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Stuart Bailey: tool hire business founder who worked on record-breaking steam car

SINCE a small boy Stuart Bailey was never happier, according to his family, then when he was “tinkering around with something in his shed.” It was no wonder that Stuart went on to found one...
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...
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Letters: Parking story had me spitting razor blades of rage

SIR - I have just returned from a short trip to Cornwall and picked up your paper on the way home. There are few instances where I can say I spit razor blades in anger,...
Sarah Hammond

Lymington link to hit BBC comedy show Fleabag

IT SEEMS seems everyone is talking about Fleabag, the hit BBC comedy show which follows the life of a hapless, neurotic, confused young woman going about her life in London. And a huge part of...
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Letters: I love my country but I do despair at its lack of direction

SIR – Some years ago I read a description of a Second World War Allied multi-engined aircraft, given by many of those who flew it, to wit “10,000 rivets in loose formation”.  It seems to me...

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...
The More You Ignore Me director Keith English, Jo Brand and Debbie Gray

Lymington director picks up national award with The More You Ignore Me

A DIRECTOR from Lymington was part of the team winning best comedy with his debut movie at this year’s National Film Awards UK. The More You Ignore Me directed by Keith English is from top...

Letters: An American view on ‘hideous’ New Forest road markings

SIR – I recently had a visit from an American friend who had served in the US Air force in UK some years ago. As I drove him around in the New Forest he was...
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...
Gemma Ives and Anna Jennings

Vets pedalling to John O’Groats in memory of colleague Rita

TWO women are preparing to cycle the length of the UK in memory of a New Forest veterinary surgeon. Anna Jennings and Gemma Ives will pedal from Land’s End to John O’Groats in a tribute...
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