Sheep Killed by Dog at Yew Hill Butterfly Reserve

The Parish Council have received the distressing news that one of the sheep grazing on the Yew Hill Butterfly Reserve was mauled and killed by a dog on Thursday 16 September. Dog owners are reminded of the importance having their dogs on a lead whilst in the Butterfly Reserve to ensure the safety of the livestock grazing there

HCC notification of Roadworks at Badger Farm Road

Notice has been received from HCC Highways as follows, relating to the M3 smart motorway compound at Badger Farm Road:

Works to construct a vehicular access on Badgers Farm Road and similar egress onto Otterbourne Road as shown on the enclosed Drawing No HE549338-0141 will begin shortly. These works will facilitate operation of the temporary compound area associated with M3 Smart Motorway Improvement Project, which are programmed to commence on Wednesday 1st September 2021 for approximately 4 weeks.

The new compound and entry/exit from it are temporary and will be fully reinstated on completion of the M3 works (approximately 3 years).

Sept – M3 Jn 9-14 smart mway scheme – works to Badger Farm Road – Location Plan
Sept – M3 Jn 9-14 smart mway scheme – left out
Sept – M3 Jn 9-14 smart mway scheme – left in



Private Land No Entry sign in Texas Field

Texas Drive Private Land signA new Private Land No Entry sign has been erected in Texas Field, near the entrance to the Recreation Ground.

You may recall that the evidence submitted by the PC and local residents enabled Texas Field to be listed as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) with WCC.  Although strongly contested by the landowner, the ACV listing confirmed community use of the land at an appeal.  For more details see

However, the listing did not change the ownership of the land.  Whilst recognising significant community use, notwithstanding it is private land, perhaps the key advantage of the ACV listing is the “Right to Bid” if the land is offered for sale.

As far as we know nothing has changed regarding Texas Field.  The owner still wishes to develop it and it’s already in WCC’s Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA), which is part of the new Local Plan.

Texas Field was not part of the proposed Royaldown development, apart from a strip of land adjacent to Yew Hill Butterfly Reserve for the access road running through Compton and Shawford parish to Badger Farm Road.

It is not known whether the Royaldown developers had the landowner’s permission to install an access road across part of Texas Field.  Apparently, they did not have HCC’s permission to develop the farm land in Compton and Shawford parish.

It’s likely the owner is simply restating his ownership, as he does from time to time, by confirming that it is private not public land.


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 40 th 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.”

Philip Dinn from Brockenhurst walked ten miles as part of a group from New Forest Rotary at the 2020 event and raised £500. Philip was supported by Wessex Cancer Trust’s Waterside support centre after being diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer. He says Walk for Hope gave him a focus:
“From experience I know that when you’re diagnosed with cancer it’s important to find something that can take you from your lowest ebb to being filled with hope for the future. Wessex Cancer Trust does that with the support it provides in its local communities, and the team has been working harder than ever to keep that support going throughout the pandemic. Taking part in Walk for Hope over the years has really helped me focus on getting well during my recovery period.”

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.

Romsey Road, Winchester – Carriageway Resurfacing – UPDATE


The resurfacing on Romsey Road, Winchester, between Pitt Road (Park & Ride) and Chilbolton Avenue, will now be starting on Monday 26th July.

This is estimated to take up to 9 nights to complete, during which time the road will be closed to through traffic from approximately 20:00 to 06:00hrs each night. The road will be open during the day and over the weekend.