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Barton joins in national Battle’s Over 100th commemoration of First World War armistice

A MASSIVE crowd came together on Barton clifftop for a “once-in-a-generation” commemoration marking 100 years since the end of the First World War. The lighting of two beacons formed the centrepiece of the area’s part...

From Our Files: Christmas post runs smoothly, students cite ‘lazy’ teachers, and steam rally...

75 YEARS AGO There was a drop of about 3% in the amount of correspondence posted and parcels, too, were less during the Yuletide in the Lymington postal area. There was a generous response to...

Catch up on news from decades ago as A&T archive relocates to St Barbe...

READERS can catch up on local news from 90 years ago at the St Barbe Museum in Lymington which has become the new home for an A&T archive. The town library’s back catalogue of the...

From Our Files: party politics, in court for work lateness, and New Forest rat-running

75 YEARS AGO ADDRESSING members of Lymington and District Men’s Conservative club at the annual meeting on Friday of last week, Mr W. D. Braithwaite, Chairman of New Forest Conservative Association, said that whilst the...

Letters: Cycling a bumpy road towards pothole justice

SIR – Whilst cycling along Cliff Road from Milford-on-Sea towards Barton last July, I encountered a pothole (well I thought it was a pothole) that caused a puncture, resulting in me coming off my...

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: PoW passes exam, head retires after 20 years, and tension at...

75 YEARS AGO FLIGHT SERGEANT Robert Ivan Stone, RAF, son of Mr and Mrs Edgar Stone, of New Milton, has obtained the senior certificate of the College of Preceptors in examination held for prisoners-of-war in...
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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...

Irene (107) says £1 moisturiser and daily glass of wine keeps her young

A DAILY glass of sweet wine and dab of £1-a-pot moisturiser is New Milton resident Irene Taylor’s secret to looking younger than her years as she celebrated her 107th birthday. Ask Irene how she managed...

Reflections: music, charity and fun and games – the social importance of the parish...

THE parish church is very often the oldest physical man-made structure surviving within a parish. For all the pre-Reformation centuries it was the centre for worship, instruction and social interaction and it was the...
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