the intention is to deal with the open, Common areas and PC verges. Please try to leave plants with caterpillars and eggs for the butterflies to complete their life-cycle and remember not to pull Ragwort on land owned privately without permission. We are not trying to exterminate Ragwort but to restrict it to manageable quantities where insect populations benefit from its presence and the threat to stock and agriculture is minimal.

10am start, we ask people to bring a pair of gloves and a garden fork if possible.

Join us for our New Forest Spring Clean!

The Parish Council have organised a litter ick in association with the New Forest Spring Clean initiative for Saturday 30 March between 10am and 12pm.

Meet at Cross Lanes crossroads wearing sturdy gloves and shoes. Bags, litter pickers and hi-vis vests will be provided.

If permission is granted by the Forestry Commission, a litter pick will take place at Linford Bottom at the same time.

Please tell your friends and neighbours!

Notice of Tender – Ice Cream pitch concession at Moyles Court Ford


Tenders are invited to sell ice cream, hot and cold non-alcoholic drinks from a mobile ice cream van parked on a designated parking area at the Moyles Court Ford, Rockford, Ringwood.

The concession is to operate from 01 April 2019 to 31 March 2021.

The Parish Council reserves the right to accept or reject any tender.

The tender application forms and details of the conditions of operation are obtainable  from the Parish Clerk, Ellingham Harbridge & Ibsley Parish Council, Gorran House, 6 Butlers Lane, Ringwood BH24 1UB Tel: (07929) 379646 Email:

Offers in a sealed envelope marked “Ice Cream Pitch Concession” to be received at the above address by 12 noon on Wednesday 20th March 2019.  Late applications will not be considered.

Meet the National Trust Rangers – 6 October 2018

This is an invitation to all of your members to come and meet your local National Trust rangers at one of our coffee morning sites on Saturday October 6th.

We will be in Halfmoon car park at 9:30am-10:30am and Rockford car park 11:00am-12:00pm.

We would love to see you there for a chat and a cup of tea or coffee.

Our flyer with further details can be found here:

If you have any questions before the event, please do email me and I will get back to you as quickly as I can.

Kind regards,

Jennifer Sutton

Community Ranger, National Trust, New Forest Northern Commons

Office:   01425 650035

Mobile: 07967 657006


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