From Our Files: Pubs’ short week...beach restrictions...saved from deportation
50 YEARS AGO
THERE is a possibility that if the licensed trade does not conserve its fair share of electricity then many public houses will be subject to a three-day week – and that could spell closure for some pubs.
Such was the gloomy forecast by Mr Anthony Pope, marketing director of Huntsman Breweries speaking at the annual dinner of the Christchurch and District licensee Victuallers Association.
He said that in view of the national emergency it was a good thing that the licensed trade had been classed as a food industry and that pubs were included in the leisure sector.
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THE public watchdog Southampton and SW Hampshire Community Health Council is surprised – and not a little surprised – at the decision to withdraw the much promised footbridge over the railway line which would have provided a shorter and easier route for pedestrians to the proposed new £18 million community hospital in Ampress, Lymington.
“It was in the New Forest District Plan and the Health Authority Plan and suddenly it’s not there anymore,” said CHC chief officer Mick Rolfe.
“Something’s wrong somewhere.”
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MUDEFORD Sandbank has become so popular that measures aimed at controlling usage are set to be introduced by Christchurch Council.
These could include removing some of the beach huts and surcharging non-local owners, limiting the frequency of the ferry and Noddy train, establishing environment zones and reducing publicity by banning commercial filming.
A coast protection plan for the sandbank has already been drawn up and the management plan is seen as the next step in the process of ensuring the survival of the natural environment and the area’s unique beauty.
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ON Sunday morning New Milton firemen helped rescue a horse which fell into a swimming pool at Ashley Clinton Manor. The horse was pulled out unhurt.
25 YEARS AGO
MEMBERS of a small Forest community watched in horror as a seven and a half tonne truck loaded with liquid gas bottles ploughed into a village gift shop destroying the front of the structure and causing glass to shatter everywhere.
The 76-year-old shopkeeper Nancy Shutler was lucky to escape with her life as the driverless lorry smashed through ‘Odd Spot Galley’ in Burley as she was doing the accounts on Friday.
She said: “I’m shaken but not stirred.”
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TWENTY-FOUR objectors turned up to express their views against the application by Balfour News to have a full off-licence at the new health centre site in New Milton.
Despite representations, magistrates at Lyndhurst Court granted the request sparking dismay and disappointment for the many protesters who had attended it that day.
Balfour representatives informed the court that no adverse comments from the public had been made about the application after notices notifying them about it had been posted in the town.
They said that the store will contain seven metres of alcohol display cabinets as well as one for chilled wine and another for chilled beer.
Dr Chris Willard expressed surprise as to why Balfour had taken up the lease at the site as other retail outlets at it were health related like an opticians and dentist.
He also considered the sale of cigarettes to be unhealthy but was concerned about selling of alcohol due to security reasons explaining that Spencer Road health centre had experienced a number of break-ins in the past with the intruders searching for drugs.
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A YOUNG Citizen’s Advice Bureau volunteer has been saved from the threat of deportation to her native India thanks to the help of Chris Chope, Christchurch MP.
Sujata Haider, 26, a doctor’s daughter, had been fighting for six years to stay in Britain, and a tribunal that sat in October refused to allow her to remain in this country.
The problem had arisen after Sujata who came to England with her parents aged seven and attended Christchurch Junior School, travelled back to India to study.
After her education she flew to Britain to join her family in England at the age of 21. No longer considered a dependent, she was only given a six-month extension to her Indian passport and had been advised she could change this once in the country.
But the Home Officer ordered her deportation until Mr Chope stepped in, and her deportation was stopped on compassionate grounds.
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REPRESENTATIVES from Elliotts of Lymington dined with the dinosaurs and other guests at the Natural History Museum, London, for the Fashion Retail Awards.
At the awards ceremony, which was organised by Drapers Record magazine, the store received third prize in the Proportion London Display Challenge for their window design.
Only displays by London stores Browns and Selfridges beat the impressive design by Valerie Clegg. The window which Valerie designed was a complete change from the usual format, simple but impressive as it caught the eye of the judges in the nationwide competition.
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TWO friends who hoped to set up a Pippins day nursery for toddlers at Hordle House on Milford cliff top have been foiled by Hordle-Walhampton school.
Their one advert in the A&T, together with a leaflet drop, proved a requisitioned need for such a facility, and months of planning was in place for a January opening.
But the advert was spotted by Hordle-Walhampton school who have now invoked a legal clause forbidding such a use.
It said that Hordle House had been sold with a covenant which prevented any further use for education. A plea to Hordle-Walhampton to ease the covenant was met with a “no”.
The 45 children who were planning to go to the nursery will now have to find somewhere else to go.