Hampshire parents fined £500,000 as unauthorised school absences rise

HAMPSHIRE parents have been fined more than £500,000 in a year for taking their children out of school, it has been revealed. New data has shown that the number of fines issued for unauthorised school...

‘Pupils at risk’ as council prepares to axe school crossing patrol

MARCHWOOD Junior School pupils will be put at risk when a crossing patrol officer retires after the county council confirmed it would not fund a replacement, parents fear. Youngsters heading to and from class will...

‘Saviour’ sought by primary school to man dangerous crossing

BROCKENHURST Primary School has made a last-ditch plea for a crossing patrol “saviour” in the week a pupil was rushed to hospital after a collision with a car. Headteacher John Littlewood and governor Bronya Szatkowska...
Milford library

Volunteers pledge fight to save village library from cuts closure

VOLUNTEERS at Milford library will offer to transport books to and from Lymington in a desperate bid to persuade Hampshire County Council to rethink plans to withdraw support for the facility. The council’s proposal, which...
Milford library

Community library joins list of branches at risk of the axe

MILFORD library is on the list of at-risk branches after Hampshire County Council unveiled closure proposals to help save £1.76m. Lyndhurst and Blackfield libraries were named last week among 10 venues most vulnerable to the...
Hampshire County Council budget

Lyndhurst and Blackfield libraries facing the axe to cut costs

LYNDHURST and Blackfield are among up to 10 Hampshire libraries facing the axe alongside dozens of jobs as county council bosses try to balance the books. The number of lending branches could drop from 48...
Hampshire County Council budget

Council to reveal proposed cuts to Hampshire library service

PLANS for the future of Hampshire libraries – which could include proposals for closures and reductions in opening hours – will be revealed this week. A 10-week public consultation over a county-wide restructure of the...
Priestlands School

School’s new study centre named in honour of former head

THE new school study centre at Lymington’s Priestlands School has been named in honour of former headteacher Chris Willsher. Town mayor Cllr Anne Corbridge and other councillors joined Chris for the opening ceremony of the...
Winter Reading Challenge

Libraries set junior bookworms a winter reading challenge

JUNIOR bookworms in Hampshire will be rewarded with certificates for meeting this year’s Winter Reading Challenge. The county council’s library service is encouraging young children to read four books and earn stickers to pick up...
Cameron’s Cottage

Derelict cottage to be education centre in memory of Cameron (16)

A DERELICT cottage in the heart of the New Forest has been given the green light to be transformed into a unique residential education centre for young people in a tribute to a teenage...
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