• 1 19th Open Art Exhibition at St Barbe in Lymington
  • 2 Homeopathy and Natural Health in Lymington and the New Forest
  • 3 Great places to eat out in Lymington and the New Forest
  • 4 Separation and the legal rights of grandparents to see grandchildren
  • 5 The mind body connection: Energetic Wisdom New Forest
  • 6 New General Manager at Careys Manor in the New Forest
  • 7 Focus on high street business success - Hassan Hicks Lymington
  • 8 Lime Wood celebrates International Women’s Day
  • 9 Oscar Pet Foods and Home Delivery Service New Forest
  • 10 Four international awards for SenSpa's natural beauty products
  • 19th Open Art Exhibition at St Barbe in Lymington

    19th Open Art Exhibition at St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery, Lymington

    Art by 105 talented artists chosen to be showcased in this exciting annual exhibition.

    Best Painting Davina Downes Welsh Hills in Winter 2019 The 19th Open Art Exhibition opens at St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery in Lymington this weekend, showcasing pieces by 105 talented, local artists. Last year the Open exhibition made a successful transition to the new gallery spaces and an online entry method. 

    Steve Marshall, Curator of the Open Exhibition said “This year there were 428 entries for the exhibition and since the overall quality was so high the judges had a very difficult time

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  • Homeopathy and Natural Health in Lymington and the New Forest

    Why I love my job: Homeopathy and Natural Health in Lymington and the New Forest

    The Natural Health Hub’s homeopath Sue Leach shares her passion for homeopathy and for complementary health

    Sue Leach of The Natural Health Hub in Lymington New Forest I have been a homeopath for 15 years and I am still, at times, blown away by its power. Sometimes someone comes for an appointment visibly, palpably looking and feeling a whole new person. A fresh spring in their step, new-found energy, full of positivity and plans, a huge smile on their face. I have experienced it myself. When my homeopath has given me a good remedy it has

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  • Great places to eat out in Lymington and the New Forest

    Great places for lunch or dinner in the New Forest

    We bring you the best in fine dining, cosy pubs, oriental delights, family friendly lunches and restaurants where your dog is welcome too!

    Looking for an excellent restaurant, cosy bistro, foodie pub or café where you can have a great meal out? We really are spoilt for choice in the New Forest, with a huge number of fantastic eateries offering a broad variety of gastronomic delights, with prices to suit all budgets. So, whether you are looking for fine dining for a special occasion, a family friendly treat, a good lunch

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  • Separation and the legal rights of grandparents to see grandchildren

    What are the legal rights of grandparents regarding their grandchildren?

    Lester Aldridge Solicitors Life Matters for Lymington.com readers - March 2019

    Nowadays grandparents are playing an ever increasing role in their grandchildren’s lives.  But what legal rights do grandparents have to see their grandchildren, particularly if mum and dad decide lester aldridge - separation and the rights of grandparents: Life Matters to separate?

    Free consultation with a Lester Aldridge family lawyer

    The latest in the Lester Aldridge Life Matters series, this article written by Rosemary Sharp, Partner with Lester Aldridge, offers some comfort and advice to an increasing number of grandparents who only want to do the best for their grandchildren at

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  • The mind body connection: Energetic Wisdom New Forest

    Energetic Wisdom: all things positive stem from a positive mind!

    The mind body connection - New Forest Soul Whisperer explains

    energetic wisdom tony mills1 600 Tony Mills calls himself a “Soul Whisperer”.

    When you meet him you soon learn why and what he means.

    If you often or just sometimes feel depressed...

    ...if you have niggling aches and pains wherever they are in your body...

    ... if like most of us from time to time you just have that feeling that things are not right with you, you don’t feel good about yourself and you’re somehow not dealing with things as you’d like, you don’t know why

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  • New General Manager at Careys Manor in the New Forest

    New General Manager appointed at Careys Manor in the New Forest

    Award-winning country house hotel and spa, with three excellent restaurants, welcomes new general manager.

    Careys Manor Hotel and SenSpa has welcomed a new general manager. Steve Woodrow, 44, has over 25 years’ experience in the hotel industry, having worked for premier 4* and 5* hotels both in the UK and abroad.

    Steve Woodrow General Manager Careys Manor Hotel New Forest Steve comes to Careys Manor from the Solent Hotel and Spa in Fareham, where he was general manager for five years, overseeing a 117-bedroom hotel, 13 meeting rooms, and a 1 rosette restaurant and bar and spa. Steve

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  • Focus on high street business success - Hassan Hicks Lymington

    Secrets to survival and success of a New Forest high street business

    Hassan Hicks optometrist and dispensing optician  Lymington

    Hassan Hicks exterior Lymington Hassan Hicks is a long established private business. It’s a family owned, traditional ophthalmic and dispensing optician and contact lens specialist which also markets fabulous top quality spectacles, and has always been based in Lymington. NHS sight tests and private eye examinations are carried out by fully qualified staff using the most modern equipment and a warm welcome is always extended to new patients.

    Business role model for success

    Unusually, this isn't intended as a promotional article! In fact because they

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  • Lime Wood celebrates International Women’s Day

    Lime Wood New Forest celebrates International Women’s Day

    Inspirational thoughts for individuals and organisations alike

    Social enterprise companies Belu Water, Rubies in the Rubble and From Babies with Love all led by women are striving to make a difference in a troubled world whilst also making healthy profits. They serve as fantastic examples of how businesses can lead the way in many directions.

    Lime Wood organised and hosted a superb evening for members of its Herb House Spa and other locals.

    Karen Lynch, Jenny Costa and Cecilia Crossley at Lime Wood on International Women's Day First there were fizz and delicious non alcoholic cocktails accompanied by delicious canapés, and lots of interesting chat as the

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  • Oscar Pet Foods and Home Delivery Service New Forest

    The waggy tails of the dogs who love OSCAR

    And of Clare who delivers OSCAR Pet Foods to your New Forest door

    oscar happy dogs springers boettger aero mum ruby daughter No more decisions to make about which brand to buy, no more heavy loads of pet foods to carry home. Buying Oscar makes life easier all round, as well as making healthy sense for your pet. 

    13 Years with OSCAR says it all!

    There have been four much loved Springer Spaniels in the Boettger Family over the last 13 years, and they’ve all dined happily on Oscar. As the latest in the lineage mum Aero and her daughter

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  • Four international awards for SenSpa's natural beauty products

    Four international awards for SenSpa's natural beauty products

    New Forest based SenSpa named Best Value Spa Brand, with three products winning categories. 

    Luxury New Forest brand SenSpa, part of the historic Careys Manor Hotel in Brockenhurst, was recognised at the Beauty Shortlist 2019 Awards, winning won four international awards for its natural beauty products and brand.

    SenSpa beauty products with four international awards 2019 The spa was named Best Value Spa Brand and won both the Best Body Butter and Best Scalp Care Shampoo categories. SenSpa’s Himalayan Bath Salts also won the Wellbeing Editor’s Choice category.

    Perfect to use after a long soak in the bath, the Relaxing Therapist Touch

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Why you should complete your tax return now!

There is no better time to complete your personal tax return.

Girl carrying filesTempting as it is to finish the tax year by 'filing' your paperwork and receipts in a large envelope labelled 'January', there are many good reasons to file your Self Assessment tax return now, rather than letting the dust gather until Christmas. 

Promptly completed tax returns can provide improved cashflow and will definitely enhance your ability to plan your tax affairs for the 2018/19 tax year. Not only this, you can sit back and enjoy the summertime, smug in the knowledge that the 'demon' will not be awaiting you in your filing cabinet when the nights draw in and leaves start to fall...

What will you gain from filing your tax return now?

Calculating your tax liability for 2017/18 soon will give you longer to plan to pay for any unpaid tax due by 31 January 2019. Not only this, if you are employed or in receipt of a pension and have underpaid tax by less than £2,000 your tax return must be submitted by 30 September 2018 in order to guarantee collection of the underpayment through your PAYE tax code in 2018/19.

Conversely, if you have overpaid tax for 2017/18 we can file your return and obtain you a refund sooner.

The actual tax liability for 2017/18 also forms the basis for payments on account in January and July 2019. Again, the earlier these amounts are known, the longer you will have to save for payments due. 

HMRC tax returnIf your Self Assessment tax liability for 2017/18 is lower than for 2016/17 we may be able to reduce the payment on account due in July to avoid you paying tax and obtaining a refund later. However, to do this we will need to prepare your return by about the middle of July. 

Although most of the tax planning opportunities to reduce tax for 2017/18 have passed, there remains the ability to carry back charitable donations to the previous tax year in certain circumstances.

HMRC state on their website that ‘You can ask for Gift Aid donations to be treated as being paid in the previous tax year if you paid enough tax that year to cover both any Gift Aid gifts you made that year and the ones you want to backdate. Your request to carry back the donation must be made before or at the same time as you complete your Self Assessment tax return for the previous year but no later than the filing deadline for the tax return, which is 31 October if you file a paper tax return, or 31 January if you file online.’ What HMRC does not mention are the opportunities this facility provides, particularly to higher rate tax payers and those with income in excess of £100,000. Please contact us if you would like more information.

So as you can see, you might benefit from dealing with your 2017/18 tax return sooner rather than later! Our Personal Tax team can take care of your tax compliance for you and assist with your tax planning for the new 2018/19 tax year. Pop into our office if you'd like one of our handy Tax Cards which summarise all the rates and allowances for the current tax year.

For more information and assistance with your tax returns and tax planning, contact New Forest Tax Accountants, based at 2 Queen Street, Lymington, on 01590 688838 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

We offer a free initial consultation for new clients.

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  • LYMINGTON.COM:
    NEWS, EVENTS AND LOCAL INFORMATION

    Lymington.com provides you with information about the town of Lymington and its surrounding area, including the New Forest National Park. Find here news, events, things to do and local information, including where to stay, where to eat and drink, as well as places to visit. The Lymington.com Directory provides a comprehensive guide to local businesses and organisations, with a search function enabling you find what you are seeking and a review function so that you can tell others what you think!

  • LYMINGTON:
    GEORGIAN MARKET TOWN AND FAMOUS YACHTING CENTRE

    Lymington is a pretty Georgian market town in the south of the New Forest. The town's sheltered position on the western bank of the beautiful Lymington river has made it an important settlement since the Iron Age. For many years Lymingtonians have made their living from the sea or the river - as boatbuilders, fishermen, sailors and in past centuries as salt workers and even smugglers! Today Lymington is an internationally famous yachting centre with a population of almost 17,500.

  • SAILING IN LYMINGTON:
    PERFECTLY LOCATED FOR THE BEST SAILING IN THE BRITISH ISLES

    It’s not surprising that Lymington is one of the “Best UK Coastal Towns in Which to Live”. Combined with accessible road and rail links north to London, west to Bournemouth and east to Southampton and beyond, as well as the car ferry service to Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, the town combines practicality with pleasure; the perfect work-life balance. There are many excellent schools and a wealth of local sports, clubs and leisure activities.

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