• 1 19th Open Art Exhibition at St Barbe in Lymington
  • 2 Homeopathy and Natural Health in Lymington and the New Forest
  • 3 Great places to eat out in Lymington and the New Forest
  • 4 Separation and the legal rights of grandparents to see grandchildren
  • 5 The mind body connection: Energetic Wisdom New Forest
  • 6 New General Manager at Careys Manor in the New Forest
  • 7 Focus on high street business success - Hassan Hicks Lymington
  • 8 Lime Wood celebrates International Women’s Day
  • 9 Oscar Pet Foods and Home Delivery Service New Forest
  • 10 Four international awards for SenSpa's natural beauty products
  • 19th Open Art Exhibition at St Barbe in Lymington

    19th Open Art Exhibition at St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery, Lymington

    Art by 105 talented artists chosen to be showcased in this exciting annual exhibition.

    Best Painting Davina Downes Welsh Hills in Winter 2019 The 19th Open Art Exhibition opens at St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery in Lymington this weekend, showcasing pieces by 105 talented, local artists. Last year the Open exhibition made a successful transition to the new gallery spaces and an online entry method. 

    Steve Marshall, Curator of the Open Exhibition said “This year there were 428 entries for the exhibition and since the overall quality was so high the judges had a very difficult time

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  • Homeopathy and Natural Health in Lymington and the New Forest

    Why I love my job: Homeopathy and Natural Health in Lymington and the New Forest

    The Natural Health Hub’s homeopath Sue Leach shares her passion for homeopathy and for complementary health

    Sue Leach of The Natural Health Hub in Lymington New Forest I have been a homeopath for 15 years and I am still, at times, blown away by its power. Sometimes someone comes for an appointment visibly, palpably looking and feeling a whole new person. A fresh spring in their step, new-found energy, full of positivity and plans, a huge smile on their face. I have experienced it myself. When my homeopath has given me a good remedy it has

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  • Great places to eat out in Lymington and the New Forest

    Great places for lunch or dinner in the New Forest

    We bring you the best in fine dining, cosy pubs, oriental delights, family friendly lunches and restaurants where your dog is welcome too!

    Looking for an excellent restaurant, cosy bistro, foodie pub or café where you can have a great meal out? We really are spoilt for choice in the New Forest, with a huge number of fantastic eateries offering a broad variety of gastronomic delights, with prices to suit all budgets. So, whether you are looking for fine dining for a special occasion, a family friendly treat, a good lunch

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  • Separation and the legal rights of grandparents to see grandchildren

    What are the legal rights of grandparents regarding their grandchildren?

    Lester Aldridge Solicitors Life Matters for Lymington.com readers - March 2019

    Nowadays grandparents are playing an ever increasing role in their grandchildren’s lives.  But what legal rights do grandparents have to see their grandchildren, particularly if mum and dad decide lester aldridge - separation and the rights of grandparents: Life Matters to separate?

    Free consultation with a Lester Aldridge family lawyer

    The latest in the Lester Aldridge Life Matters series, this article written by Rosemary Sharp, Partner with Lester Aldridge, offers some comfort and advice to an increasing number of grandparents who only want to do the best for their grandchildren at

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  • The mind body connection: Energetic Wisdom New Forest

    Energetic Wisdom: all things positive stem from a positive mind!

    The mind body connection - New Forest Soul Whisperer explains

    energetic wisdom tony mills1 600 Tony Mills calls himself a “Soul Whisperer”.

    When you meet him you soon learn why and what he means.

    If you often or just sometimes feel depressed...

    ...if you have niggling aches and pains wherever they are in your body...

    ... if like most of us from time to time you just have that feeling that things are not right with you, you don’t feel good about yourself and you’re somehow not dealing with things as you’d like, you don’t know why

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  • New General Manager at Careys Manor in the New Forest

    New General Manager appointed at Careys Manor in the New Forest

    Award-winning country house hotel and spa, with three excellent restaurants, welcomes new general manager.

    Careys Manor Hotel and SenSpa has welcomed a new general manager. Steve Woodrow, 44, has over 25 years’ experience in the hotel industry, having worked for premier 4* and 5* hotels both in the UK and abroad.

    Steve Woodrow General Manager Careys Manor Hotel New Forest Steve comes to Careys Manor from the Solent Hotel and Spa in Fareham, where he was general manager for five years, overseeing a 117-bedroom hotel, 13 meeting rooms, and a 1 rosette restaurant and bar and spa. Steve

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  • Focus on high street business success - Hassan Hicks Lymington

    Secrets to survival and success of a New Forest high street business

    Hassan Hicks optometrist and dispensing optician  Lymington

    Hassan Hicks exterior Lymington Hassan Hicks is a long established private business. It’s a family owned, traditional ophthalmic and dispensing optician and contact lens specialist which also markets fabulous top quality spectacles, and has always been based in Lymington. NHS sight tests and private eye examinations are carried out by fully qualified staff using the most modern equipment and a warm welcome is always extended to new patients.

    Business role model for success

    Unusually, this isn't intended as a promotional article! In fact because they

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  • Lime Wood celebrates International Women’s Day

    Lime Wood New Forest celebrates International Women’s Day

    Inspirational thoughts for individuals and organisations alike

    Social enterprise companies Belu Water, Rubies in the Rubble and From Babies with Love all led by women are striving to make a difference in a troubled world whilst also making healthy profits. They serve as fantastic examples of how businesses can lead the way in many directions.

    Lime Wood organised and hosted a superb evening for members of its Herb House Spa and other locals.

    Karen Lynch, Jenny Costa and Cecilia Crossley at Lime Wood on International Women's Day First there were fizz and delicious non alcoholic cocktails accompanied by delicious canapés, and lots of interesting chat as the

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  • Oscar Pet Foods and Home Delivery Service New Forest

    The waggy tails of the dogs who love OSCAR

    And of Clare who delivers OSCAR Pet Foods to your New Forest door

    oscar happy dogs springers boettger aero mum ruby daughter No more decisions to make about which brand to buy, no more heavy loads of pet foods to carry home. Buying Oscar makes life easier all round, as well as making healthy sense for your pet. 

    13 Years with OSCAR says it all!

    There have been four much loved Springer Spaniels in the Boettger Family over the last 13 years, and they’ve all dined happily on Oscar. As the latest in the lineage mum Aero and her daughter

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  • Four international awards for SenSpa's natural beauty products

    Four international awards for SenSpa's natural beauty products

    New Forest based SenSpa named Best Value Spa Brand, with three products winning categories. 

    Luxury New Forest brand SenSpa, part of the historic Careys Manor Hotel in Brockenhurst, was recognised at the Beauty Shortlist 2019 Awards, winning won four international awards for its natural beauty products and brand.

    SenSpa beauty products with four international awards 2019 The spa was named Best Value Spa Brand and won both the Best Body Butter and Best Scalp Care Shampoo categories. SenSpa’s Himalayan Bath Salts also won the Wellbeing Editor’s Choice category.

    Perfect to use after a long soak in the bath, the Relaxing Therapist Touch

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They've done it! Lymington's Ocean brothers break world records

Youngest ocean rower in a team of two with his brother completed unsupported transatlantic row on Mothering Sunday

Ocean Brothers arrive in Barbados 11 March 2018 by Adam Rowley Creative http://www.adamrowleycreative.com

Ocean Brothers Jude Massey and his brother Greg Bailey have finished their gruelling unsupported 3,000-mile row across the Atlantic. They arrived in Barbados on Sunday 11 March after spending 53 days at sea and were welcomed by their mother, author Alexandra Massey, making her the perfect Mothering Sunday!

The brothers have been rowing to raise money for the British Skin Foundation to fund vital skin cancer research, and in memory of Jude's father (Greg's step-father) Pete Massey, who lost his 16 year battle with skin cancer two years ago. So far the pair have raised a monumental £82,000 and this figure is set to rocket closer to their goal of £100,000.

Watch coverage of their arrival in Barbados on their Facebook page.

Ocean Brothers welcomed ashore by their Mum Alexandra Massey and Greg's girlfriend Francesca by Adam Rowley Creative http://www.adamrowleycreative.comEmotions were high as the brothers approached Barbados. The sea was rough and they had to dig deep to find the strength to battle forwards. The Ocean Brothers arrived in Port St. Charles at 5.15pm local time, finally stepping off the boat at 5.38pm. (9.15pm / 9.38pm GMT). Family and friends including their mother, Alexandra Massey and Greg’s girlfriend, Francesca Marzullo were waiting and cheering as they arrived.

Greg said, “I just feel totally overwhelmed to be here in Barbados and even more so to have received such a wonderful reception from all our family and friends. I’m so happy that we managed to complete the challenge for the British Skin Foundation in memory of Peter and raise awareness of skin cancer at the same time.”

Jude said, “After 53 days at sea I feel really wobbly and I just can’t believe we’ve made it this far – it’s incredible. It also feels amazing to have a Guinness World Record and to have raised £82,000 for skin cancer research.”

Their mum Alex said "When I said goodbye to them at the airport in Gran Canaria, I walked away thinking "will I ever see them again,” and to have them back safe is a dream come true! I am incredibly proud of them and their determination to continue through the worst conditions. The best Mother's Day present a mum could have.”

Francesca, Greg’s girlfriend said, "It's so surreal to have them here and be able to touch them and have a conversation for more than five minutes. They look so different they look so raw and authentic, such beautiful souls."

Ocean Brothers finish their 3000 mile row across the Atlantic 11 March 2018

The courageous brothers will be brought back to their native Lymington on Friday 30 March, courtesy of P&O Cruises on the Britannia which leaves Barbados on Saturday 17 March.

Plans are underway for a big homecoming celebration for their return to Lymington - we will share full details of when and where you can welcome Jude and Greg as soon as we can! Its promising to be an exciting celebration of their achievement!

A Guinness World Record!

Aged 18 and 318 days when they set off, Jude is the youngest person in the world to row any ocean in a team of two. The brothers are also be the first to row the Atlantic Ocean on a plant-based diet. Also being verified is a new world for the most calories ever expended in a day.

Pushing the bounds of endurance

The Ocean Brothers celebrate the end of their 3000 unsupported row across the Atlantic by Adam Rowley Creative http://www.adamrowleycreative.comThe Ocean Brothers, who set off from Gran Canaria at 05.58 on Thursday 18 January, have spent the last seven and a half weeks at sea. The challenge has forced them to push the bounds of endurance after a succession of equipment failures, misfortunes, calamities, pain and near misses - it's a miracle, but they are going to make it to Barbados!

9March tracker showing Ocean Brothers progress across the Atlantic OceanWithin days of setting off their solar powered water maker stopped working. It should have been able to make them 20 litres or more a day, but after several unsuccessful attempts to fix it, the brothers resigned themselves to using their back up manual water maker, requiring them to pump for 5 hours a day to stay hydrated and for food - and therefore adding to their exhaustion.

The auto helm GPS self-steering equipment also broke early on. The brothers managed to rig up a system where they could steer the boat with one hand, whilst rowing with the other - making the journey even more difficult and causing both of them extreme back pain. Over the last couple of weeks, Greg (a Junior Doctor) has been rowing in agony with one arm. Greg thinks it’s a rotator cuff injury and hoping with pain killers it will heal.

Whilst trying to fix the GPS and auto helm, the boat capsized in rough seas and threw them both overboard. The boat self-righted and as they were tethered, they managed to climb back on - but lost some equipment.

Greg and Jude both have enormous and painful blisters and sores over their bodies (including some sensitive areas) and especially their hands.

Ocean Brothers on their ocean rowing boatWild seas and wildlife

Greg and Jude have rowed through storms, fought 25ft waves and enormous swells. The main cabin sprung two leaks which caused further equipment malfunctions. The boys have slept some of the journey in a soaking wet bed as the cabin flooded after a freak wave hit whilst Jude was getting out of the hatch.

The brothers have experienced wonderful nature, beautiful skies and seen whales, turtles, dolphins and many other marine creatures. 

Speaking to the BBC Chris Evans Breakfast Show live from the boat, Greg said: "We've had some wonderful starry nights to look at and have reminisced about the loss of our father and step-father and come to terms with that."

A little bird they named ‘Pete’ after their father, has been following them since they left Gran Canaria – though Pete has taken to dive bombing them! And as they have rowed closer to Barbados they can't work out where the bird goes to sleep!

Midway across the Atlantic, Jude was hit hard in the face by a flying fish. And on several occasions, sharks have followed the boat - the first time just after Jude jumped in to the water to scrape barnacles off the hull!

Atlantic Ocean all around the Ocean Brothers - January 2018An incredible achievement

The Ocean Brothers have rowed the Atlantic on a vegan diet – a mix of 14 dehydrated slow-cooked expedition meals plus snacks, chocolate, fruit and nuts. Speaking before they left, Jude said: "Honestly, the meal packs taste amazing! Only 100 percent natural ingredients are used which means we will be well nourished with essential vitamins, nutrients and minerals." 

Neither brother has ever undertaken an endurance sport before.

Before they set off, Jude said: "Dad would be in shock if he found out we were doing this for him. I am sure he would appreciate the massive contribution we are giving to skin cancer research, and awareness. The reality is, if he had known the effects of getting sun burnt, which can lead to skin cancer, his life may have been very different. That’s why I think he would be proud."

Their mother, Alexandra Massey has spoken to the boys regularly by satellite phone during the challenge: "I have been so proud, mixed in with nail bitingly terrified. But having rowed with the boys I know their adventure will be epic and life changing. Pete would be choked with pride."

The brothers were previously novice rowers and decided to take on an ocean challenge due to Peter’s love of the sea. They wanted to show that it was possible to take on this type of challenge in a sun safe way (armed with sunscreen and UV clothing) and also on a vegan diet.

Their challenge has attracted support from HRH Princess Alexandra (the patron of the British Skin Foundation) plus Bear Grylls, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Andrew Triggs-Hodge OBE, Sir Ben Ainslie, James Cracknell OBE, Rob Da Bank and Chris Evans.

The Ocean Brothers are making a documentary about their story, which will be out later this year.

Pete MasseyRaising awareness of skin cancer

The Ocean Brothers are raising money for the British Skin Foundation. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK, and rates continue to rise. At least 100,000 new cases are now diagnosed each year, and the disease kills over 2,500 people each year in the UK - that's seven people every day.

Whilst we are getting better at understanding how skin cancer works, we still have a long way to go. On average, someone who dies from skin cancer typically loses 20 years of their life, and rates of malignant melanoma are rising faster than any other type of common cancer. There are three types of skin cancer: malignant melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and basal cell carcinoma (BCC). UV exposure is the main preventable cause of skin cancer, so it is vital to stay safe in the sun.

Both brothers are passionate about raising awareness of skin cancer. Jude said: "From the day I was born, until the day dad passed away, he suffered with skin cancer. I have so much motivation in me to try and make a difference to the world, and help people know the dangerous effects the sun can have on our bodies. The number one way to prevent skin cancer is to protect yourself from the sun."

Help the Ocean Brothers to raise funds for the British Skin Foundation which will pay for important research projects: donate here.

“The British Skin Foundation is incredibly lucky to have such determined and dedicated fundraisers as Greg and Jude. They have tackled every challenge thrown at them by the Atlantic Ocean with true courage. The incredible amount of money they have raised will fund skin cancer research to find cures and treatments for future patients. Your dad would have been very proud.” Matthew Patey, CEO, British Skin Foundation.

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Lymington Homecoming: Good Friday 30 March 2018

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