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Six-month trial led to 50-year career in military bands for Bransgore man

Six-month trial led to 50-year career in military bands for Bransgore man

Six-month trial led to 50-year career in military bands for Bransgore man

30 April 2021

A MILITARY bandsman who was given a six-month trial having never played an instrument before in his life has finally retired after 50 years of music.


Yachtsman to attempt solo Atlantic row

Yachtsman to attempt solo Atlantic row

Yachtsman to attempt solo Atlantic row

18 April 2021

PROFESSIONAL yachtsman Mark Delstanche is soon to embark on the toughest challenge of his life - a solo and unsupported Atlantic row.


The light of Keyhaven draws globe-trotting artist to the New Forest

The light of Keyhaven draws globe-trotting artist to the New Forest

The light of Keyhaven draws globe-trotting artist to the New Forest

12 July 2019

AN artist who grew up in Brazil and has exhibited around the world is to hold weekly painting classes in the New Forest ...


'It's all I wanted. I just wanted to be a mum'

'It's all I wanted. I just wanted to be a mum'

'It's all I wanted. I just wanted to be a mum'

30 May 2019

Michelle Meech only ever wanted to be a mum TUCKED away somewhere, Michelle Meech has a picture of herself and husband Dave holding a photo of a tiny…


Super chef from world's top restaurant takes charge at Montagu Arms in Beaulieu

Super chef from world's top restaurant takes charge at Montagu Arms in Beaulieu

Super chef from world's top restaurant takes charge at Montagu Arms in Beaulieu

15 February 2019

Super chef Matthew Whitfield in his new kitchen at the Montagu Arms AS a small boy Matthew Whitfield was being driven past the Montagu Arms Hotel with…


'Just look at the view! This is the best job in the world'

'Just look at the view! This is the best job in the world'

'Just look at the view! This is the best job in the world'

04 January 2019

Wendy Stowe, one of only seven female harbour masters in the UK SWEEPING her hand in front of her desk, Wendy Stowe exclaims: “Just look at the view from…


‘I did not know I was dying slowly’ - explorer Adrian Hayes reveals his most terrifying moments

‘I did not know I was dying slowly’ - explorer Adrian Hayes reveals his most terrifying moments

‘I did not know I was dying slowly’ - explorer Adrian Hayes reveals his most terrifying moments

20 November 2018

“HOW personal do you want this to be?” Adrian Hayes asks over the table of his untidy kitchen. It’s an unexpectedly vulnerable question from the veteran…


Former Heidi child star Emma Blake on fame, scandal and missing coffee dates with Madonna

Former Heidi child star Emma Blake on fame, scandal and missing coffee dates with Madonna

Former Heidi child star Emma Blake on fame, scandal and missing coffee dates with Madonna

11 October 2018

HAVING screen tested more than 300 children, frustrated producer John McRae was animatedly banging a desk late one night in a BBC office and wondering…


Modelling trailblazer Sarah Doukas on discovering Kate Moss and life in the New Forest

Modelling trailblazer Sarah Doukas on discovering Kate Moss and life in the New Forest

Modelling trailblazer Sarah Doukas on discovering Kate Moss and life in the New Forest

02 September 2018

SARAH DOUKAS, founder of global modelling agency Storm , is utterly relaxed as we sit down to talk at the kitchen table of her picture postcard cottage. It’s…


Top New Forest chef Matthew Tomkinson on his career: ‘That’s where it started. It’s the glamour’

Top New Forest chef Matthew Tomkinson on his career: ‘That’s where it started. It’s the glamour’

Top New Forest chef Matthew Tomkinson on his career: ‘That’s where it started. It’s the glamour’

20 January 2018

DONKEYS and weekday tourists stroll in the winter sunshine past the window of the wood-panelled room of the Montagu Arms where Matthew Tomkinson is recalling…


‘I don’t know why you’re interviewing me’: sculptor Geoffrey Dashwood opens up

‘I don’t know why you’re interviewing me’: sculptor Geoffrey Dashwood opens up

‘I don’t know why you’re interviewing me’: sculptor Geoffrey Dashwood opens up

06 October 2017

YOU know you’ve arrived at Geoffrey Dashwood’s house when you turn the corner and come face to face with a monumental bronze bird of prey glaring down…


‘A lot of sweat, tears and hard work’: Bob Wilson on his career and tragic family story

‘A lot of sweat, tears and hard work’: Bob Wilson on his career and tragic family story

‘A lot of sweat, tears and hard work’: Bob Wilson on his career and tragic family story

05 September 2017

“ONCE you wind me up I don’t stop,” grins Bob Wilson after delivering 90 minutes of his life’s edited highlights – from mixing with the doomed Busby Babes…


'It was pretty crazy': Dire Straits guitarist John Illsley on gigs, pubs and cancer - and will the band get back together?

'It was pretty crazy': Dire Straits guitarist John Illsley on gigs, pubs and cancer - and will the band get back together?

'It was pretty crazy': Dire Straits guitarist John Illsley on gigs, pubs and cancer - and will the band get back together?

07 August 2017

JOHN ILLSLEY breaks off mid-sentence as we talk in the sunny garden of his pub, the East End Arms. He’s performed in front of millions, won an Ivor Novello…


'All the best stories you’ve ever heard’: TV historian Dan Snow talks family life and his passion for history

'All the best stories you’ve ever heard’: TV historian Dan Snow talks family life and his passion for history

'All the best stories you’ve ever heard’: TV historian Dan Snow talks family life and his passion for history

30 June 2017

DAN Snow is late. His staff don’t know where he is – until the head nanny arrives to say the TV historian has been delayed picking up his children. A…


‘As long as I am not boring people’: Dame Esther Rantzen on Brexit, the New Forest and online 'poison'

‘As long as I am not boring people’: Dame Esther Rantzen on Brexit, the New Forest and online 'poison'

‘As long as I am not boring people’: Dame Esther Rantzen on Brexit, the New Forest and online 'poison'

08 May 2017

DAME Esther Rantzen is decluttering. Well, she’s not – her assistant is. Having driven herself that morning from a job in Oxford, the 76-year-old is now…


'I never sit down and relax': the secret of success for New Forest Ice Cream's Christina Veal

'I never sit down and relax': the secret of success for New Forest Ice Cream's Christina Veal

'I never sit down and relax': the secret of success for New Forest Ice Cream's Christina Veal

11 April 2017

THE sweet scent of dairy welcomes visitors to the HQ of New Forest Ice Cream, the family business that has grown from a kitchen in Milford into one of…


Sir Vince Cable on Brexit, his 'Shangri-La' New Forest - and the R-word...

Sir Vince Cable on Brexit, his 'Shangri-La' New Forest - and the R-word...

Sir Vince Cable on Brexit, his 'Shangri-La' New Forest - and the R-word...

03 February 2017

HOURS after losing Twickenham in the 2015 general election that gave the Conservatives a majority and paved the way for the EU referendum, Sir Vince Cable…


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