• A care home in Lymington where you can continue to live independently

    A care home in Lymington where you can continue to live independently...

    ... in a beautiful environment, eating delicious meals (you don’t have to make yourself), doing the things you did before which you still want to do, making new friends and trying new activities...

    Court Lodge Colten Care home in LymingtonIt really is time to reconsider previously held assumptions about care home living, many fostered upon us by the media. The negatives don’t apply to modern professionally run care homes like Colten Care’s, and a visit to Court Lodge in Lymington reinforced so many of the positives that we must share them with you in case you’re considering – perhaps dreading – taking what seems such a final step.

    Court Lodge Residential Care Home Lymington

    Put simply, this is a home from home, run and managed by a lovely team of professional friendly staff, and the emphasis is totally upon you, your needs, and how you want to live your life. Some of it is hard to explain in words and really has to be experienced which is why it can be so valuable to take a short break and experience it for yourself. But even a short visit will enable you to get a sense of this lovely home and what it might be like to live there

    A haven of tranquility and a leisurely and leafy home from home

    Court Lodge Colten Care home in LymingtonThe building is a quadrangle with a lovely feeling of indoors and outdoors mingling together: the main rooms on the ground floor and the well appointed single bedrooms above look out on to a beautiful leafy central courtyard garden bursting with greenery and colour, with plenty of seating in both sun and shade.

    Residents are actively encouraged to maintain their previous interests and live as independently as they wish thanks to the support of a remarkable team of professional staff. Everybody lives together in peaceful harmony coming together for meals and activities they wish to share but living independently.

    Close to Woodside Gardens and a comfortable walk from the centre of Lymington

    Court Lodge is situated in a quiet residential area off Ridgeway Lane close to Woodside Gardens and a comfortable walk from Lymington town centre, the Quay and the Marinas – and it really does feel close to all the facilities and amenities of Lymington.

    Court Lodge care home in LymingtonOpen doors yet feels very private, safe and secure 

    The building was carefully modernised from a private residence and from the moment you set foot in the door has a welcoming and homely feel. Greeted by Home Manager Sam and her team you feel distinctly at home and nothing seems too much trouble. On the day we visited Activities Coordinator Julia welcomed us with an enormous smile and immediately whisked us off on a tour of the home greeting residents as we met them along the way.

    A happy and relaxed atmosphere

    From the moment you step inside Court Lodge you get a sense of the bonding between staff and residents. Even in a heatwave in the middle of a power cut which had affected the local area everybody seemed chilled! Hot lunch had been calmly switched to sandwiches and a generator had already arrived and was being set up.

    Colten Care’s longest serving employee Margaret celebrated her 70th birthday recently.

    This YouTube film shows Margaret a few years ago talking about how she loves her job, which includes chatting with residents who stay in their rooms brightening their days while she cleans and tidies for them! 

    Do whatever you want to do

    Colten Care resident gardeningA day at Court Lodge can be as similar as a day in your own home as you want it to be. And whatever you used to enjoying doing when you lived in your own home, you can continue to do if you wish.

    A typical day begins with getting up at whatever time suits you with a choice of breakfast to suit your mood and appetite in bed, pyjamas, or dressed for the day in the dining room enjoying the view out to the beautiful garden.

    Then there are lots of activities and outings organised by the staff in which you’re welcome to take part if you’d like to. Many new arrivals make new friends with people they’ve just met and take up new activities together. Some of the men especially like to sit together at lunch and chat about those subjects which have always interested them. But if you prefer to take yourself out alone or with other friends or relatives on foot or wheels that’s fine too. And if you prefer to stay in your room that’s fine too. It’s all about you spending your time in the way you like best.

    Live the life you want to live

    Court lodge thailand bbq proved popular with residents in 2016Before he moved to Court Lodge, John swam daily at the Leisure Centre – which became conveniently just a short walk from his “new” home so he was able to continue as if nothing had changed!

    Joan had always wanted to go on a balloon ride and with Julia’s help was able to realise her dream. She had also been a keen cyclist and fancied getting on a bike when Colten Care homes were raising money for Children in Need – so aged well over 100 she duly did her stint on the exercise bike.

    If you’re a sailor, or a golfer, or a bird spotter, whatever your calling if you want to keep on doing it, you can! And if you want to do something but mobility issues are making it harder than it used to be, the staff will do their utmost to make it happen – often it’s simply a case of providing a little support.

    As Sam says: “We hope our residents will stay as independent as possible for as long as possible! Whatever you like to do at home you should be able to just carry on doing here. If you don’t want to get up until 11 that’s fine by us. If you want to eat in the middle of the night you can – there’s always somebody on hand to get you a snack or a sandwich.”

    Stay local and close to your friends

    Colten Care homes provide reassuranceIf you’ve been living in or near Lymington for some time and have lots of local friends but know the time has come, Court Lodge is about as close to your own home in spirit as you could get, but with none of the chores!

    Leave loneliness behind and make new friends

    It’s often a wonderful discovery that the loneliness and tedium of living alone become history when you move to Court Lodge.

    Try before you buy

    Moving out of your own home is an enormous decision, it would be nice to test it!

    A short stay at Court Lodge is the ideal way to see what it’s like to live there, and whether you like it. Two separate ladies recently came for a two weeks short stay, one stayed for six weeks and the other for eight! Both are now planning to move in long term. Another lady had a short respite stay at Court Lodge: three times her daughter came to collect her, each time  she declared said she wanted to stay longer!

    Take a look at the Court Lodge website and if you’d like to visit just contact Sam!

    And more information can be found by clicking on the links below:

    More about Court Lodge 

    Short breaks and respite at Colten Care homesShort breaks and respite at Colten Care homes 

    Local Colten Care homes

  • Announcing the winner of the JoJo Maman Bébé competition

    Announcing the winner of our JoJo Maman Bébé competition

    Woodside Gardens is the best place for children in Lymington.

    ali lansley woodside gardensLast week our flash summer competition asked you where is the best place for children in Lymington.

    The beautiful Woodside Gardens was the most chosen place - and we're not surprised! With it's fairies, space to kick a ball or have a picnic, playground, skatepark and sports areas it is perfect for all ages! 

    Also suggested was Salterns Sailing Club, Lymington Seawater Baths, feeding the ducks at the Town Quay, Lymington's new JoJo Maman Bébé shop, Lymington Health & Leisure, walking along the sea wall, our local beaches, the shell souvenir shop, New Forest Icecream Parlour and even 'Grandma and Grandpa's house'!

    Thank you to everyone who entered our competition on Facebook and by email.

    The winner of the competition is: Kirsty Horne

    Kirsty wins a £50 voucher to spend in Lymington's new JoJo Maman Bébé store on the High Street. Congratulations!


    (and thanks to Ali Lansley for the great photo of the tulips at Woodside) 

    Win a £50 voucher for Lymington's new JoJo Maman Bébé!

    Where is the best place for children in Lymington?

    Sun safe clothing at JoJo Maman Bebe Lymington


    We've teamed up with Lymington's new JoJo Maman Bébé to bring you a flash summer competition! Tell us where you think is the best place for children in Lymington. The winner will receive a £50 JoJo Maman Bébé gift voucher!

    Fire engine walker from JoJo Maman Bebe

    Where is great for children in Lymington?

    Is it a particular local playground?

    Or playing on the inflatables at the Seawater Baths?

    Perhaps jumping in puddles in the New Forest?

    Crabbing off the town quay?

    Or maybe checking out the gorgeous toys and clothes in Lymington's new JoJo Maman Bébé?! 


    Gift card for £50 to be won at Lymington's JoJo Maman BebeTo enter our Facebook Competition, go to's Facebook page (Lymington Hampshire) and find the post with this competition.

    • LIKE the Lymington Hampshire Facebook page and
    • TAG a friend who might also like to enter the competition and 
    • WRITE in the Comments where you think the best place is for children in Lymington.

    Deadline: midnight on Saturday 1st July 2017.

    We will select the winner at random and announce on Sunday 2nd July 2017.


    NB: If you are not on Facebook and would like to enter the competition, email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by midnight on Saturday 1st July 2017.


    JoJo Maman Bebe opening in Lymington 23 June 2017

    Exciting new arrival will delight those with new arrivals!

    JoJo Maman Bebe rouched vest maternity wear In 1993 when fashion choices for expectant mothers were hard to find, Laura Tenison, Founder of JoJo Maman Bébé decided a revolution in maternity fashion was needed. So, from beginning as a one woman start up, Laura worked tirelessly to bring JoJo Maman Bébé to life. Inspiration from Laura’s time living in Brittany, France, can still be seen in the nautical designs and 25 years on, there are now 80 JoJo stores across the UK and Ireland, with many more in the pipeline.

    JoJo’s latest boutique is opening on Friday 23rd June at 127-128 High Street, Lymington

    There will be lots of exciting activity to celebrate the opening of the new shop - JoJo will be giving away goody bags to the first 100 customers who spend in store on the day and will also be giving away hop along bunny balloons throughout the opening weekend.

    JoJo Maman Bebe baby clothing Little elephantLymington’s thriving town centre is the perfect spot for parents to enjoy visiting this lovely store, complete with facilities including a baby changing room and customer WC, nursing chair and children’s colouring corner. There is also a gorgeous maternity section where pregnant customers are welcome to take their time trying on the exclusive maternity range and take advantage of the free maternity bra fitting. JoJo’s store teams are given in-depth training at the head office and understand the needs of pregnant women and new parents. 

    The team at JoJo Lymington are looking forward to seeing you in store soon!

    jojo maman bebe logoJoJo Maman Bébé
    127-128 High Street
    SO41 9AQ

  • Autumn Half Term in and around Lymington

    Autumn Half Term in and around Lymington and the New Forest

    Leaf boat - looking for something to do in Autumn Half Term

    There are lots of exciting things happening locally over the October half term week.

    Here is a your guide of things to do with the children in and around Lymington and the New Forest. Take a look also at our Fun Days Out feature if you're looking to venture slightly further afield. For those having to juggle work with school holidays, we have information about Holiday Childcare and Activity Camps.

    To see what's on day by day, take a look at our What's On section which details events in and around Lymington. Remember, if you're organising a local event then add your event in the calendar for free! (see How to add your event).


    There are simply loads of exciting things happening in and around Lymington, the New Forest and surrounding areas this half term! Here is a roundup of things to do with the kids, family days out and of course ideas for childcare for those needing cover whilst they work...


    Things to do in and around Lymington

    • finding doryLymington Sea Water Bathshave a range of 90 minute activity sessions throughout the half term week, including 80m inflatable obstacle course, zorbing, paddle boarding, kayaking, climbing and their new hot tubs! Booking essential: 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm sessions available. Participants must be competent swimmers and aged 7+. Wetsuit hire available.
    • swallows and amazonsLymington Cinema at The Lymington Centre will be showing Swallows and Amazons on 21, 22, 25, 26 October and Finding Dory on 24, 25, 27, 28 October. Bridget Jones's Baby arrives for the 28, 29 October.
    • Why not try a Lymington Town Tour? Courts and Alleyways on Sunday 30 at 11am.
    • Lymington Tennis Club has holiday coaching sessions on during half term week - see website for full details.
    • Walhampton Golf Course has a Halloween Golf Day on 27 October.
    • Fun Time swims at Lymington Health & Leisure. Floats, toys, watering cans, woggles, the pools are packed full of fun. Children under 8yrs must be accompanied in the pool at all times by an adult (18yrs+). Normal pool admission policies apply. Monday & Friday 1.45pm - 2.45pm, Wednesday 10.30am - 11.30am
    • 4-7 year olds will adore the Frozen dance workshop at Brockenhurst Village Hall on 22 October, whilst 7-13 year olds can take part in the Thriller Live Workshop.


    Fun in the New Forest

    • NF walking festivalNew Forest Walking Festival continues throughout half term - look online to discover the vast range of guided walks planned, from history hikes to wildlife walks and family adventures.
    • Check out Awesome Autumn at Bolderwood. All week from 10.30 - 4pm, trails and crafts about autumn wildlife. Free activity, no need to book. Dogs welcome.
    • Try a Woodland Adventure Day with New Forest Activities.
    • New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst has October Half Term Family Discovery Days from 10am to 4pm, with themed trails, quizzes and craft activities for all the family on Tuesday 25 and Thursday 27 October.
    • Wood Fair at the Countryside Education Trust on Wednesday 26 October from 11am to 3pm. Robin Hood themed activities for children, story telling, woodland craft demonstrations, apple pressing, vintage tractors and forestry machinery, guess the weight of the pumpkin, fancy dress competition and much more.
    • Big Owls Nature Club is on at the Countryside Education Trust for 4-6 year olds on Friday 28 October.
    • At Lepe Country Park, Wildplay Wander, Covert Operations and Lepe in the Dark (a great alternative to Halloween!)


    elephants milk bottlesGet crafty!

    • Need a pumpkin? Pop along and choose your own at Goodall's, who will be open all half term!
    • Try out pyrography in Lymington on Saturday 22 October with Graham Turner at a special supervised workshop
    • Have a go at pumpkin lantern carving at the New Forest Centre on 28 and 29 October. £5 per session. Bookable sessions and drop in sessions available.
    • There is also a family pumpkin carving day at the Red House Museum in Christchurch. £5 per session. 
    • Make an elephant to go on display at an Enormous Elephant Art Exhibition. Bring your elephants along to Lyndhurst Community Centre on Friday 28 or Saturday 29 October, judging and prizes will take place on Sunday 30 October at 3pm.


    Get Spooky!

    • halloween new forest activities

      New Forest Activities’ Infected Halloween Battle.As if the games weren't intense enough the two hours are now a fun-fuelled escape from the rabid soldiers of a bad science experiment. Fancy dress welcomed and Halloween treats on arrival. 24, 26, 28 October 18:00. Age 8+ to adult.
    • New Forest Activities are holding Spooky Halloween Canoeing Tours this half term. Dress in your spookiest costume and join our canoeing trip at dusk along the Beaulieu River to Bucklers Hard and riverside walk back. With spooky tales along the way and Halloween treats on arrival. 26 and 28 October 6pm – 8pm.


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    Firework Displays

     Take a look at our guide to firework displays in Lymington and the New Forest.


    Do you know of any other interesting events or activities happening in and around Lymington this half term? Contact us so that we can add to our list!



  • Dementia Friends Information

    Dementia Friends Information Sessions

    People with dementia don’t just lose their memories; they can also lose their friends. This is because people with dementia can start to behave differently. And sometimes those friends might not understand or know how to react.  However, it is possible to live well with dementia, especially with the support of friends. No matter how big, or how small, every action counts.  That’s because people with dementia need friends more than ever.

    Dementia Friends BadgeThat’s why the Department of Health has committed to creating one million Dementia Friends, who will help people with dementia to live well for longer.  The Lymington Dementia Action Group has trained Dementia Friend Champions who provide one-hour information sessions to businesses, organisations and individuals within Lymington

    Anybody can become a friend. It’s as simple as just understanding a bit more about dementia. We will give you helpful tips and small ideas to help you support the people you know with dementia and their carers.  Plus, you will even get a free badge :-)

    To find out about booking your own session (for example if you are a business wanting to train your staff) please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will endeavour to meet your preferred date, time and venue.

    For more information about the Friends sessions please watch the below video: 

    The following schools have information sessions run for the pupils to raise awareness of dementia amongst children:

    • Lymington Junior School
    • Milford on Sea Primary
    • New Milton Junior School
    • Our Lady and St Joseph Catholic Primary School
    • Priestlands Comprehensive School (Year 10 PSHE students)
    • Pennington Juniors School
    • Pennington Infants School

    To find out more about the national Dementia Friends programme or how to become a Champion so you can run your own information sessions then visit the following website:


  • Dementia Home

    Dementia Matters 

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    Couple worried about dementia

    Dementia Update - July 2017

    • Dementia is a  "Glorious Opportunity" - uplifting words and advice for all from Dr Jennifer Bute who herself has Alzheimers 


    Worried about dementia?

    Dementia is not a normal part of ageing and is not confined to the elderly. The term dementia describes a set of symptoms that occur when the brain is damaged by certain diseases, such as Alzhimers or a series or small strokes. Find out more about dementia.

    Dementia friendly events

    Dementia friendly organisations

    Lymington Dementia Action Group

    The Lymington Dementia Action Group (LDAG) is a group of volunteers based in and near Lymington. It was formed initially as part of a national initiative to encourage communities to recognise that the increasing number of people living with dementia and their carers need our understanding and support. Learn more about LDAG.

    Dementia friendly Lymington

    Events organised in Lymington and surrounding areas by LDAG and other local organisations, including music events, sports events, tea dances and Dementia Friends meetings. Find out what's on in our Events Calendar.

    A number of shops, places and organisations in Lymington are now 'dementia friendly' - for details, see Dementia friendly Lymington

    Find dementia help and support

    If you’re worried about possible dementia symptoms, or if a loved one has been diagnosed with dementia and you need support or information about local facilities available, click here.

    Whatever your needs or concerns about dementia, Lymington Dementia Action Group will try to point you in the right direction to get more information, advice or support. The team would also be interested in hearing your comments, suggestions or experiences related to dementia services and facilities in the area. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Find below articles relating to dementia in Lymington.

    Quiz boosts Dementia Action

    Team members from five New Forest care homes went into battle for a ‘fiercely competitive but fun’ quiz in aid of the Lymington Dementia Action Group. Read more.

    Tea Dance Delight

    On Saturday 6th May 2017, people in our local community living with dementia, together with their families and carers, attended Lymington Dementia Action Groups 4th Tea Dance. Held at the Lymington Centre from 2-4pm, guests enjoyed tea and cakes supplied by Colten Care, on vintage bone china which had been supplied very generously by Jane Rowlatt. The fabulous entertainment, which got everybody singing and dancing, was provided by Retro Rita, who sang a selection of songs from the 40's and 50's. The event was attended by over 62 people and thanks also goes to members of the Lymington Lions Club for their continued help and support on the day.

    LDAG trip to Exbury Gardens

    Lymington Dementia Action Group are organising an Exbury trip for June, with picnic (weather pending!) and train rides on the steam railway. Date to be confirmed - check back here for more details soon!

  • Gunpowder, treason & plot! Firework displays in and around Lymington

    Gunpowder, treason & plot! Firework displays in and around Lymington.

    Bonfire night in Lymington and the New Forest.

     A5 fireworks flier AW 2015

    east boldre fireworksLymington Rotary firework display is on Saturday 5 November from 6pm at Pennington Recreation Ground in Lodge Road. Fireworks 7.30pm. Adults £5, children 4-16 £2. Under 4s go free. Free parking on Pennington Common.


    Bonfire night party at the East Boldre Old School Fields on Saturday 5 November. Starts at 6pm, fireworks at 6.30pm. BBQ, tea, cake and lots of other lovely treats. Perfect for little kids and the big kids too! Free entry but donations welcome. Lots of Lymington folk came along to this display last year - East Boldre were delighted and hope it'll happen’s such a lovely traditional event like a kind of throwback to family bonfire parties of olden days...



    Firework displays leading up to bonfire night


    brock fireworkssway fireworksFriday 4 November at St Luke's School in Sway from 5pm (fireworks start at 6pm) - tickets £4 per person (£3 in purchased in advance) with pre schoolers going free. This is usually an excellent display, set to music and raises funds for the school.


    Brockenhurst village fireworks are on Saturday 22 October at Brockenhurst Football Club in Grigg Lane. The event starts at 6pm with firework display at 7pm. Tickets required: £6 adults, £3 children and seniors. Family tickets also available.


    Beaulieu Fireworks Spectacular is on 29 October this year. With a Music from the Movies theme, visitors are encouraged to come dressed as their favourite movie character for a chance to win a prize. Fireworks (approx) 7.30pm. Admission with Fireworks tickets from 3:00pm. Adult tickets £13.80, child tickets (5-17) £8.30. Family tickets available.


    Also on 29 October is the firework display at Fawcett Field in New Milton - the 52nd display organised by New Milton Round Table in aid of local charities. Gates open 6pm, fireworks at 7pm.


    Remember the safety code if planning fireworks at home!

    If you are planning a firework display at home, remember the RoSPA Firework Safety Code:


    1. Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable

    2. Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time

    3. Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary

    4. Light the firework at arm's length with a taper and stand well back

    5. Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks

    6. Never return to a firework once it has been lit

    7. Don't put fireworks in pockets and never throw them

    8. Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators

    9. Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire

    10. Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving


    fireworks 227383 1280Young people should watch and enjoy fireworks at a safe distance and follow the safety rules for using sparklers. Only adults should deal with firework displays and the lighting of fireworks. They should also take care of the safe disposal of fireworks once they have been used.


    With some firework displays overlapping with Halloween this year, be especially careful with - or avoid - the combination of fancy dress and sparklers or bonfires. For more information on how to keep safe, visit








  • H.R.H The Princess Royal opens the new pontoons at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club

    A Royal Visit to Lymington, on HM The Queen's 90th Birthday

    The Patron of the Royal Lymington Yacht Club, HRH The Princess Royal officially opened the Club’s new pontoon complex on Thursday 21st April 2016. 

    HRH5The Queen's 90th Birthday became a very special treat for young Lymington sailors given time out of school to meet Princess Anne, who for long has especially supported and encouraged youth sailing.


    Accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson, the Chairman of the NFDC Councillor Alison Hoare and the Mayor of Lymington, Club Member Councillor Michael White, HRH The Princess Royal was welcomed to Royal Lymington Yacht Club by the Commodore Dunlop Stewart. 


    HRH2“HRH The Princess Royal has been our patron for 36 years and thoroughly enjoys sailing, especially on the West coast of Scotland where she and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence keep their Rustler 44, Ballochbuie," said Clive Sparrow, Vice Commodore, Royal Lymington Yacht Club. "She is very supportive of the Club and its activities - in particular to promote youth sailing amongst the local community. Known to be a good sailor our Patron has enjoyed several opportunity to race on the Solent onboard a Club members’ boat.”



    The new pontoons have been built to the highest specification and include many innovative features including high-pressure hose facility, Wifi, and security cameras, which can be accessed by any approaching vessel to check space availability via a mobile phone app. The new pontoons represent a significant investment, wholly funded by the Club and its Members. The redesigned layout enables the Club to maximise the use of the waterfront available for the benefit of all Club Members, yacht and dinghy racing, training, junior sailing, cruising and visiting yachtsmen.

    “The new pontoons were built by Walcon Marine in three months at a cost of £0.3m which has been funded wholly by the Club and its members," said Clive Sparrow, Vice Commodore, Royal Lymington Yacht Club. "The previous structure was over 30 years old and beyond economic repair.  The modern redesign, which is some 1,500 sq. m., is able to provide berthing for up to 10 yachts, 20 ribs and 75 dinghies.  



    We have been able to maximise the waterfront space available which benefits not only our 2,400 Club members but offers more berthing space to visiting yachtsmen throughout the racing and cruising season. We have also set aside additional space on the new pontoon for local young people learning to sail with the Club’s community youth training programme, Wednesday Junior Sailing. "


    To celebrate the occasion there was a sail past of boats representing all areas from cruising and racing to the Club’s workboats. The Princess Royal toured the pontoons and met with many of the Club’s sailors as well as local junior sailors representing Wednesday Junior Sailing, which has been training children from local schools for over 30 years, and is supported by the Club. After talking with some of the many Members present Her Royal Highness unveiled a commemorative plaque.



    Dinghy sailor and RLymYC member George Richards (aged 15) was selected to present a posy to HRH Princess Royal. “I’ve been sailing since I was seven and have been a member of the RLymYC for the last couple of years. I love being able to sail my Feva on the Solent and I am quite competitive. I was a bit nervous in the run up to actually presenting the posy to Princess Anne but because she is a sailor and has been the Club’s Patron for 36 years she knows a lot of members and was very relaxed. She gave me a big smile and said thank you when I handed over the flowers."


    Recently selected to represent Great Britain in the 2016 Ladies 420 World Championships and U17 Junior Europeans Vita Heathcote (aged 14) and Milly Boyle  (aged 15) were amongst a group of high achieving local young sailors who met HRH Princess Royal at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club on the Queens’s 90th birthday.  Said Vita:  “ Milly and I have both benefited from the Club’s training and facilities. The new larger pontoon which Princes Anne opened today creates a 100-m² platform for the dinghies used in the Club’s Wednesday Junior Sailing community programme.”


    HRH9The Wednesday Junior Sailing programme is widely acknowledged as a UK flagship community sailing scheme and has introduced thousands of local children to the joy of sailing.

    “It’s a real honour to be here meeting HRH The Princess Royal, particularly as it is the Queen’s birthday," shared RLymYC dinghy sailor, Freya Baddeley (aged 12), who was one of the 2015 Youth Week trophy winners at the event. "It’s great that she enjoys her sailing, just like so many people who live in Lymington and the New Forest. The new pontoon looks far easier to use than the previous one. I know that we will all make good use of it in the years to come!”


    "This year will be my fourth year taking part in Youth Week, when 150 youth sailors compete for five days on the Solent. Its great fun!" said Isabel Roche (aged 12). "My Mum and aunt used to sail in Youth Week and my Granny has been helping with Wednesday Junior Sailing for years - even my Great Grandparents sailed here - so it’s a bit of a tradition."



    The Royal Lymington Yacht Club is one of the largest clubs in the UK with a membership of 2,400 that includes many high profile sailors including America’s Cup Challenger and Olympic medallist Sir Ben Ainslie, six times world match racing champion Ian Williams and Olympic gold medallist Pippa Wilson. 


    The Club runs over 200 days of organised sailing events each year across a wide spectrum of activities. The Club’s keelboat sailors compete at national level and are regular prize winners at Cowes Week and in the Round the Island Race. An extremely active and adventurous Cruising Division results in the RLymYC burgee flown around the world by members cruising overseas. Many junior and youth sailors enjoy high quality coaching and training in nationally and internationally successful fleets of Optimists, 29ers, Teras, Lasers and 420s. The Club sets an exceptional standard of performance and development for young sailors within the sailing world and, many of its juniors are selected for RYA squads racing in World and European championships. 










  • Help Lymington care homes knit their way into the record book!

    Help Lymington care homes knit their way into the record book!

    Colten Care are attempting to knit the world's largest tea cosy and need your help

    Sew cosy!

    Colten Care home residents and Priestlands pupils knit squares for the record attemptColten Care are attempting to knit the world's largest tea cosy and are already a third of the way to knitting 3,000 8 x 8 inch squares. If successful, the eventual tea cosy will be bigger than a 4 x 4 family car once all the squares are put together.

    The current world record stands at 1,924 squares or 11.1 metres in circumference.

    Time for tea!

    Once they have knitted the tea cosy, the aim is to build a giant teapot in which tea parties can be held. The Colten Care team will then take it out on the road, to each of their homes and into the community with the aim of raising funds, and publicity, for Dementia UK.

    Colten Care is absolutely passionate about raising awareness of dementia which touches all our lives. Residents at several Colten Care homes are already taking part in the world record bid with relatives and the wider community also being encouraged to get involved, including Belmore Lodge and Court Lodge in Lymington.

    Now that the record attempt has been launched, Colten Care has two months to complete the tea cosy challenge and submit it to Guinness World Records.

    How can you help:

    Would you like to help the Colten Care residents to acheive their world record?  You can help by knitting some squares and dropping them off at your nearest Colten Care home. All squares should be 8 inches by 8 inches, no particular stitch or needle size.

    Any wool that you would like to donate would be greatly appreciated, again, please drop it to your nearest Colten Care Home.

    See below for details of your local Colten Care home.


    Colten Care operates six residential nursing and care homes in the local area, including three in Lymington: Belmore Lodge, Court Lodge and dementia specialist Linden House. There are also homes in Brockenhurst (Woodpecker's), New Milton (Kingfisher's) and Mudeford (Avon Reach). Click on the links to find out more about each home...

    Colten Care Belmore Lodge Lymington  Colten Care Court Lodge Lymington  Colten Care Linden House Lymington

    Colten Care's Avon Reach  Colten Care Kingfishers New Milton  Colten Care Woodpeckers Brockenhurst



  • Holiday childcare in and around Lymington


    Looking for childcare in Lymington over the holidays?

    School holidays are great! Except when you have to work.

    updated 6 July 2017


    girl and boy at childcareFinding things for the children to do whilst you are working can be a real chore. In a bid to try and make things slightly easier for you, here is a summary of holiday children that is usually on offer in and around Lymington.

    Do get in touch with us if you know of any other holiday childcare clubs that could help local parents juggle school holidays!


    Full day childcare

    • Freedom Childcare can help with overnight childcare, inset days, short-term, long-term, back-up, training days, shift patterns, respite care, weekends, evenings, school holidays, before and after school, nanny recruitment, supply care for preschools and nurseries and any other childcare requirements you may have.
    • Stay and Play at Lymington Junior School are open during the school holidays. Please contact Danielle on 07867 534398 or Karen on 07885 821234 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and to make a booking. See also
    • Milford School Holiday Club is open school holidays, from 8.30am to 3pm. Whole days or afternoons possible. Contact 01590 644684 for further information about the club. See also
    • Sway Playscheme returns again this summer: Bookings being taken for Summer Holidays for children aged 2-7 years from 27th July to 18th August (spaces limited).  Find out more.


    Children's holiday sports and activities in and around Lymington

    • Ballard School are holding Summer Holiday Camps which are open to everyone between the ages of 5 and 15 from 19th July to 25th August. There are a range of courses on offer including  a range of sport, dance, drama, music, crafts, skills and academics.  Find out more.
    • Lymington Tennis Club are running a Summer Holiday Tennis Club every day during the holidays from 8.30 to 4pm or 8.30am to 12pm. Kids sessions involve technical coaching, fun games, competitions and more. Please supply a pack lunch and drink for your child. Find out more.
    • New Milton Rugby Football Club's Summer Camp will be running from Monday 21st to Wednesday 23rd August. Participants do not need to be a member of NMRFC nor do they need to have played rugby before. Find out more.
    • New Forest Hockey Club are running a summer hockey camp on 14th, 15th and 16th August in Lymington at the astroturf. For 7-15 year olds, beginners to experienced. Find out more.
    • Lymington Cricket Club are running a summer camp on Tuesday 22nd, Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th August at their sports ground in Lymington.  Full days 9am-3pm or half days. Find out more.
    • There is also a summer cricket camp at Pylewell Park with Andy Harris on 1st, 2nd and 3rd August. Find out more.
    • New Forest Academy of Dance are running a summer school from 31st July to 3rd August. Find out more.
    • Rising Star Academy are running 3 days of workshops - sing and dance - from 26th-28th July. Find out more.

    Activity days near Lymington for children

    • New Forest Activities are holding Holiday Adventure Days at Hartford Woods on 6th, 9th, 16th and 22nd August. If you cannot make these dates then New Forest Activities are willing to put on extra Holiday Adventure Days for 4 or more children (If you have a group of 4 or more give them a call, or for 1-3 children register your interest for another date via the website). Two age groups (8-12 and 12-14) are at the same site but their activities will be separate. A full day of activities from 9am to 5pm. Learn new skills, make new friends and have fun in the stunning New Forest. Day includes bushcraft skills such as foraging and shelter building, target archery and high or low ropes depending on age. All equipment will be provided. Packed lunch & drinks will be required but water top ups available all day. Find out more.
    • Calshot have a range of Activity Days for the holidays - choose from skiing, snowboarding, track cycling, canoeing, archery, climbing, skiing and windsurfing - and much more! 
    • Hengistbury Outdoor Centre have a range of multi-activity days and watersports courses available.
    • Avon Tyrrell have fun days and half-days for children aged 5+. 


    If you are running school holiday childcare and/or activity days that could help parents juggle work and holidays, and would like to be featured in this article, please get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Learning to sail in Lymington

    Learning to Sail in Lymington

    Lymington offers many opportunities for young people to learn to sail.

    Without a doubt, Lymington is one of the best places to learn to sail as a child. There are five different yacht and sailing clubs, all with a variety of different settings, which can offer you boat loads of opportunities (Did you sea what I did there? Seariously, did you? Are you shore? Shell I stop now?).

    Sailing Lymington Youth week 2016Royal Lymington Yacht Club

    Probably the first experience for many young sailors in Lymington, 'Wednesday Junior Sailing' (WJS) is organised every week from April to September by volunteers (many of whom are members of RLymYC). There are two sessions, 2-4pm and 4-6pm. Wednesday Junior Sailing offers children the opportunity to get to grips with handling the tide while in a safe and protected environment. Boats are plentiful - Oppies, Teras, Scows, RS Visions and rowing boats. There are also opportunities to go powerboating! All in all, a very social environment which is popular among many local children.

    Wednesday Sailing costs just £1 per session (and that includes a hot chocolate and a doughnut!) To participate, children need to be registered and simply go down and queue to take part. Each registered child works their way through a series of different 'cards' (regardless of prior experience). Each week the number of children admitted to WJS varies, according to the number of volunteer instructors present. This means that some weeks you may be disappointed - don't worry though, if you don't get in then you're put on a list to get in first the next week. Find out more about Wednesday Junior Sailing.

    Sailing RS Teras Lymington Youth Week 2016Once more experienced at sailing, Monday Night Racing is a great opportunity to practice your skills in a real racing environment, you’ll be in the fleet for your handicap, but you’ll also get the opportunity to watch other handicaps racing.

    The Royal Lymington Yacht Club also has many classes, for both racing and training. These include Optimists, RS Teras, Laser 4.7/Radial, RS Fevas, 29ers, 240s. The coaches are superb and highly experienced (including world champions and Olympic champions!) - and fun is guaranteed.

    One of the highlights of the sailing year is the Royal Lymington Yacht Club Youth Week. It is a five-day sailing event in August, with races for four days and a fun day of racing on the fifth. With numerus fleets of different types of boat, there’s something for everyone - new to the sport or old. Children registered for WJS can apply to take part in Youth Week.

    Find out more about Junior sailing at RLymYC.


    Salterns Sailing Club

    Salterns Sailing Club LymingtonSalterns Sailing Club is a Swallows and Amazons paradise. Situated on an old salt lake Eight Acre Pond and surrounded by the Lymington-Keyhaven nature reserve (a site of special scientific interest), Salterns is the perfect place for young sailors. It is protected by the sea wall, the wind is rarely too high, there’s not much tide and the water is waist/chest deep (on adult - who do spend a lot of time in waders at first!!). Salterns Sailing Club is a club run by children, for children, with a Junior Committee to help out with the young ones (and a 'management committee of adults to supervise). Every event at the club is for children- so there’s a lot going on.

    Children start out in poly oppies. A highlight of the sailing year is Salterns Sailing Club’s annual Moppy Camp- with two a year over two days. There are 5 pennants - each with a different objective, which are perfect for developing your sailing knowledge and experience. There are also Mini Moppy Camps at various times of year for younger children, great for learning to sail. There are lots of fun events throughout the year, including at Halloween and Easter.

    For more experienced sailors, Bronze Fleet on a Sunday morning offers racing training and there is also an RS Tera and British Moth racing series. Charity events include Bart’s Bash, Children in Need and the Salterns Scramble for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust. 

    Many local primary schools have links with Salterns Sailing Club and organise (parent run) after school clubs during the summer clubs. 

    Find out more about Salterns Sailing Club, including details of the waiting list.


    Lymington Town Sailing Club

    Situated next to the Royal Lymington Yacht Club and the RNLI Station, Lymington Town Sailing Club overlooks Lymington River and the Sea Water Baths. The club has a reciprocal aggrement with Salterns Sailing Club which enables unexperienced children to learn to sail there on a Saturday morning. 

    Saturday Sailing takes place on most Saturdays from April to October, with supervised sailing, this includes simple racing to introduce members to dinghy racing in a low key environment and relaxed but supervised sailing in the local marshes and Western Solent. Junior dinghy racing happens on scheduled dates throughout the summer, with races are held in the more protected environment in the mouth of the river and provide an introduction to competive dinghy sailing within their own peer group. Dinghies are launched at the slipway between LTSC and RLymYC. 

    Find out more about Junior Sailing at LTSC.


    Keyhaven Yacht Club

    Situated in Keyhaven, near Milford on Sea, Keyhaven Yacht Club’s junior and youth events are organised mostly by the children and the parents. The club provides an safe and friendly environment for an introduction to sailing. With amazing facilities and supportive instructors, Keyhaven is an amazing, social place to start your sailing experience. Junior and youth sessions are run on Saturday and Thursday evenings, organised and run by the parents of the youngsters taking part. There are 12 club boats to use free of charge.

    Find out more about Keyhaven Yacht Club.


    Hurst Castle Sailing Club

    Situated next to Keyhaven Yacht Club, Hurst Castle Sailing Club runs a programme of training for junior members during the summer and the sailing season, all lead by RYA instructors/parents. Sailing is mostly along Keyhaven River, which is protected from the open sea by a long shingle spit, at the tip of which is Hurst Castle. 

    Find out more about HCSC.

    Lymington Youth Week 2016 Rlymyc


  • Local Jobs

    Jobs in Lymington and the New Forest

    Situations vacant and wanted - permanent and temporary positions

    Advertising on our local jobs page is one of the many membership benefits of for local businesses - more details here...
    If you would like to advertise a job please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Vacancy: Front of House - Royal Oak, Downton

    Vacancy: Grill Chef - Royal Oak, Downton

    Vacancy: Waiter / Waitress - Royal Oak, Downton

    Date: 20 July 2017

    The Royal Oak in Downton are looking for someone with a happy smiling face, great customer service skills and Front of House experience, to join their great team.
    They are also looking a full time waitress or waiter and have a vacancy also for a Grill Chef.
    Immediate start.

    If you think you have the experience that is needed for any of these positions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your CV, alternatively bring your CV in and they can set up a time for an interview.


    Two great jobs at the Thatched Cottage Hotel Brockenhurst

    Date:  7 July 2017

    Gin Bar Specialist

    The Thatched Cottage Hotel in Brockenhurst is recruiting for a flexible, enthusiastic and experienced bartender/mixologist to join our team and run our specialist Gin Bar! You need to be able to work alone and as part of a team. Shift pattern includes weekends and evenings.With fantastic customer service skills and a good knowledge of gin, the successful candidate will be able to exceed our guests’ needs and expectations.


    • Interact with guests, take orders and serve drinks, assess guests’ needs and preferences and make recommendations
    • Mix ingredients to prepare cocktail
    • Restock and replenish bar inventory
    • Stay guest focused and maintain an excellent guest experience
    • Comply with all food and beverage regulations
    • Check guests’ identification and confirm it meets legal drinking age

    The successful candidate will have experience as a bartender, essential knowledge of mixing, garnishing and serving gin, will have excellent communication skills in English, a positive and enthusiastic attitude and will be able to keep the bar organised, stocked and clean.


    • Salary depending on experience
    • Live in accommodation may be available. Free uniform and meals on duty
    • Opportunities for training and development

    Applications by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Breakfast Chef

    The Thatched Cottage Hotel has a great reputation for offering our guests a wonderful breakfast! This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, hardworking individual to join our team. This role is perfect for someone new to the industry and offers structured hours, only in the morning, allowing for other part-time employment or study.

    The successful candidate will have a good understanding of basic techniques and a willingness to learn, will show a desire to develop your skills, as well as to show creativity and passion in your work and will have  a friendly and positive attitude. The successful candidate will be highly motivated, proactive and reliable, clean and tidy, conforming to all food and hygiene legislation and will have the ability to remain calm under pressure.

    Salary and benefits:

    • £240 per week. Hours: 7am to 11 am, 6 days a week. 28 days holiday per annum.
    • Free meals on duty & uniform included
    • Fantastic career development, training & opportunities
    • Convenient location for public transport, near Brockenhurst trains and buses

    Applications by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    Vacancies: Macdonald Elmers Court - Various full and part time positions (see below)

    Date: 6 July 2017

    Macdonald Elmers Court are looking for the following full & part time positions;

    • Breakfast Chef 
    • Kitchen Porters
    • Chefs of all levels
    • Housekeepers
    • Waiting staff
      In return we offer competitive rates of pay, use of our leisure facilities, discount on food & beverages, discounted hotel rooms within the group.
      If interested please send your cv to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or give us a call on 01590 646504

    Vacancy: Accounts Senior - New Forest Tax Accountants

    Date: 5 July 2017
    Busy local Tax Accountancy firm seeks Accounts Senior. Minimum requirement: qualified to AAT level 2 with experience of Xero. Responsibilities will include the preparation of final accounts and tax compliance for a mixture of sole traders and limited companies. Ideally you will be self motivated and meticulous, with excellent interpersonal skills.

    Salary will be dependent on hours and experience. Comprehensive benefits package.

    Please email your CV and a covering letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by post to Coronation House, 2 Queen Street, Lymington SO41 9NH 


    Vacancy: Macdonald Elmers Court - Food & Beverage Manager

    Date: 29 June 2017

    Food & Beverage Manager
    You will be responsible for Managing all Food and Beverage departments of the hotel, including the fine dining restaurant, casual restaurant, bar and functions including weddings.

    • Working closely to budgets and GP Levels
    • Rotas and stock management
    • You must have experience in a high quality or high volume hotel and good knowledge of P&L and costs
    • Excellent opportunities to progress within a successful hotel
    • A salary of up to £30k for the right candidate.
    • 5/7 days, to include evenings and weekends

    Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information about latest vacancies.

    Vacancy: Assistant Manager, Front of House - Royal Oak, Downton - VACANCY NOW FILLED

    Vacancy: Chef de Partie - Royal Oak, Downton - VACANCY NOW FILLED

    Date: 26 June 2017

    The Royal Oak in Downton near Lymington is recruiting:
    Assistant Manager (front of house).
    Chef de Partie to join our great team in the Kitchen.

    If you think you have the experience that is needed for either of these positions, please email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your CV, alternatively bring your CV in and we can set up a time for an interview.

    Vacancy: Booking Advisor - New Forest Cottages - VACANCY NOW FILLED.

    Date: 21 June 2017

    New Forest Cottages are seeking an enthusiastic, proactive and friendly booking advisor to join their great little team at our new High Street office in Lymington, responsible for administering and facilitating bookings for over 130 holiday properties across the New Forest. This is a full time role to include some Saturdays on a rota basis. Applicants need to be:

    • Organised with the ability to work on your own initiative.
    • A good communicator with a professional phone manner and excellent written correspondence.
    • Able to convert enquiries from all manner of platforms to confirmed bookings.
    • Able to liaise with clients and third parties to resolve problems and breakdowns.
    • Proficient working with Social Media and Windows including Word and Excel (this will be tested)
    • Ideally you will have experience in a customer facing role within an office environment. A full driving licence is essential.

    Please forward your CV and a short cover note to Trudie Russo: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    Vacancies at Elmers Court

    Date: 17 June 2017
    Elmers Court are seeking a number of positions, including housekeeping staff, chefs, waiting staff, spa staff. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information about latest vacancies.

    Vacancies:  Waiter/Waitresses and Kitchen Porter  

    Date: 18 May 2017

    La Perle Restaurant, Milford on Sea

    Waiter/ Waitress Required
    We are seeking someone to join our friendly front of house team on a Saturday, working lunch and evening service, some experience is essential.
    A meal will be provided.

    Kitchen Porter Required
    We are seeking someone to join our team as a kitchen porter, lunch times from Wednesdays to Saturdays. Training will be given and meals provided.

    If you are interested in either of these roles please contact Sam or Bonny on 01590 643557 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    Vacancy: No 11 The Salon

     Date: 18 May 2017

    No 11 The Salon are looking for apprentices. Ideal position for school/college leaver. Learn on the job and attend college once a week, you would need to be enthusiastic, reliable and have ambition in the hair industry. Start date flexible could even delay start till end of school year for the right candidate.

    Call Claire on 01590 678111 or send your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Vacancy: Grounds Maintenance Operative (temporary position)

    Date: 12 May 2017

    Temporary position

    Lymington and Pennington Town Council require a Grounds maintenance operative. Must have clean driving licence and Level 2 Diploma in work based horticulture (sports/turf groundsman) or equivalent.

    Immediate start.

    See website for job description and application form -


    Vacancy: Bar Person at the Royal Oak, Downton

    Date: 6 May 2017

    The Royal Oak, Downton are looking for an experienced Bar person. This is a part time position, Friday, Saturday nights and Sunday Lunch time, approximately 10 hours per week, Must have experience and a friendly and outgoing personality.

    Please contact Debbie at the Royal Oak for more details.

    Date:  12 April 2017

    Vacancies (2): Administration Officer and Economic Development Officer, New Forest District Council

    Following significant re-organisation the New Forest District Council is looking for two people to join the Economic Development Team, working on initiatives which support the local economy and promote the area’s economic interests.  NFDC offers a great place to work and a great team to work with. We believe that all employees make a valuable contribution to the work of the Council and that is why we encourage a trusting and open culture where each employee is supported and respected equally, ideas are actively sought and self-development promoted.

     Please see links below: 

    Administration Officer -closing date for applications 19 April 2017

    Economic Development Officer - closing date for applications 7 May 2017

    Date: 12 April 2017

    Vacancy: La Perle - Milford on Sea

    Are you a young person with a postive, can do attitude? We are looking for someone to join our enthusiastic team. No experience needed as training will be given. If you are that person or know someone perfect please call Sam or Bonny on 01590 643775 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Date:  10 April 2017

    Vacancy: Marketing Co-Ordinator, New Forest Activities

    New Forest Activities has an exciting opportunity for a budding marketeer to join our team, based in our friendly and busy office in Beaulieu High Street.

    We are looking for someone to help us to further develop the reach of New Forest Activities. You’ll communicate to both our existing clients and potential new ones, you’ll utilise both traditional and digital media to help people find fun in The New Forest.

    Applicants will have some experience of marketing, however self-motivation, care for others and a creative streak are more important to the greater scheme of things.
    For more information please download the Job Details here:

    Closing date for applications:  24 April 


    Date: 6 April 2017

    Vacancy: Part-time Market Supervisor

    A vacancy has arisen for a part-time Market Supervisor to support stallholders and ensure the smooth running of the famous Lymington Charter Market in the High Street on Saturdays.

    The Council operates a rota of supervisors and the incumbent will be required to work 14 hours over Friday evenings and Saturdays to an agreed timetable. The job involves some unsociable hours. Hourly rate of pay £10.94.

    Please click here to download a Job Application Form adobe icon Job Application Form [483kb] and Job Description adobe icon Market Supervisor Job Description [29kb]. If you would like more information, do not hesitate to contact the Council (tel: 02380 285893 / email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

    Applications should reach the Town Clerk by Friday 14th April 2017.


    Vacancy: Royal Oak in Downton

    The Royal Oak in Downton, near Lymington are looking for experienced waiting staff and a washer up. These positions are full time, seasonal with an immediate start.

    Please drop in with your CV to meet Debbie: The Royal Oak, Christchurch Road, Lymington SO41 OLA.

    All applicants must have previous experience.

    Find out more about the Royal Oak


    Date:  17 February 2017

    Vacancy: New Forest Nightstop Support Worker

    Community First New Forest is a friendly and dynamic Council for Voluntary Service and operates Nightstop, a service providing emergency overnight accommodation to homeless people in the New Forest through the homes of trained and approved volunteers.

    We are recruiting a dynamic and motivated individual to support the day to day work of the Nightstop service.

    £19,430 pro rata - £10,503 for 20 hours

    Fixed term contract to 31 March 18

    We are looking to recruit a dynamic and motivated individual with experience of working with volunteers, homeless people and related issues.

    You will have experience in and a commitment to working with volunteers and you will need to inspire and maintain positive, professional relationships with partner agencies for the service and its ongoing development.

    Working with New Forest Nightstop, the role will be office based at our Ringwood office but may occasionally involve travelling and working across the New Forest District.

    The successful candidate will have excellent communication and IT skills, a driving license and a flexible approach as some evening and weekend work may be required.

    Closing date: 12midday 10 March 2017
    Interview date: 17 March 2017

    This post requires an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check

    For an application pack please contact to Jacqui Pitcher, Community First New Forest,
    First Floor Offices 71 Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 1DH, Tel.01425 482773, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

    For more information about New Forest Nightstop visit

    We are an equal opportunities employer
    Registered Company No. 3483827
    Registered Charity No. 1068964

    Responsibilities will include the preparation of final accounts and tax compliance for a mixture of sole traders and limited companies. Ideally you will be self motivated and meticulous


  • Lymington Dementia Action Group

    Lymington Dementia Action Group

    Increasing awareness of dementia in the local community


    Lymington Dementia Action Group logo

    The Lymington Dementia Action Group (LDAG) is a group of volunteers based in and near Lymington who are helping the area to become 'dementia friendly'.

    We formed as part of a national initiative that encouraged communities to recognise that the increasing number of people living with dementia and their carers need our understanding and support. That by being more “aware”, we could all make small changes in our own behaviour which will help people with dementia to feel less confused and frightened, and carers to feel less alone caring.

    We spread the awareness of dementia in the community, developing “signposting” to help those affected to find the support they needed.

    And now we are focusing on the active organisation of events and activities which are of benefit to people with dementia and can at the same time provide some respite - and even fun - for their carers. Activities like art, listening to music and making music, sporting reminiscence and tea dances.


    Background to LDAG

    Lymington Dementia Action Group logo

    Against a background of increasing numbers of people with dementia and a growing army of relatives who had turned into carers, our original remit was to help Lymington and the surrounding area become 'dementia friendly'. We formed in response to the Prime Minister's challenge on dementia and have been awarded a grant by Hampshire County Council and are working alongside The Lymington & Pennington Town Council and New Forest District Council . We are part of the Hampshire Dementia Action Alliance and are inviting all relevant local organisations, charities and individuals to join us and help us achieve our objectives.  If you feel you would like to get involved or could help then please do This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    On 20 September 2014 Lymington was formally recognised as a "Dementia Friendly Town".  Now the work continues, to build on what has been achieved so far and to build a truly dementia friendly community to support the increasing number of people ranging from the elderly to the not so old at all, each trying to come to terms with a diagnosis of dementia and what it means for themselves and their loved ones, and where to get the most appropriate support.

    The thinking is that if we all understand better what dementia is, we can make small changes in our attitudes and behaviour, which in turn will make dementia less firghtening and more "normal" for those affected. Although there is as yet no cure for dementia, with the right support it is possible to live well with dementia. People with dementia can love better, for longer - and we all play our part in helping to make that happen.

    We can all help in different ways depending on our roles in the community - from medical people, to those running shops and cafes, to school children in town and visiting grandparents - all of us are likely to meet people with dementia in our daily lives.

    LDAG comprises a number of people from the caring professionals, but also others from backgrounds such as legal, retail and communication. We also work alongside the Alzheimer's Society and help to publicise that charity's many and varied efforts and activites in the fight to beat dementia for the future, and make it more torable for those already affected by it.


    Join the LDAG team!

    If you would like to join us (we meet on the second Tuesday of each month) or find out more please email our Chairman on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


    Worried about dementia, don't ignore it, click here for more information.


  • Lymington dentist receives national honour

    Community-minded Lymington Dentist receives national honour.

    British Citizen Award given to Dr Donald Mackenzie for services to the community

    A generous Hampshire dentist who has devoted more than three decades to his local community has been recognised with a national honour. Dr Donald Mackenzie, of Lymington, has been given a British Citizen Award for his services to the community.

    Dr Donald MackenzieThe British Citizen Awards (BCAs) were launched in January 2015, to recognise exceptional individuals who work tirelessly and selflessly to make a positive impact on society. BCAs are awarded twice annually, and recognise ‘everyday’ people whose achievements may otherwise be overlooked.

    Dr Mackenzie, aged 67, has been actively involved in promoting and supporting many organisations and helping safeguard the heritage of the town of Lymington since 1981.

    Whilst being a highly successful professional – a dental specialist in Prosthodontics – Dr Mackenzie has still found time to devote to causes which benefitted the community. He has undertaken several community roles and has numerous successes attributed to him.

    His first initiative was leading a major campaign to relaunch the Chamber of Commerce including designing and building their first website and database and helping to set them on a new more sustainable path.

    In addition, for the past 20 years he has volunteered with the Lymington Society freely giving his time, expertise and effort as an active member of the Lymington Society Committee.

    As its first Press Spokesman working with his colleagues he helped to revive the Society which grew from a membership of 130 to over 400. Dr Mackenzie was responsible for obtaining listed building status and thereby preventing the demolition of “The Masters House” a significant local building which stands on the site of the old work house, helping to preserve the history of the town.

    Working for the Lymington Society, Dr Mackenzie organised a petition and a public meeting which successfully persuaded the planners to stop overdevelopment of blocks of flats in the town and cut down on unsuitable over-development as well as further public meetings on important local issues.

    Through his determined efforts and commitment to the community he was responsible, with the help of a small committee for bringing Christmas Lights back to Lymington in 2008 after a break of several years having raised over £20,000 to ensure that new lights were purchased and that all the new safety rules and regulations were followed. Now taken over by the Town Council, these lights are still in use today ensuring the town has Christmas Lights to be proud of.

    He has been a significant donor to local charities St. Barbe Museum and the Solent Music Festival and has sponsored local sports clubs, and many cultural events

    As one of the Trustees he has been actively involved in the regeneration of the St. Barbe Museum, which saw him play an important role in raising £610,000 for the project. He has helped oversee the upgrading and enlarging of the museum, which will soon be reopened and will have a completely new museum display and be able to show a much bigger range of exhibitions as well as show works of national importance.

    walhampton monumentHe is currently Chairman of the project to restore the Walhampton Monument to Admiral Sir Harry Burrard Neale – Lord of the Admiralty. He has led the project from the start, working with colleagues to generate funds to landscape the land surrounding the monument so that instead of an overgrown wasteland there is now open community space which as well as having a new accessible foot path, will soon have a picturesque pond.

    Dr Mackenzie is known and respected in the community for passionately pursuing the public interest, fighting for what he believes in and getting things done. Against a backdrop of public sector financial uncertainty, Dr Mackenzie has used his economic, political, IT and negotiating skills to make a huge difference to this New Forest community. He has utilised the internet to connect the community and advance the communication of his causes and subsequent fundraising capability.

    At a time when many rural and coastal towns are suffering from a downturn in fortunes or the threat of over-development, Dr Mackenzie has helped various organisations steer a course which has seen the town maintain its heritage and improve its appeal to the community. His donations have benefitted the town and his sponsorships have benefitted local organisations.

    Dr Mackenzie is one of 30 medallists who will be honoured at a prestigious ceremony on July 6, at the Palace of Westminster. All BCA recipients have positively impact society undertaking various activities in support of a number of causes. Each will receive a Medal of Honour, inscribed with the words ‘For the Good of the Country’. Medallists are also invited to use the initials BCA after their name.

    Speaking about his nomination, Dr Mackenzie said: “I was thrilled to find out about the award. It’s great to get recognition for the projects that I have been involved in but their success is really down to the hard work of a lot of people, not just me, and I would like to share this honour with them.”

    The awards are in partnership with customer experience management company, InMoment, and are supported by the world’s largest optical retailer, Specsavers; one of the largest property and leisure management, development and regeneration companies in the UK, Places for People; leading ethical law firm Irwin Mitchell; the UK and Europe’s leading palletised freight distribution company, Pall-Ex, owned by BCAs Patron Hilary Devey; and specialist marketing, PR and communications agency, Lime Marketing – who each had representatives at the assessment day and will be presenting the awards in July.

    Dr Mackenzie was nominated for a BCA by MP Desmond Swayne, who said: “Dr Mackenzie has given freely of his time, expertise and effort and has donated generously to local charities. He is well-known and respected locally for his efforts on behalf of the community.”


  • Lymington landlords beware tax changes


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    Landlords To Let SignThe Summer Budget introduced a measure to restrict the amount of tax relief that landlords will be able to claim for finance costs on the purchase of residential properties.

    This surprise move by the Government is likely to seriously affect owners of let properties, of which there are a high number in Lymington, the New Forest and surrounding areas.

    From 6 April 2020 landlords will not be able to deduct ANY of their finance costs from their property income to arrive at their property profits. They will instead receive a basic rate reduction from their income tax liability for their finance costs. This will be phased in over 4 years from 6 April 2017.


    By way of example, this will work as follows:


    Interest paid... £10,000.
    Currently - this is allowable as a deduction in computing net profit from Property Letting on which income tax is computed.
    From 6 April 2020 – no interest cost is allowable in computing Property Letting income. Instead there will be an allowance against the total tax liability, at basic rate, currently 20%. Thus, total income tax liability will be computed and then an allowance given against the total liability of £10,000 @ 20% = £2,000

    Finance costs include mortgage interest, interest on loans to buy furnishings and fees incurred when taking out or repaying mortgages or loans. No relief is available for capital repayments of a mortgage or loan.

    This has further implications if that increases total income above the thresholds for Child Allowance and at £100,000 when personal allowances are withdrawn. , which is likely to entail a far higher tax bill than under the previous system.


    Landlords will be able to obtain relief as follows:

    • calculatorIn 2017-18 the deduction from property income (as is currently allowed) will be restricted to 75% of finance costs, with the remaining 25% being available as a basic rate tax allowance against the total Self- Assessment tax liability
    • In 2018-19, 50% finance costs deduction and 50% given as a tax allowance, at basic rate only
    • In 2019-20, 25% finance costs deduction and 75% given as a tax allowance, at basic rate only
    • From 2020-21 all financing costs incurred by a landlord will be given as a tax allowance, at basic rate only

    The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, to be delivered on 25th November, should put flesh on the bones of the changes announced in the Summer Budget. As the Government has a working majority, it is likely that most of the changes reported will become law in the near future. It is well worth keeping abreast of any developments in this area in case further changes or clarification is announced.

    We recommend that all affected readers undertake a review of their tax position from April 2016 so that they are aware of the financial impact on their personal disposable income. For more information and advice, please contact us to discuss or make an appointment - we offer all new clients a free initial consultation. Further information and tax news can also be found on our website, where you can sign up for our free monthly eNewsletter.


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  • Lymington scores with a new sports group for people with dementia

    Lymington scores with a new sports group for people with dementia.

    Local sports enthusiasts living with dementia can meet, remember and discuss favourite sporting memories.


    Remembering Sport: Lymington Dementia Action Group's new groupOn 20th July, the Lymington Dementia Action Group is launching a new dementia support group called 'Remembering Sports' at the Coates Centre. The Lymington Dementia Action Group is a community group launched in May 2014 run by volunteers to help raise dementia awareness and understanding in Lymington and surrounding areas. It is part of the Hampshire Dementia Action Alliance and to-date has created over 800 Dementia Friends.

    The Alzheimer’s Society previously ran sports reminiscence groups out of the Lymington Library with the support of New Forest District and Hampshire County councils. This service was closed at the end of 2015, much to the disappointment of those who regularly attended.

    Tim Wookey, Chair of The Lymington Dementia Action Group explained: “our group met with representatives from the District Council and the Alzheimer’s Society to ensure we didn’t lose much-loved local services for people living with dementia. We’re delighted to have secured financial support from Lymington and Pennington Town Council, the voluntary support of local sports enthusiasts and the leadership of Richard Tuck who successfully ran the original groups. The first three dates have been confirmed for 20th July, 17th August and 21st September and the 1.5 hour sessions will be kindly hosted at the beautiful Coates Centre on Lower Pennington Lane. We’re very grateful to all parties for their support and hope to continue this service long term.”

    Richard Tuck commented, “I’m delighted that once again I can meet regularly with a group of people who love to discuss sports despite living with dementia. These sessions create very special moments that help people find comfort and reassurance even if they are unable to talk – we find many interactive ways for everyone to participate using all their senses. We also find that carers really enjoy the sessions as they are welcome to get involved or simply drop a loved-one off, subject of course to their needs.”

    If you are interested in attending then please call Richard Tuck on 01590 719341. If anyone has any notable or interesting sports memorabilia or they are passionate about sports and would like to help volunteer at future sessions then please get in touch. 

    The photo was taken at the Coates Centre and includes from left to right: Tim Wookey LDAG Chair, Max Moyles, LDAG volunteer, Nadia Dennis, LDAG volunteer, Richard Tuck, Remembering Sports lead, Laura Rolph LDAG Vice Chair, Vicky Lander, Coates Centre Community Engagement Admin Assistant.

  • Lymington's 2017 Carnival

    Lymington Carnival 2017 was a glorious day!

    Thanks to everyone who participated and all those who supported the procession and the fete.


    Lymington Carnival Queen 2017

    Lymington Carnival Princess 2017

    Congratulations to everybody that took part in the Carnival Procession - a fantastic effort made by all. The Carnival Queen and Carnival Princess were transported around the town in a RIB provided and driven by BHG Marine. It was fabulous for everyone taking part to see so many supporters lining the route around town.

    A community event run by the Lions Club of Lymington and Brockenhurst, this year celebrating 100 years of the Lions Club International, chose the theme "100 Years of Musicals".

    Colten Care were delighted to have supported the Lymington Carnival and Fete for the 4th year running. Staff, residents and families dressed as Mary Poppins and stepped in time along the procession, with penguins, umbrellas, chimney sweeps and other characters alongside Mary herself. 

    Colten Care arranged a VIP roadside viewing area for their residents, giving them the 'best seats in the house' to safely and comfortably watch the Carnival procession. Take a look at some more great photos of Carnival Day here:

    Read on to find out the Carnival winners and to see photographs of the event.


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    The winners of the carnival procession

    And here are the results:

    Overall Winners of the Day: Milford Pre-School (The Lion King) and Winner of the Pre-School category: Milford Pre-School (The Lion King) Photo: Steve Elson

    Milford Pre School overall winners of the Lymington Carnival 2017 

    Winner of the Trade category: Barry Frampton (The Wizard of Oz)Photos: Bill Porter / Steve Elson

    Well done to the Barry Frampton team for a 4th consecutive win in this category!

    Barry Frampton winners of best trade category

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    Winner of the Youth Organisation category: New Forest Academy of Dance (Hairspray)Photo: Steve Elson

    New Forest Academy of Dance at the Lymington Carnival 2017 as Hairspray


    Winner of the Senior/Charity/Organisation category: All Saints Luncheon Club (Singin' In the Rain)Photos: Steve Elson and Bill Porter

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    Winner of the Infant School category: Pennington Infants (Charlie & the Chocolate Factory)Photo: Bill Porter

    Pennington Infant School as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


    Winner of the Junior School category: Lymington Junior School (Olivia)Photo: Steve Elson

    Lymington Junior School as Olivia at Lymington Carnival 2017 

    Winner of the Youth Sports Team category: Lymington Sprites. Photo: Steve Elson

    Lymington Sprites at Lymington Carnival 2017 

    Winner of the Adult Pedestrian category: Ocean Brothers (Pirates of Penzance)Photos: Steve Elson and Bill Porter

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     Winner of the Child Pedestrian category: Lions of the Future 

    Winner of the Equestrian category: Leen Family (War Horse)Photo: Steve Elson

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    Winner of the Steam category: Harvey Family (Grease)


    And a special mention for Lymington Dementia Action Group who dressed up at Cats and played their music all around the Procession! Photos: Bill Porter

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  • Lymington's Playgrounds: by the Experts!

    Lymington's playgrounds - by the Experts

    There are some great play spaces in Lymington and surrounding villages.

    Lymington playgrounds by the experts!Although we have the wonders of the New Forest on our doorstep, there are times when only the magic of a playground will do. Here is a guide to some of Lymington's playgrounds - by three intrepid 'experts.'

    "We think Lymington has some awesome playgrounds! This guide might be useful if you're new to the town, or want to find some new places to play with your friends."


    Woodside Gardens provides a great outdoor space in which children can play. As well as the fenced play area, there is a lot of space for running around - and in particular playing hide and seek in the rhododendron bushes! There is a short walk around the section of the gardens immediately near the playground with paths ideal for scooting (although do mind any pedestrians!). These paths take you past the Fairy Village (see if you can spot the little doors in the trees).

    Woodside is an easy walk from Lymington. There’s a small carpark (free) off Rookes Lane which is closest to the play area (SO41 8FP), alternatively a larger carpark (free) on the other side of Woodside, off Ridgeway Lane. There are public WCs near the Rookes Lane carpark.

    Dogs are permitted in Woodside on and off the lead, plenty of poo bins. The play area, tennis courts and skate park are fenced to keep dogs out.

    Woodside Gardens play area Lymington“This is really fun because there’s lots of stuff to do in all the gardens.”

    “We love running around in the trees and its easy to scoot about so that’s cool.”

    “The skate park is so awesome.”

    For younger children:

    • Swing
    • Climbing
    • Rockers

    For older children:

    • Roundabout (fast!)
    • Swings
    • Slide
    • Climbing

    Older children will also enjoy the skate park and the tennis courts. Woodside is also the home to Lymington Mariners Rugby Club, Lymington Croquet Club and other sports. The sports pavilion has recently been refurbished and sells refreshments when open. Picnics possible in the gardens.

    Bath Road

    Bath Road offers a fabulous outlook across Lymington River, with plenty of boating eye candy! Set to the side of the Bath Road green, which also houses the town bandstand and a small lake. There are paths ideal for scooting (take care near the lake - we’ve seen a few children take a dive in our time…) and the start of a lovely walk past the yacht club and sea water baths. A short, pleasant walk away is the kiosk at the Sea Water Baths, selling ice creams, hot drinks and other refreshments.

    Bath Road is an easy walk from Lymington (SO41 3SE). There’s a public carpark (pay and display or long stay clock) by the Sea Water Baths and yacht clubs which is closest to the play area, alternatively a some road parking along Bath Road. There are public WCs in the Bath Road carpark by the slipway. Picnics possible, several benches along the river front.

    Dogs are not permitted in the play area, but are allowed on the green, where there are poo bins. Check our Events Calendarto find summer music and arts events around the Bandstand on the green.

    Bath Road play area Lymington“We love this play area and also like scooting on the paths outside.”

    "This is a cool playground. When my brother was younger, he used love watching the ferry coming in and out from the top of the climbing frame."

    For younger children:

    • Swings
    • Climbing
    • Slide

    For older children:

    • Climbing wall
    • Swings
    • Slide
    • Roundabout tower
    • Swinging dish
    • Spinners

    Lymington Meadows

    Situated in a residential area, off Lower Buckland Road (SO41 9DH), this recently refurbished play area is a hidden gem for children in Lymington. Fenced with a gate, dogs are not permitted inside, however some space around the edge to exercise dogs (with poo bins). There are several benches inside play area.

    There is tricky parking and no public WC. However, it is a short stroll from Lymington and nearby opposite the end of Lower Buckland Road is the popular Monkey House pub.

    Lower Buckland play area Lymington“Really good because its new.”

    “Great for older and younger children.”

    For younger children:

    • Swings
    • Rocker
    • Slide

    For older children:

    • Zip wire
    • Basketball hoop
    • Climbing
    • Swings
    • Balance beam
    • Trampoline

    Barfields/Emsworth Road (by St Thomas Churchyard)

    The closest play area to the centre of Lymington and sometimes rather busy (such as after school in the summer term), this play area offers fun for children of all ages and is particularly well equipped for younger children. It’s ideal, in fact, for families with younger and older children, as there is something for everyone in the same area. It also benefits from shady trees; a blessing in the warmer months!

    Park nearby in the Barfields or Emsworth Road (SO41 9AW) town carparks (pay and display or town carpark clock), the nearest public WC is a short walk away in New Street. No refreshments in the immediate vicinity (but again, an easy walk from the High Street and all it has to offer!)

    Dogs are not permitted in the play area. The grassed area next to the play area houses the Lymington Petanque (boules) area.

    Barfields playground in Lymington“A great playground for a quick play, but sometimes busy.”

    For younger children:

    • Swings
    • Rockers
    • Slides
    • See-sawClimbing
    • Spinners
    • Road markings

    For older children:

    • High slide
    • Dish
    • Swings
    • Climbing
    • Roundabout

    Pennington Common

    Pennington Common play areaPennington Common is the setting for a traditional playground. Although in need of updating, our experts recommended it highly, mainly because there’s so much space to run around. Dogs are not permitted in the play area, however there’s plenty of space for them to be exercised beforehand on the common, which has several poo bins.

    No WC or refreshments, parking is possible to the sides of the common off Ramley Road and Wainsford Road (SO41 8HF). There's plenty of potential for a bit of off-road cycling. This play area is due to be completely refurbished this summer (2017) by the Town Council.

    “Most of the stuff here is really old, but we still enjoy it.”

    For younger children:

    • Swing
    • Rocker

    For older children:

    • High slide
    • Swings
    • Climbing fort
    • See-saw


    At the other end of Wainsford Road, Everton's recreation ground is another hidden gem. On road parking is possible in Greenmead Avenue. There is no public WC and no nearby refreshments - bring your own picnic!

    Dogs are permitted on the recreation ground and there are poo bins. There is a fitness section alongside the older children’s area and although technically for adults, the children are drawn to it!

    Everton Rec play area“Its a bit different - we love the zipwire!”

    “Separate areas could make it difficult for parents with lots of different aged kids.”

    For younger children in an enclosed area:

    • Swings/baby swings
    • Rockers
    • Dish
    • Climbing
    • Slides
    • Seated roundabout

    The fenced area is dog-free and has seating.

    For older children, a short walk from the enclosed play area and alongside the football pitch

    • Zipwire
    • Climbing


    The experts have decided to visit more local playgrounds this summer. Check back for more details soon!

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  • Lymington's Sam Batten wins Youth America's Cup

    Lymington's Sam Batten wins Youth America's Cup.

    Congratulations to the Land Rover BAR Academy team as they are crowned Red Bull Youth America's Cup champions!

    Great Britain’s Youth America’s Cup sailors from the Land Rover BAR Academy have been crowned the 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Champions in Bermuda. Sam Batten, jib trimmer in the winning team, grew up in Lymington and learnt to sail aged eight at Salterns Sailing Club. 

    Sam Batten and Chris Taylor - Land Rover BAR team members and 49er partnersHis mum, Kay is delighted; "We are thrilled to bits with the Land Rover BAR win in the Youth America's Cup. The team have worked extremely hard over the last 18 months and it is lovely to see them so well rewarded. New Zealand sailed brilliantly on the second day, but GBR's consistency over both days won out. Terrific. The flags will be flying when Sam comes home."

    Congratulations to Sam and the rest of the Land Rover BAR Academy team!

    Red Bull Youth America's Cup

    The British entry completed 12 races against 12 other nations on Bermuda’s Great Sound to take the title, including six initial qualifying races and six races in the finals. The team finished the event with 50 points, just two points ahead of second placed New Zealand Sailing Team (48 points) and eight points ahead of Switzerland’s Team Tilt (42 points). The victory came down to a nail biting finale, and the final race of the event, but the team show their determination by never giving up to come back from difficult situations on the race course.

    Teams in the Red Bull Youth America's Cup are comprised of 18 to 24 year olds. "These young talents are the superstars of the future," said event director Roman Hagara. "They're going to take the sport to the next level."

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    Land Rover BAR Academy

    Land Rover BAR launched the Land Rover BAR Academy in January 2016, to support talented young British sailors, and create a structured pathway into the America’s Cup. The British team is made up of some of the country’s top sailing talent, aged between 19-24 years old and led by Skipper Rob Bunce. Helm is Chris Taylor, Wing Trimmer is Elliott Hanson, Jib Trimmer is Sam Batten, Strategist is Annabel Vose and Bow is Neil Hunter, who was also the only sailor to compete in both the America’s Cup and the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in Bermuda.


    Sam Batten

    After learning to sail at Salterns Sailing Club, aged 8, Sam competed nationally in Optimists before moving on to the Laser class and then double-handed 29ers where he partnered with Henry Lloyd Williams.

    Land Rover BAR Academy sailing for Great Britain in Bermuda

    Sam then moved to the 49er quad with sailing partner and Land Rover BAR team-mate Chris Taylor. Sam won the RYA Volvo Youth Nationals two times running (2010 and 2011) and also Silver at 2011 Youth 29er Worlds.

    Last summer, Sam and his Land Rover BAR Academy team mate Elliott Hanson were in Lymington with Royal Yachting Association (RYA) 'Sail For Gold' roadshow, where locals were invited to try sailing for free and to be inspired by the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The day was part of a week-long initiative by the RYA to encourage and inspire newcomers to sailing. The event coincided with Youth Week at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club, where Sam helped out with the Scow Fleet, and Elliott gave pointers to the Silver Fleet optimists. Read more




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  • Lymington's Saturday Charter Market

    Lymington's Saturday Charter Market

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    a traditional market, established in the 1250s. 


    Lymington Market - every Saturday throughout the year and a "Must" for visitors to the New Forest!

    Lymington’s Charter Market takes place along the length of the High Street every Saturday throughout the year from 8am to 4pm. It's by far the largest street market in the New Forest area and with a great deal of history behind it is nowadays a special experience for New Forest visitors to enjoy.

    The Market was originally granted a Charter (a document providing certain rights to the people of the town) in the mid-13th Century, which enabled Medieval Lymington to hold its own market. Farmers, traders and merchants would come from far and wide to sell their goods. This is still true of today’s traders. The High Street was deliberately designed to be wide enough for a market to be held regularly and this can still be seen in the current imposing Georgian architecture that lines both sides of the High Street, from the Quay in the East and up to St Thomas Church which holds a commanding position in the West.

    Stalls selling everyday foodstuffs and edible treats and much more...

    lymington pennington town council charter market shrubs...from hand crafted jewellery and souvenirs to take home plants, food produce, general household goods, craft items and bric-a-brac.

    The market stalls include everything from fresh produce and flowers, shrubs and plants to general household goods, craft items and bric-a-brac. There are approximately 90 stalls every week selling all manner of edible treats from olives, breads, cakes, fudge, pies, to fruit and vegetables to take home. (If you're spending the whole day out, it's worth bringing a a cool bag to bring back local fish, cheeses and meats.)

    There is something to suit all budgets, whether looking for a hand crafted gift for a loved one or a special souvenir of your trip. Jewellery, bric-abrac, clothes, shoes, plants and bedding - Lymington's market has it all!


    Lymington Market - combined with Lymington's shops, boutiques and cafes it's a full day out!

    Pick a sunny day, and you can spend a fascinating few hours exploring Lymington's Charter Market! Combined with exploring and soaking up the "By Sea and Forest Enchanted" atmosphere of Lymington, a trip to the market makes a great day out for visitors to the New Forest.lymington pennington town council charter market baskets

    Visitors to Lymington should try and allocate a whole day to incorporate the superb independent high street shops and boutiques, together with the many independent and family owned cafes and artisan restaurants where you can have coffee, lunch and afternoon tea.

    Allow time to explore Earley and Angel Courtyards among numerous little alleyways and streets off the High Street! And to stroll down the famous cobbled streets at the bottom of the High Street to the Quay and the Marinas beyond: watch the sailing boats and luxury yachts intermingle with the fishing fraternity.

    Parking and Logistics for visiting Lymington Market

    Please note that there is no parking available on the High Street every Saturday between 6am and 6pm. Avoid a penalty charge notice by parking in one of the town's carparks.

    For coach parking and drop off/pick up points in Lymington details can be found on the New Forest District Council’s web site

    There are public toilets behind M&S and in New Street near St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery.

    A brief history of Lymington Market

    Lymington about 1680The Earl William de Redvers was quick to note the opportunity to profit from a market and fair, and his charter of priviledges, granted between 1184 and 1216 formed the Borough of New Lymington. It is thought that this first Charter applied to the area to the west of the Church (now St Thomas's Street) and probably a small settlement by the river, near the quay and salterns. This earliest Charter probably created the High Street.

    Earl Baldwin added a second Charter around 1256, which it is thought extended the Borough north of the Church to include Barfields and perhaps created New Street. It was the monks of the Cistercian Abbey in Beaulieu who copied out the second Charter in about 1256 and referred to an earlier Charter and this survives in the British Museum. Interestingly no record of an '1150 Charter' which inspired the 800th anniversary celebrations in 1950 has been found!

    So Lymington is one of the towns in England to receive a Charter from a feudal lord, with no intervention from the Crown. This map shows Lymington in about 1680.


    Don't forget that there is no parking available on the High Street every Saturday between 6am and 6pm!   Avoid a penalty charge notice by parking in one of the town's carparks.


    Some reviews of Lymington Charter Market from Trip Advisor

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    "This market has a good variety of stalls the vast majority are good quality. You can find local produce and crafts as well as everyday items. It brings lymington to life on a Saturday well worth a visit and if you get there early the fish stall is very good."
    Visited July 2016

    "... It's a great day out, you'll find most things you are looking for and if you are not shopping for anything in particular, it makes a great browsing day out. I'd certainly recommend it, best market day in Hampshire."
    Visited August 2016

    “Lively and historic market.”

    lymington pennington town council charter market breads"I believe this street market was established back around 1250 and is held up the High Street every Saturday. Not sure how busy it gets during the winter months but on the warm day at the end of July we visited it was really bustling. Car parking can be a chore and initially I'd planned to park at Brockenhurst and catch the train for the short trip into Lymington. However, as we'd just missed one of the trains I decided to continue the 4 miles or so and see if we could find somewhere to park. A lot of on street parking is limited to an hour/residents and car parks were full. I drove to the other side of town and parked at the far end of a council estate about 10mins walk which was no problem.

    The market is on both sides of the street and surprisingly, vehicular traffic is allowed (I think one way) so you have to stick to the pavements which makes it feel perhaps more crowded than it really was. Handily, there's a Wetherspoon's at the top end which is a convenient refreshment stop! There's quite a few food stalls selling local produce so take a cool bag with you as there's plenty of tempting stuff to take back with you!

    Afterwards we strolled round the cobbled street at the bottom of town and round the quayside by the marina. The Isle of Wight ferry terminal is on the other side of the river which keeps a lot of traffic away from the centre."
    Reviewed 30 July 2016

    “Lovely Market”

    Trip Advisor - Review 13 May 2015

    lym mkt4"Lymington is a lovely place to visit and the market is really nice. Lots of stalls. The market is on the high street and you can look at the shops as well as the market".

    “Bustling Saturday market”

    Trip Advisor - Review 7 July 2015
    "A weekly market with stalls covering all types of goods from tools, snacks, clothing, fruit and veg and household goods. The road is reduced to one way traffic on Saturdays which is much safer. The stalls line the road and locals and visitors alike enjoy the business."


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    Photos - with thanks to Steve Elsom Photography for the use of many of these photographs.  Steve can be contacted via Facebook. 


    Interested in having a market stall?

    Lymington Charter Market is owned and operated by Lymington and Pennington Town Council.  

    If you're a local business interested in having a market stall do get in touch!

    If you are a small cottage industry looking to sell bespoke products, unique hand made crafts or new and different food products, the market would love to welcome you - it can be a great way to start your business.

    For more details please see visit the Council website where you can also download  the stall holder application form and regulations.  

    Follow these links :  information about the market and information for market traders 

    t: 02380 285893

    t: 07585 607358 (Friday evening and Saturdays)

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  • Mamma Mia! Lymington's Italia Festival was hot!

    Mamma Mia! Lymington's Italia Festival was HOT!

    Thousands flocked to Lymington on Sunday for the Italia Festival 2017


    Italia Festival 2017 image by Lymington.comThousands flocked to Lymington on a beautifully sunny Sunday 2nd July for a taste of Italy. Now in its fourth year, Lymington's Italia Festival is fast becoming a popular annual attraction for the town and this year raised funds for The Stroke Association. 

    In the morning, Lymington Yacht Haven welcomed the Ferrari Owners' Club and fifty Ferraris, visitors were able to get a good look at the cars before the grand procession around the town to Lymington's High Street. The Ferraris then parked along the top of the High Street opposite an Italian market selling Italian leather goods and a variety of Italian food.

    Italia Festival route around LymingtonThroughout the day, thousands of locals and visitors came to admire the Ferraris, try the Italian food and raise funds for national charity The Stroke Association through donations and a raffle.

    Italia Festival team hand over £4000 to the Stroke Association in LymingtonLymington & Pennington Town Council’s Town Mayor, Councillor Barry Dunning, was able to present the Stroke Association with a donation of £4000 raised during the day.

    "What a stupendous event, even better than last year", said Lymington Mayor, Barry Dunning. "It's fantastic that all 50 cars arrived in convoy into the High Street, which was lined with crowds of people from far & wide – locals, holiday makers, campers and those who travelled miles just to come to this fantastic charity event.

    Italia Festiva 2017 - Ferraris arriving in LymingtonThe sound of the Ferrari engines coming up the High Street to great fanfare and car horns was absolutely amazing!" 

    He added: "There were more Italian stalls than ever selling hot food, ice cream, drink and leather goods , with an array of prices to suit all budgets - and weren’t we extremely luck with the weather."

    This annual event is organised by Lymington & Pennington Town Council and the Wessex Ferrari Owners Club.

    (Photo: Left-Right: Mayor Barry Dunning, Andrew Peters (Deep Blue Financial) Tammy Angus (Stroke Association), Yvonne Hobbs (Stroke Association) & Rob Heard (Ferrari Club UK).

    Italia Festival 2017 at Lymington Yacht Haven


    Italian Market at the Italia Festival 2017 in Lymington - image by

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