A LYNDHURST man who had been due to have a council funeral was given a spectacular high street send-off after a local funeral director stepped in.
DISTRAUGHT families in Hampshire are facing stressful delays in holding funerals for loved ones due to lengthy waits for death certificates.
AN urgent appeal by Hordle bellringers attracted more than 50 people to an open day amid fears that the chimes could be silenced forever.
A WELL-LOVED member for many years of St John Ambulance and a former governor of Foxhills Junior School, Gordon Fillis, has died at the age of 93.
THREE Christchurch beaches have been given prestigious quality awards for the first time.
A GRIEVING father fears traffic generated by a proposed extension to a woodland burial ground will spoil the peace of his son’s resting place.
A CEREMONY presented 16 Hordle residents with Parish Hero Awards for going the extra mile for their community.
A grant for Christchurch based Coda Music Trust will be used create a new cultural activity site.
KNOWN both to his customers and family as ‘Mr Fix-it’ there was little that former ironmonger Tony Puzey could not repair.
SWAY sleuths have solved a mystery about the background of a benefactor who left the village £1,000.
A VICAR whose bicycle was stolen while he was in church has been "absolutely overwhelmed" by offers of help from the local community.
Christchurch food bank+ has received a huge boost in the form of a £1,500 grant to fund two "impressive" initiatives aimed at helping families.
A DUCK has adopted seven orphaned ducklings after their mother was apparently savaged by a dog in New Milton.
BOLDERWOOD Forest is to be dedicated to the Queen as part of this year's Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
A DOG owner is urging people to beware of adders emerging from hibernation after her pet was badly bitten by one of the venomous snakes at Highcliffe.
CHURCH bells which have rung out at a Hordle church for more than 400 years could soon be silenced by a drastic shortage of ringers.
A NEW facility has been opened in Christchurch to help diagnose autism faster, potentially helping hundreds of people a year.
WALKFORD United Reformed church has been forced to close after nearly 200 years as the elderly congregation had dwindled to only a dozen.
A CAMPAIGN to ban the sale of disposable barbecues around the New Forest has been given a boost after Waitrose and Aldi agreed to stop stocking them.
A CYCLIST was rushed to hospital with cracked ribs after being knocked off his bike when three deer crashed into him.