D-Day

‘We were frightened but had to do our duty’ – D-Day veterans tell their...

LOCAL Second World War veterans have shared wartime tales about their experiences of D-Day to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the landings. Codenamed Operation Overlord, the invasion of Normandy took place on 6th June 1944...
New Forest fire

New Forest Notes: Are we facing a fiery future from global warming?

THE recent reports of fires in the Forest over the Easter weekend raise some interesting questions about our vulnerability to fire once climate change really starts to bite. My own impression is that in recent...
hinton church

Villagers rally to save their old church for the future

A CHURCH which members of the congregation feared would not survive the 21st century is being rescued by an initiative to make it the focal point of the community once again. There has been a...
New Forest D-Day

Find out where D-Day commemorations are taking place near you

THE vital role played by the New Forest in the D-Day invasion of Normandy 75 years ago next week will be marked by events across the area. The Royal British Legion will play a major...
Pylewell House

Reflections: Pylewell Park – uncovering the story of a local landmark

IT was during my explorations and researches into the notebooks of the Rev. Henry Comyn (1777-1851), compiled whilst he was curate of Boldre parish between 1811 and 1817, that I became aware of the...

New Forest Notes: Uncovering the traces of the Roman occupation

UNTIL the last few decades virtually nothing was known about the occupation and use of the New Forest in Roman times. The exception to this was the use of the industrial area which occupied parts...
Newlands in Milford

Reflections: the remarkable life of Mary Anne Theresa Symonds

THIS is a story where several quite disparate threads coalesce in a single place and that place is Newlands in the parish of Milford. It also occurred at a critical time in our nation’s...

From Our Files: Mrs Brotherton’s in khaki again, police shortage, and a ‘dreadful’ footbridge

75 YEARS AGO FIFTY-YEAR-OLD Mrs G. M. Brotherton, of Burley, is in khaki again. A Women’s Legion Ambulance driver in the last war, she volunteered for the ATS in 1941 and is now a sergeant. Her...
Brice Stratford from Lyndhurst

Author hunting tall tales and scary stories from the New Forest

TALL tales and scary stories are being hunted by a researcher looking to round up the myths and legends of the New Forest into a new book. Brice Stratford, who lives in Lyndhurst, is appealing...

From Our Files: Lymington submarine hero, Hitler’s nose, and a noisy cockerel

75 YEARS AGO Paymaster Lieut. Bill Johnson, RNVR, well-known in Lymington amateur dramatic and tennis circles before the war, when he was on the staff of Lloyds Bank, took part in the greatest and most...
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