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Readers’ Photos: Your pictures of the New Forest and Christchurch

WITH the beautiful New Forest National Park and historic Christchurch on our doorstep, we live in one of the most picturesque areas of the UK. Show off your best photos from around the patch by...

‘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...

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...
Julian Clegg

‘It’s been amazing’ – DJ Julian Clegg signs off at Radio Solent

POPULAR Radio Solent breakfast show DJ Julian Clegg wiped away tears as he hung up his microphone after 23 years this morning (Thursday). Julian thanked listeners on what was his 60th birthday saying it had...
Olivia Inspires

Parents to launch youth charity in memory of talented student Olivia

THE Milford parents of a gifted university student who was tragically killed last year are launching a charity to support other young people from the New Forest fulfil their potential. Called Olivia Inspires, it celebrates...

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...

Full steam ahead to turn railway house into town’s heritage centre

MOVES to create a heritage centre in New Milton gathered momentum when permission was approved for the town’s disused railway station master’s house to host the facility. The town council has welcomed being given the...
Lyndhurst Christmas lights

Letters: Ignore the rumours, there will be Christmas lights in our village

SIR - There is currently much speculation and misinformation regarding the Christmas illuminations in Lyndhurst. May I reassure your readers that there will be lights in the village over the festive period. It is unfortunate that...
HMS Pickle

HMS Pickle sailing into Lymington for Admiral Cornwallis celebrations

A REPLICA of the ship that carried the news of Lord Nelson’s death and great victory at the Battle of Trafalgar back to England will be open to the public when it docks at...
New Forest cows

Letters: De-horn the New Forest cattle before someone gets killed

SIR - It never fails to amaze me just how upset a commoner/farmer gets whenever some of their animals attack someone on the open forest and they have to have send them to be...
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