Stop climbing into my tumble dryers, New Milton launderette owner tells daredevil kids

A LAUNDERETTE owner has issued a warning after receiving reports of children climbing into tumble dryers. Barry Hopwood, who runs Launderama at Old Milton Green, said he had been contacted by five of his customers...

Allegations of fake news in New Forest leisure centre ‘privatisation’ row

ACCUSATIONS of “fake news” were traded between political opponents over plans to hand management of the New Forest’s public leisure centres to a private firm. Ruling Conservatives clashed with the Liberal Democrat opposition at a...

Railway war heroes to be remembered with Brockenhurst station memorial

A MEMORIAL to railway workers who forsook their rights of a reserved occupation to give their lives in the First World War has been dedicated at Brockenhurst railway station. With it comes a public appeal...

New Forest District Council launches push for 600 new affordable homes

MORE than 600 new affordable homes could be delivered in the New Forest by 2026, under plans by the district council to ease the area’s housing shortage. The authority will look to use rental income...

New Forest Notes: pony drifts and declining Forest skills

LAST month provided one of those times when ordinary members of the New Forest Commoners’ Defence Association have an opportunity of learning about the association’s work over the previous nine months. This is through the...

Last orders for New Queen as pub goes up for sale after sudden closure

A POPULAR riverside pub has unexpectedly closed its doors just before Christmas. The New Queen Inn, between Sopley and Ringwood on the B334, which was renowned for its traditional Sunday lunches and flagstone floors, is...

Town council’s £18,000 bus plan could be just the ticket to boost Lymington market

A NEW bus service to bring local shoppers to Lymington’s Saturday market is being considered by the town council. An £18,000 sum has been added to next year’s draft budget to support the plan which...

Lets get to work! Ribbon-cutting officially opens Fawley Men’s Shed

  A BASE to help men find companionship and share skills has been officially opened. A group of locals set up the Fawley Men’s Shed in May and took over a derelict building owned by the...

Lymington Centre considers selling car park to fund £2m revamp

THE Lymington Centre is considering selling off part of its car park to raise funds for a £2m-plus  improvement plan. The 40-space area, off Cannon Street, is located behind the popular facility and, with its...

Union attacks New Forest leisure centres management privatisation as ‘false economy’

PRIVATISING management of the New Forest’s public leisure centres was attacked as a “false economy” by union members as the plan was given the go-ahead by senior councillors this week. The district council’s Conservative cabinet...
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