Village News

News items that are hopefully of interest to our residents and wider community. Please do get in touch if you have any items you would like added to this page.

Updated: Monday 11th February, 2019

Working Group meeting cancelled

The Working Group meeting scheduled for Tuesday 12th February has been cancelled due to lack of availability of main attendees.

The next meeting will be a Parish Council meeting on Tuesday 12th March

Parish Council Elections

Parish Council elections are scheduled to take place on Thursday 2 May 2019.

There is some information below for anyone who expresses an interest in putting themselves forward for election.

Nomination Forms

Anyone wishing to stand in these elections is advised to read the guidance produced by the Electoral Commission, which outlines aspects of the elections and what is expected of candidates:   These elections will be administered by Test Valley Borough Council, however any queries about what the role of a councillor is, expected commitment, etc, can be answered by contacting the East Dean Clerk at

There is also a page on the TVBC website that has some useful information on the elections, along with a timetable for the elections: and which will be updated with further information the nearer we get to the elections. Please note the deadline for the submission of nomination forms in particular (4pm on 3 April 2019) – all seats within the parish are up for election.

Nominations will commence following the publication of the Notice of Election on Friday 22 March 2019.

Updated: Wednesday 2nd January, 2019

Happy New Year to all our friends and neighbours!!

Hope you all were able to enjoy the festivities over the Christmas period, including all the wonderful events held in East Dean and surrounding villages.

Why not kick off 2019 by joining us for our first Parish Council meeting of the year, on Tuesday 8th January at 7pm in the Parish Rooms, Lockerley. There will be updates from district and county councillors as well as our dynamic Playground committee. Also on the agenda are items around road markings & footpath maintenance. Hope to see as many of you as possible there!

Parish Plan Questionnaire

All households should now have received a copy of the Lockerley & East Dean Parish Plan Questionnaire to fill in. To find out more about this, check out our Parish Plan page. Please do take this opportunity to add your opinions which will help shape the direction of our villages for the next 10 - 15 years.

Updated: Tuesday 13th November, 2018

Remembrance Service

It was great to see so many villagers & neighbours at the Remembrance Service on Sunday 11th November.

The theme was to give special thanks and thought to the many millions of animals (horses, dogs and pigeons mainly) that supported the conflict in World War One in particular, with many of the gathered congregation wearing beautiful purple knitted poppied to signify this.

Thanks to everyone who donated to the Household Cavalry Fund for Retired Soldiers & Horses through buying one of these poppies. We are still gathering the donations but the total is well over £150 already.

During the service we heard moving tales of the lives of animals during the conflict. Under clear blue autumn skies we observed the two minutes silence to mark the Armistice alongside several pet dogs & a horse that been brought along, and then Jeff Hatcher released some pigeons, who were slightly reluctant to leave us but did do so in the end.

The service concluded with a beautifully executed Last Post by Alex Upton of the Lockerley Scouts and then everyone enjoyed coffee & cakes in the Church. Many thanks to Revd Marion Clutterbuck for conducting the service, to all who attended especially those who brought along their faithful companions & all involved in knitting, baking and organising.

Have you got your Purple Poppy yet?

To mark 100 years since the end of the 1st World War, and the contribution that animals made to the war effort, a number of villagers and friends have produced beautiful and unique knitted purple poppies which are being sold to raise money for the Household Cavalry.

There are still a few left so if you would like one please contact Jeff Hatcher.

Updated: Wednesday 10th October, 2018

Macmillan Coffee Morning

A huge thanks to everyone who came along to our Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan on Saturday 29th September.

It was great to see so many neighbours and friends enjoying delicious cakes and beverages.

The event raised £240 which is a fantastic effort and an excellent improvement on last year's total of £150.

Many thanks to all the bakers, contributors & servers on the day who made the event so successful!

Updated: Tuesday 11th September, 2018

Message from HCC: Are you responsible for an adjacent ditch or watercourse?

This is the time of year when we need to think about the state of Hampshire’s land drainage network. As the rain begins in earnest and leaves begin to fall, all riparian owners (those who have watercourses on or bordering their properties) across Hampshire, and beyond, should be looking at the state of their drainage ditches, pipes, culverts and other watercourses to ensure there is unobstructed conveyance of rain water and a reduced risk of localised flooding.

Please take a look at this poster detailing what responsibilities riparian owners have and guidance on how to undertake this maintenance to reduce flooding from surface water after a rain event.

If you have any further enquiries regarding this or any other areas of flood risk management, please visit our website at

Kind regards,

Flood and Water Management Team
01962 846730

Updated: Saturday 4th August, 2018

TVBC issues 'Why does the Local Plan matter?' video

Test Valley Borough Council have produced a short introductory film “Why does the Local Plan matter?” to accompany the Issues and Options consultation for the next Local Plan. In the film we hear from Emily, a local resident, about how implementing the policies and proposals within the existing Local Plan have had a positive effect on her life.

The film helps to explain the context and purpose of the Local Plan using the individual experiences of a local resident. It illustrates the practical role of the Local Plan in meeting the development needs of our communities and improving the quality of life of those who live and work in the Borough. The film is now available on the TVBC website at

Railway Survey Closed

Thanks to everyone who commented on our Railway Survey.

We have closed this for now and will discuss the comments at a future Parish Council meeting, and decide any further actions that need to be taken.

If you wish to make further comments on your recent experiences at the crossing please e-mail

Another Fundraising success for the Playground project!

On Saturday 30th June the Pocket Theatre company performed their concert of musical highlights in aid of the Jubilee Field Playground for Lockerley and East Dean, successfully raising £1,000 for the cause!

Pocket Theatre are an extremely popular local group who perform productions ranging all the way from Shakespeare to pantomime. They enjoyed performing as part of the Romsey Festival last summer and have performed at numerous venues in and around Hampshire.

“Pocket Theatre were brilliant and gave everyone a really enjoyable evening – huge thanks go to them and everyone who helped and attended on the night!” said Claudia Rogers of Lockerley and East Dean Playground Committee.

For more details of the Playground project, visit our dedicated page

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