How you can take part in local Remembrance events

DETERMINED to mark this year’s Remembrance despite tough new Covid lockdown laws, the community of Pennington came together a few days early to lay wreaths at the village’s war memorial. Representatives from St Mark’s Church,...

Coronavirus fears shut New Forest Birth Centre until January

A BIRTHING centre in Ashurst has temporarily closed because of fears over unsafe staffing levels due to the pandemic. The New Forest Birth Centre, which is midwife-led, will shut until January 2021 when the decision...
Portsmouth University

Cathum becomes university’s youngest to gain first-class degree

A NEW Forest student who started a university degree aged just 16 has emerged with a first class honours degree. Cathum Safi, from Ashurst and now 19, helped score a family hat-trick with his qualification...

Plans for bike hire shop and car park near railway station are approved despite...

A DISUSED parcel of land next to Ashurst railway station is to be turned in a cycle hire outlet and 32-space car park in a bid to help solve local parking “mayhem”. The national park...

Raiders rip out £2,500 metal kennels at farm attraction

THE owner of a popular farm attraction near Ashurst has warned locals to be “extra vigilant” after metal dog kennels were stolen from the site. Thieves struck at Longdown Activity Farm, in Deerleap Lane, in...
New Forest fly-tipping

Fly-tipping on the rise, warns Forestry England after latest incidents

PEOPLE are being warned of the dangers fly-tipping poses to wildlife amid a rise in incidents of waste being dumped in the New Forest. Forestry England issued the caution after a large pile of rubbish,...

New Forest villages unite in fight against disposable barbecues

THREE villages and 18 stores are disposable barbecue free, two weeks after the national park authority called for an outright ban. All shops in Ashurst, Lyndhurst and Brockenhurst answered the NPA’s call to stop offering...

Longdown farm owners ‘overcome and humbled’ after animal funding appeal smashes target

THE owners of a popular farm which has been visited by families for generations have been left astounded after well-wishers donated more £30,000 to keep it running. Bryan and Dawn Pass, who have run Longdown...

Depressed man ‘wrestling with mental health’ before railway suicide

A DEPRESSED man who was killed by a train sent a text message to his mother moments before, saying: “I can’t bear it anymore”. Patrick Norum (30), who had recently moved from Lyndhurst to Christchurch,...

Police hunting motorcyclist suspect after house ransacked

POLICE have released this CCTV image of a motorcyclist they want to trace after camera equipment was stolen in a raid on a home at Woodlands, near Ashurst. The house in Woodlands Road was targeted...
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