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News from the Avon Valley, including Mockbeggar, Gorley and Ellingham

Locals aim to save ‘heart of the village’ pub after it goes up for...

VILLAGERS in Woodgreen are hoping to save their only pub by buying it themselves after the existing owners Hall & Woodhouse put it up for sale. The Horse & Groom, which is described as being...

Spitfire flypast to honour New Forest airman shot down aged 19

A SPITFIRE flypast will honour a Ringwood pilot thought to be the youngest person who took off from RAF Ibsley during the Second World War, before being shot down and killed. Sgt Raymond Frederick Charles...
New Queen Inn

The New Queen Inn set to reign again after company takeover

THE new owner of a Forest pub close to the River Avon has an ambition to put the premises back on the map as the place to dine when it re-opens after a revamp. The...

Blashford Lakes gain £250,000 funding for nature reserve facelift

A WILDLIFE trust has successfully secured nearly a quarter of a million pounds for improvements to the Blashford Lakes nature reserve. The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust has expressed its delight at funding...

Safety calls renewed after another bridge crash near New Forest pub

THE co-owner of a New Forest village pub is continuing to call for safety improvements on the one-way road outside it after a van ploughed into a bridge and ended up wedged over a...

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...

Water park clubhouse extension bid torpedoed at appeal

A PLANNING inspector has torpedoed an appeal by the New Forest Water Park against the refusal of plans to extend its clubhouse. Mark Jury, director of the popular facility off Ringwood Road, between Ringwood and...

New landlord welcomed by villagers fighting to save Woodgreen pub from development

VILLAGERS who feared their only watering hole would be sold off for development are celebrating after it was sold to a local landlord who intends to launch it as a gastro-pub. Residents of Woodgreen had...
Totton Sea Scouts

Sea Scouts are left to count the cost of vandals and thieves

TWO Sea Scouts groups are counting the cost of crime after vandals and thieves targeted their equipment. Around 15 youths were captured on CCTV at Testwood Lakes in Totton on Wednesday 31st July, damaging a...

Christmas cheers at Woodgreen vicar’s pop-up pub

A CHURCH named after the patron saint of brewers is opening a pop-up pub to provide some-where for residents to gather this Christmas as they battle to save their village local. Named the ‘Room at...
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