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...

Couple’s lucky escape as lorry smashes into 15th century cottage in Breamore

A COUPLE had a lucky escape when a lorry smashed into their 15th century thatched cottage home. The food company vehicle ploughed into Japonica Cottage, opposite the Bat & Ball pub on the main road...

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...

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...

Town council looks to spice up Ringwood market to halt declining trade

RINGWOOD’S struggling weekly Wednesday market could get a revamp next spring, the mayor has revealed. Cllr Tony Ring told the latest town council meeting he had accompanied Cllr Tim Ward to meetings with Edward Morant,...

Councillors raise concern over rats ‘immune to poison’ running round Ringwood

PEST controllers are struggling to deal with huge increases in rat numbers in Ringwood, with a councillor claiming the vermin have become immune to poison. Marianne Giles, who runs the 4Zero café in the town,...

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...

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...

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...

Citizens Advice unveils new base at Ringwood library for ‘highly valued’ help

A VITAL advice service has unveiled its new Ringwood base after teaming up with the town’s library. Citizens Advice moved into the Christchurch Road facility after it was handed a £17,000 grant from the county...
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