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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,...

Cyclist dad Toby sets sights on meningitis charity ride from Land’s End to John...

AN East Boldre dad is preparing to embark on a cross-country cycle ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise thousands of pounds for meningitis charities. Toby Paxton (54) will lead a 13-strong group...
Sarah Doukas

Modelling trailblazer Sarah Doukas on discovering Kate Moss and life in the New Forest

SARAH DOUKAS, founder of global modelling agency Storm, is utterly relaxed as we sit down to talk at the kitchen table of her picture postcard cottage. It’s a beautiful summer’s day and she seems just...

‘I have to have a purpose’: Chris Packham on the New Forest, poodles and...

WHEN Chris Packham dies, he wants his ashes mixed with those of his beloved poodles and scattered in the New Forest to mingle with the plants and wildlife that first fired his fascination with...

Bob Wappett: longserving Conservative councillor and a ‘kind and gentle man’

TRIBUTES have been paid to the chairman of Fawley Parish Council, Cllr Bob Wappet, who has been described as a “kind and gentle man”. Bob, who lived in Blackfield with wife Pauline, had been a...

Top New Forest chef Matthew Tomkinson on his career: ‘That’s where it started. It’s...

DONKEYS and weekday tourists stroll in the winter sunshine past the window of the wood-panelled room of the Montagu Arms where Matthew Tomkinson is recalling moving from where he grew up in the north-west...

‘I don’t know why you’re interviewing me’: sculptor Geoffrey Dashwood opens up

YOU know you’ve arrived at Geoffrey Dashwood’s house when you turn the corner and come face to face with a monumental bronze bird of prey glaring down the driveway. Actually finding the secluded spot near...
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