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Tributes pour in for Arnewood School staff member Karen Morris (48)

WHEN the family of Karen Morris posted the sad news about her death on social media they received well over 1,000 messages of sympathy – many from former pupils of Arnewood School who paid...

Rich List landowner and friend to the royals Sir George Meyrick dies at 78

SIR George Meyrick, one of the area’s wealthiest landowners and a close friend to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, has died aged 78. Sir George was the seventh baronet of Hinton Admiral and featured...

Reality star Gemma Collins hits the New Forest for TV show

REALITY TV star Gemma Collins paid a surprise visit to Lymington at the weekend, enjoying a kayak trip on the river which was filmed for her show Diva in Lockdown. Gemma (39) proved to be...

Bikers to raffle late friend’s restored Harley in £10k thank you to hospice

A GROUP of motorcycle enthusiasts have restored a Harley Davidson motorcycle that belonged to a friend who died from cancer – and will raffle it in aid of Oakhaven Hospice to say thank you...
Furry Dave

‘Furry Dave’: Famous figure on the streets with a mysterious past

SITTING in a hospital bed wearing his characteristic huge furry hat, Dave Rhodes spent his last days entertaining medics with tales of his life and singing a few tunes. Known as Furry Dave, he was...
Ferrari

Community rallies round to give little Enzo a Ferrari farewell

A BABY boy who died just weeks after being born was given a funeral escort of honour by a fleet of Ferrari cars after the community rallied round to help give him a special...

End of an era as Gary Parsons parks up his fleet of trucks

AFTER half a century in the haulage industry it is the end of the road for New Milton-based contractor Gary Parsons as he reires at the age of 70. His fleet of blue lorries have...

Tributes paid to larger than life New Forest peer Lord Normanton

A LARGER than life peer who turned his New Forest estate into a major event venue has died at the age of 73. Tributes have been paid to former cavalry officer Lord Normanton, who raced...

Harry Oram: a man with ‘unrivalled knowledge’ of forestry

TRIBUTES have been paid to former head forester Harry Oram, a well-regarded woodland expert hailed for “unrivalled knowledge” of his industry. Harry Oram (pictured), who has died aged 70 after battling lymphoma, was a member...
Richard Frampton

Forest farmer tickles the nation with Dickies Dribble on Radio 1

BRANSGORE farmer-turned-cider maker Richard Frampton has been tickling the nation after becoming the unlikely star of a new feature on BBC Radio 1’s Scott Mills show. The former district councillor, who began making Dickies Dribble...
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