• 1 Avoid a lonely winter with a short stay at a Colten home
  • 2 Christmas hits a high note at French bistro Le Blaireau
  • 3 Eating out at Christmas in Lymington and the New Forest 2018
  • 4 New Forest Business Partnership Brilliance in Business Awards 2018
  • 5 Lymington Tile Centre has a new home
  • 6 Cash for Christmas? Life Matters for Lymington from Lester Aldridge
  • 7 Shop for your Christmas gifts in the New Forest
  • 8 All set for a magical Christmas at Fairweather's
  • 9 Christmas gifts to employees
  • 10 10 good reasons to shop locally this Christmas
  • Avoid a lonely winter with a short stay at a Colten home

    Avoid a lonely winter with a short stay at a Colten home

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

    coltenc winter2018 4for3 christmas for web 01 600x400 With the colder months upon us it’s a great time to experience the warmth and care of a friendly, relaxing care home - whilst making new friends at what can be a lonely time of the year. Whether recovering from a spell in hospital, hoping for companionship and warmth over the winter months, or simply wanting to give your career (and yourself) a break, a short stay in one of Colten Care's homes could be just

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  • Christmas hits a high note at French bistro Le Blaireau

    Christmas hits a high note at French bistro Le Blaireau

    Life's a cabaret at New Forest French bistro and brasserie with musical Christmas parties!

    Le Blaireau French bistro at Careys Manor Hotel New Forest Life’s a cabaret at a French bistro and bar in the New Forest this Christmas, as Le Blaireau stages a series of marvellously musical Christmas parties.

    Set in the grounds of luxury country house hotel Carey’s Manor in Brockenhurst, Le Blaireau offers an authentic taste of France in the heart of the great British countryside. With a quirky interior based on the streets of Paris, Le Blaireau celebrates France in style – it even has a full-sized 2CV

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  • Eating out at Christmas in Lymington and the New Forest 2018

    Where to eat out in the New Forest this Christmas

    Local venues for gatherings with family and friends - plus winter walks to enjoy afterwards!

    It's a pleasure to eat out sometimes over the Christmas period - give the host and hostess a break and everybody a chance to have a really good chat while someone else does the cooking. Lots of our favourite New Forest restaurants and pubs have special festive special menus for Christmas suitable for all celebratory occasions with family or friends. And some of these restaurants and pubs are also in brilliant locations either with their own grounds to explore

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  • New Forest Business Partnership Brilliance in Business Awards 2018

    2018 Brilliance in Business Awards

    The excitement mounts for this year’s finalists in the  #nfbizawards

    The New Forest Business Partnership Brilliance in Business Awards winners will be announced at the annual awards evening on 6 December at Careys Manor nfbp brilliance in business awards 2018 Hotel in Brockenhurst.

    As Chairman Matthew Lawson explains: "NFBP aims to create an environment in the New Forest which offers opportunities for young people, poses an attractive option for business investment and delivers a culture in which indigenous businesses can thrive."

    It's all about doing everything we can to make the New Forest an ever better place for  businesses of all

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  • Lymington Tile Centre has a new home

    A vast range of beautiful tiles on your Lymington doorstep

    The Lymington Tile Centre has a new home!

    At The Lymington Tile Centre you will find ceramic, porcelain and stone tiles for walls and floors, paths and patios, from traditional to contemporary to ultra lymington tile centre new showroom nov18 600 modern, including exclusive ranges from top factories in Spain, Italy and the UK.

    Craig, Lee and the team now invite you to visit their brand new showroom and view beautiful tiles to enhance your interior and exterior design, give the wow factor and put the finishing touch to your home. 

    Call in this Saturday 1 December

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  • Cash for Christmas? Life Matters for Lymington from Lester Aldridge

    Cash for Christmas?

    Cash is a much appreciated gift which can also benefit your tax planning!

    In the build up to Christmas and for the next in our series of "Life Matters" articles, Paula Shea from Lester Aldridge proposes how giving cash as Paula from Lester Aldridge  proposes cash for Christmas  Christmas Presents could be a sensible tax planning option as well as a much appreciated gift which also saves on shopping time - especially if you're not feeling up to joining in the fray this year. Beautifully wrapped cash can even look very special too!

    Life Matters for Lymington, with Paula from Lester Aldridge

    "Following on from last month’s

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  • Shop for your Christmas gifts in the New Forest

    Shop for your Christmas gifts in the New Forest and Lymington.

    Let's support our local businesses this Christmas.

    Shopping locally is a good thing on so many counts - click here for 10 good reasons to shop locally !

    Lymington Late Night Shopping Evening 2018 by Steve Elson This time of year, when we tend to spend more than normal, is a great opportunity to boost the income of our local shops as well.  In any case who wants to spend ages queuing at city centre carparks and wading through the frenzied crowds, only to find nothing of interest in the so-called 'offers'?  

    As for online, well for certain things yes

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  • All set for a magical Christmas at Fairweather's

    All set for a magical Christmas at Fairweather's New Forest

    Find your Christmas tree (with exclusive £5 discount), decorations and gifts - plus enjoy tea with Santa! 

    Fairweathers voucher 2018 £5 off your real living and potted Christmas Tree!

    fairweathers christmas trees

    Fairweather's Garden Centre in Beaulieu is all set for Christmas 2018! UK grown Christmas Trees will be available to buy from Friday 23 November - and if your tree is too big to take home yourself, Fairweather's offer FREE local delivery. PLUS enjoy an exclusive £5 OFF any real living and potted Christmas tree’s with this voucher - valid until 4 December 2018: download here !

    Decorations and gifts

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  • Christmas gifts to employees

    Christmas gifts to employees

    Remember to consider the tax implications of any gifts to staff or clients this festive season

    With the New Forest High Streets sparkling with enticing gifts for the festive season, here's the lowdown on Christmas gifts for staff and customers from a tax perspective by New Forest Tax Accountants.

    xmas present 600x400 Gifts to Staff

    Christmas presents paid in cash to employees will always be taxable along with other earnings. The same treatment also extends to vouchers that can be spent in either one or a number of different shops of the employee's choice. The employee has to pay

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  • 10 good reasons to shop locally this Christmas

    10 good reasons to shop locally this Christmas.

    Support your local, independent shops and businesses in Lymington and New Forest.

    Christmas in Quay Street Lymington

    Many of us dread this time of year. Unless you're the most organised person on earth and have done your Christmas shopping by Halloween, the sudden realisation that we are only a few weeks from Christmas Day can send us into a flat spin.

    Luckily we live in an area with many independent businesses and shops and it is easy to find local gifts - especially if you think out of the box a little.

    Listed below are 10 good reasons

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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

We will bring you all the details of Jude Massey and Greg Bailey's exciting return to Lymington soon!

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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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