‘What are the chances?’ Care home resident discovers staff’s family link

A CARE home resident who was researching her family tree discovered she was related to two of the staff. Keen genealogist Janet Pack, who has lived at West Cliff Hall in Hythe for the last...
New Forest Walking Festival

Walking researchers seek New Forest myths and memories

RESEARCHERS are on the hunt for New Forest memories and folklore around five specially chosen walking routes. The national park authority is looking for stories and history to give some factual or mythical colour to...

Buyers fail to pursue New Forest Buckhounds painting

A MASTERWORK by a famous Lyndhurst painter failed to sell at auction after the bidding did not meet the lower end of its estimate. The New Forest Buckhounds by John Emms was expected to fetch...

Town takes care of new heritage centre’s £5,000 running costs

THE £5,000 running costs of New Milton’s upcoming new heritage centre will be stumped up by the town council. Amenities committee members agreed the sum should be added to its budget for 2020/21 and possibly...

Storm damage sparks fresh fears for future of historic Hurst Castle

FEARS over the future of Hurst Castle have been heightened after storm damage forced the historic building’s closure at the weekend. English Heritage, which owns the scheduled monument near Milford, has shut a number exhibition...

Full steam ahead to turn railway house into town’s heritage centre

MOVES to create a heritage centre in New Milton gathered momentum when permission was approved for the town’s disused railway station master’s house to host the facility. The town council has welcomed being given the...

Bid to revamp old station house keeps heritage centre plan on track

PLANS to transform the disused railway station master’s house in New Milton into a heritage centre took a step closer to fruition amid a possibility that it could become a listed building. Having secured the...
Rocket Post

Jet-pack postie recreates German’s cross-Solent rocket delivery bid

A ROCKET-PROPELLED postman flew from the New Forest to the Isle of Wight to recreate delivery of letters that got lost in the mail during a madcap enterprise nearly 85 years ago. The cross-Solent stunt...

Too small, too big or just right? Cottage of Goldilocks author up for sale

IT might be too big, too small or for some buyers just right – the cottage once home to the author of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, the former Poet Laureate Robert Southey, has...

PICTURES: Town remembers victims of World War Two air-raid tragedy

THE 31 people killed in New Milton during bombing raids on the town during the Second World War were remembered at an annual service. Local residents and councillors were joined by some of those who...
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