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...
Toby Hoad directing his Comtois mares Fleur and Celine

New Forest conservationists step back in time with pair of heavy horses

AN AWARD-winning conservation charity has taken a step back in time after recruiting a team of heavy horses to deliver timber for their first charcoal burn of the season. Pondhead Conservation Trust was set up...
MP Tobias Ellwood, Dr Henry Goodall and Second World War veteran Laurie Weede

Modern technology tells stirring story of RAF’s New Forest airfields

NEW state-of-the-art displays telling the story of New Forest airfields during the Second World War has been unveiled at a memorial and heritage centre in Bransgore. The Friends of the New Forest Airfields (FONFA) welcomed...

From Our Files: a soldier dress thief, prisoner promoted, and a Lyndhurst queues solution?

75 YEARS AGO EVIDENCE that an alleged absentee was wearing women’s clothing, including a fur coat, was given at Lymington Borough police court, when a fusilier was remanded in custody by the Mayor, charged with...

Villagers discover grave of naval hero who inspired Nelson to win Battle of Trafalgar

IN an unmarked grave in a corner of All Saints Church in Milford lies a man worshipped by Nelson as his greatest mentor, life-saver and inspiration to victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. One of...

Reflections: Early New Forest churches with ancient origins

THE early New Forest churches are characterised by two qualities: the first is that the sites chosen tended to be on elevated mounds or ridges and the second is poverty. We must assume they were...

From Our Files: pipe dream scheme, alderman’s apology refusal, and traders ‘stun’ council

75 YEARS AGO IN May, 1943, the inhabitants of Milford collected the sum of £162 14s. 6d, as a gift to ex-PC, and Mrs Hancock on the retirement of the former (owing to deafness) and...

From Our Files: British Legion buys hall, fire at Fawley, and horse rider prejudice

75 YEARS AGO NEW MILTON branch of the British Legion on Monday approved a scheme for the acquisition of the Public Hall as a British Legion War Memorial at a cost of £4,000, which is...

New Forest Notes: Chris Packham has poked a wasp’s nest

CHRIS PACKHAM’S Inside Out television programme for the BBC on the subject of grazing pressures in the Forest has produced an angry buzzing from the Forest establishment, such as might be the result of...
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