• 1 First Curious Dog Show at 2018 New Forest Curious Arts Festival
  • 2 Buzz of activity as care home residents turn children's champions
  • 3 2018 Lymington Italia Festival supporting local MS Society branch
  • 4 Lymington Seafood Festival puts New Forest on the UK Food Map
  • 5 Respite for carers with Colten Care's short stay offer
  • 6 Help Lymington and Pennington win South & South East in Bloom awards!
  • 7 Charity winner chooses Break of a Lifetime at Balmer Lawn
  • 8 Life's a picnic at The Montagu Arms
  • 9 Enjoy Monty's fish and chips on the banks of the Beaulieu River
  • 10 Colten Care to end use of throwaway plastic
  • 11 Lymington's Ocean Brothers hit £100,000 goal!
  • 12 First falconer in centuries appointed for new Beaulieu exhibition
  • 13 A career in care with Colten Care
  • 14 Lymington's Aqua Plumbing celebrates 25 years
  • 15 Foals on the New Forest - please drive slowly
  • First Curious Dog Show at 2018 New Forest Curious Arts Festival

    Curious Dog Show at Curious Arts Festival

    Dogs more welcome than ever at Curious Arts this year

    Not only are four-legged family members welcome as ever at the Curious Arts Festival Friday 20 - Sunday 22 July 2018, but this year they are invited to take centre stage on Sunday 22 July for the first ever Curious Dog Show, organised by Oscar Pet Foods.

    chihuahua reading a book Putting the bark into Curious: Oscar Pet Foods together with broadcaster and comic compere Simon Evans and literary judge Damian Dibben

    Locals as well as visitors get your pooches ready for a very different kind of fun

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  • Buzz of activity as care home residents turn children's champions

    Buzz of activity as care home residents turn children’s champions

    The Honeypot Children's Charity praises Colten Care's Woodpeckers home for their support

    Betty Hampton, left, a resident at Colten Care's Woodpeckers home in Brockenhurst, New Forest, with items she knitted in aid of the Honeypot Children's Charity. Joining her is Viv Carter, Honeypot’s Regional Community Fundraising Officer, and mascot Bumble. Woodpeckers nursing home in the New Forest has experienced a buzz of activity as residents raised hundreds of pounds to help young carers.

    The Honeypot Children’s Charity praised Colten Care’s home in Brockenhurst for making and selling craft items to support its work. Betty Hampton, who knitted a host of bee-inspired woollen gifts including glove and finger puppets, was among residents receiving a thank-you visit from Honeypot representatives including mascot Bumble.

    “Helping children who are carers is such a

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  • 2018 Lymington Italia Festival supporting local MS Society branch

    2018 Lymington Italia Festival supporting local MS Society branch

    Free event on 1st July 2018 will include Ferrari convoy, Italian market and live music

    Italia 2018 flyer Lymington’s FREE Italia Festival will be held on July 1st this year with all charitable proceeds going to the Lymington and New Forest branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

    The Lymington and Pennington Town Council event is set to be bigger than ever in 2018, thanks to a huge wave of local support. For those who don’t know, it’s all about chic Italian motor cars, quality Italian food, a fun family day out and raising money for

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  • Lymington Seafood Festival puts New Forest on the UK Food Map

    Lymington Seafood Festival puts New Forest on the UK Food Map

    The second annual Seafood Festival promises an amazing line up of local producers.

    Lobster at Lymington Seafood Festival 2017

    Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th August 2018

    Following its immense success and popularity in 2017, the Lymington Seafood Festival is gearing up for a weekend of gastronomic delights with over 85 local artisan producers attending this year’s event. With its stunning Solent backdrop, Bath Road Park will host the free two-day festival on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th August. Organisers are also delighted to announce their support for Sail 4 Cancer, this year’s festival charity.


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  • Respite for carers with Colten Care's short stay offer

    A break for both carer and cared for with Colten Care's short stay offer

    Sometimes a holiday is just what's needed, providing precious time to be "you" again.

    Whether recovering from a spell in hospital, or simply wanting to give your carer - or yourself - a break, a short stay in one of Colten Care's homes could be just the ticket.

    Colten Care resident Caring for a loved one can be demanding and stressful, both emotionally and physically. We all deserve an occasional break from our responsibilities – and that’s where a respite stay in a beautiful, welcoming care home comes in. You may well

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  • Help Lymington and Pennington win South & South East in Bloom awards!

    Help Lymington and Pennington win South & South East in Bloom awards!

    Suggest areas to the Town Council by 30 June in time for judging 6 July 2018

    The South & South East in Bloom campaign is the largest horticultural campaign in the region involving hundreds of communities each year. Participating communities create lasting improvements to their local environment for the benefit of those that live, work and visit. 

    Flowerbeds at Woodside South and South East in Bloom 2017 The campaign provides a sense of community spirit and pride and encourages encourages communities to tackle everything from litter, graffiti and anti-social behaviour through to conservation, sustainability and improving horticultural standards.


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  • Charity winner chooses Break of a Lifetime at Balmer Lawn

    National Hospitality Charity winner chooses 'Break of a Lifetime' at Balmer Lawn

    The New Forest’s Balmer Lawn Hotel and Spa is the destination of choice for charity 'hidden hero'.

    The hotel industry has come together to give thanks to a veteran of volunteering; with a stay at her dream hotel, Brockenhurst’s iconic 4 star Balmer Lawn Hotel and Spa. 

    Adam Terpening (Charity Director – Room to Reward) Hidden Hero Denise and Michael Clitheroe (GM of Balmer Lawn Hotel) at The Balmer Lawn Hotel and Spa. National charity, Room to Reward works on a simple premise - partner hotels donate their anticipated unsold rooms to the initiative. Registered charities are invited to nominate their ‘Hidden Heroes’ for a break away. If selected, volunteers choose from over 150 hotels

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  • Life's a picnic at The Montagu Arms

    Life’s a picnic at The Montagu Arms!

    Enjoy National Picnic Week in the New Forest with a fabulous Montagu Arms hamper!

    As the sun beats down on our glorious English countryside, what could be nicer than packing up a picnic hamper and finding a secluded spot away from the madding crowds for lunch with a view?

    Picnic Hampers from the Montagu Arms And, thanks to a luxury New Forest hotel, you won’t even have to spend hours hunting for that battered old picnic basket or making your own sandwiches.

    To celebrate National Picnic Week from June 15-24, The Montagu Arms has created a fabulous wicker hamper

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  • Enjoy Monty's fish and chips on the banks of the Beaulieu River

    Enjoy a fish and chip supper on the banks of the Beaulieu River.

    Takeaway fish and chips from Monty's Inn every Friday over the summer months!

    We’re a nation who love our fish and chips – and what could be better on a balmy summer’s evening than sitting on the banks of a river in a picturesque English village, tucking into white, flaky fish in crispy batter and a pile of rustling, golden chips?

    Enjoy a fish and chip takeaway from Monty's Inn every Friday summer 2018 It’s National Fish and Chip Day on 1st June, and as a salute to this iconic British dish, a luxury country house hotel and pub in the

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  • Colten Care to end use of throwaway plastic

    Colten Care to end use of throwaway plastic

    'Caring, without plastic' will see cuts in avoidable plastic waste across all departments

    The owner and operator of five New Forest nursing homes has become the first major provider in the UK’s private care sector to begin a group-wide reduction of single-use plastic.

    WASTE NOT. Following a new approach piloted at a Dorset home, Colten Care expects to avoid using some 365,000 plastic bin liners. Pictured, from left, are Colten Care team members: Jo Ellis, Carol Martin and Gill Holland. Family-owned Colten Care, which runs homes in Lymington, Brockenhurst and New Milton, is aiming to cut avoidable plastic waste across all its departments.

    Residents, families and team members have all fed in ideas on how to eliminate non-recyclables and replace them with environmentally friendly alternatives.

    Caring, without plastic


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  • 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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  • 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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  • A 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.

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

    colten care caring may18

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

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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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Christmas at Colten Care Homes - Carols and Cinderella

Candlelit Carols at Linden House and Cinderella at Woodpeckerscolten care christmas panto Stanley Crowe

Residents at Colten Care homes in Lymington and Brockenhurst were busy before Christmas, gathering together to enjoy professional pantomime performances and atmospheric candlelit carol services. 

People with dementia enjoy singing songs known well known in the past

The words of songs sung regularly in the past are remembered by many people with dementia long after other treasured memories have faded, making the experience of singing a particularly enjoyable and beneficial experience even when dementia is advanced and everyday speech fails.

Residents of Linden House Dementia Care Home in Lymington gathered together with relatives and the children of some of the carers to enjoy the very special atmosphere of the candlelit carol service, and joined enthusiastically singing along with the team of Companions who led the proceedings.  They then enjoyed mince pies, mulled wine and hot chocolate together .

Pantomime participation a Christmas treat for former panto dame  

Meanwhile former panto dame Stanley now resident of Woodpeckers Care Home in Brockenhurst. met some modern day ugly sisters when a  band of actors brought a festive performance of Cinderella to entertain the residents.

colten care christmas panto actorsStanley, 91, explained: “As a young man I moved from Liverpool to Gloucestershire to work on a farm. I didn’t know anyone so I joined the local amateur dramatics club to meet friends.  Little did I know that I would meet the love of my life Betty and also discover a talent for playing dames!” 

Stanley and Betty were married for 48 years and enjoyed many happy years of performing together on stage.

Stanley said: “It was my wife who had all the talent. I think I got parts mainly because I was tall and had quite a soft voice. My particular favourite was playing Widow Twanky.
“But they were good times and I now have a scrapbook of many happy memories.”

Stanley added: “It’s been lovely to see the show today and meet the actors. I did manage to show them a few of my dance moves which gave them a laugh. But nowadays it’s nice to sit back and leave it to the professionals!”

Caren Pearson of the Woodpeckers Companionship team said: “Everyone has had a lovely time watching the show.  “Carousel came to us all the way from Chiswick in London and put on a fabulous performance - and it was great to see Stanley so in his element.”

With more than 30 years’ experience, Colten Care is an award-winning local family-owned care home company. It has 20 quality care homes covering Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and Sussex and offers a range of services spanning residential, nursing and dementia care.  

Colten Care's Linden House in Lymington is a dedicated specialist dementia care home which has recently been given the rating "Outstanding" by the independent authority the Care Quality Commission, whilst Woodpeckers is a lovely residential Colten owned care home set in peaceful and beautiful gardens on the edge of Brockenhurst village.


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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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