Blashford Lakes 20th Anniversary Birthday Bonanza – Friday 22nd July 10.30am-3.30pm

Blashford Lakes Birthday Bonanza flyer

It was in the summer of 1996 that the Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve and the site’s education centre was opened by botanist Professor David Bellamy and local dignitaries.

At the heart of the new Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve was creating a sanctuary for wildlife from an old industrial site, where people of all ages could come to be thrilled by nature. In the twenty years since the reserve opened, and with the support of the Trust’s supporters, volunteers, and partners, it is now completely unrecognisable.

This month marks the reserve’s twentieth birthday – a brilliant chance to celebrate everyone that’s been involved in transforming the site to the wildlife haven it is today. We are holding an open day on Friday 22nd July, between 10.30am and 3.30pm for a wildlife discovery extravaganza – explore the nature reserve and join our staff and volunteers for pond and river dipping, bug hunting and bird watching.

At 1.30pm we will be more formally recognising this milestone with a few words from our Chief Executive Officer and key partners and a cake cutting “ceremony”. We would very much like it if members of the parish council were able to join us to represent the local community at our event.

You are of course very welcome to come earlier, or stay on after the ceremony, to enjoy what is on offer, but if arriving for just this part of the event it would be helpful if you could meet at the Centre from 1pm and allow time to walk up from the car park (please note that there will be limited parking at the centre itself for disabled visitors only, with the main car park being located a 5-10 minute walk away, on the other side of Ellingham Drove, in the nature reserve car park (near Tern Hide).

 If you are able to join us I would be grateful if you could RSVP to confirm your attendance;

Jim Day


telephone 01425 472760


Ibsley Village Hall AGM

At 7:30 on Tuesday 17th November, the village hall in Ibsley is having an AGM. This includes a talk by the local community ranger of the National Trust on “Policy and Projects in The Local Area” and will be accompanied by light refreshments. There is no charge for the evening and all are cordially invited.

National Trust’s Coffee Mornings on the Commons – communication from National Trust

National Trust Coffee Morning Poster

The National Trust are having “Coffee Mornings” at some of our Commons later in May, this will involve time slots where we will turn up with our engagement caravan, provide free teas/coffees and hopefully get to talk to the local people about our work, and their questions/concerns.

Please find attached our poster advertising these events.

Here is the list of mornings, we have chosen to do this throughout half term week so to also engage with the visiting public:

Location Date Time
Hightown Common Carpark Saturday 23rd May 9:30am—10:30am
Rockford Common, Sandpit Carpark Saturday 23rd May 11:00am—1:00pm
Hale Purlieu, Tethering Drove Thursday 28th May 9:30am-10:30am
Hale Purlieu, Ladies Mile Roadside Thursday 28th May 10:45am-11:45am
Hale Purlieu, NT Carpark Thursday 28th May 12:00pm-1:00pm
Bramshaw, Halfmoon Carpark Saturday 30th May 9:30am-10:30am
Bramshaw, Furzley Cross Saturday 30th May 10:45am-11:45am
Bramshaw, Penn Common, Water trough track Saturday 30th May 12:00pm-1:00pm

We would appreciate if this information could be circulated to councillors and local people so to inform as many people as possible.

Many thanks,

Jake White, Community Ranger

Come to our Annual Parish Meeting 7.30pm on 28 April 2015

Do come along to our Annual Parish Meeting on Tuesday 28 April at 7.30pm in Ellingham Church Hall.

In addition to the Chairman’s Report, where Cllr Lindsay Burtenshaw will share the Parish Council’s progress on projects and parish council business throughout 2014, you can bring your questions for our guest speaker Jennifer Thomas from Natural England, and there will be updates from the Western Escarpment Conservation Group on their Verge Damage Project, the latest news on the Better Broadband project and a brief crime report for our parish.  All topped off with drinks and nibbles.

What’s not to like?  Hope to see you there.

Natasha Mackenzie, Clerk

Annual Parish Meeting poster 2015