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Fordingbridge Town Council

that a casual vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Fordingbridge Town Council.

If by 23 July, 2024 14 days after the date of this notice excluding Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays, a request for an election to fill the vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer, New Forest District Council, Appletree Court, Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst, SO43 7PA by TEN electors for the Parish, an election will be held to fill the vacancy. If no request for an election is received the vacancy will be filled by co-option.

If an election is called, it will take place no later than 25 September, 2024.

Dated 3 July, 2024

P Goddard
Clerk to Fordingbridge Town Council
Town Hall
63 High Street

This information is available as a PDF file


Election of a Councillor to Fordingbridge Town Council

ParishNumber of Councillors to be elected
  1. Forms of nomination for the Election may be obtained from the Returning Officer, Appletree Court, Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst, SO43 7PA. Forms of nomination are also available on the New Forest District Council’s website www.nfdc.gov.uk
  2. Nomination papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer, Appletree Court, Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst, SO43 7PA on any day after the date of this notice but no later than 4 pm on Friday, 19th July 2024.
  3. If any election is contested the poll will take place on Thursday, 15th August 2024.
  4. Applications to register to vote must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 12 midnight on 30th July 2024. Applications can be made online: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
  5. Applications, amendments or cancellations of postal votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Appletree Court, Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst, SO43 7PA by 5 pm on Wednesday, 31st July 2024 . You may apply online or download a form at https://www.gov.uk/apply-postal-vote or contact the Electoral Registration Office direct.
  6. Applications for a Voter Authority Certificate (free voter ID) or an Anonymous Elector’s Document valid for this election, must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Appletree Court, Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst, SO43 7PA by 5 pm on Wednesday, 7th August 2024. You may apply online or download a form at https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-photo-id-voter-authority-certificateor contact the Electoral Registration Office direct.
  7. New applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Appletree Court, Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst, SO43 7PA by 5 pm on Wednesday, 7th August 2024. You can find information, and dependent upon your proxy type, apply online at https://www.gov.uk/how-to-vote/voting-by-proxy
  8. Applications to vote by emergency proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Appletree Court, Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst, SO43 7PA by 5 pm on Thursday, 15th August 2024.

Dated Thursday 11 July 2024

Join Us For The


Saturday 20th July 12 – 6 PM

Fairground Rides | Duck Race
Kids Entertainment
Live Music | Food & Drink | Stalls

Live Music by
Old Grey Guitarist Band and
Lucy Loves Liquor

Fordingbridge Recreation Ground,

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NF1104 – High Street, Fordingbridge Carriageway


Further to our previous correspondence, this is to inform you that we will be undertaking carriageway resurfacing, including the removal of the block paving in High Street, Fordingbridge, from Bridge Street, including the roundabout and 25m into Salisbury Street, to Normandy Way.

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Stronger Together Across Ringwood and Fordingbridge.  Supporting local families out of hardship

Stronger Together Across Ringwood & Fordingbridge – STARF

We are a local charity giving help and support to families in crisis in our Ringwood & Fordingbridge Schools.

Our vision is:
All families at Ringwood & Fordingbridge Schools should have access to the support they need to develop and grow. No child should have to face poverty and mental health problems alone.
Visit our website https://www.starf.uk or email help@starf.uk for more information.

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About Fordingbridge

Fordingbridge is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 under the name Forde.

The River Avon runs through the town which lies 13 miles south of Salisbury.

To the east is the New Forest and to the west are the Western Downlands and Cranborne Chase. The current population is approximately 6000 people.

The first Great Bridge, from which the town received its present name, was built in mediaeval times prior to 1252.

It is built of local stone and has a total of 7 arches spanning the river.

Although it has been subject to various works over the years it remains a major feature of the town.

A bronze statue of the controversial painter, Augustus John, stands on the banks of the Avon near the Great Bridge.  

The town enjoys a beautiful park where visitors and locals can take advantage of the river, the children’s play area, skate park, secluded memorial gardens and sports playing fields.   

Since 1982 Fordingbridge has been twinned with Vimoutiers in Normandy.

It is also home to Fordingbridge Turks FC, one of the 50 oldest football clubs in England, established circa 1868. 

Fordingbridge Town Council is politically independent and has 12 elected councillors who are accountable to the electors of the town.

Currently we have 8 members of staff and the annual precept for 2020/21 is approximately £230,000.

As a Town Council we are the first layer of local government.

Our aim is to engage local people and respond to their needs, through representation as community advocates and by providing services such as parks and open spaces.

Children's games and crafts

Summer Holiday Club for Children Aged 8-12

We are excited to announce the launch of this year’s Summer Holiday Club, a four-day event designed for children aged 8-12. The club will run from Monday, August 19th to Thursday, August 22nd, 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Find out more information


Fordingbridge Town Council is responsible for the provision and maintenance of our recreation ground, parks, children’s play areas, playing fields, allotments and cemeteries at Stuckton and the closed cemetery of St Mary’s Church. In addition to the management of these open spaces, we also maintain the Town Hall, Sports Pavilion, Riverside Café and toilets and the War Memorial.

We operate Fordingbridge Information Office which is your local face to face contact point for help and advice on all issues relating to our town. We administer a range of functions on behalf of the New Forest District Council including housing benefit, council tax reduction, waste/recycling, planning, sale of parking clocks and refuse sacks, payment of council tax, council rents and much more. We are a referring agent for Food Bank Vouchers and we also provide visitor information.

The activities the town council is involved in are varied and diverse. We have a range of functions including representative powers and must be notified by the District or County Council of all planning applications in our area, proposals to carry out works and surveys etc. We liaise with relevant authorities regarding infrastructure, policing, community issues and represent the views and needs of the community.




Local roadworks are available from the One.Network


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