MARCH 2015


Footpath 740 is restored!!


Thanks to the sterling efforts of Councillor Margaret Bunyard and our Clerk, Martine Coatham, restoration works to Footpath 740, adjacent to Stuckton Church, were funded through very significant grants from Hampshire County Council and the National Park Authority, for which we are most grateful, topped up with donations from the Chapel and the Parish Council.


These works were completed at the end of March at a total cost of £13,712.40


MARCH 2015 A new marker post showing the boundary between Hyde Common and the Forest has been installed just to the east of the Millenium Stone, with separate indicators on each of the four faces.  'Caroline's Well" is on the south face and shows the direction in which the well lies.  But be careful - it is in an area where the land falls away to the south and that immediate area is largely a Mire.


MARCH 2015 Now here's a fine moustache!!  Irene and Arthur Soper live at the Well House in Abbotswell Road.  In her book 'My New Forest Home', Irene Soper writes: "the Orginal Forest pony was sturdy and able to exist in the deep Forest all year round, even during hard weather.  It grows a thick coat in winter, and long hair around the face especially on its upper lip.  This moustache forms a protection when the pony is eating gorse.  To feed from this prickly bush they curl back their lips onto their molars".


APRIL 2015  Please be advised that next Saturday and Sunday, 11th & 12th April, UK Cycling Events (Wiggle) are staging a Spring Sportive through the New Forest, with 2 separate courses set for each day, one of 69 miles and one of 86 miles.  The courses start and finish at Matchams Leisure Park near Ringwood.


All of these events will pass through our Parish: from Fordingbridge the course takes in Stuckton, Frogham Hill, Hyde, North and South Gorley and Mockbeggar.  The War Memorial Hall in Hyde will be open as "Feed Stop 3".


You should be aware that over the 2 days there will be over 2000 cyclists taking part.  The start time is 07.45 and the finish time is 18.00 on each day.


Your Parish Council are very well aware that many residents have grave concerns about our New Forest roads being suitable for such an overwhelming influx of riders, while others have drawn attention to anti-social behaviour and aggressive attitudes to local residents during previous events.   We very much hope that this event will pass without incident and upset, and we call upon the race organisers to advise all riders that anti-social behaviour is unacceptable and cannot be tolerated. 


We shall be monitoring areas of concern carefully.     If there are any problems during the event, the organisers may be contacted on 07535 684491 (Incident Report Number).


To assist you in understanding UK Cycling's rationale for the event, here are some extracts from the event website:

" Now in its 7th year this sublime sportive is a must do and is voted in the UK's top 10 Sportives. Based in the iconic New Forest National the quiet forest roads allows you dust of your bike and warm up your legs by taking in the breath-taking scenery in peace. Riding with 2000+ like-minded riders will ensure you have a magical experience.


The Wiggle New Forest Spring Sportive has 2 route lengths (86miles and 69miles). The route differs from our end of session finale (The Wiggle New Forest 100 Sportive) but incorporates the same spectacular scenery of the New Forest National Park, combined with wild animals grazing and picturesque villages – a great early season ride!


We ask all riders to read and observe the New Forest Cycling Code:



Although all our rides are non competitive events (i.e. not races), most people still like to know how well they've done. With this in mind we will time each participants ride. When you complete your ride your time will be calculated and these timings, along with the timing Award you achieved, will be displayed on the Website. Each rider will receive a timing award of either; bronze, silver or gold, depending on their average speed. Of course, some riders aren't bothered about all these awards and just cycle for the experience and stunning scenery".


We should point out that the organisers have refused to sign up to the New Forest Cycling Code, although they request all their riders to observe it !!!