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‘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...

Sir Vince Cable on Brexit, his ‘Shangri-La’ New Forest – and the R-word…

HOURS after losing Twickenham in the 2015 general election that gave the Conservatives a majority and paved the way for the EU referendum, Sir Vince Cable was on the M3 with his wife, Rachel...

‘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...

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...

‘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...
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...

‘As long as I am not boring people’: Dame Esther Rantzen on Brexit, the...

DAME Esther Rantzen is decluttering. Well, she’s not – her assistant is. Having driven herself that morning from a job in Oxford, the 76-year-old is now overseeing a clear-out at her home in Bramshaw to...

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...
Christina Veal at the New Forest Ice Cream factory in Ampress Park, Lymington

‘I never sit down and relax’: the secret of success for New Forest Ice...

THE sweet scent of dairy welcomes visitors to the HQ of New Forest Ice Cream, the family business that has grown from a kitchen in Milford into one of the district’s biggest manufacturers, turning...

‘All the best stories you’ve ever heard’: TV historian Dan Snow talks family life...

DAN Snow is late. His staff don’t know where he is – until the head nanny arrives to say the TV historian has been delayed picking up his children. A few minutes later he pulls up...
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