ABOUT US

Formed in 1957  the Friends of Brockenhurst, otherwise known as ‘FoB’ or ‘The Society’, has  tried to, and continues to try to, meet its constitutionally stated aims and objectives.

In addition to attention to planning matters the Society has supported local groups and organisations.  This is usually, but not always, been in the form of financial grants.

This has included providing prizes for the annual pancake race, a significant donation to the Brockenhurst Youth Football Club to help provide equipment, a donation to Brockenhurst Primary School PTA for their adventure playground, a new bowling machine for the Brockenhurst Cricket Colts Youth teams and on-going support to Holidays at Home.

If you know of a deserving cause, please let any Committee member know or contact us.

MISSION STATEMENT

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Brockenhurst is one of the four designated villages in the New Forest. It is an open village in the centre of the New Forest where large stock are allowed to roam .It is a village of great character surrounded by natural beauty and steeped in history. Change in the village is inevitable can can be better managed.

 

The Friends of Brockenhurst was formed in 1957 with a mission to preserve and improve the character of our unique village.It aims to compliment the Parish Council and concentrate especially, but not exclusively, on planning, environment and welfare of the community.

OUR COMMITTEE
RACHEL SMITH
(Lady Cable)

PRESIDENT

Alongside managing a small livestock farm in the New Forest for 35 years, Rachel worked in developing affordable housing and chaired New Forest Villages Housing Association until 2018.

 

Rachel was a Parish Councillor for 12 years and chaired Brockenhurst Parish Council from 1988 to 1991.

TIM ANGEL

TREASURER

 

Tim has been a member of FoB for over 15 years and has been the Hon Treasurer for the last ten years. It is Tim's hope and ambition that through the sustained efforts of the Committee and Members of FoB that the unique character of Brockenhurst can be maintained and improved for the benefit of its current and future residents.

DAVID ELEY

CHAIR

 

David is a retired International Banker and Magistrate. He moved from London to Brockenhurst on retirement with his wife. David has always been involved in the voluntary community sector and now volunteers with Brockenhurst Care Cars and a Charity offering various community services throughout Hampshire.

ROSS MITCHELL

HON SECRETARY

 

Ross worked as a Senior manager and consultant to the NHS ,a role which has included working with the local hospitals, GP services , care homes and social services. She has been a committee member for 16 years and has seen the importance of the work of FoB, often working with other organisations, in maintaining the special character of Brockenhurst and The New Forest. Ross is a member of the New Forest National Park Authority Access Committee and a keen horse rider and walker.

GRAHAM BAKER

PLANNING SECRETARY

 

Graham was Vice Chairman of the New Forest Association and is still a member of its Planning & Transport Committee. He was also previously Chairman of the Campaign to Protect Rural England and the New Forest District Group. Graham shows great passion and enthusiasm for improving and progressing the unique character of Brockenhurst.

GERALD PARKER

COMMITTEE MEMBER

 

Gerald retired from a senior management career in the food industry; was a former local magistrate and has previous experience elsewhere as village Friends Group Chairman. He is interested in local issues, events and outdoor life.

PHILIP BUTT

COMMITTEE MEMBER

 

Philip is a retired director of financial companies. He has had a home in Brockenhurst since 1996. He is also a member of the Planning & Transport Committee of Friends of the New Forest.

BRONYA SZATKOWSKA

COMMITTEE MEMBER

 

Bronya has over 25 years experience working in brand design consultancies. Having grown up in Brockenhurst, she returned with her young family 11 years ago. She is a busy member of the local community and is involved with a variety of groups and clubs. Being busy is in her nature, but her downtime includes walking her two Cocker Spaniels on the forest.

OUR CONSTITUTION

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