• 1 Lymington duo scooting 120 miles for Saints Foundation
  • 2 Ocean Brother Jude Massey to open Beaulieu Boat Jumble
  • 3 The truth about calling at Lymington Market
  • 4 Colten Care residents benefit from music and arts
  • 5 Personal Tax Planning 2018-19
  • 6 A warm welcome home to Lymington's Ocean Brothers
  • 7 Things to do during the Easter holidays in and around Lymington
  • 8 How can businesses manage unexpected events
  • 9 Top dog joins in care home celebrations
  • 10 Beach clean up and environmental lessons for Durlston Court pupils
  • 11 Appetite for Adventure produces pedal power!
  • 12 They've done it! Lymington Ocean Brothers break World Records
  • 13 Friday fun connecting New Forest generations
  • 14 Lymington sailor announces return to Olympic circuit
  • 15 An illuminating literary line up at the Curious Arts Festival
  • Lymington duo scooting 120 miles for Saints Foundation

    Lymington duo scooting 120 miles for Saints Foundation

    Scooter challenge raising money for a charity football tournament for disabled.

    PJ Stevens and Rob Douthwaite scooting to raise funds

    On the 26 to 29 April 2018, Lymington duo, PJ Stevens and Rob Douthwaite, will take on a 120-mile south coast scooter challenge uniting the three south coast Premier League football clubs of Brighton and Hove, Southampton, and Bournemouth. Their aim is to raise over £5,000 for a charity football tournament for people with cognitive and physical disabilities.

    #FootyScoot, the four-day, long distance challenge, will see the two local dads unite the three south coast Premier League football clubs starting at

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  • Ocean Brother Jude Massey to open Beaulieu Boat Jumble

    Ocean Brother Jude Massey to open Beaulieu Boat Jumble

    Beaulieu's 41st Boatjumble is the largest outdoor sale of maritime items in Europe.


    Jude Massey Guinness World Record holder youngest to row any ocean as a pair Beaulieu is proud to announce that Jude Massey from the Ocean Brothers will open its Boatjumble on Sunday April 22nd after completing his record-breaking row across the Atlantic. Nineteen-year-old Jude became the youngest person in the world to row any ocean in a two-person team when he and his brother Greg Bailey rowed 3,000 miles unassisted, in memory of their late father Peter Massey and to raise funds for the British Skin Foundation for skin cancer research.

    After their

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  • The truth about calling at Lymington Market

    The truth about calling at Lymington Market

    Why let the truth get in the way of a news story!

    Lymington Market fruit stall Over the last week, media has been awash with 'news' of a Lymington Market trader allegedly told not to shout about his produce after a complaint over noise. Regional and national press have gone to town on how Wayne Bellows has been ordered to turn down the noise because it is causing a nuisance.

    Here is the text of a letter from Lymington and Pennington Town Council with the facts behind the story:

    "I write to put the facts before your readers

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  • Colten Care residents benefit from music and arts

    Brilliant Fiona helps Colten Care residents benefit from music and arts. 

    Dedicated Music and Arts professional improves residents’ wellbeing and quality of life.

    Music and Arts Partner Fiona Pritchard working with a participant at a Dance for Parkinson’s session at the Forest Arts Centre in New Milton, Hampshire. And, it really works. See below. 

    Professional musician, teacher and music-in-healthcare practitioner Fiona Pritchard is working across Colten Care's 20 nursing homes including the five dementia-specific care homes.

    A key part of her role is to stimulate residents’ creativity and imagination through singing, playing music, drama, poetry, storytelling, dance and active listening.“I am introducing arts based approaches into everyday care and offering individualised interactions with residents based on an arts activity of interest", said Fiona. “I will use

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  • Personal Tax Planning 2018-19

    Personal Tax Planning 2018-19

    Review your tax affairs and take advantage of all available allowances.

    NFTA hourglass on newspaper The new tax year starts 6 April and brings a number of important changes, making it a good time to review your tax affairs to make sure that you are taking advantage of all available reliefs and allowances. This useful guide from New Forest Tax Accountants provides you with a few personal tax planning suggestions. As ever, your particular circumstances must be considered as further opportunities might be available to you.

    Income Tax

    For 2018-2019, the personal allowance has risen to £11,850. The level at

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  • A warm welcome home to Lymington's Ocean Brothers

    Welcome home to Lymington, Ocean Brothers!

    Atlantic rowers, Jude Massey and Greg Bailey, were greeted by hundreds of supporters in Lymington on Good Friday.

    30 March 2018

    Photo by Adam Lynk Ocean Brothers Homecoming Guinness World Record Breaking Jude Massey and Greg Bailey, the Ocean Brothers , rowed home to Lymington on Good Friday, 30th March 2018. They were followed up the Lymington River by a flotilla of boats and welcomed ashore by hundreds of supporters and wellwishers, all celebrating the brothers' success in rowing unsupported across the Atlantic Ocean. Jude is now the youngest person to have rowed any ocean in a pair.  Read more about the Ocean

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  • Things to do during the Easter holidays in and around Lymington

    Things to do over Easter in and around Lymington...

    Your guide to what’s on in Lymington, the New Forest and surrounding areas during the Easter holidays.

    Easter eggs

    Updated April 2018

    There are lots of exciting things happening in Lymington, New Milton, the New Forest and surrounding areas over the Easter weekend and throughout the Easter holidays! Here is a your lymington.com guide of things to do with the children. 

    Take a look also at our Fun Days Out feature if you're looking to venture slightly further afield and also our Places to Visit section . For those having to juggle work with

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  • How can businesses manage unexpected events

    Inclement weather and unexpected events - james dynan risk management diversion road closed what next

    How does your business manage these?

    A short thought provoking article about how we manage operational risks to our businesses by James Dynan, James Dynan Associates

    So far in 2018 we have experienced some serious weather conditions, indeed the Met Office suggests the ’beast from the east’ may return over the Easter period.

    The basics of resilience planning is to face these challenges knowing you have put plans in place to “keep calm and carry on”.

    How did my business cope?

    For inclement weather the impact will generally be staff availability and travel disruption.

    Consider

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  • Top dog joins in care home celebrations

    Top dog joins in thank-you celebrations at Lymington care home

    Canine Partner, Mungo, helps to thank Linden House residents for charity donation.

    Mungo at Colten Care’s Linden House care home in Lymington with his partner Barbara Houston, seated. Also joining residents and team members are Canine Partners volunteer Liz Downs, standing third from right, and singer and guitarist Nigel Revill Residents at Linden House in Lymington said hello to an ‘amazingly clever’ disability assistance dog that has transformed the life of a New Forest woman. Nine-year-old Mungo and his partner Barbara Houston visited Colten Care’s specialist dementia home, Linden House, to say thank-you for supporting the charity that brought the pair of them together. Dogs specially trained by Canine Partners live with disabled people. They perform essential tasks such as fetching food from the fridge, picking up dropped items, raising

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  • Beach clean up and environmental lessons for Durlston Court pupils

    BEACH CLEAN UP YIELDS SHOCK VOLUME OF RUBBISH AND "NURDLES"

    durlston court prep school beach clean mar18

    ‘Eco-Durlston’ teaches schoolchildren about environmental issues

    Pupils of Durlston Court Prep School were joined by their family, friends and members of the community on Saturday 10th March to conduct a beach clean on the Highcliffe/Naish beach area. Originally planned for last week as part of the Great British Spring Clean, the event was postponed due to the snowy weather.

    Organiser and teacher Mrs Sue Johnson explained “the Beach clean is part of Durlston’s eco commitment, a committee involving 2 pupils from each year group was created earlier in the year

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  • Appetite for Adventure produces pedal power!

    Appetite for Adventure produces pedal power!

    Greg James and Zoe Ball fuelled by Lymington business to complete Sport Relief Challenges.

    Zoe Ball loving the A4A Chocolate Fudge Appetite for Adventure Team with Greg James Radio and television celebrity Zoe Ball recently completed her BT Sport Relief Challenge, 'Zoe’s Hardest Road Home', cycling more than 350 miles from Blackpool to Brighton in five days - and behind the scenes on her final day, bringing a taste of the great outdoors, was the Lymington and New Forest based event catering firm Appetite for Adventure.

    The catering team were fresh from supporting the previous week’s Sport Relief event, 'Radio 1’s Gregathlon', where DJ Greg James was challenged to

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  • They've done it! Lymington Ocean Brothers break World Records

    They've done it! Lymington's Ocean brothers break world records

    Youngest ocean rower in a team of two with his brother completed unsupported transatlantic row on Mothering Sunday

    Ocean Brothers arrive in Barbados 11 March 2018 by Adam Rowley Creative http://www.adamrowleycreative.com

    Ocean Brothers Jude Massey and his brother Greg Bailey have finished their gruelling unsupported 3,000-mile row across the Atlantic. They arrived in Barbados on Sunday 11 March after spending 53 days at sea and were welcomed by their mother, author Alexandra Massey, making her the perfect Mothering Sunday!

    The brothers have been rowing to raise money for the British Skin Foundation to fund vital skin cancer research, and in memory of Jude's father (Greg's step-father)

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  • Friday fun connecting New Forest generations

    Friday friends connecting New Forest generations.

    Brockenhurst Primary School and Woodpeckers care home share companionship and laughter.

     

    Woodpeckers resident Yvonne Carnegie with a young visitor Schoolchildren and nursing home residents in the New Forest are finding friendship together under a new initiative designed to bridge the generation gap.

    Pupils from Brockenhurst Primary School have begun making weekly trips to nearby Woodpeckers care home to socialise with elderly residents, find out about their lives and share companionship and laughter.

    The children, aged eight, nine and ten, are paired up with a ‘buddy’ resident each Friday, with the visitors and hosts taking turns to suggest a shared activity. Initial meetings

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  • Lymington sailor announces return to Olympic circuit

    Lymington sailor announces return to Olympic circuit

    Could you or your business support 3 times British National Champion, Hannah Snellgrove, on her Olympic journey?

    Hannah Snellgrove Lymington’s Laser Radial sailor Hannah Snellgrove has announced her return to the Olympic circuit after two years away from international competition. The 27 year old, who represents both the Royal Lymington Yacht Club and the Lymington Town Sailing Club when she competes, is a three-time British National Champion, and remains the only woman ever to hold that title.

    Although her parents had never sailed, Hannah benefited from local expertise, initially learning to sail at Salterns Sailing

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  • An illuminating literary line up at the Curious Arts Festival

    Matt Haig and Misha Glenny lead illuminating literary line up at Curious Arts Festival 

    Book your tickets for the 2018 Curious Arts Festival at Pylewell Park, taking place 20th to 23rd July.

    Curious Arts Festival 2018 In need of reading inspiration this World Book Day? Look no further than this year’s line up of author events at Curious which reads as an A to Z of prize winners, best sellers and this year’s most exciting book releases.

    Celebrated adult and children’s author Matt Haig and journalist, historian and McMafia creator Misha Glenny are today announced as the latest names on an inspired literary line

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What to do if you find an injured New Forest animal

New Forest poniesKeep to the Rules of the New Forest

If you see an animal which looks ill, is injured, or in distress you should report it as soon as possible, giving a clear description of the animal and what you think may be wrong with it as well as where you saw it and at what time.

If you witness - or are involved in - a road traffic accident involving a New Forest animal, you must report the incident, even if the animal runs off. The animal may be in distress, have serious injuries that require immediate veterinary attention or have fatal injuries that would necessitate the animal being put to sleep. Some animals run away in fear and panic, even on broken limbs which can make you believe that it is unhurt. As a result the animal can suffer unnecessarily.

Who to contact

Who to contact if you see an injured or distressed New Forest animalThe Verderers state that if a collision with a Forest animal occurs (for whatever reason) drivers are required to report it to the authorities as soon as practicably possible, and certainly within 24 hours. Drivers must not leave the scene of an accident (unless it is to call for help), particularly if the animal is still on the highway as it may cause a further accident.

Road traffic accidents involving Forest animals should be reported immediately to the Police by dialing 999 (emergency) or 101 (non emergency).

If you find a sick, injured or distressed pony, cow, donkey, pig or sheep, contact  the Verderers’ Office on 023 8028 2052 (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm), or the Forestry Commission on 0300 067 4600 (24 hours).

If you find a sick, injured or distressed deer, contact the Forestry Commission on 0300 067 4600 (24 hours).

Download these numbers on a handy credit-card to keep in your purse or wallet.

Forest animals have no road sense and they have right of way. Drive slowly, especially at night, and give animals a wide berth.

 

Rules of the Forest

New Forest pony behind tree by Alex KerslakePlease don't feed or touch the ponies!

The ponies are semi-wild although some may not appear so.  It is important that you do not feed them either by hand or by throwing food on the ground.  The ponies do not need it and some things may make them ill.  Unfortunately, hand feeding also makes some ponies aggressive and every year people are attacked because people feed the ponies and they become greedy and demand more.  A pony which causes injury to a person is usually removed from the Forest permanently.  That is unfair to the pony whose home is the Forest and it is unfair on its owner.  Remember the ponies belong to someone else. Find out more about New Forest ponies.

Learn to recognise when a pony is feeling grumpy!

Ears laid back means “go away and leave me alone” or it may mean “give me your sandwich”!  In such situations it is wise to retreat as quickly as possible!  A bite or kick from a pony hurts and the latter could break your leg.  A child could be killed.

Don't drop litter.

Apart from being unsightly (and illegal), dropping litter in the Forest is harmful to the animals. Take your litter with you and dispose of properly.

Leave your bin-bags inside your gate.

If you live or stay in a property with forest animals just outside the gate, leave your bin-bag inside the gate and out of reach of inquisitive animals.  The animals make a horrible mess when they tear open a bag of rubbish and of course, they may injure themselves on a sharp tin or become ill if they eat the wrong things.

Don't dump grass cuttings or hedge clippings on the forest.

Strange though it may seem, as lawn mowings are after all “grass”, they are LETHAL to ponies and donkeys.  Lawn mowings left in a heap heat up and start to ferment.  If they are eaten by ponies and donkeys gas is released into the animal’s stomach and intestine.  Their stomach or intestine may then rupture and the animal dies in agony.  Clippings from yew, laburnham, rhododendron, some conifers, azaleas and many other garden plants are poisonous to animals and for these reasons all garden waste must be disposed of properly and not dumped on the Forest.

New Forest ponyKeep the gate shut!

Whether a gate goes into an inclosure, a field or a garden, it is there to keep the animals out.  Animals have come to serious harm through getting into places where they shouldn’t be.   Occupiers of property within the Forest have a duty to fence against legally depastured stock.  That means if your fence is rotten or your gate is left open and a pony gets in and tramples your beautiful lawn or eats your shrubs you cannot claim compensation from the animal’s owner.  Indeed, if the animal is injured or is poisoned in your garden the owner may claim compensation from you!  There have been cases of animals falling into swimming pools (especially if they are covered with plastic sheets) and apart from the poor animal drowning, the owner of the property has been successfully sued. 

Do keep your dogs under control.

Every year Forest animals, particularly young ones, are injured by dogs.  Some are even killed or die later from infected bites.  We all love to let our dogs run on the Forest and provided they are reliable around animals that is fine.  If in doubt, however, keep your dog on a lead.  Remember also that at certain times of year some quite rare birds nest on the ground and a nest which has been destroyed is a sorry sight.  In spring the deer have their young and a fawn left whilst mum goes to feed is very vulnerable.

Do enjoy the forest and its animals.

Watch from a safe distance and enjoy the animals and the unique beauty of the Forest.  Remember that the Forest is the animals’ home and it is only fair to respect it and let them live in peace.

 

If you would like further information visit the Verderers’ website - NEW FOREST VERDERERS - or telephone the Clerk to the Verderers on 023 8028 2052.

Thank you for reading this and we hope you enjoy the New Forest.

 

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