The Association’s purpose, set out in its constitution, is to advise, represent, and liaise with New Forest District Council and other authorities on behalf of its members across all matters relating to the ownership of beach huts. Membership is by annual subscription and there are currently over 500 huts whose owners are members. The Association is headed up by a committee of 7. Although not a Registered Charity, the Association makes donations to charitable organisations from time to time.
September 2019 Criminal Damage to Barton Huts
NFBHOA has heard from Judith Lacey, Coastal & Civic Building & Facilities Administrator at NFDC that they plan to open the gate at Barton on Wednesday 25 September from 8:30am – 3:30pm for hut owners to make the necessary repairs following the recent vandalism.
NFBHOA is really sorry to hear the sad news of the criminal damage. Judith Lacey also advised that if it helps, an affected hut owner reported the damage to the Police by 101 and emailed us (that is NFDC) to say she was given what she calls a “generic crime reference number: 44190316681”. That may be useful to Members when making an insurance claim.
2019 Photographic Competition.
The closing date for the Photographic Competition has now passed.
To see the winning photographs, please visit the Social Events page on the Members Only section of the website.
New NFBHOA Chair Required
Sadly, The Association’s Chair, Shirley Taylor stepped down on 30 April 2019 at the AGM, having served the Association’s membership with great dedication and success over the last four years.
So, finding a volunteer for the position of Chair is now urgent if the Association is to continue in its present form. The Association’s Constitution requires a committee consisting of Chair, Hon. Secretary and Hon. Treasurer, together with representatives from each of the four beaches and other members, co-opted to provide technical support. If you feel able to become Chair of the Association, please don’t hesitate to come forward by advising Jan Wise by email to: Hon.email@example.com
Find this year's edition of 'Seaview' Magazine 2019 on our links page.
To read a copy of a statement by NFDC on Hordle huts please see this web page:
A Reminder about Planning Permission from NFDC
"Owners must not only apply for planning permission for replacement huts, but for any changes (even if like for like) to both decking or steps."
This refers to Section 18 of the Licence. See the full version of this in our 'Members' Only' Area.
If you see anti-social behaviour or criminal activity in progress, do not intervene, but call 999.
Report any suspicious behaviour you see, or damage to your hut which you believe may have been caused by criminal activity, to the police on 101.
Be ready to give the postcode for the incident. For Barton on Sea BH25 7DU, Calshot SO45 1BR, Hordle Cliff SO41 0UX and Milford SO41 0PY.
Looking around your neighbours’ huts is invaluable. Please report any damage found to your NFBHOA beach rep. (for contact, see: https://www.newforestbeachhuts.com/uploads/library/General/Contacts.pdf ) or phone NFDC on 02380 285000, email: firstname.lastname@example.org Outside normal office hours call NFDC’s emergency service on 023 8028 5250. http://www.newforest.gov.uk/article/17693/Emergency-out-of-hours
NFBHOA has notice boards at all the beaches with information regarding tides (Calshot does in the summer) and general information which you may find useful in an emergency.
Advice for Beach Hut Owners - Autumn and Winter
Autumn / winter is an interesting time at the beach, but there are fewer people about to look out for problems with huts and weather may cause damage too. So, the first step to keep your hut safe and secure is to make sure that it is in good condition and that it is properly locked-up. If repair work is needed, a list of contractors can be found at:
If you are closing your hut for the winter, please be sure to remove any items of value and all gas bottles.
Under the licence issued to owners by New Forest District Council for beach huts on our 4 beaches, no renting of huts is permitted under any circumstances.
Responsible dog owners and their dogs are welcome on our beaches, but it is advisable to keep dogs on long leads. Please clean up after your dog has fouled.