Village Hall comes to the rescue.

Brockenhurst Village Hall became an emergency overnight evacuation shelter for more than 150, Year 7 Hampshire school children on a residential stay at Tile Barn Outdoor Centre in Brockenhurst. Early evening thunderstorms had unsettled some of the children who were due to spend the night under canvas. The threat of further violent thunderstorms led to a late phone call to the Village Hall, as part of an emergency planning agreement with Hampshire County Council. The children, from Cowplain school in Waterlooville Hampshire, were shuttled by minibus the mile to the village hall, where they spent the night. Sarah, Operations Manager, said: “As a community hub, it was a privilege to provide shelter at such short notice, and ensure a safe, dry and warm environment for the children to spend the night. The children coped amazingly well given this was the first week at a new school and were a credit to their parents and teachers”
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Nominations now open for the 2021 Citizen of Brockenhurst Awards

We are again looking for your nominations for three outstanding local people in our third Brockenhurst Citizens of the Year Awards 2021. Who will you nominate? Nominations close on Monday, January 31st, 2022. Entries cannot be accepted after this date. After judging, the Awards will be announced by 28th February 2022 at a presentation (details to be decided under social distancing rules if applicable at that time). There are three award categories: - Brockenhurst Neighbour or Friend of the Year – given for an exceptional friendly and neighbourly act to an individual or family. Examples could include an individual who has: helped in a crisis or emergency or helped with activities they can’t do themselves.  a care worker who has gone beyond the call of delivery person who’s spotted something and reported it and stopped a in any other way helped a friend and/or been a good neighbour. Contribution to Brockenhurst Life – given for a wider exceptional contribution to the life or reputation of Brockenhurst. This may be and individual who is or has been: a team manager, coach, captain who’s worked to promote their team and the who has contributed to a specific activity in the village such as Church life or a young persons’ organisation to the betterment of the or contributed to an environmental initiative which has improved the in any other way made Brockenhurst a better place to live. Young Person of Brockenhurst – given to any person under 18 best recognised for a generous, courageous, or selfless act. For example, a young person who has: helped someone who is infirm/has a disability with regular shopping and/or chores an outstanding result in sport or others to come together for example to join a sports team or form a groupregularly performed a service in difficult circumstances such as delivery in all weathersor in other ways acted with kindness, generosity or taken responsibility beyond their years to make life better for someone else within the community. Kindly sponsored by
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Brockenhurst Celebrates it’s Hero’s – Results of the 2020 Citizen Awards

The first two winners for Brockenhurst Citizen of 2020, kindly sponsored by Meadens Skoda, being presented their trophies by Kevin Plummer. The winners in the Brockenhurst Citizen of 2020 are (well, first two) Jane Overall (Left) and Esther Browne. Rev Simon Newham; Parish Council Chair Pete Wales; and Kevin Plummer, Chair of the village Trust, selected three winners, and one lifetime award, from more than a dozen nominations. All winners received multiple nominations, and the lifetime award to the late Dr Derek Browne was also highly supported. Jane Overall has run a food kitchen, using surplus supermarket food since Covid started. In addition to helping needy families with fresh food, Jane has cooked hot meals for distribution, and 100 cakes every week! Derek Browne spent years serving Brockenhurst, from fundraising to build the village hall to creating a healthy village. As a village practitioner he would 'prescribed exercise and social interaction as well as medicine. He died two months ago, and his widow Esther accepted the award (on right in picture with Jane and Kevin Plummer who made a 'distanced' presentation.
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