Local Support

Fordingbridge Information Office and Town Council

All staff will be working from home and will deal with telephone and email enquiries.

Tel: 01425 654560 Mon - Fri 10am - 4pm

Email: information@fordingbridge.gov.uk

Fordingbridge: In Need, Coronavirus Assistance Support Group

Tel: 01425 542045 / 07746 005709

Email: help@fordingbridge-in-need.uk

Website: https://fordingbridge-in-need.uk/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/156508975475767/

Please note this group is independent of the Council and have been set up by local individuals.  The listing is not an endorsement and we would urge everyone to be aware of potential fraud and to follow advice at https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

Children eligible for free school meals will benefit from a national voucher scheme allowing them to continue to access meals whilst they stay at home.

Schools can now provide every eligible child with a weekly shopping voucher worth £15 to spend at supermarkets while schools are closed due to coronavirus.


The Branch, High Street, Fordingbridge


  • Community Fridge for anyone who has food need
  • Food Bank Vouchers will be issued electronically. Please ring The Branch in order for this to be processed. You will then be able to collect Food Bank supplies from a distribution point.

Opening Times: Tues, Wed, Fri 10am – 4pm, Sat 10am – 1pm

Tel: 07909 711886

List of Businesses Still Open in Fordingbridge

For local closures and cancellations please see the bottom of this page (please note these lists are not exhaustive


NFDC service updates: http://www.newforest.gov.uk/article/19348/Coronavirus-Information-about-council-services

NFDC service updates: http://www.newforest.gov.uk/article/19348/Coronavirus-Information-about-council-services

Free Car Parking in Fordingbridge

Parking charges have been suspended by NFDC to help the large number of volunteers in obtaining essential supplies for those who are self-isolating or are vulnerable people.

The measure will be reviewed on the 16th April. http://www.newforest.gov.uk/article/14918/Car-Parks

Refuse & recycling collections

New Forest District Council are expecting severe service disruption to refuse & recycling collections over the next few days or weeks. In anticipation of this, we recommend taking the following measures:

  1. Minimise your waste, eat any leftovers
  2. Appropriately wrap and freeze, until refuse collection day, any food waste which cannot be composted in your own garden
  3. Wash and dry food packaging before throwing in the bin

This will minimise unpleasant odours and attraction of vermin.

Advice on how to store your rubbish for anyone with confirmed or possible Coronavirus or if you are self-isolating (COVID-19):

  • Double bag all waste that contains tissues
  • Do not put it out for collection for at least 72 hours

Double bag: Personal waste (such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloth) should be stored separately to other waste, put in a smaller plastic waste bag and then put into a second bag. This should be tied and kept separate from other waste in the room/s in which you are self-isolating. You can then place these into your black sack for collection.

Keep aside for at least 72 hours: Do not put it out for collection for at least 3 days. As an example, if you have filled/tied a bag on a Monday and your collection is due on a Thursday, that bag can be put out for collection on Thursday morning. However, if you have filled/tied a bag on a Monday and your collection is due on a Wednesday, you would need to hold onto that bag until your next collection day


Hampshire County Council Information: https://www.hants.gov.uk/socialcareandhealth/coronavirus


Support for vulnerable people in Hampshire can find details of support during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Central Government: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

For the latest NHS advice see: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

Trading Standards have reported scammers tempting people to click on email links or open email attachments sent from people they don’t know — this time using Coronavirus information to tempt them. Never click on a link or open an attachment sent from people you don’t know and stay safe!

LOCAL CLOSURES (please note this list is not exhaustive)

Fordingbridge Information Office and Town Council are now closed.

All staff will be working from home and will deal with telephone and email enquiries.

Tel: 01425 654560
Email: information@fordingbridge.gov.uk

The Skate Park and all Play Areas are now closed.

The Riverside Kiosk is closed.

All public toilets are closed.

Fordingbridge library is now closed. The Community Fridge has moved from the library to The Branch, High Street, Fordingbridge.

The Recycling Shed outside St Mary’s church hall is now closed. Please either hold onto your recycling or dispose of it in your household waste. DO NOT leave it outside the shed. The Gourmet Grocer will NOT be accepting crisp packets for recycling for the time being.

New Forest Car Parks are closed.

New Forest Camp Sites are closed

New Forest National Park Authority has closed their campsites:  https://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/news/coronavirus-update/

Camping in the Forest campsites are also closed: https://www.campingintheforest.co.uk/blog/health-and-safety/coronavirus

LOCAL EVENTS CANCELLATIONS (please note this list is not exhaustive)

Sunday 3rd May – 25th Fordingbridge Fire Station 10K Road Race – CANCELLED

Friday 8th May - VE Day Party in the Park – CANCELLED