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8 January 2015

PC Corinne Irving is now off to pastures new after 3 years as our local police officer. She takes up her new position with Countrywatch on 21st January 2015. PC Gary Saunders will be taking over the beat along with his current beat (Ibsley) and is relatively new to the area so if you seem him, please stop and have a chat and get to know your local beat officer.

Beat surgeries at Woodgreen village shop:

15 January 11am - 12pm
12 February 11am  - 12pm
12 March  11am - 12pm
 


Road Flooding

12 September 2014

In an attempt to avoid a repetition of last year's serious flooding on Martin's roads, Hampshire County Council have dug out and cleared a lot of the ditches between the village and the Blandford road. The work is  not finished and culverts still have to be jetted. Following consultations and site meetings with the Parish Council the County have agreed that marker posts should be erected where the verge is now very narrow. We look forward to having the work completed shortly.

Paradise Lane in East Martin has now been cut and makes a very good autumn walk.


 

Martin litter pick postponed to 5th April

06 March 2014

We shall be doing another Litter Pick on Saturday April 5th, mostly along the main street. Do come and join us. Equipment will  be provided. We shall start at the Blandford Hall at 9.30 and aim to finish by 11.30 in time for coffee at the hall.You may  wish just to check your own hedges and ditches which would be greatly appreciated.


Road closure

1 February 2014

The road from Martin to Martin Drove End is closed this weekend due to serious pot holes and diversion signs are in place. Works are planned for Monday (weather permitting) to restore a single carriageway width and operate this under traffic signals until more extensive repairs can be undertaken, for which the water levels will need to subside. The works will also involve a clean of the road surface.


Martin litter pick Spring 2014

26 January 2014

We shall be doing another Litter Pick on Saturday March 8th, mostly along the main street. Do come and join us. Equipment will  be provided. We shall start at the Blandford Hall at 9.30 and aim to finish by 11.30 in time for coffee at the hall.You may  wish just to check your own hedges and ditches which would be greatly appreciated.


Flooding

24 January 2014

A big thank you to all those people who helped opening drains, gulleys and grips in order to help the floodwater off the roads. It's been a very difficult time with very high springs and so much rain water. Any small clearance we can all do will help the water flow on down through the village.


Grimsdyke history - can you help?

24 January 2014

With the upcoming commemoration of the D-Day landings this year, Grimsdyke Granaries will be hosting a convoy of WWII vehicles making its way down from Larkhill to Bovington. Along with this, Ben Dryer of Wessex Raceway would like to set up a small historical exhibit about the Grimsdyke site's original function during WWII. He would be interested to hear from anyone who experienced things first hand, with pictures or reminiscences of the site during the 40s or 50s. If you are able to help, please contact Ben on 01725 519010 or ben@wessexraceway.co.uk.


Police beat surgeries

10 January 2014
 

Held every month in Martin at the village shop. Come and meet PC Corinne Irving. Next surgeries:

Friday 17th January 5 - 6pm
Friday 14th February 5 - 6pm
Friday 14th March 5 - 6pm


 

Playing field - volunteers needed

 

24 September 2013

The Parish Council is looking to improve the facilities in the playground and would like to hear from volunteers who would be interested in joining a new playground sub-committee. If you are able to help, please contact the clerk, Edwin Macknamara edwin.macknamara@gmail.com or phone 07787082553.


Police beat surgeries

24 September 2013

Held every month in Martin at the village shop. Come and meet PC Corinne Irving. Next surgeries:

Friday 27th September 5 - 6pm
Friday 25th October 5 - 6pm


Broadband latest

24 September 2013

The government has recently announced a new target for superfast broadband to reach 95% of households by 2017. The previous target of 90% was likely to leave Martin in the 10% of households with no superfast broadband. Will the new target mean that Martin enters the internet fast lane or will we be stuck in the digital doldrums?

Help to make it happen for us by registering your interest (if you have not already done so) at www.hants.gov.uk/broadband. Registering does not commit you to anything but the numbers of people registering will be used to plan which areas will get superfast broadband, so do it now!


Salisbury Hospital

24 September 2013

We have been contacted by Sarah Bealey who is the elected governor for the New Forest District, representing members who live in the New Forest on the Council of Governors at Salisbury NHS Trust.

She says: "Since being elected in June 2012 I have been pretty active attending Council and working group meetings, helping with surveys on the wards etc. and in March 2013 the Trust held an open meeting in Fordingbridge to introduce the role of the Governors, which was attended by 30 or so local Trust members."

If you are interested in finding out more about the work of the Governors, or are interested in becoming a member, please visit www.salisbury.nhs.uk/Foundation. Sarah Bealey is interested to hear your feedback so if you would like to contact her, please email sarahbealey@damerham.demon.co.uk.

Community Resilience Plan

8 April 2013
 

The Parish Council would like to thank all those who responded to the letter asking for volunteers who may be able to help in case of a village-wide emergency. We are currently preparing the plan and it will be published in due course.

If you have skills or equipment that you think may be useful in case of emergency and you have not yet been in touch, please contact Susan Sampson 519245.


Community Speedwatch

8 October 2012

You may have recently spotted a group of yellow-jacketed volunteers out in Martin with a speed indicator sign. This was a trial of the Community Speedwatch scheme whereby residents are given specialist camera equipment to catch people speeding. The evidence is handed to police who then write to drivers warning of the dangers of driving too fast. If motorists receive two warning letters and are caught a third time, the police will take enforcement action.

The idea is to empower local people to tackle drivers who are putting their own lives as well as others at risk. The scheme also aims to educate motorists on the effects of speeding and to reduce the problem in communities.

Martin Parish Council is considering whether or not to join the scheme and is keen to hear views of residents. We will be discussing this at our next meeting to be held on October 29th.


Broadband update

8 October 2012

Superfast broadband is being rolled out across the country but in Hampshire it is likely that only 80% of homes will get faster broadband by 2015 through the commercial market. Hampshire County Council has been awarded £5m to help get faster broadband to rural areas. The contract for rural areas is being put out to tender now with work planned to start in summer 2013. However, in spite of this government funding, it is anticipated that only 90% of homes in Hampshire will get superfast broadband. Please register your interest in faster broadband by going to www.hants.gov.uk/broadband . Registering does not commit you to anything but the numbers of people registering will be used to plan which areas will get superfast broadband. If not enough people in Martin register, it is likely that we will be in the 10% without faster broadband, so please register now!


Queen's Jubilee Oak Tree

16 June 2012

An oak tree has been planted on the playing field to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. It was planted by Parish Council chairman Susan Sampson on 9th June.

The tree was planted as part of a county-wide programme of tree planting and the creation of new woodlands which includes trees being planted in schools and villages and other public spaces across Hampshire. This echoes the tree planting that took place in 1936/7 to celebrate the coronation of King George VI which saw trees being planted across the country, including trees locally in Fordingbridge (2 oak trees on the recreation ground) and a pink chestnut on the school playing field at Sixpenny Handley.

We hope that our tree will be a reminder of the Queen's long reign for centuries to come.


Attention all Dog Owners!

13 March 2012

We have received complaints about the amount of dog mess around the village. This is unpleasant for everyone and can be a health hazard, especially for young children. Please don't forget to pick up after your dog. Bag it and bin it!


Traffic speeds in Martin

13 March 2012

As previously reported, the plan is for Martin to join in the Community Speedwatch programme, along with other local villages, to try to reduce the problem of speeding traffic in the village.

Community Speedwatch is a new initiative where volunteers and police work together to monitor traffic speeds. The scheme is currently being trialled in Sandleheath. Once the trial is complete, the plan is to roll it out to Martin, at which point we will be looking for volunteers to help. If you think you may be interested or would like to find out more, please contact the clerk or talk to any Parish Councillor.


Affordable Housing and Community Orchard

13 March 2012

The affordable housing in Downview Road has recently been completed and we welcome the new residents to the village!

The Community Orchard has now been planted with apple, pear and nut trees. It is a space for everyone in the village to enjoy. A public footpath runs from Downview Road and through the orchard. The plan is to provide a stile through to the spinney behind the new houses. If you haven't yet been to explore, why not take the opportunity to have a look around?


Basketball

13 March 2012

The proposed basketball hoop on the playing field will now be installed after a positive response to the recent survey.


Superfast Broadband

13 March 2012

Would you like superfast broadband? If so, please read on! The Government's aim is that at least 90% of homes should have access to superfast broadband by 2015. New uses of the internet (such as telemedicine or watching HD or 3D videos straight from the internet) will mean that superfast broadband will be as essential in a few years time as standard broadband is today. Martin is likely to be in the 10% without access unless you take action now! Hampshire County Council has been awarded £5m to help provide superfast broadband to rural areas and is currently planning how to spend this money. To make sure that Martin is included in its plans, please register your interest by signing up at:

www.hants.gov.uk/broadband


Queen's Diamond Jubilee

13 March 2012

We are planning to plant an oak tree in honour of the Queen in her Diamond Jubilee year. This is part of a county-wide programme of tree planting and the creation of new woodlands which will see trees planted in schools and villages and other public spaces across Hampshire. Our tree should be a reminder of the Queen's long reign for centuries to come. If you have any suggestions as to where you would like to see the tree planted, please let us know (but bear in mind that oak trees prefer a soil that is not too alkaline).


Martin Royal Wedding Celebrations !!!  03/05/2011

Click on the links below to view photos from the tea party on the green

http://www.flickr.com/x/t/0095009/photos/the_eardleys/sets/72157626487841761/


Request for Volunteers (letter received from community transport projects officer) 03/05/2011


I would like to let you know of an interesting pilot we are running in the New Forest area.

Please find attached in this email, a link to a webpage that is being used to advertise a 6month pilot scheme in the New Forest to help recruit more volunteers into Voluntary Car Schemes.

http://www3.hants.gov.uk/newforest-goodneighbourspilot

This project is being run as a partnership between HCC, Community First New Forest and Good Neighbours Support Service.


News

Pilgrims Veterinary Practice 5-7 Castle Street Cranborne - Luke and Cordelia live at Shrimptons, Martin and run the practice in Cranborne. They are always especially pleased to see the animals of Martin at the Surgery (and their owners of course!) and can often arrange home visits (farm, equine or small animal) FOC for residents of the village.


Old News

George Newman is 90 years old!!  George who was born and raised in Pentridge was ninety on Saturday 10th March 2008!

When George was born, the First World War still had more than eighteen months to go, the television had not been invented, the road through Martin was dirt, flint and chalk and the village pond still existed adjacent to the East Martin turning. If you would like to know more of the history of Martin in the 20th Century, George has recorded some of his memories and these are held at the Wessex Film & Sound Archive at Winchester; find them on the Web at http://www.hants.gov.uk/record-office/film/index.html


What the Papers Say!

Avon Advertiser Roll of Honour Here are articles about the Parish that have appeared in the local and national press:

Roll of Honour - a service of dedication led by our Rector Les Player was held at All Saints on the 22nd April 2007 for the introduction of a Parish Roll of Honour and Memorial Cabinet. The roll records all parishioners who have served their country at a time of war up to the Falklands War. The service was attended by several former villagers and their families including Fred Symes who researched and complied the roll and Mike Cox who made the cabinet that houses this unique record. The roll stands in the North aisle of the church.

Martin Village Day

Another very successful village day was held on the 30th August.

The new Village Day will be Saturday 15 August 2009 at 2.30 p.m.

Carols on the Green

This is is now a firm tradition in Martin and raised £119 (after expenses) for the First Responders in Fordingbridge, who have written to thank the village for their generous donations. Many villagers  attended and enjoyed the evening together. Thank you to the Featherstone family for organising this event and to Graham Spencer for bringing his festive organ along to add something special to the evening.

Whist Drive

The whist drives have now finished.

Wheelbarrow Race Victory

The Martin team won the western downland inter villages wheelbarrow race at the Damerham Fair in July 2008.

Winners of the Inter Villages Race 2008