Welcome to the Emery Down village website -
a website for the village by the village. It brings together all the key areas of village life - the Village Hall, Church, Almshouses and the village Telephone Kiosk.
In addition, you will find a village forum for discussion topics and a calendar of upcoming events in Emery Down, Lyndhurst or in the near vicinity. There are also dedicated pages for the Church, the local history group 'How We Used To Live', the Village Hall, the Telephone Kiosk and the Almshouses, as well as a village small ads page for use by the village to promote events, advertise their village-based businesses, post small ads etc..
News & Events
Emery Down and Bank Village Hall
The trustees of Emery Down and Bank Village Hall are celebrating a refurbishment of the hall at a Grand Re-Opening by Esther Rantzen on April 21st. The hall, originally thatched, was given by the Chamberlain sisters of Bank, for the newly-formed Emery Down and Bank Women’s Institute. The first president was Alice Hargreaves, inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice who lived at Cuffnells by Swan Green.. It remained a WI Hall until 1997 when the WI, an afternoon group , closed due to more women working in the day.
The WI hall, following instructions set out by the original donors and trustees, became a hall for village use. It had always been available for socials, school, church concerts and dances.
The trustees would like to discover more of who used the hall and how it was used over the years and create a display for the relaunch. Unfortunately the WI records, which the last president deposited in Winchester, have disappeared and past WI members are no longer with us. We would also welcome pictures or information about any events at the hall. If anyone has memories, photos, press cuttings or stories of activities in the hall or knows someone who might be of help I would be delighted to hear from them. Please contact me at 02380 282842 or email email@example.com Many thanks. Angela Trend.
Traffic in Emery Down
Traffic problems in Emery Down were on the agenda of the last Lyndhurst Parish Council meeting. Gridlock at many times and in many places in Emery Down, caused mainly by traffic trying to avoid Lyndhurst, is becoming worse. Excess speed and lack of common courtesy are also issues. Dragons’ teeth on the Boldrewood Road recently installed by the Forestry Commission have made parking for the New Forest Inn more difficult increasing the congestion.
Various reports and suggestions were made by residents. Pat Wyeth suggested one way in Mill Lane and closing access from A337, for example. Our County Councillor Edward Heron was listening carefully. He said he was happy for Hampshire County Council engineers to look at the problem and suggested that any complaints about the traffic, reports of incidents should be sent to him as the more reports he received the more urgency and hopefully action our problems would receive. Images, dates and times would help.
Edward’s contact details are: 01725 518 579 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Commemorating the First World War
A project to research the men whose names are inscribed on the lych gate in Emery Down is underway. Please get in touch with Sara if you wish to be involved in any way - as a researcher or if you are a relative of any of the men whose names are listed. Click the link to see the poster seeking your help. We have a companion project with Lyndhurst Parish Council. Please contact Adrian for details.