• 1 Live life to the full with The Natural Health Hub
  • 2 Pannage in the New Forest
  • 3 Priestlands celebrates excellent GCSE results
  • 4 Life Matters for Lymington from Lester Aldridge - about Powers of Attorney
  • 5 Solent Music Festival 2018 in Lymington
  • 6 Celebrate National Burger Day with this great Beaulieu recipe!
  • 7 Local businesses at the 2018 New Forest Show
  • 8 Coastal Comedy Show September 2018
  • 9 The 2018 New Forest Dog Friendly Awards
  • 10 Colten Care to remove more than a million pieces of plastic each year
  • Live life to the full with The Natural Health Hub

    Want to live life to the full?

    An invitation from Sue Leach, founder of The Natural Health Hub in Lymington

    I opened The Natural Health Hub just over a year ago because I reckon life’s gone a bit bonkers! It’s too fast and full on, we work too many hours, we’re too wrapped up in our job lists, tied to our digital devices, and we’ve lost the ability to relax. So I created The Hub… a place in the centre of Lymington to come to to slow down and escape. People say they instantly relax when they step through the

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  • Pannage in the New Forest

    Pannage in the New Forest

    Watch out for piggies on the road this autumn!

    New Forest pannage every autumn pigs eating acorns - image by Steve Elson The pigs of the New Forest play a vital part in the eco-system. Every autumn, when the acorns, chestnuts and various other nuts have fallen from their trees, up to 600 domestic pigs (usually owned by commoners) are let out onto the New Forest National Park for up to 60 days, to clear away and eat the nuts. This is called ‘pannage' or ‘common of mast’, and it is important because many of the nuts are poisonous to other animals in the New Forest, such as

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  • Priestlands celebrates excellent GCSE results

    Priestlands celebrates excellent GCSE results!

    Congratulations to year 11 students at Lymington's Comprehensive School.

    There was much to celebrate at Priestlands School last week as students received their GCSE results. Despite the uncertainties of the new exams in many subjects, Priestlands students did very well. 

    English, Maths and Science sustained high performance whilst there were also record results in Business Studies, Computing Science, Geography, ICT, PE and strong performances in many other subjects. 

    Priestlands students celebrate GCSE results 2018 A third of all grades awarded were at 9-7 or A/A* and 74% students secured the new standard pass (4-9) in English ­and Maths, with 54% students secured the

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  • Life Matters for Lymington from Lester Aldridge - about Powers of Attorney

    Lasting Powers of Attorney demystified - and relevant to many of us

    Life Matters for Lymington with Paula from Lester Aldridge

    The second in our new monthly series on those niggling legal matters to which we should attend: t his month Paula Shea from Lester Aldridge de-mystifies Lasting Powers of Attorney,  in Plain English.   

    Following last month's "Importance of a Will", this helpful Q&A about Powers of Attorney sets the scene for the next important subject to consider if we want the people we love to benefit the most (and the taxman the least!) should something happen to us.

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  • Solent Music Festival 2018 in Lymington

    Solent Music Festival Lymington 19-23 September 2018

    World class classical music performances live on our doorstep 

    Now in its sixth year the Solent Music Festival returns to Lymington from Wednesday 19th through to Sunday 23rd September.

    Pianist Sam Haywood, the festival’s Artistic solent music festival 2018 lymington 2 Director, says ‘I had dreamt of running a music festival for many years, of being able to put together programmes of my favourite works performed by the musicians I most admire. At the suggestion of a friend, Sophia and I came to Lymington and met with then Councillor Elizabeth Lewis, now the Festival’s president. Elizabeth advised that we

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  • Celebrate National Burger Day with this great Beaulieu recipe!

    Celebrate National Burger Day with this great Beaulieu Burger!

    Montagu Arms head chef shares recipe of the famous Monty's Burger

    Thursday 23 August is National Burger Day! 

    Matthew Tomkinson, head chef at the Montagu Arms Hotel in the heart of the New Forest, has shared with us the recipe of the famous Monty's Burger so that you can recreate it at home! Perfect for a Bank Holiday Weekend barbecue!

    Montys Burger by www.davidgriffen.co.uk for Great British Chefs 600x400 Of course you could save yourself the trouble and visit Monty's Inn to sample their fabulous burgers (and other food) for yourself! Find details of Monty's Inn here . And if fish

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  • Local businesses at the 2018 New Forest Show

    Local businesses on show at the 2018 New Forest Show

    Hot, hotter and huge crowds, for this year’s extreme weather show!

    new forest show 2018  ATKINSON 800 This year’s top spectator attractions were gigantic: in the main rings the amazing Ben Atkinson with his team of horses and brave stunt ridersand the Mounted Hunter games both enthralled and delighted the crowds.

    Fabulous Shire horses on show at the 2018 New Forest Show

    Meanwhile close to the Forestry Commission corner the Shire horses resplendently turned out enjoyed their own in hand classes, a spectacle in their own right allowing the public to get up really close to these magnificent creatures.







    Lots of interest

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  • Coastal Comedy Show September 2018

    Coastal Comedy in Lymington, with TV headliner Adam Bloom

    3 hilarious comedians at the Lymington Centre on 22 September, with Piddle Beer too!

    Adam Bloom was 18 months old when his parents nicknamed him The Voice, and when he was 10, he told them he was going to be a comedian. By the age of 23, he was. Adam has appeared on various stand-up and panel shows on TV, and has recorded three series of his own Radio 4 show, The Problem with Adam Bloom. coastal comedy sept18 adam bloom

    Ricky Gervais says: Adam Bloom has been one of his favourite comedians for ten years:

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  • The 2018 New Forest Dog Friendly Awards

    The 2018 New Forest Dog Friendly Awards

    Brand new awards scheme to recognise places in the New Forest where dogs feel welcomed

    New Forest Dog Friendly Awards 2018, sponsored by New Forest Tax Accountants

    The New Forest and Solent shore are perfect for dog walks and it's little wonder that the area attracts many visitors and locals with four-legged friends. In fact the New Forest is doggy heaven for well behaved dogs.

    Have you and your dog discovered a really dog-friendly business that is worth celebrating? The New Forest Dog Friendly Awards is your opportunity to nominate your favourite dog friendly businesses in the New Forest area.

    Awards for dog friendly places to

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  • Colten Care to remove more than a million pieces of plastic each year

    Colten Care is joining the anti plastic revolution

    New Forest care home operator is removing more than a million single-use plastic items from its operations every year.

    Colten Care is replacing plastic recycling sacks at its Ringwood head office with reusable fabric ones. Purchasing Manager Harvey Baker tries out the system.  Good news for the overall "anti plastic" campaign in Lymington and the New Forest is that one of our higher "consuming" businesses is really taking this issue seriously.

    Colten Care has consulted relatives, management and support departments of its care homes in the New Forest as part of the launch of a campaign aimed at eradicating throwaway plastic. Altogether, the use of 1,161,124 plastic items will be avoided each year by choosing more environmentally

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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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