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Letters: Lyndhurst looking resplendent with festive lights display

SIR – The village of Lyndhurst is looking resplendent once again with the festive display of trees and lights I would like to pass on my thanks to the people who have made this wonderful...

Walter Purvis Smith: mapping pioneer who led Ordnance Survey

TRIBUTES have been paid to Walter Purvis Smith, a mapping pioneer who became the first non-military Ordnance Survey director general in its 200-year history, who is being remembered at a thanksgiving service. The service for...

Reflections: Where shall we go? The story of our local guide books

THERE is a long story behind our guide books based, I suppose, on a natural human desire to describe to others the objects of beauty and of interest in the landscape. Who has not had...

New Forest Notes: Uncovering the traces of the Roman occupation

UNTIL the last few decades virtually nothing was known about the occupation and use of the New Forest in Roman times. The exception to this was the use of the industrial area which occupied parts...
Burley tree felling

Letters: Why I’m backing the Slap Bottom tree protesters

SIR - I would like to add to John Carter’s comments in your story of 13th December (Minister halts tree felling after protest). In addition to the 300 plus trees in Slap Wood, in 2018...
Ivor Johnston

Dr Ivor Johnston: Much-loved Lymington GP with personality and humour

MUCH-LOVED loved Lymington GP for four decades, Dr Ivor Johnston, has died after battling cancer, aged 85. Born in Manchester in 1934, he grew up in the Wallasey area of Liverpool where his father was...

Reflections: Early New Forest churches with ancient origins

THE early New Forest churches are characterised by two qualities: the first is that the sites chosen tended to be on elevated mounds or ridges and the second is poverty. We must assume they were...
Fawley oil refinery

Letters: Fawley oil refinery expansion so short-sighted

SIR - It was with dismay and disbelief that I read in the A&T last week of Exxon Mobil’s plans to expand diesel production by 45% at its Fawley plant. The new plant project is...
Beaulieu Supercar Weekend

Letters: Too fast and too furious – I dread Beaulieu car events

SIR - I read your article ‘Stupid Forest supercar parade criticised’ in last week’s edition with interest. The photograph confirmed my observations on the day of the event, that a large number of ‘supercar’ owners...

Fern Britton stamps her mark at New Milton library before Q&A call

TV PERSONALITY and author Fern Britton dropped in to sign books at New Milton library on Tuesday. The former Ready Steady Cook and This Morning presenter (pictured) visited on her way to Forest Arts Centre...
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