• 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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Durlston Court young join Colten Care elderly colten care kingfishers and durlston court school partner for mutual benefit - 1

New Forest partnership between young and old - each to benefit from the other

A pair of leaders in different fields in the New Forest have proved that age is no barrier to learning and making friends! 

A partnership between Durlston Court School and Colten Care's Kingfishers Care Home

Durlston Court, an independent school in New Milton, Hampshire, is partnering with nearby Kingfishers Care Home,  to give children the chance to socialise with elderly residents and learn a thing or two in the process.

Or put the other way around, Colten Care's Kingfishers is giving its elderly residents a chance for some welcome young company - to enliven and energise them and keep them in touch with what's going on in the world of youth today!

colten care kingfishers and durlston court school partner for mutual benefit - 2Weekly visits to the home see reception-year pupils meet and share learning experiences with residents, finding out about their lives, enjoying companionship and discussing topics of interest.

The initiative caps a hugely successful few months for both the school and home after they each gained the highest possible ratings from their respective inspecting bodies.

Durlston Court School - excellent 

Durlston Court School was rated ‘excellent’ in all areas by the Independent Schools Inspectorate.  Which is not surprising to us - it's set in such a beautiful setting, the staff are s so positive and friendly, and the children so well mannered and interested!

Kingfishers Care Home - outstanding 

Whilst Kingfishers Care Home, run by family-owned Colten Care,  had gained an ‘outstanding’ rating from care sector regulator the CQC - along with other Colten Care homes in the New Forest including Linden House in Lymington .

To kick off the series of visits, Kingfishers residents first welcomed pupils for a super hero-themed afternoon of fun.

Kingfishers Home Manager Beata Brzozowska said: “Intergenerational activities like this are so valuable. Seeing our residents interact with these four and five-year-olds is such a joyful experience. It brings out the best in everyone.”colten care kingfishers and durlston court school partner for mutual benefit - 3

Gilly Smith, Head of Durlston’s Pre-Prep Department, said: “The visits are full of smiles, stories and songs and we’re seeing the beginnings of some very special friendships.”

The link with Durlston is one part of Colten Care’s wider commitment to providing companionship for residents.

Across its 19 other homes in Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and Sussex, the family-owned care home provider is developing similar links with schools and other community organisations.

Watch the film of the Durlston pupils’ first trip to Kingfishers here - it's great!

This is such a lovely potential win win for old and young alike, we hope that many more such initiatives are fostered...

Contact details (click links below)

Colten Care Homes   "Colten Care is a family-owned care home operator established for over 30 years. We design, build, own and run care homes across the South of England, each with individual character and consistently high standards of comfort. Our well trained teams set the very highest standards of residential, nursing and dementia care including in-house catering and activities."

Kingfishers Care Home New Milton  "There’s a holiday feeling about Kingfishers, only half a mile from beaches, in easy reach of the shops and facilities of New Milton, while the New Forest is a short drive just beyond the town. The home sits in a residential area, popular for active retirement. It has a bright and refreshing ambience, alongside a sense of continuity with the lively life of the area. Kingfishers provides both residential and nursing care."

Durlston Court School "We develop happy, confident and successful children who flourish in an inspiring and nurturing environment. Excellence, integrity and challenge are fostered as core values of the Durlston Family. Our children are prepared to face challenges and to fully engage and thrive in the world of today and tomorrow."



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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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