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Letters: 15-million New Forest visitors – but where do they all come from?

SIR - I was concerned to learn from the BBC programme Countryfile on Sunday that Alison Barnes of the national park authority reported that 15 million visitors come to the New Forest each year,...
Newlands in Milford

Reflections: the remarkable life of Mary Anne Theresa Symonds

THIS is a story where several quite disparate threads coalesce in a single place and that place is Newlands in the parish of Milford. It also occurred at a critical time in our nation’s...

Reunited polar explorer recalls rabid foxes, fires and food shortages

A CELEBRATED Polar explorer fondly recalled past times when he called into New Milton to be reunited with his sister and old friends. Dr Ken Hedges, who is 85 and now living in Canada, caught...

From Our Files: Mrs Brotherton’s in khaki again, police shortage, and a ‘dreadful’ footbridge

75 YEARS AGO FIFTY-YEAR-OLD Mrs G. M. Brotherton, of Burley, is in khaki again. A Women’s Legion Ambulance driver in the last war, she volunteered for the ATS in 1941 and is now a sergeant. Her...

Charity sailor Ken’s gruelling record bid is ‘unfinished business’

AN intrepid sailor is undergoing a second gruelling challenge to fulfil his promise of raising £50,000 for two charities close to his heart. Two years ago, Mudeford resident Ken Fowler (pictured) attempted to pilot a...
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Letters: It’s time to honour our town’s young achievers

SIR - Every community has young people doing great things for others, so if you know of such a person or group that deserves recognition, the New Milton Town Partnership is waiting to hear...

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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