e-Bulletin - January 2021

Welcome to the Parish Council’s e-Bulletin
Fair Oak Parish Council’s e-Bulletin is designed to provide an up to the minute snapshot of current news, reports, developments, opportunities and events of interest to our residents.  

Deliberately short and snappy, the bulletin is provided in electronic format with web links to access further information and downloadable material. The e-bulletin is emailed monthly to all residents who have signed up to receive the bulletins. Older editions of the e-bulletin are also available here.

We hope that the e-bulletin will be viewed as a key resource, fully engaging our residents and driving activities at a community level.

Wishing all our residents a happy and safe new year

News & Notices

Parish Office
The Parish Office remains closed with all Admin staff working from home. However, we can still be reached by email, phone, through our website or via our Facebook page.

Our Grounds team continues to work (socially distanced) maintaining our parks and green spaces.
Parish Meetings

Our next “virtual” meeting is Full Council meeting on 22 February 2021.   

Our next “virtual” meeting is Full Council meeting on 22 February 2021.   All residents are welcome to attend any of our meetings which are held via Zoom.  If you would like to be part of the meeting or ask a question, please contact the Clerk by emailing:

The live streamed meeting can be found on the Council’s YouTube channel
Meetings dates for 2020/2021 can be viewed

Asset News

Bulb Planting
So far, we have planted nearly five thousand bulbs around the Parish, including Oak Walk, Mortimers Lane, Knowle Lane and Crowdhill Green open space.  These, along with even more planned hanging baskets will see the Parish having a colourful display this year. Our thanks go to the 2nd Fair Oak Scouts for assisting with the bulb planting at Crowdhill Green. 
Lapstone Pavilion

Maintenance works have continued through lockdown and a number of missing and damaged roof tiles have been replaced to keep the building watertight. 
Meadowsweet Way Play Area 

The play area has proved popular since its opening in November.  Due to the location of the park, which is surrounded by trees, some of the areas not covered by the all-weather surfacing had become very wet and muddy.  This has been addressed and additional wet pour has been installed to cover these areas. We hope that families will be able to use the play area all year round. 
Anti-social Behavior 

Sadly we continue to encounter anti-social behavior across the Parish, recently there was an attempted break-in at the Woodland Community Centre which resulted in damage to the fire doors.

The Grounds Team are dealing with broken glass and graffiti at New Century Park on a regular basis and the Lapstone Playing fields continue to be targeted.  

Plans for upgraded CCTV to these sites should help deter any further incidents but we also rely on our residents as our “eyes and ears”. Please be vigilant and if you see or hear any unusual activity, call the police on 101 to help protect the Parish’s assets.
Crowdhill Green 
The Parish Council along with Eastleigh Borough Council has developed an information page of key information for residents on the development. This can be seen on our website by clicking here. Both the Parish and Borough Council continue to work together to resolve the outstanding issues on this site. 
Community Survey
The Council’s community survey has now closed.  Thank you to all those who took part in the survey. We received over 300 responses. The Council is in the process of analysing the results with a view to drafting a Corporate Action Plan. Residents will be consulted on the draft before it is formally agreed by the Full Council. Please keep an eye on our website for future details. 
Fair Oak Library
At its meeting in January, the Full Council agreed to undertake a community poll/consultation exercise regarding its preferred in principle decision/option – including accepting the freehold transfer of the building from Hampshire County Council.  Further decisions will be made once this exercise has taken place.
Hampshire County Council, who are responsible for our rural footpaths and bridleways in the Parish, have recently commissioned new signage to many of our paths and are improving surfaces and stiles/gateways on some of the most used paths.  If you come across a problem with a footpath, please report the problem by clicking Problems on rights of way | Hampshire County Council (  
To view all the rights of ways in Hampshire click Hampshire Rights of Way online | Hantsweb
One Horton Heath 
The One Horton Heath team have now submitted the planning application to Eastleigh Borough Council. This can be found on EBC’s website here O/20/89498 and F/20/89500

To keep up to date the latest developments, please visit
Twynams Charities 
Vacancy for a Clerk

Twynam’s Charities were established between 1630 & 1840 for the ‘Relief of Need’ in residents of Bishopstoke, Fair Oak & Horton Heath and are currently looking for a clerk to undertake the management of the charity and its assets.

The charity owns five rented properties in Fair Oak Square.  Surplus funds are distributed at the discretion of the Trustees in line with the Charity’s stated objectives.

The Charity is run by a Team of voluntary Trustees, with advice from the Clerk.   

•    The clerk is responsible for the management of the charity and its assets and for Trustee volunteers.

•    The salary will be in the range of £22,000-£25,000 FTE, depending on experience. Hours to be worked are variable but range between 5 and 20 hours per month, with an average of about 15 hours per month. 

•    For a more detailed brief please view details here

•    For an initial informal discussion, please contact the Chair, Anne Winstanley, on 023 8064 1902 or at

The closing date for applications is 15th February 2021.  The successful applicant must be available to start by 1st April 2021. 
Vacancy for Volunteer Trustee

At Twynams Charities we are looking for volunteers to fill the vacant positions on our Trustee Team.  We are looking for people who can consider the big picture and who have good independent judgement and useful knowledge and skills.

All Trustees must have a connection with the communities of Bishopstoke, Fair Oak and Horton Heath.  Experience of financial management or empathy with the needs of low-income families and individuals is also highly desirable.

For a more detailed brief please view details here

For an initial informal discussion, please contact the Chair Anne Winstanley on 023 8064 1902 or at
Dates for your diary
30 January to 6 February – National Storytelling Week 2021 - National Awareness Days Calendar 2021

February - National Children's Dental Health Month 2021 - National Awareness Days Calendar 2021


We urge all residents to regularly check our Facebook page and website
for important updates.

As all staff are currently working from home, email is the best way to contact us,
as a direct phone call may not be answered straight away.
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