Council rejects New Forest Water Park’s ‘excessive’ clubhouse plan

PROPOSALS for a larger clubhouse at New Forest Water Park have been thrown out after councillors agreed it would harm the lakeside setting. The North Gorley facility’s managing director, Mark Jury, wanted permission to erect...
Fordingbridge Festival

Town gearing up for week-long celebration of culture and creativity

FORDINGBRIDGE is gearing up for a week of culture and creativity – including a real-life re-enactment of one of Britain’s most famous works of art. The town’s artists and performers will be showing off their...

Asbestos disease claimed husband just months after marrying

A DISTRAUGHT widow wept as she told a coroner how she and her husband had wed only months before his death and had “so many dreams” – but he passed away before they could...
A31 traffic

Rush-hour queues stretch for miles after traffic incident on A31

THERE were traffic queues across the New Forest this morning (Wednesday) after a four-vehicle accident on the A31. It happened between Picket Post and Stoney Cross and led to one lane being blocked on the...

Ringwood ‘party house’ hit with enforcement notice

A “PARTY house” in Ringwood has been slapped with an enforcement notice because the activities there are “spoiling” the secluded and peaceful rural lane. New Forest District Council has hit the home, known as Crockets,...

New Forest church vicar praises fundraising response to theft of historic lead

  A VICAR has hailed the “amazing” response to an appeal he launched for £10,000 to help replace lead stolen from Damerham church roof over the New Year period. It is thought the thieves may have...

Vandals wreck pumpkins in ‘mindless’ attack on business

THE co-owner of a pick-your-own pumpkin field has slammed “mindless” vandals who attacked it in an overnight wrecking spree. Family-run Fordingbridge Pumpkin Pastures had only just opened in the run-up to Halloween when the site,...

Fordingbridge schools to unite under one head as parents ‘overwhelmingly’ in favour

TWO New Forest schools have agreed to unite under a single board of governors after saying parents were “overwhelmingly” in favour of the idea. Fordingbridge’s junior and infant schools are joining in a federation with...

Booby-trapped chicken used as bait to ‘kill’ dogs, warns RSPCA

BOOBY-TRAPPED chicken pieces were found dangling from a tree near Fordingbridge in what the RSPCA says was a deliberate attempt to injure or kill dogs. A member of the public discovered the three pieces of...
Ringwood fire death

Man (72) killed as blaze breaks out in bungalow

A MAN died after a blaze broke out at his home in Ringwood yesterday evening (Wednesday). Paramedics pronounced the 72-year-old dead at the scene within an hour of firefighters responding to reports the lounge of...
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