WELCOME!

WELCOME!

Sunset over the Avon valley (© 2018 Bill Shepley)
Sunset over the Avon valley (© 2018 Bill Shepley)

Welcome to Woodgreen, without doubt one of the loveliest places to live in the New Forest (or anywhere for that matter); a real community with great facilities and lots of activities for you to use and enjoy. Good choice!

The purpose of The Welcome Pack is to get you started, with specific contact information for you to follow up according to your circumstances. We hope you will come to love living here as much as we do, and become as active as possible in our various enterprises.

The New Forest

Now a National Park, with over 200 sq. miles of open heath, ancient woodland, forest trails and multiple recreational opportunities the area was proclaimed a Royal Forest by William the Conqueror in c.1079 for his own personal use. With the land reserved for hunting wild deer and boar, and the grazing rights of commoners established and maintained over the centuries, we can now walk, drive, cycle or ride on the largest open space in South-East England…on your doorstep!

Cricket on the Common (© 2018 Bill Shepley)
Cricket on the Common (© 2018 Bill Shepley)

Woodgreen, a very potted history

Woodgreen initially started as an encroachment settlement sometime in the late 1600s, with the influx of poor people determined to set up home and scratch a living as best they could. Woodgreen thus grew into a village, both illegal and precariously surviving on the edge of the Forest and organised society. Don’t worry, the various authorities have long recognised our rights to stay, and Woodgreen as you see it today reflects the accelerating social change of the late 20th century as townspeople moved to the countryside, tracks became roads, the age of the motor car arrived and the rest is, as they say, history.

A Community in Action

Woodgreen is more than just a place to live, somewhere to rest your head and park your car! We are a thriving community, open to newcomers and hopeful that you will enjoy our facilities and take part in our activities.

At the heart of the village are the Magnificent Four: Shop, Pub, Church and Hall… all with a few yards of one another.

Our shop belongs to the whole Community! If you haven’t found it yet you will be amazed by its size, the range of goods and services on offer, many locally produced, and where you are sure of a warm welcome. If you are so inclined you can even volunteer to help… and become a shareholder.

The “Horse and Groom” will serve you a good pint and tasty home cooked food. No need to find a duty-driver.

Our Church, “St. Boniface” (C of E) is part of the Avon Valley Partnership (http://www.avp-benefice.org.uk/ with services shared with St Mary’s, Hale and other local Churches.

The Village Hall completes the picture with its wonderful murals, showing village life in the 1930s, and at the heart of many local activities.

Clockwise from top left: Woodgreen Community Shop, the Horse and Groom Inn (photos © 2018 Bill Shepley), Woodgreen Village Hall and St Boniface Church (photos © 2018 Steve Morris)
Clockwise from top left: Woodgreen Community Shop, the Horse and Groom Inn (photos © 2018 Bill Shepley), Woodgreen Village Hall and St Boniface Church (photos © 2018 Steve Morris)

THE WELCOME PACK


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THE WELCOME PACK

PLANNING AND CONSERVATION

Any villagers wishing to carry out work at their properties (including trees, hedges & fencing) must check with the planning authorities and seek relative approvals. General advice on planning matters is always available from the Parish Council.

New Forest National Park Authority (NFNPA)

All enquiries: 01590 646600

www.newforestnpa.gov.uk

ANIMAL WELFARE

About 100 commoners’ ponies, cattle, donkeys, pigs and sheep are killed or injured on the Forest’s roads each year along with a similar number of deer. It is important that people report all animal accidents as soon as possible; some animals survive but have serious internal injuries.

If you are involved in a road traffic accident involving a pony, cow, donkey, pig, sheep, dog or deer, call the Police:

  • In an emergency, call 999 (24 hours)
  • In non-emergency cases, call 101

If you encounter a sick, injured or distressed pony, cow, donkey, pig or sheep, contact the Verderers’ Office:
023 8028 2052 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) (www.verderers.org.uk)

The Forestry Commission also operate a 24 hour helpline and can be contacted in the case of a sick, injured or distressed pony, cow, donkey, pig, sheep or deer:
0300 067 4600

Download an Animal Emergency Hotline Card

PUBLIC SAFETY

Police: General incidents: 101; Emergency: 999

Health: General 111, Emergency: 999

Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

Norman Henstridge 01725 510279/ Sharon Barnett 01725 513335

CHILDCARE AND EDUCATION

PRESCHOOL

Woodgreen Preschool

Mon-Thurs
Village Hall, Woodgreen,
Fordingbridge SP6 2AJ
Phone: 07824 654389
Website: www.woodgreenpreschool.co.uk
Email: woodgreenpreschool@hotmail.co.uk

Hale Preschool & playgroup

Mon, Wed-Fri
Hale Village Hall, Hatchet Green,
Fordingbridge SP6 2NE
Phone: 07826 295383
Website: http://www.halepre-school.co.uk/
Email: halepreschool@aol.com

PRIMARY SCHOOLS

Breamore Church of England Primary School

Marsh Lane, Breamore, Fordingbridge SP6 2EF
(01725) 512286
http://www.breamore.hants.sch.uk/

Hale Primary School

Hatchet Green, Hale, Hampshire SP6 2NE
(01725) 510436
https://hale.hants.sch.uk/

SECONDARY SCHOOLS

The Burgate School & Sixth Form Centre

Salisbury Road, Fordingbridge, Hants SP6 1EZ
(01425) 652039
http://www.burgate.hants.sch.uk/

The Trafalgar School, Downton

Breamore Road, Downton, Salisbury, SP5 3HN
(01725) 550300
http://www.trafalgarschool.com/

Souths Wilts Grammar School for Girls

Stratford Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 3JJ
(01722) 323326
http://www.swgs.wilts.sch.uk/

Bishop Wordsworth’s Grammar School (Boys)

Exeter Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 2ED
(01722) 333851
http://www.bws-school.org.uk/

EVENTS AND CLUBS

Nextdoor

Join the online community “Nextdoor” via the website/app for the Woodgreen area to find out all the latest EVENTS, CLUBS, LOCAL AFFAIRS, LOST/FOUND etc concerning Woodgreen and surrounding villages.
https://nextdoor.co.uk/

Local Clubs

Selection of local clubs includes:

Annual Events

April: Annual H&WHS plant sale
June: Woodgreen Cricket Club and Hyde Band: Picnic concert on the Common in June
July: Horticultural Show: Woodgreen Village Hall
August: BH Monday: Woodgreen Cricket Club: Annual Fete on Common
November: British Legion Social Evening

Throughout the year, Woodgreen Village shop & St. Boniface host charity coffee mornings.

LOCAL HALLS FOR USE OR HIRE

Woodgreen Village Hall: Hale Road, Woodgreen; contact number for booking:  01725 513828
(http://www.woodgreenvillagehall.org.uk)

NOTE: Preferential rates are given to Woodgreen villagers for the hire of Woodgreen village hall for private functions. Check online for possible availability but also check with booking clerk.

Breamore Hulse Hall: 01725 510093 (http://hulsehall.org.uk/ )

Hale Village Hall: 01725 510050 (http://www.halevillagehall.co.uk/ )

WOODGREEN VILLAGE TRUST

Woodgreen is very lucky to have the Woodgreen Village Trust available to finance projects for groups and people of Woodgreen.

Applications for grant money need to be made to the secretary for consideration at the next quarterly meeting. Secretary: Amanda Wilgoss: 01725 510979

CHURCHES

Full contact details of the Avon Valley Partnership church team are in the Parish magazine and also on the Partnership website: http://www.avp-benefice.org.uk/

  • St Boniface, Woodgreen
  • St Mary’s, Hale
  • St Mary’s, Breamore

COUNCILS

Woodgreen Parish Council

Meets the first Tuesday of the month in Woodgreen Village hall at 7.30pm.

Clerk, Vicky Eden: parish.clerk@woodgreen-pc.gov or 01425 655707 (during working hours) or website: www.woodgreen-pc.gov.uk

New Forest District Council (NFDC)

General contact number: 02380 285000 (http://www.newforest.gov.uk )

Waste collection:  · Weekly general collection – Friday AM

Garden Waste collection:  fortnightly (bags available from NFDC for an annual payment)

Glass collection:  monthly (black box available from NFDC)

Parking clocks, which allow for 3 hours parking in all NFDC car parks are available from Fordingbridge NFDC office. Tel no: 01425 654560.

Hampshire County Council

General Contact number: 0300 555 1375

Hampshire Highways: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/roadmaintenance

LOCAL INFORMATION

Hale and Woodgreen Community and Parish magazine

Village news and information on local traders.
Delivered monthly. £5 annual subscription (Contact Bill Shepley 01725 511174)

Woodgreen Community Shop/Post Office

(Also serves as New Forest Local Information Point)
Hale Road, Woodgreen SP6 2AJ (Contact number: 01725 512467)

http://www.woodgreencommunityshop.org/
https://www.facebook.com/WoodgreenCommunityShop

Opening hours:

Shop Post Office
Monday-Friday 06.30 – 19.00 09.00 – 13.00; 14.00 – 17.30
Saturday 06.30 – 17.00 09.00 – 13.00
Sunday 06.30 – 11.00  – closed –

Cashpoints

Our post office offers cash withdrawal facilities during normal opening hours. At other times, the nearest cashpoints are:

  • Outside of the CO-OP in Downton (Postcode: SP5 3LY).
  • Nationwide Building Society, Fordingbridge (Postcode: SP61AX).

Local Pubs

Horse & Groom Inn, Woodgreen, Tel: (01725) 510739 (https://www.horseandgroompub.co.uk/)

Bat & Ball Inn, Breamore, Tel: (01725) 512252 (http://batandballinn.net/)

Cafés

The Borough Café, 70 The Borough, Downton, SP5 3LY, http://www.theboroughcafe.co.uk/

The Fig Tree, Roman Quay, Fordingbridge SP6 1RL (01425 655065)
Café 100, Round Hill, Fordingbridge SP6 1AQ (01425 839641) http://www.cafe-100.co.uk/
Bridges, 26 High St, Fordingbridge SP6 1AX (01425 654149)

Also Woodgreen Community Shop has tea and coffee-making facilities and inside and outside seating areas.

Doctors

Downton SP53JP (01725 510296) (http://www.mysurgerywebsite.co.uk/index.aspx?p=J83043 )

Fordingbridge SP61RS (01425 652941) (http://www.fordingbridgegps.co.uk/ )

Dentist

My Dentist, Highfield House, Bartons Road, Fordingbridge, SP6 1JD. Telephone: 01425 652331

The Borough Practice, Downton 01725 510303 (http://www.theboroughdentalpractice.co.uk/ )

Hospital/A&E

Salisbury District Hospital 01722 336262 (https://www.salisbury.nhs.uk )

Rubbish and Recycling

Rubbish and recycling is collected on Friday morning: Black binbags (general waste) & clear recycle bags (paper, cardboard, tins,cans & plastic bottles only).

Recycle Centre: Somerley Recycle Centre (BH24 3QE)

Vets

Pilgrims, Fordingbridge (SP6 2JH) 01425 657700 (https://pilgrimsvets.org.uk/)

Forest Veterinary Practice (SP6 1EQ) 01425 652221 (http://www.forestvets.co.uk/)

Garden Centres

Baskets & Blooms, Stuckton (SP6 2HG) 01425 655150 (http://basketsnblooms.co.uk/)

Scent Sational, Fordingbridge SP6 2HG  01425 650041 (http://www.scentsationalplants.co.uk/)

Wolvercroft, Alderholt SP6 3BE 01425 652437 (http://www.wolvercroft.co.uk/)