Copythorne Parish Web Site
Copythorne Parish Council for the communities of • Bartley • Cadnam • Copythorne • Newbridge • Ower • Winsor

Welcome to the Copythorne Parish Web site

Affordable Housing

For further information please use this link


The Affordable Housing Public Event scheduled to take place at the Parish Hall on 30th March is now postponed until further notice.


Work is still being undertaken by the Parish Council Affordable Housing Working Group to gather information on various aspects of Affordable Housing in terms of funding and planning issues.


We anticipate that a report will be made to the meeting of the Parish Council on 25th April to update the Council on these and other matters. A new announcement will be posted on the website at that time.

Parish Poll - information for the electorate of Copythorne Civil Parish


Meeting Agendas

Parish Council - 25 April 2017


Minutes of Meetings

Parish Council: 28 February | 28 March

Financial Information updated for 2016
Calendar of Meetings updated for 2017

The Parish Council is proposing to move to a single meeting a month arrangement for a trial period of six months. From September 2016, the once a month Council meeting will generally take place on the fourth Tuesday of each month. There will be public participation sessions at the start of proceedings (7 pm prompt) when residents may make statements or ask questions about any matter affecting the Parish.

Parish Newsletter – monthly newsletter, April 2017 edition now available

Community Speedwatch – Call for Volunteers to Restart the Scheme

Readers will be aware that, over the past year and with the Parish Council’s fullest endorsement, there have been several reductions in the speed limits allowed on certain roads through and side roads and lanes within the parish from 40 to 30 mph Read More ...
Grit Bins
On the subject of our roads, Hampshire County Council have informed us that there are around 3,500 roadside salt bins located across the highway network.  These have been checked and replenished in recent weeks.

The bins are filled with a 50:50 mix of salt and grit and this can be freely used by members of the community for de-icing pavements and smaller access roads and particularly those areas of public highway that are not covered by one of their main salting routes.  Please be aware that it only takes a tablespoon of salt/grit (roughly around 20 grams) to treat one square metre of road or pavement so a full bin can treat a substantial area.

If your local grit bin is less than ¾ full and needs refilling through the winter season the quickest way to let Hampshire County Council know is via the specific link on their website at

Local Police Beat OfficersNeighbourhood Policing

Beat reports, last updated in March (file size 221Kb)


Your new Beat Officers are PC 20127 Steven Norris and PCSO 14495 Richard Williams.


Visit the Local Policing page to find out more



Village Agent
Village Agents are volunteers who can help older people to find information and services - more details (PDF)


News and Events

About The Parish of Copythorne

The parish of Copythorne is on the north-eastern side of the New Forest and forms the major entry point to the Forest. With the M27 and A31 running through the parish, it is divided into two neat halves - north Copythorne and south Copythorne.

The history of the area can be traced back to early Iron Age with barrows and tumuli and the remains of a roman road marked in several places. This was the main route between Christchurch and Winchester where the roman road forded the River Test near Romsey. Today over 3000 people live within the parish creating as diverse a range of industries you can think of from traditional farming to IT and metal crafting to thatching.

Farming has been predominant on poor soils - a lot of the land was held by Glastonbury Abbey and a Gilbert De Bretuil. The hamlet of Ower was recorded in the Doomsday Book. Mostly the soils are of Bracklesham beds and Bagshot beds. These are sands and gravels.

Until recently there were two large estates - the Warrens and Paultons. Over the years these have gradually diminished and individuals and tenants (some of the existing dwellings dating back 300 years or more) have taken on small farms.

Copythorne parish boasts some of the oldest watering holes in the Forest and has also maintained a thriving community spirit, with the annual Copythorne Carnival - which has just celebrated its 63rd year - being just one of the many events which take place. Some of the many clubs and societies include the following:

The well known Stanleys Own Scout Group, together with Guides, Brownies and Rainbows; The Royal British Legion; History Society and Camera Club; Flower Club; Horticultural Society; Tractor Club; Copythorne Amateur Theatrical Society; Copythorne Women's Institute; Cadnam & Totton First Responder Group - to name but a new.

Within close proximity to one another, and also enjoying a close relationship, are St Marys Church Copythorne, Cadnam Methodist Church and Winsor Mission Church - all with a thriving congregation and busy agendas.

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