New Forest remembers 75th anniversary of VJ Day

A SERIES of small remembrance ceremonies were held across the New Forest to honour the 75th anniversary of VJ Day. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, socially distanced events were held to mark the surrender...

Plans to move village shop after more than 100 years on same site

PLANS have been revealed to secure the future of a popular New Forest community shop by relocating to a new extension at the local village hall. The Pilley Community Shop and post office, which is...

Health bosses aiming for county to emerge from lockdown in lowest tier

HEALTH leaders in Dorset are aiming for the county to come out of the national coronavirus lockdown still in the lowest tier of restrictions, councillors have been told. With both local authority areas in the...

‘Show some Christmas spirit and return our stolen Santa,’ pleads landlord

THE landlord of a New Forest pub is urging a thief who stole a Santa decoration to show some Christmas spirit by returning it. Phil Hoyle, who runs The London Tavern in Poulner, Ringwood, believes...
Hampshire County Council

Libraries and social services under threat in new £80m spending cuts drive

LIBRARY closures, reduced winter gritting and increased service charges are being considered by Hampshire County Council to plug a looming £80m hole in its finances. The Conservative-run authority said shrinking government funding and growing demand...

New Milton GP surgeries merger will bring more services, promise doctors

THE proposed merger of three local GP practices will lead to patients in New Milton and Barton being provided with more medical services not less, a packed general meeting of the local residents’ association...

College football match thieves grab watch gifted by dead mum

A FATHER has spoken of the devastation caused when a watch gifted from his wife to their son before she died was stolen by thieves who raided changing rooms at Brockenhurst College. The theft took...

Dolphins, seals and illegal immigrants – not your typical cross-Channel charity swim for Milford...

MILFORD dad Sean Willson encountered dolphins and seals as he as he completed a cross-Channel swim to raise more than £7,000 for two charities. With just a few hours’ notice of perfect conditions, Sean completed...

‘Panic attack’ delays sentencing of revenge porn man

A PANIC attack delayed the sentencing of a Ringwood man who breached a suspended sentence order he was given for a “revenge porn” incident. Adam Bruce was set to learn his fate at Southampton Crown...
Storm Ciara

Council monitoring cracked seawall as Storm Ciara looms

COUNCIL engineers are monitoring weather damage which has closed a 75-metre stretch of Milford’s sea wall as Storm Ciara approaches with powerful wind and waves this weekend. New Forest District Council confirmed today (Thursday) that...
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