• 1 Lymington's Ocean Brothers hit £100,000 goal!
  • 2 What's on in and around Lymington during Half Term
  • 3 First falconer in centuries appointed for new Beaulieu exhibition
  • 4 Career in care with Colten Care
  • 5 Be kind to your spine on Spinal Awareness Week
  • 6 A taste of the Fifties at New Milton care home charity supper
  • 7 Lymington's Aqua Plumbing celebrates 25 years
  • 8 Foals on the New Forest - please drive slowly
  • 9 New Forest Barman shakes and causes a stir
  • 10 New Forest Paddle Sport SUP vs SUP (Single Use Plastic)
  • 11 Transition Lymington launch their 2020 vision
  • 12 Where to find Bluebells near Lymington and the New Forest
  • 13 Colten Care residents benefit from music and arts
  • 14 Personal Tax Planning 2018-19
  • 15 A warm welcome home to Lymington's Ocean Brothers
  • Lymington's Ocean Brothers hit £100,000 goal!

    Lymington's Ocean Brothers hit their £100,000 goal!

    Jude and Greg's successful transatlantic row has raised important funds for the British Skin Foundation.

    Earlier this year Jude Massey and Greg Bailey, the 'Ocean Brothers', successfully completed a dramatic, unsupported 53 day row across the Atlantic - with Jude breaking a Guinness World Record in the process, becoming the youngest person to have rowed any ocean in a team of two.

    The Ocean Brothers reached Barbados on 11 April 2018 after 53 days rowing the Atlantic - photo Adam Rowley Creative The Ocean Brothers rowed in memory of their late father and stepfather, Pete Massey, who passed away two years ago following a 16 year battle with skin cancer. Their objective was also to raise

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  • What's on in and around Lymington during Half Term

    What’s on in Lymington and the New Forest over Half Term

    Things to do during the school holidays in the New Forest area

    Whats on in Lymington and the New Forest over half term There are lots of exciting things happening in Lymington, the New Forest and surrounding areas this half term. Here is a guide of what's on and of things to do locally for visitors and locals. Take a look also at our fun days out feature if you're looking to venture slightly further afield. For those having to juggle work with school holidays, we have information about holiday childcare .

    To see what's on day by day, take a

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  • First falconer in centuries appointed for new Beaulieu exhibition

    First falconer in centuries appointed for new Beaulieu exhibition

    Official Falconer will give falconry demonstrations this half term as part of Beaulieu's Spies and Solders activities.

    Lord Montagu has rekindled Beaulieu's ancient association with the art of falconry by appointing the first official falconer in three centuries.

    Beaulieu's first official falconer for 3 centuries, Paul Manning The history of falconry at Beaulieu can be traced as far back as the 11th century and Paul Manning is believed to be the first falconer endorsed by the Montagu family for over 300 years.

    Paul will be based in Abbot’s Mews in the grounds of 13th century Beaulieu Abbey. The former ticket

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  • Career in care with Colten Care

    "I've found my perfect job!"

    A Career in Care in the New Forest with Colten Care

    You only have to glance at the recruitment pages in the local papers and online, to see that the New Forest is bursting with jobs in care!  It makes you wonder why there are always more jobs advertised than people applying for them, which is an issue for employers as well as for those who need care.

    colten care caring may18

    Going home each day with a sense of achievement and job satisfaction

    We spoke to local people who have actively chosen a career in care of the

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  • Be kind to your spine on Spinal Awareness Week

    Be kind to your spine

    Spinal Awareness Week 14-21 May 2018

    Finding it harder to get out of bed in the morning?  Suffering with a stiff neck when you wake?  Stuck in an office chair for most of the day?  Driving long distances?  Or just not feeling on top form?

    Special offer from The Lymington Chiropractic Clinic...

    spine awareness week at the Lymington Chiropractic Clinic It’s “Spinal Awareness Week”, the perfect time to check in with your spine and to celebrate Lymington Chiropractic are offering 25% off an initial consultation with one of their friendly chiropractors:

    "We listen to your symptoms, look at the whole body, not just

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  • A taste of the Fifties at New Milton care home charity supper

    A taste of the Fifties at care home charity supper

    Colten's Kingfishers residents bop in time with 50s inspired fundraising supper.

    A charity supper with a vintage Fifties rock and roll theme had feet tapping. The evening, at Colten Care’s Kingfishers home in New Milton, raised more than £120 for Hope New Forest and Cat & Kitten Rescue of Lymington. Residents, staff, relatives and members of the community all attended, some dressing up in 1950s costumes.

    Dance moves: Resident Betty Parker with Companionship Team Leader Rose Arcellana. As Christchurch-based singer Retro Rita performed hits from the 50s, diners took to the floor to show off their jive, bop, swing and other dance moves.

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  • Lymington's Aqua Plumbing celebrates 25 years

    Lymington's Aqua Plumbing celebrates 25 years!

    Expert, reliable and friendly plumbing and heating service throughout the New Forest.

    When Sean Ward set up his own plumbing and heating business in May 1993, he’s the first to admit “there was no plan.” The plan didn’t go beyond earning enough to cover rent, the odd (!) pint in the Chequers on Friday night and sailing at the weekend.

    Aqua Plumbing and Heating team based in Lymington and the New FOrest At 25, with a City & Guilds plumbing and heating apprenticeship, 4 years’ industrial and domestic experience, 5 years’ experience on the tools, a turquoise Austin Maestro, nicknamed the “tractor” and a “can-do” attitude, Sean

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  • Foals on the New Forest - please drive slowly

    Foals on the Forest - visitors and locals watch out on the roads!

    The merry month of May is prime time for newborn foals in the new Forest

    May is a magical month as once again tiny foals are being born all over the New Forest, soon to be seen gambolling about and winning our hearts.  

    Please take extra care on the unfenced roads.

    Foals move very fast and are unpredictable.

    Some of them even lie on the road!

    So give yourself plenty of time on your daily commute, or when crossing the Forest at any time.

    A very simple message

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  • New Forest Barman shakes and causes a stir

    New Forest Barman shakes and causes a stir!

    Talented bartender from Careys Manor reached finals of an international cocktail competition.

    The President of the UK Bartender’s Guild, Luca Cordiglieri, Kris Insatorn and Salvatore Damiano, Chairman of the southern UK Bartender’s Guild. A talented young bartender at the luxury Careys Manor Hotel in the New Forest has reached the finals of an international cocktail competition.

    Kris Insatorn, 18, who is also a student at Brockenhurst College, won the student bartender category in the national heat of the Calvados Nouvelle Vogue International Trophies, and went on to compete against 60 other bartenders and students from 14 countries at the finals in Caen.

    The brief was to devise an imaginative, vegetable-themed cocktail with a

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  • New Forest Paddle Sport SUP vs SUP (Single Use Plastic)

    New Forest Paddle Sport SUP vs SUP (Single Use Plastic)

    Coastal clear up in Lymington using Stand Up Paddle Boards. 

    New Forest Paddle Sport Company SUP vs Single Use Plastic 22 April 2018 On Sunday 22 April 2018, the New Forest Paddle Sport Company ran a Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) vs Single Use Plastic (SUP) event with Surfers Against Sewage Plastic Free Lymington and Coffee Mongers.

    The team were on Lymington Quay from 10am to 2pm, talking to the public about litter in our coastal waters an how we all need to work together to do our little bit in removing rubbish from our stunning area.

    Over the course of a few hours

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  • Transition Lymington launch their 2020 vision

    Transition Lymington launch their 2020 Vision 

    What we can all do to help enjoy and protect Lymington.

    Sunset at Hordle Cliff beach near Lymington On 1 May 2018, Transition Lymington launch their 2020 Vision. The objective is to remind ourselves why we love Lymington and what we can do to help enjoy it and protect it. The vision is for a sustainable and thriving community that we love.

    Each month for the next 20 months, Transition Lymington will release a short list of 20 easy, 'do-able' challenges. These will be themed and its up to you how many you do. The list may give you other ideas too.

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  • Where to find Bluebells near Lymington and the New Forest

    Where to find Bluebells near Lymington and the New Forest.

    The evocative scent and vivid colour of Bluebells makes them a highlight of springtime.

    Bluebells 2014 Britain's favourite wild flower blooms from mid April to early May and is a precious part of our national heritage - bluebells don’t grow wild anywhere else in Europe and almost half of the world’s bluebells can be found in the UK, they’re relatively rare in the rest of the world.

    Here in the New Forest we have some of the most stunning bluebell woods; the flowers love the damp, shady conditions of our ancient woodland.

    Bluebell colonies take

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  • Colten Care residents benefit from music and arts

    Brilliant Fiona helps Colten Care residents benefit from music and arts. 

    Dedicated Music and Arts professional improves residents’ wellbeing and quality of life.

    Music and Arts Partner Fiona Pritchard working with a participant at a Dance for Parkinson’s session at the Forest Arts Centre in New Milton, Hampshire. And, it really works. See below. 

    Professional musician, teacher and music-in-healthcare practitioner Fiona Pritchard is working across Colten Care's 20 nursing homes including the five dementia-specific care homes.

    A key part of her role is to stimulate residents’ creativity and imagination through singing, playing music, drama, poetry, storytelling, dance and active listening.“I am introducing arts based approaches into everyday care and offering individualised interactions with residents based on an arts activity of interest", said Fiona. “I will use

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  • Personal Tax Planning 2018-19

    Personal Tax Planning 2018-19

    Review your tax affairs and take advantage of all available allowances.

    NFTA hourglass on newspaper The new tax year starts 6 April and brings a number of important changes, making it a good time to review your tax affairs to make sure that you are taking advantage of all available reliefs and allowances. This useful guide from New Forest Tax Accountants provides you with a few personal tax planning suggestions. As ever, your particular circumstances must be considered as further opportunities might be available to you.

    Income Tax

    For 2018-2019, the personal allowance has risen to £11,850. The level at

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  • A warm welcome home to Lymington's Ocean Brothers

    Welcome home to Lymington, Ocean Brothers!

    Atlantic rowers, Jude Massey and Greg Bailey, were greeted by hundreds of supporters in Lymington on Good Friday.

    30 March 2018

    Photo by Adam Lynk Ocean Brothers Homecoming Guinness World Record Breaking Jude Massey and Greg Bailey, the Ocean Brothers , rowed home to Lymington on Good Friday, 30th March 2018. They were followed up the Lymington River by a flotilla of boats and welcomed ashore by hundreds of supporters and wellwishers, all celebrating the brothers' success in rowing unsupported across the Atlantic Ocean. Jude is now the youngest person to have rowed any ocean in a pair.  Read more about the Ocean

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Sleigh bells ring as New Forest care homes host winter wonderland

Colten Care's New Forest homes celebrate Christmas with fundraising events for charity.

Enjoying the fun in Santa's grotto at Colten Care's Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst.Opportunity for informal visit to see what care home life is really like

A sparkling sprinkle of festive fun is under way as five New Forest care homes celebrate the Christmas season with fundraising events for charity. Winter Wonderland at Colten Care features fairs, markets, live music, food and drink, and visits to Santa’s grotto – all involving residents and open to the community.  These are good opportunities for anybody considering a care home to visit informally and see what life there is really like.

First to stage a bazaar was Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst, adorned with 5,000 fairy lights and hosting a dozen stalls sporting Christmas gifts. In arts and crafts sessions leading up to the event, residents and team members made items to sell including tea light lanterns, decoupage stars and hearts, bath bombs, handwarmers, and jars of mincemeat and onion chutney. Visitors included children from Brockenhurst Primary School and performers from the New Forest Singing for Fun choir.

The winterland wonderland market at Colten Care's Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst attracted visitors from across the community.Home Manager Janie Pearman explained the idea of having a winter wonderland season stemmed from seeing so many members of the community involved in summer events with Colten Care. These included the Lymington Carnival and a Mary Poppins stage show at Woodpeckers.

Janie said: “Christmas is another ideal chance to dress up and have fun, with outfits and decorations from the sublime to the ridiculous. All of us - residents, relatives and team members - have been really looking forward to another great community event. It gets everyone excited and residents always welcome the chance to do their bit for charities they choose to help.”

Among those supported by the Winter Wonderland season are Oakhaven Hospice, Bramshaw Riding for the Disabled, the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, and Honey Pot Children’s Charity.

Community organisations helping the homes include the Sway-based plant nursery Agrumi who are providing topiary reindeers.

Following Woodpeckers, the other Winter Wonderland events, all free to attend are detailed below -  click on the links for more information;

Considering a care home? 

If you're considering a care home whether for yourself or a relative this is a good opportunity to pop in informally and get the feel of one or more of the local Colten Care homes, experience for yourself how the staff work together as a caring and supportive team, how happy and involved the residents become in the Christmas festivities - above all how natural and homelike the atmosphere is.



Colten Care operates six residential nursing and care homes in the local area, including three in Lymington: Belmore Lodge, Court Lodge and dementia specialist Linden House. There are also homes in Brockenhurst (Woodpecker's), New Milton (Kingfisher's) and Mudeford (Avon Reach). Click on the links to find out more about each home...

Colten Care Belmore Lodge Lymington  Colten Care Court Lodge Lymington  Colten Care Linden House Lymington

Colten Care's Avon Reach  Colten Care Kingfishers New Milton  Colten Care Woodpeckers Brockenhurst



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    Lymington is a pretty Georgian market town in the south of the New Forest. The town's sheltered position on the western bank of the beautiful Lymington river has made it an important settlement since the Iron Age. For many years Lymingtonians have made their living from the sea or the river - as boatbuilders, fishermen, sailors and in past centuries as salt workers and even smugglers! Today Lymington is an internationally famous yachting centre with a population of almost 17,500.


    It’s not surprising that Lymington is one of the “Best UK Coastal Towns in Which to Live”. Combined with accessible road and rail links north to London, west to Bournemouth and east to Southampton and beyond, as well as the car ferry service to Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, the town combines practicality with pleasure; the perfect work-life balance. There are many excellent schools and a wealth of local sports, clubs and leisure activities.

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