August 4th marks the Centenary of the outbreak of WWI and over the next four years Brockenhurst expects an increase in visitors to the Commonwealth War Graves at St Nicholas' Churchyard. Many will travel from New Zealand to pay their respects. At the time the life of the 2000 villagers was hugely influenced by the creation of a military hospital that tended 3000 Indian and 21000 New Zealand troops in just four years.
In commemoration of the sacrifices made during WWI by both the soldiers and by our own villagers, many of whom suffered greatly, the Parish Council, the Parish Church and Royal British Legion are planning a quiet memorial walk to link the key WWI sites in the village. In the Church a new exhibition will include facilities for anyone to add family reminiscences of the soldiers, both Commonwealth and local who fought in World War l.
FORGE THEATRE WWI & II PRODUCTIONS AT THE VILLAGE HALL
To set the scene for the
WWI & WW2 commemorations in the village the ever popular Forest Forge
Theatre Company is putting on “Battle Lines” at the Village Hall on Sat 5th
April. There will be two short productions of 45 minutes each with an interval.
£10 adults; £6 under 18’s. Suitable for children 8+ years.
‘The Call Up’ deals with WWI and ‘Keep Smiling Through’ with WWII.
As with most Forest Forge productions there are strong local historical
connections. More details
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING - April 22nd
There can be, and often is, confusion between the Annual Parish Meeting and the Annual General Meeting of the Parish Council. It is hoped this explanation will help address this.
All Parish and Town Councils throughout England are required by law to hold an Annual Parish Meeting. The 2014 meeting is planned for April 22nd. The purpose of the meeting is so that the Parish Council can explain what it has been doing over the last year and it enables the electors to have their say on anything they consider is important to the people of the Parish. All the local government electors for the Parish can attend the meeting. It is NOT a Meeting of the Parish Council. Anyone may attend but only registered electors of Brockenhurst Parish may speak and vote. Any registered elector may ask questions of the Council, which will usually be answered by the Chairperson, the Clerk to the Council, or a designated Councillor.
An elector may also make suggestions and comment on anything pertinent to the people of Brockenhurst. This will be welcomed and is the whole purpose of the meeting.
Brockenhurst Village Trust - Election of Directors/Trustees
The Annual Brockenhurst Parish Meeting on Tuesday April 22nd 2014 will include the election a number of Directors/Trustees to the board of the Brockenhurst Village Trust Limited. (The Trust runs the Highwood Road site and Village Hall for the community). All those who are registered on the electoral roll of the parish are eligible to be nominated and to vote.
Nominations close on 31st March 2014. More details are available from the Village Hall Office on 01590 622580