• 1 Transition Lymington launch their 2020 vision
  • 2 Where to find Bluebells near Lymington and the New Forest
  • 3 Lymington duo scooting 120 miles for Saints Foundation
  • 4 Ocean Brother Jude Massey to open Beaulieu Boat Jumble
  • 5 The truth about calling at Lymington Market
  • 6 Colten Care residents benefit from music and arts
  • 7 Personal Tax Planning 2018-19
  • 8 A warm welcome home to Lymington's Ocean Brothers
  • 9 Things to do during the Easter holidays in and around Lymington
  • 10 How can businesses manage unexpected events
  • 11 Top dog joins in care home celebrations
  • 12 Beach clean up and environmental lessons for Durlston Court pupils
  • 13 Appetite for Adventure produces pedal power!
  • 14 They've done it! Lymington Ocean Brothers break World Records
  • 15 Friday fun connecting New Forest generations
  • Transition Lymington launch their 2020 vision

    Transition Lymington launch their 2020 Vision 

    What we can all do to help enjoy and protect Lymington.

    Sunset at Hordle Cliff beach near Lymington On 1 May 2018, Transition Lymington launch their 2020 Vision. The objective is to remind ourselves why we love Lymington and what we can do to help enjoy it and protect it. The vision is for a sustainable and thriving community that we love.

    Each month for the next 20 months, Transition Lymington will release a short list of 20 easy, 'do-able' challenges. These will be themed and its up to you how many you do. The list may give you other ideas too.

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  • Where to find Bluebells near Lymington and the New Forest

    Where to find Bluebells near Lymington and the New Forest.

    The evocative scent and vivid colour of Bluebells makes them a highlight of springtime.

    Bluebells 2014 Britain's favourite wild flower blooms from mid April to early May and is a precious part of our national heritage - bluebells don’t grow wild anywhere else in Europe and almost half of the world’s bluebells can be found in the UK, they’re relatively rare in the rest of the world.

    Here in the New Forest we have some of the most stunning bluebell woods; the flowers love the damp, shady conditions of our ancient woodland.

    Bluebell colonies take

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  • 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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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 HomecomingGuinness 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 Brothers' row here.

The brothers rowed the Atlantic Ocean unsupported 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) Pete Massey, who lost his 16 year battle with skin cancer two years ago. So far the pair have raised a monumental  £92,000 and they are hoping this figure will move closer to their goal of £100,000 when other pledges are received. Click here to donate.

The Ocean Brothers row home to Lymington

Ocean Brothers flotilla entering Lymington River. Photo credit Tanya BaddeleyGreg, Jude and their Mum, Alexandra Massey, were brought back to Southampton by P&O Cruises on Britannia, enabling them to spend time recovering from their arduous voyage. Whilst on board the pair enthralled other passengers as they spoke in detail about their 53 day row from Gran Canaria to Barbados and the many challenges they had faced throughout the journey.

At Southampton their 6.47m long boat was lowered back into the water. Greg and Jude were met by Azara Marine's Jon Chittock, who towed them down the Solent, then released them at the Lymington River so that they could complete their journey in fitting style to the delight of the crowds.

Ocean Brothers Flotilla following Wightlink into Lymington River. Photo Credit: Tanya BaddeleyBraving the elements and waiting in the mouth of the Lymington River was a wonderful - and large (given the cold, rainy conditions) - flotilla of boats. Lymington Rowing Club shivered in the freezing conditions as they waited for their fellow oarsmen (and oarswomen) and several sailors in their tiny Optimist dinghies tacked back and forth. Local sponsors, BHG Marine, Lymington Yacht Haven and Bartley Marketing were all out in RIBs, along with many other locals in motor boats and yachts. The Lymington RNLI Lifeboat and Harbour Master launches kept everyone in check. As the Ocean Brothers arrived at the mustering flotilla a huge cheer went up, accompanied by air horns and whistles. It was quite a welcome and an incredible sight for Greg and Jude, as well as for all of us out on the water!

"As we approached the waiting boats, all I could think was how heart warming it was to feel that Lymington people would want to come out in their boat and accompany us in the flotilla," said Jude. "It felt as if all the support we'd heard and read about on social media was really true in the flesh!"

Ocean Brothers flotilla arriving at Lymington Photo Credit Bartley MarketingAs the 14:05 Yarmouth-Lymington Wightlink ferry approached the mustering boats, fully dressed in flags, it sounded its horn and slowed to lead the flotilla up the river, before heading on to keep to its busy schedule.

The Ocean Brothers picked up the pace and rowers, sailors and motor boats jostled for position, albeit incredibly politely! Horns sounded, whistles peeped and flags were waved by freezing fingers.

Spectators lined the shore to watch the impressive flotilla

Spectators awaiting the Ocean Brothers Photo Credit: Steve ElsonPhoto Credit: Adam Lynk 18 Mar Ocean Brothers HomecomingAs the flotilla advanced upriver we started to hear the cheers from the shore. It brought tears to our eyes to see so many people lining the shore to see the brothers - there were hundreds of people and umbrellas as far as the eye could see along the paths in front of the Lymington Sea Water Baths and around to the slipway. Both Lymington Town Sailing Club and the Royal Lymington Yacht Club were packed impressively with cheering supporters.

Good on Lymington! Braving the wind and rain to welcome home Greg and Jude!

Said Greg afterwards: "I was slightly out of my comfort zone having so many boats around us, something we had never experienced before and also so close to each other. I saw a yacht trying to pass the flotilla in the opposite direction and it must have wondered what on Earth was coming its way! To see such a massive turnout of people on the shoreside in the pouring rain drew a tear to my eye. To see Lymington come together and see the greater purpose of this community fired up was one of the most appreciated things I've ever witnessed."

Photo Credit: Adam Lynk Ocean Brothers Homecoming

A warm welcome from Mayor and MP

Waiting to welcome the brothers on the Harbour Master's pontoon were Lymington Mayor, Barry Dunning, and Rt Hon Sir Desmond Swayne TD MP, along with photographers, family and friends.

Photo Link: Adam Lynk 18 Mar Ocean Brothers HomecomingOcean Brothers landing at Lymington Photo Credit Steve ElsonThe brothers lit hand held flares to celebrate their homecoming after such a wonderful achievement. The flares lit up the dreary grey sky, providing a great spectacle for those on shore. The crowds cheered, clapped and waved as Jude and Greg then steered their boat alongside the Harbour Master's Pontoon and stepped off to be greeted ashore. 

Photo Credit: Adam Lynk 18 Mar Ocean Brothers with Rt Hon Sir Desmond Swayne TD MPSteve Elson DSC09406 Ocean BrothersOver the last 18 months, Greg and Jude have touched the hearts of many people, initially in the local area and increasingly nationwide following coverage of their tranatlantic row in regional media and on the BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans Breakfast Show. Their humble determination to raise funds for the British Skin Foundation and to carry out a monumental UNSUPPORTED 3,000 mile row in memory of their late father and step-father has made them a household name. What's more the brothers are seriously lovely, levelheaded and good fun. They have time for everyone and delight in all who have shown and interest in their boat, their challenge and their cause. That so many ventured out in wind, rain and freezing conditions to welcome the brothers home is true testament to their popularity.

After their welcome back home to Lymington, the brothers followed the 15:00 Wightlink ferry back down the river, turning then into Lymington Yacht Haven, where close friends and family were waiting, along with press and sponsors.

Following press interviews, the brothers were led into The Haven Bar & Restaurant by Lymington Mayor, Barry Dunning, now in his 120 year old robes. 

Rapturous applause at The Haven

Photo Credit: Bartley Marketing Ocean Brothers entering The Haven

Photo Credit: Bartley Marketing Ocean Brothers at The Haven cheering

The Haven was packed with supporters, sponsors, family and friends. As the brothers entered the bar the place simply erupted! 

"I hadn't considered everyone would be expecting our arrival in The Haven, so when we walked in and heard the roar of so many familiar and new faces I honestly was buzzing and shocked," said Jude. "It felt electric in there and charged with energy - I could have rowed another ocean with that feeling right there and then!"

After a beer and many welcome home hugs and pats on the back, it was time for a few speeches. Greg and Jude thanked everyone who have helped them achieve their transatlantic row, including local sponsors and partners (amongst them Bartley Marketing, BHG Marine, New Forest Cottages, Everton Hyundai and Azara Marine), plus of course Lymington Yacht Haven and The Haven team.

Photo Credit: Adam Lynk - Ocean Brothers with Guinness World Record certificatePhoto: Adam Lynk Homecoming organisers Tanya Baddeley Laura Overton and Lisa Bickerstaffe

Greg and Jude also thanked Laura Overton of Entice Marketing & PR and Tanya Baddeley of Bartley Marketing & Lymington.com, who have worked closely with Lisa Bickerstaffe of the British Skin Foundation, volunteering an enormous amount of time and effort. As well as organising the homecoming event, Tanya managed the Ocean Brothers' social media channels for them for the 53 days they were at sea, whilst Laura worked her PR magic to get the Ocean Brothers exposure on press and radio. This all on top of their normal jobs!

The Mayor announced Tatiana from the Ocean Rowing Society International, who presented both brothers with a certificate and Jude with a framed certificate confirming his Guinness World Record for being the youngest person to row any ocean as a pair.

Photo: Adam Lynk Ocean Brothers Homecoming 65Then it was time to celebrate with cake! Created by Frances from Sticky Moments, the cake was a wonderful reproduction of the brothers' boat, including details such as the little bird that followed them from Gran Canaria over to Barbados - they named him Pete.

Photo Credit: Adam Lynk Ocean Brothers with homecoming cakeThe Ocean Brothers would like to thank everyone who has supported them, including all those who ventured out in the rain to welcome them home. 

Shared Greg: "As a community we can grow stronger and stronger, do our own thing and nurture with our own efforts without waiting for someone else or an organisation to pick things up. The more projects no matter how small or big which we unite together and get behind as Lymington, the more this benefits everyone young and old. I hope in the future we can find go further and further as whole community for the collective consciousness."

Photo: AdamLink Cake by Sticky MomentsPhoto: Adam Lynk - Ocean Brothers with Mum Alex Massey

25th April: An Evening with the Ocean Brothers

On 25th April 2018, Jude and Greg will be talking about their incredible row across the Atlantic at the Balmer Lawn Hotel. Find out more and how to get tickets here

And finally...

We think we know who missed Jude the most during his record-breaking travels... his gorgeous dog, Lola.

Photo: Tanya Baddeley Jude and his dog 

 

 

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