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  • 2 Holiday childcare in Lymington and the New Forest
  • 3 19th Open Art Exhibition at St Barbe in Lymington
  • 4 Homeopathy and Natural Health in Lymington and the New Forest
  • 5 Great places to eat out in Lymington and the New Forest
  • 6 Separation and the legal rights of grandparents to see grandchildren
  • 7 The mind body connection: Energetic Wisdom New Forest
  • 8 New General Manager at Careys Manor in the New Forest
  • 9 Focus on high street business success - Hassan Hicks Lymington
  • 10 Lime Wood celebrates International Women’s Day
  • 101st birthday celebration at Colten Care Mudeford home

    101st birthday is on song for ‘much loved’ Joan

    Celebration in style with friends and family at Avon Reach, Colten Care's home in Mudeford, Dorset.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Joan Waddington is serenaded on her 101st birthday at Colten Care’s Avon Reach care home in Mudeford, Dorset, by singer Scarlett Bow. With them are Companionship Team Member Lisa Sutcliffe, left, and Companionship Volunteer Jan Smith. A ‘much loved’ lady born during the last few months of World War One has celebrated her 101st birthday with a tea party at her Dorset care home.

    Joan Waddington enjoyed an afternoon of good wishes, chocolate cake and hits from the 1940s, 50s and 60s performed live by Bournemouth singer Scarlett Bow.

    Friends and family, including Joan’s younger sister Peggy and god-daughter Sue, were among the guests at Colten Care’s Avon Reach home in

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  • Holiday childcare in Lymington and the New Forest

    Looking for childcare in Lymington and the New Forest?

    School holidays are great - except when you have to work!

    Updated March 2019

    girl and boy at childcare Finding 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.

    Start planning your school holidays now - you will generally find that activity days get booked up well in advance.

    Do get in touch with us if you know of any other holiday childcare clubs

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  • 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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The Lymington Sea Water Baths are the oldest in the UK

Historic tourist attraction delights with stunning views of the Isle of Wight

 Lymington Sea Water Baths

 

Lymington's Sea Water Baths, in Bath Road, is the oldest open air natural swimming pool in the UK. Dating back to 1833 the baths have historically gained national interest for their health giving waters and natural mud minerals. Today, young and old still swim in the waters and enjoy the stunning location with views over to the Isle of Wight.

The Sea Water Baths are generally open 7 days a week. In 2018 open from 28th April to 9th September. Check website for full details.

The best of pool and sea combined!

The Lymington Sea Water Baths is a fantastic place for all the family to enjoy - come rain or shine! Many local families take the attitude 'well, you're going to get wet anyway' and just pop on a wetsuit if the weather is a little chilly! Back in 2013, Chris Evans featured lidos on his Breakfast Show, after which the Lymington Sea Water Baths became known affectionately as Lymington Lido!

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The Lymington Sea Water Baths is a fantastic place for all the family to enjoy - come rain or shine! Many local families take the attitude 'well, you're going to get wet anyway' and just pop on a wetsuit if the weather is a little chilly! Back in 2013, Chris Evans featured lidos on his Breakfast Show, after which the Lymington Sea Water Baths became known affectionately as Lymington Lido! 

Inflatibles, kayaking, zorbing, paddle boarding - and swimming too!

Whether you prefer to take a gentle swim, tackle the fabulous 120 metres of inflatable obstacle course, take up aqua jousting, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding or walk on water in the zorbs, there is something for everyone. Younger children have a splash pool and sandpit and of course the kiosk/café is open throughout the season.

The Sea Water Baths have disabled access and facilities, toilets, changing rooms and showers, first aid room and bike racks. It is also possible to hire buoyancy aids and wetsuits.

You can also hire Lymington's Sea Water Baths for private parties. Get in touch with Hugo Ambrose to find out more...

Refurbishment to extend the life of Lymington's historic Sea Water Baths

Lymington sea water baths and lidoIn 2016, the baths were extensively renovated by Lymington and Pennington Town Council to ensure their longevity. "The Sea Water Baths are owned by the town council and we have a management arrangement in place to manage the service, but the town council is still responsible for its upkeep and its structure," said Town Clerk, Caroline Godfrey. "We're hoping it opens up ready for the bank holiday. The town council wishes to see it succeed and extend its life as long as we can."

The base layer membrane had deteriorated and needed to be replaced, then covered with 200 tonnes of stones. Other parts of the structure have also been refurbished, such as new doors and roof on the building and the pump has been repaired. The pool is now in the process of being refilled - it takes the best part of a week to fill it as its almost the size of an Olympic pool along the width! Then it's topped up from the sea. After that the chlorination process is started and water quality is tested. 

Meanwhile if you've forgotten or never even discovered the pleasure of swimming, do read Clare Poynter's lovely feature article about the benefits of swimming, whether in open or enclosed water, indoors or out! 

History of Lymington Sea Water Baths

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The first records of bathing in the Lymington district date from the late 18th century. At this time people mostly bathed in sea water for its health-giving qualities. The drawing by Thomas Rowlandson shows Mrs Beeston’s baths (the building on the right) in 1784.

lymington sea water baths history paintingMrs Beeston, who took over the baths in November 1872 following her husband’s death, capitalized on the growing public health interest in sea water and mud by using an inlet from the Salterns and advertising her “strengthening sea baths”.

lymington sea water baths history photographIn 1825 the charges were: “For a warm bath: 3s. 6d; shower ditto, 2s. 0d; cold water bath with guide: 1s. od; without guide, 6d. Every care and attention to the comforts of the invalid and the convalescent will be found strictly observed.” The male guide kept bathers afloat with the use of a rope.

The baths gained in popularity with customers coming from all over England to bath in the health strengthening waters and mud.  In 1833 a larger building was funded by shares and donations (£6000 in total)  under the Lymington Bath and Improvement Co. to house hot, cold and vapour baths with separate wings for ladies and gentlemen and large swimming baths at the western extremity.

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Further mud flat areas were taken over for pastimes such as archery, rifle shooting and even a 12- hole golf course in 1893, all below sea level. With a membership of 200 in 1916 and a ladies club, the course was flooded and then again in 1937. With the onset of the Second World War the course was closed.

After various owners the local Corporation acquired the Lymington Sea Water Baths in 1929. The sea water baths are now owned by Lymington and Pennington Town Council, and as of July 2013 leased to a private company Lynx Sports Management to manage them. 
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