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‘Inspirational’ former Hoburne Group chairman John Burry dies

THE former chairman of the Hoburne Group, John Burry, has died at the age of 88. He also devoted many years of his life to working for the good of the New Forest and was...
Vic House

Vic House: Village’s Father Christmas was one of its most colourful characters

HIGHCLIFFE has lost one of its best known and most colourful characters with death of Vic House. For many years he played the village’s Father Christmas and was also instrumental in setting up Highcliffe Charity...
Bruce Davidson

Bruce Davidson: ‘Incredible’ runner who hit the roads into his 90s

TRIBUTES have poured in to “inspirational” and “incredible” New Forest runner Bruce Davidson who has died at the age of 98. Well known locally for taking part in the New Forest Marathon for many years,...
Ray Thompson

Ray Thompson: Engineer kept secret his role rebuilding Colossus code-breaker

PIONEERING electronics engineer Ray Thompson was such a modest man that it was not until the film The Imitation Game came out that he revealed to his family his own part in the history...
Evelyn Lamb

Evelyn Lamb: Former district nurse was a champion for the NHS

RETIRED district nurse Evelyn Lamb, who was a champion of the NHS and pillar of the New Milton community for 60 years, has died at Oakhaven Hospice following a short illness. Evelyn was born in...

Rich List landowner and friend to the royals Sir George Meyrick dies at 78

SIR George Meyrick, one of the area’s wealthiest landowners and a close friend to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, has died aged 78. Sir George was the seventh baronet of Hinton Admiral and featured...

Jim Cobb: Kind-hearted holiday park owner was keen sailor

LONGSTANDING holiday park owner and leading Freemason Jim Cobb has died at the age of 88. Well known as the face of Cobb’s Holiday Park at Highcliffe for many years, Jim moved to Carlton House...

Brian Wilson: ‘A true commoner, he absolutely lived for the Forest’

THERE were three things that Brian Wilson held dear: the New Forest, his ponies and his wife – and according to his widow Angie, it was in that order. She said of the former president...
Michael Reed

Michael Reed: Skilled horticulturalist with deep roots in community

LONGSTANDING horticulturalist and Milford community stalwart Michael Reed has died suddenly at the age of 82. Well-known for his role in organising Milford and Keyhaven’s annual Remembrance services, Michael was a leading member of the...

Susan Balme: Kept secret husband’s role in capturing Nazi Enigma machine

SUSAN BALME, who for decades kept secret her husband’s key role in breaking the Nazi war codes, has died aged 93. The story was finally told in 2000 in a blaze of publicity by a...
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