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‘I did not know I was dying slowly’ – explorer Adrian Hayes reveals his...

“HOW personal do you want this to be?” Adrian Hayes asks over the table of his untidy kitchen. It’s an unexpectedly vulnerable question from the veteran explorer and former special forces reservist who has faced...

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...

New Forest care home teams trip the light fantastic for Children in Need

CARE homes across the New Forest put on their dancing shoes for a Strictly-style show to raise cash for the Children In Need appeal. Residents and staff at Colten Care’s Belmore Lodge, Court Lodge and...

Reflections: Mary Elizabeth Braddon – pioneering author who helped shape Lyndhurst

BY the latter years of the 19th century Bournemouth had become a town and resort of national repute. During the summer various hotels were involved in promoting charabanc excursions (horse-drawn in those times) to the...

New Forest’s Rhinefield Hotel stars as backdrop to The Queen Netflix series

A-LIST actors filmed scenes from the smash-hit Netflix drama The Crown at an upmarket Brockenhurst Hotel, it has been revealed. Helena Bonham-Carter was among the stars who stayed at Rhinefield House Hotel as up to...

Generous Paul gives £100,000 charity donation to Rose Road Association

A GENEROUS New Forest businessman has donated £100,000 to a charity supporting young people with multiple learning and physical disabilities. The Rose Road Association provides overnight respite care for anyone aged up to 25 which...

Letters: Fears over school funding

SIR - I read with interest your article in the edition of 19th October on the subject of school funding and I thought I would share with you the results of a recent Freedom...

Town council names-promise unlocks permission for Ringwood war memorial revamp

REFURBISHING Ringwood’s war memorial has been given the go-ahead after promises by the town council not to change the presentation of the names. The scheme for the Grade II listed structure in Christchurch Road was...

Former Heidi child star Emma Blake on fame, scandal and missing coffee dates with...

HAVING screen tested more than 300 children, frustrated producer John McRae was animatedly banging a desk late one night in a BBC office and wondering what he was going to do. Then, as fate would...

Linda Hayes: well-known New Forest hotel proprietor who kept her piano skills sharp

SCORES of well-wishers attended the funeral of Linda Hayes, the former proprietor of Busketts Lawn Hotel in Woodlands for 38 years, who recently died at the age of 91. Linda and her beloved husband Con,...
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