MP Tobias Ellwood, Dr Henry Goodall and Second World War veteran Laurie Weede

Modern technology tells stirring story of RAF’s New Forest airfields

NEW state-of-the-art displays telling the story of New Forest airfields during the Second World War has been unveiled at a memorial and heritage centre in Bransgore. The Friends of the New Forest Airfields (FONFA) welcomed...

From Our Files: a soldier dress thief, prisoner promoted, and a Lyndhurst queues solution?

75 YEARS AGO EVIDENCE that an alleged absentee was wearing women’s clothing, including a fur coat, was given at Lymington Borough police court, when a fusilier was remanded in custody by the Mayor, charged with...

Villagers discover grave of naval hero who inspired Nelson to win Battle of Trafalgar

IN an unmarked grave in a corner of All Saints Church in Milford lies a man worshipped by Nelson as his greatest mentor, life-saver and inspiration to victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. One of...

Reflections: Early New Forest churches with ancient origins

THE early New Forest churches are characterised by two qualities: the first is that the sites chosen tended to be on elevated mounds or ridges and the second is poverty. We must assume they were...

From Our Files: pipe dream scheme, alderman’s apology refusal, and traders ‘stun’ council

75 YEARS AGO IN May, 1943, the inhabitants of Milford collected the sum of £162 14s. 6d, as a gift to ex-PC, and Mrs Hancock on the retirement of the former (owing to deafness) and...

From Our Files: British Legion buys hall, fire at Fawley, and horse rider prejudice

75 YEARS AGO NEW MILTON branch of the British Legion on Monday approved a scheme for the acquisition of the Public Hall as a British Legion War Memorial at a cost of £4,000, which is...

New Forest Notes: Chris Packham has poked a wasp’s nest

CHRIS PACKHAM’S Inside Out television programme for the BBC on the subject of grazing pressures in the Forest has produced an angry buzzing from the Forest establishment, such as might be the result of...

From Our Files: soldier escapes sniper, friend killed with shotgun, and girls trapped in...

75 YEARS AGO Sergeant Kenneth Lance, Reconnaissance Corps, who lived with his brother Mr A. Lance at Overton Farm, Sway, before joining the Army, has been wounded during the fighting in Italy, and is now...

From Our Files: a soldier writes, a model sleeper, and too few police in...

75 YEARS AGO SIR – I am writing these few lines to tell you how much I appreciate the old New Milton Advertiser. I have it sent to me every week, and practically all the lads...

Reflections: a salty New Forest tale of a vital industry

EVERYONE who bathes from our local beaches is well aware of the saltiness of the sea water and the Bible tells of the extreme saltiness of the “Sea of Arabah” (Deuteronomy 3:17) – known...
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