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Could I be a Parish Councillor?

As a Councillor you can become a voice for your community and affect real change. Councillors are community leaders and represent the aspirations of the public that they serve. Parish and Town Councils are the most local part of our democratic system and are closest to the public.

Why don’t you stand for your local Parish cCouncil and see what difference you can make to your local community?

How much time does it take up?

Quite often Councillors say that their duties occupy them for about three hours a week. Obviously there are some Councillors who spend more time than this – and some less, but in the main, being a Parish or Town Councillor is an enjoyable way of contributing to your community and helping to make it a better place to live and work.


Wessex Cancer Trust – Walk for Hope – 26th September 2021

Wessex Cancer Trust’s flagship fundraising event, Walk for Hope, returns to Burley Park in the New Forest in real life on Sunday 26 September, and the charity is looking for 400 walkers to step out and raise vital funds for local people living with cancer. 

You can do your bit by signing up to walk five, ten or 20 miles. You can do it alone or with friends and family and at your own pace, making the event perfect for supporters of all ages and abilities.

Rachel Billsberry-Grass, Wessex Cancer Trust’s CEO says Walk for Hope will be extra-special this year:

“This is our fifth Walk for Hope and it’ll be a poignant day; both because we turn 40 in July and because we’re so thrilled we’ll be able to come together again in person after last year’s virtual event. The peace and beauty of the New Forest make it a fitting setting to give hope to friends and family undergoing cancer treatment, to remember loved ones and to support everyone affected by cancer. If you prefer, you can still do the Walk for Hope your own way, from home. If you’d like to dress up in 80s clothes to help celebrate our 40th birthday we’d love that too. Please join us to make our 2021 Walk for Hope the biggest and best yet! And if walking isn’t your thing, there are plenty of volunteering opportunities available – from laying out signage to handing out water and snacks.”  

Entrants will receive an official Walk for Hope t-shirt, sponsorship forms and all the training and event information you’ll need for the day. After being cheered over the finish line, walkers will be presented with a medal and will be able to celebrate over a slice of 40th birthday cake. 

Tickets are £25 adults, £15 for under 16s, £85 for a team of four adults and £5 for dogs. Visit for more information and to sign up. There is a sponsorship goal of £100 for the five-mile route, and £150 for the ten and 20-mile routes.

All of the money raised will be used to provide practical and emotional support to people living with cancer in Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight.  The event is being sponsored by Irwin Mitchell Solicitor, Brewin Dolphin Investment Management and Drive Personnel.      


New Forest Walk for Parkinson’s 3rd October 2021

There will be a Walk for Parkinson’s at the beautiful Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary set to take place on Sunday 3rd October. There will be two routes available for our wonderful walkers, a 2 mile route and a more challenging 7 mile route,  both of which are circular. 

We would love to welcome everyone in the local community to the event. I have detailed some essential information below and you may wish to visit our website for further information or to register for the walk

  • Start/finish: Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary SO43 7GQ 
  • Registration 9am – 10am 
  • Registration in advance -Adults: £12 Children (under 16): £6
  • Registration on the day -To ensure our walk is Covid Safe we will NOT be accepting On The Day Registrations. To register please go here.

Every hour, two people are diagnosed with Parkinson’s. We are the charity that drives better treatments and a cure for Parkinson s whilst supporting everyone affected by the condition.

If you would like to know anything more about the walk or the work of Parkinson’s UK then please do get in touch, contact Katy Slade on