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Artist Nicoline Bolsius

The light of Keyhaven draws globe-trotting artist to the New Forest

AN artist who grew up in Brazil and has exhibited around the world is to hold weekly painting classes in the New Forest. Dutch-born Nicoline Bolsius is bringing her talents to the Red Rose Studio...

‘It’s all I wanted. I just wanted to be a mum’

TUCKED away somewhere, Michelle Meech has a picture of herself and husband Dave holding a photo of a tiny embryo. At the time, it represented to them a “perfect little baby”, but several years on...

Super chef from world’s top restaurant takes charge at Montagu Arms in Beaulieu

AS a small boy Matthew Whitfield was being driven past the Montagu Arms Hotel with his grandparents when he confidently announced: “One day I’m going to work there!” Not only did that prophecy come true...

‘Just look at the view! This is the best job in the world’

SWEEPING her hand in front of her desk, Wendy Stowe exclaims: “Just look at the view from my office! No wonder I think this is the best job in the world.” Flowing in front of...

‘I did not know I was dying slowly’ – explorer Adrian Hayes reveals his...

“HOW personal do you want this to be?” Adrian Hayes asks over the table of his untidy kitchen. It’s an unexpectedly vulnerable question from the veteran explorer and former special forces reservist who has faced...

Former Heidi child star Emma Blake on fame, scandal and missing coffee dates with...

HAVING screen tested more than 300 children, frustrated producer John McRae was animatedly banging a desk late one night in a BBC office and wondering what he was going to do. Then, as fate would...
Sarah Doukas

Modelling trailblazer Sarah Doukas on discovering Kate Moss and life in the New Forest

SARAH DOUKAS, founder of global modelling agency Storm, is utterly relaxed as we sit down to talk at the kitchen table of her picture postcard cottage. It’s a beautiful summer’s day and she seems just...

‘I have to have a purpose’: Chris Packham on the New Forest, poodles and...

WHEN Chris Packham dies, he wants his ashes mixed with those of his beloved poodles and scattered in the New Forest to mingle with the plants and wildlife that first fired his fascination with...

Top New Forest chef Matthew Tomkinson on his career: ‘That’s where it started. It’s...

DONKEYS and weekday tourists stroll in the winter sunshine past the window of the wood-panelled room of the Montagu Arms where Matthew Tomkinson is recalling moving from where he grew up in the north-west...

‘I don’t know why you’re interviewing me’: sculptor Geoffrey Dashwood opens up

YOU know you’ve arrived at Geoffrey Dashwood’s house when you turn the corner and come face to face with a monumental bronze bird of prey glaring down the driveway. Actually finding the secluded spot near...
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