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Martin litter pick postponed to 5th April

06 March 2014

We shall be doing another Litter Pick on Saturday April 5th, mostly along the main street. Do come and join us. Equipment will  be provided. We shall start at the Blandford Hall at 9.30 and aim to finish by 11.30 in time for coffee at the hall.You may  wish just to check your own hedges and ditches which would be greatly appreciated.

Road closure

1 February 2014

The road from Martin to Martin Drove End is closed this weekend due to serious pot holes and diversion signs are in place. Works are planned for Monday (weather permitting) to restore a single carriageway width and operate this under traffic signals until more extensive repairs can be undertaken, for which the water levels will need to subside. The works will also involve a clean of the road surface.

Martin litter pick Spring 2014

26 January 2014

We shall be doing another Litter Pick on Saturday March 8th, mostly along the main street. Do come and join us. Equipment will  be provided. We shall start at the Blandford Hall at 9.30 and aim to finish by 11.30 in time for coffee at the hall.You may  wish just to check your own hedges and ditches which would be greatly appreciated.

Flooding

24 January 2014

A big thank you to all those people who helped opening drains, gulleys and grips in order to help the floodwater off the roads. It's been a very difficult time with very high springs and so much rain water. Any small clearance we can all do will help the water flow on down through the village.

Grimsdyke history - can you help?

24 January 2014

With the upcoming commemoration of the D-Day landings this year, Grimsdyke Granaries will be hosting a convoy of WWII vehicles making its way down from Larkhill to Bovington. Along with this, Ben Dryer of Wessex Raceway would like to set up a small historical exhibit about the Grimsdyke site's original function during WWII. He would be interested to hear from anyone who experienced things first hand, with pictures or reminiscences of the site during the 40s or 50s. If you are able to help, please contact Ben on 01725 519010 or ben@wessexraceway.co.uk.

Police beat surgeries

10 January 2014

Held every month in Martin at the village shop. Come and meet PC Corinne Irving. Next surgeries:

Friday 17th January 5 - 6pm
Friday 14th February 5 - 6pm
Friday 14th March 5 - 6pm

Police beat surgeries

10 October 2013

Held every month in Martin at the village shop. Come and meet PC Corinne Irving. Next surgeries:

Friday 22nd November 5 - 6pm
Friday 13th December 5 - 6pm

Playing field - volunteers needed

24 September 2013

The Parish Council is looking to improve the facilities in the playground and would like to hear from volunteers who would be interested in joining a new playground sub-committee. If you are able to help, please contact the clerk, Edwin Macknamara edwin.macknamara@gmail.com or phone 07787082553.

Police beat surgeries

24 September 2013

Held every month in Martin at the village shop. Come and meet PC Corinne Irving. Next surgeries:

Friday 27th September 5 - 6pm
Friday 25th October 5 - 6pm

Broadband latest

24 September 2013

The government has recently announced a new target for superfast broadband to reach 95% of households by 2017. The previous target of 90% was likely to leave Martin in the 10% of households with no superfast broadband. Will the new target mean that Martin enters the internet fast lane or will we be stuck in the digital doldrums?

Help to make it happen for us by registering your interest (if you have not already done so) at www.hants.gov.uk/broadband. Registering does not commit you to anything but the numbers of people registering will be used to plan which areas will get superfast broadband, so do it now!

Salisbury Hospital

24 September 2013

We have been contacted by Sarah Bealey who is the elected governor for the New Forest District, representing members who live in the New Forest on the Council of Governors at Salisbury NHS Trust.

She says: "Since being elected in June 2012 I have been pretty active attending Council and working group meetings, helping with surveys on the wards etc. and in March 2013 the Trust held an open meeting in Fordingbridge to introduce the role of the Governors, which was attended by 30 or so local Trust members."

If you are interested in finding out more about the work of the Governors, or are interested in becoming a member, please visit www.salisbury.nhs.uk/Foundation. Sarah Bealey is interested to hear your feedback so if you would like to contact her, please email sarahbealey@damerham.demon.co.uk.

Community Resilience Plan

8 April 2013

The Parish Council would like to thank all those who responded to the letter asking for volunteers who may be able to help in case of a village-wide emergency. We are currently preparing the plan and it will be published in due course.

If you have skills or equipment that you think may be useful in case of emergency and you have not yet been in touch, please contact Susan Sampson 519245.

Community Speedwatch

8 October 2012

You may have recently spotted a group of yellow-jacketed volunteers out in Martin with a speed indicator sign. This was a trial of the Community Speedwatch scheme whereby residents are given specialist camera equipment to catch people speeding. The evidence is handed to police who then write to drivers warning of the dangers of driving too fast. If motorists receive two warning letters and are caught a third time, the police will take enforcement action.

The idea is to empower local people to tackle drivers who are putting their own lives as well as others at risk. The scheme also aims to educate motorists on the effects of speeding and to reduce the problem in communities.

Martin Parish Council is considering whether or not to join the scheme and is keen to hear views of residents. We will be discussing this at our next meeting to be held on October 29th.

Broadband update

8 October 2012

Superfast broadband is being rolled out across the country but in Hampshire it is likely that only 80% of homes will get faster broadband by 2015 through the commercial market. Hampshire County Council has been awarded £5m to help get faster broadband to rural areas. The contract for rural areas is being put out to tender now with work planned to start in summer 2013. However, in spite of this government funding, it is anticipated that only 90% of homes in Hampshire will get superfast broadband. Please register your interest in faster broadband by going to www.hants.gov.uk/broadband . Registering does not commit you to anything but the numbers of people registering will be used to plan which areas will get superfast broadband. If not enough people in Martin register, it is likely that we will be in the 10% without faster broadband, so please register now!

Queen's Jubilee Oak Tree

16 June 2012

An oak tree has been planted on the playing field to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. It was planted by Parish Council chairman Susan Sampson on 9th June.

The tree was planted as part of a county-wide programme of tree planting and the creation of new woodlands which includes trees being planted in schools and villages and other public spaces across Hampshire. This echoes the tree planting that took place in 1936/7 to celebrate the coronation of King George VI which saw trees being planted across the country, including trees locally in Fordingbridge (2 oak trees on the recreation ground) and a pink chestnut on the school playing field at Sixpenny Handley.

We hope that our tree will be a reminder of the Queen's long reign for centuries to come.