• 1 The 2018 New Forest Dog Friendly Awards
  • 2 Take care - don't start a New Forest fire
  • 3 Colten Care homes parade and tea party at Lymington Carnival
  • 4 Award-winning Agapanthus grown in the New Forest
  • 5 New Forest French bistro puts out the flags for Bastille Day
  • 6 Holiday childcare in and around Lymington
  • 7 Life Matters from Lester Aldridge - why make a will
  • 8 Lymington director's film hits the big screen!
  • 9 Colten Care to remove more than a million pieces of plastic each year
  • 10 This July, Transition Lymington challenge us to reduce our use of plastic
  • 11 New Forest Cottages celebrates 40th birthday
  • 12 First Curious Dog Show at 2018 New Forest Curious Arts Festival
  • 13 Buzz of activity as care home residents turn children's champions
  • 14 2018 Lymington Italia Festival supporting local MS Society branch
  • 15 Lymington Seafood Festival puts New Forest on the UK Food Map
  • 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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  • Take care - don't start a New Forest fire

    Take care - don't start a New Forest fire

    It only takes one careless match, cigarette or bbq to cause a fire that can destroy habitats and landscapes for many years.

    The current dry conditions have increased the risk of fires in the forest and wider countryside. Wildfires (uncontrolled, unwanted or unplanned fire) can cause severe damage to habitats and landscapes, which in some cases can take decades to restore, not to mention impacts on soil, water quality and carbon storage. Fires such as these can be devastating to all of the things that make the New Forest and Pennington Common special

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  • Colten Care homes parade and tea party at Lymington Carnival

    Join the Mad Hatters this Sunday morning at Lymington Carnival!

    Colten Care and Alice Through the Looking Glass at Lymington Carnival 2018

    colten care lymington carnival alice wonderland residents 800 All comers to Lymington Carnival are invited to drop in at Colten Care’s Mad Hatter’s tea party on the lawn in front of the Town Council offices where the Parade begins and finishes – a brilliant photo shot vantage spot!

    It’s one of the most popular children’s stories of all time – and Colten Care residents and staff are bringing it to life at the Lymington Carnival. 

    ‘Alice through the Looking Glass” is Team Colten’s theme this year, with an

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  • Award-winning Agapanthus grown in the New Forest

    Award winning Agapanthus grown in the New Forest

    Final chance to see Fairweather's plants grown in Beaulieu for RHS Award of Garden Merit

    Fairweather’s Wholesale Nursery in Beaulieu will open its doors for the 6th year running for just one weekend a year to enable everyone to enjoy the spectacle of their Agapanthus collection.

    Agapanthus Twister This flowering spectacle this year will be bigger and better than ever before, as it’s the final year to view plants that are being judged for a Royal Horticultural Society AGM (Award of Garden Merit), that will be decided this autumn.

    On Saturday 28 and Sunday

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  • New Forest French bistro puts out the flags for Bastille Day

    New Forest French bistro puts out the flags for Bastille Day

    Le Blaireau French bistro in Brockenhurst New Forest Celebrate 'le 14 juillet' in style at Le Blaireau in Brockenhurst

    Whether you’re strolling through the streets of Paris or sitting outside a restaurant of sun-baked stone in a sleepy French village, sooner or later you’re bound to get caught up in the party atmosphere as the French celebrate Bastille Day on July 14.

    The nation as a whole rises up to celebrate the storming of the Bastille and the turning of the French revolution in 1789. But you don’t have to be in France to join the party – in

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  • Holiday childcare in and around Lymington

    Looking for childcare in Lymington over the holidays?

    School holidays are great! Except when you have to work.

    Updated 12 July 2018

    girl and boy at childcare Finding things for the children to do whilst you are working can be a real chore. In a bid to try and make things slightly easier for you, here is a summary of holiday children that is usually on offer in and around Lymington.

    Start planning your summer now - you will generally find that activity days get booked up well in advance.

    Do get in touch with us if you know of any other holiday childcare clubs that

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  • Life Matters from Lester Aldridge - why make a will

    Make time to make a will - it will be appreciated! 

    Life Matters with Paula at Lester Aldridge, July 2018

    lester aldridge corrected logo Life Matters To launch our new regular feature on those niggling legal matters to which we should attend, Paula Shea from Lester Aldridge explains why and how making time to make a will will save time in the long run and will be greatly appreciated by your loved ones. 

    With increasingly busy lives, making a will often falls low on the list of priorities.

    If you care about what happens to your loved ones, property and other assets after you die, you should make

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  • Lymington director's film hits the big screen!

    Lymington director's film hits the big screen!

    Jo Brand's 'The More You Ignore Me' set to warm hearts with strong message about mental health issues

    The More You Ignore Me by Jo Brand directed by Keith English of Lymington New Forest This Friday, 'The More You Ignore Me' will hit cinemas across the UK. Written by, and starring, Jo Brand, the film was directed by Keith English who lives and works in Lymington. It has already received excellent early reviews - including Chris Evans on his BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show.

    A poignant and darkly funny coming-of-age story of dysfunctional family life in 1980’s rural England: Gina (Sheridan Smith) whose efforts to be a loving mother and wife are undermined

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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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  • This July, Transition Lymington challenge us to reduce our use of plastic

    Transition Lymington challenge us to reduce our use of plastic

    Lymington 2020 Vision - Month 3: Easy Plastic Swaps

    This July as a part of their 2020 Vision, Transition Lymington challenge us to reduce our use of plastic. Here are some ideas of easy ways to avoid plastic - see how many you can achieve this month!

    2020 Vision was launched by Transition Lymington in May 2018, with the objective of reminding ourselves why we love Lymington and what we can do to help enjoy it and protect it, making a sustainable community for the future. In May the challenge was to

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  • New Forest Cottages celebrates 40th birthday

    New Forest Cottages turns 40!

    The National Park’s biggest accommodation provider celebrates with record number of properties.

    New Forest Cottages office in Lymington Hampshire Established in 1978 with one self-catering cottage rental, New Forest Cottages are celebrating 40 years in business. This year marks an impressive portfolio with the holiday rental agency representing over 155 properties, which includes an amazing 25 new properties added in the last six months. 

    New Forest Cottages are the largest and oldest holiday cottage letting agency in the New Forest with a wide range of properties to suit all age groups, budgets and tastes; from thatched cottages to comfortable town house and

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  • 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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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 HomecomingGuinness 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 Brothers' row here.

The brothers rowed the Atlantic Ocean unsupported 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  £92,000 and they are hoping this figure will move closer to their goal of £100,000 when other pledges are received. Click here to donate.

The Ocean Brothers row home to Lymington

Ocean Brothers flotilla entering Lymington River. Photo credit Tanya BaddeleyGreg, Jude and their Mum, Alexandra Massey, were brought back to Southampton by P&O Cruises on Britannia, enabling them to spend time recovering from their arduous voyage. Whilst on board the pair enthralled other passengers as they spoke in detail about their 53 day row from Gran Canaria to Barbados and the many challenges they had faced throughout the journey.

At Southampton their 6.47m long boat was lowered back into the water. Greg and Jude were met by Azara Marine's Jon Chittock, who towed them down the Solent, then released them at the Lymington River so that they could complete their journey in fitting style to the delight of the crowds.

Ocean Brothers Flotilla following Wightlink into Lymington River. Photo Credit: Tanya BaddeleyBraving the elements and waiting in the mouth of the Lymington River was a wonderful - and large (given the cold, rainy conditions) - flotilla of boats. Lymington Rowing Club shivered in the freezing conditions as they waited for their fellow oarsmen (and oarswomen) and several sailors in their tiny Optimist dinghies tacked back and forth. Local sponsors, BHG Marine, Lymington Yacht Haven and Bartley Marketing were all out in RIBs, along with many other locals in motor boats and yachts. The Lymington RNLI Lifeboat and Harbour Master launches kept everyone in check. As the Ocean Brothers arrived at the mustering flotilla a huge cheer went up, accompanied by air horns and whistles. It was quite a welcome and an incredible sight for Greg and Jude, as well as for all of us out on the water!

"As we approached the waiting boats, all I could think was how heart warming it was to feel that Lymington people would want to come out in their boat and accompany us in the flotilla," said Jude. "It felt as if all the support we'd heard and read about on social media was really true in the flesh!"

Ocean Brothers flotilla arriving at Lymington Photo Credit Bartley MarketingAs the 14:05 Yarmouth-Lymington Wightlink ferry approached the mustering boats, fully dressed in flags, it sounded its horn and slowed to lead the flotilla up the river, before heading on to keep to its busy schedule.

The Ocean Brothers picked up the pace and rowers, sailors and motor boats jostled for position, albeit incredibly politely! Horns sounded, whistles peeped and flags were waved by freezing fingers.

Spectators lined the shore to watch the impressive flotilla

Spectators awaiting the Ocean Brothers Photo Credit: Steve ElsonPhoto Credit: Adam Lynk 18 Mar Ocean Brothers HomecomingAs the flotilla advanced upriver we started to hear the cheers from the shore. It brought tears to our eyes to see so many people lining the shore to see the brothers - there were hundreds of people and umbrellas as far as the eye could see along the paths in front of the Lymington Sea Water Baths and around to the slipway. Both Lymington Town Sailing Club and the Royal Lymington Yacht Club were packed impressively with cheering supporters.

Good on Lymington! Braving the wind and rain to welcome home Greg and Jude!

Said Greg afterwards: "I was slightly out of my comfort zone having so many boats around us, something we had never experienced before and also so close to each other. I saw a yacht trying to pass the flotilla in the opposite direction and it must have wondered what on Earth was coming its way! To see such a massive turnout of people on the shoreside in the pouring rain drew a tear to my eye. To see Lymington come together and see the greater purpose of this community fired up was one of the most appreciated things I've ever witnessed."

Photo Credit: Adam Lynk Ocean Brothers Homecoming

A warm welcome from Mayor and MP

Waiting to welcome the brothers on the Harbour Master's pontoon were Lymington Mayor, Barry Dunning, and Rt Hon Sir Desmond Swayne TD MP, along with photographers, family and friends.

Photo Link: Adam Lynk 18 Mar Ocean Brothers HomecomingOcean Brothers landing at Lymington Photo Credit Steve ElsonThe brothers lit hand held flares to celebrate their homecoming after such a wonderful achievement. The flares lit up the dreary grey sky, providing a great spectacle for those on shore. The crowds cheered, clapped and waved as Jude and Greg then steered their boat alongside the Harbour Master's Pontoon and stepped off to be greeted ashore. 

Photo Credit: Adam Lynk 18 Mar Ocean Brothers with Rt Hon Sir Desmond Swayne TD MPSteve Elson DSC09406 Ocean BrothersOver the last 18 months, Greg and Jude have touched the hearts of many people, initially in the local area and increasingly nationwide following coverage of their tranatlantic row in regional media and on the BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans Breakfast Show. Their humble determination to raise funds for the British Skin Foundation and to carry out a monumental UNSUPPORTED 3,000 mile row in memory of their late father and step-father has made them a household name. What's more the brothers are seriously lovely, levelheaded and good fun. They have time for everyone and delight in all who have shown and interest in their boat, their challenge and their cause. That so many ventured out in wind, rain and freezing conditions to welcome the brothers home is true testament to their popularity.

After their welcome back home to Lymington, the brothers followed the 15:00 Wightlink ferry back down the river, turning then into Lymington Yacht Haven, where close friends and family were waiting, along with press and sponsors.

Following press interviews, the brothers were led into The Haven Bar & Restaurant by Lymington Mayor, Barry Dunning, now in his 120 year old robes. 

Rapturous applause at The Haven

Photo Credit: Bartley Marketing Ocean Brothers entering The Haven

Photo Credit: Bartley Marketing Ocean Brothers at The Haven cheering

The Haven was packed with supporters, sponsors, family and friends. As the brothers entered the bar the place simply erupted! 

"I hadn't considered everyone would be expecting our arrival in The Haven, so when we walked in and heard the roar of so many familiar and new faces I honestly was buzzing and shocked," said Jude. "It felt electric in there and charged with energy - I could have rowed another ocean with that feeling right there and then!"

After a beer and many welcome home hugs and pats on the back, it was time for a few speeches. Greg and Jude thanked everyone who have helped them achieve their transatlantic row, including local sponsors and partners (amongst them Bartley Marketing, BHG Marine, New Forest Cottages, Everton Hyundai and Azara Marine), plus of course Lymington Yacht Haven and The Haven team.

Photo Credit: Adam Lynk - Ocean Brothers with Guinness World Record certificatePhoto: Adam Lynk Homecoming organisers Tanya Baddeley Laura Overton and Lisa Bickerstaffe

Greg and Jude also thanked Laura Overton of Entice Marketing & PR and Tanya Baddeley of Bartley Marketing & Lymington.com, who have worked closely with Lisa Bickerstaffe of the British Skin Foundation, volunteering an enormous amount of time and effort. As well as organising the homecoming event, Tanya managed the Ocean Brothers' social media channels for them for the 53 days they were at sea, whilst Laura worked her PR magic to get the Ocean Brothers exposure on press and radio. This all on top of their normal jobs!

The Mayor announced Tatiana from the Ocean Rowing Society International, who presented both brothers with a certificate and Jude with a framed certificate confirming his Guinness World Record for being the youngest person to row any ocean as a pair.

Photo: Adam Lynk Ocean Brothers Homecoming 65Then it was time to celebrate with cake! Created by Frances from Sticky Moments, the cake was a wonderful reproduction of the brothers' boat, including details such as the little bird that followed them from Gran Canaria over to Barbados - they named him Pete.

Photo Credit: Adam Lynk Ocean Brothers with homecoming cakeThe Ocean Brothers would like to thank everyone who has supported them, including all those who ventured out in the rain to welcome them home. 

Shared Greg: "As a community we can grow stronger and stronger, do our own thing and nurture with our own efforts without waiting for someone else or an organisation to pick things up. The more projects no matter how small or big which we unite together and get behind as Lymington, the more this benefits everyone young and old. I hope in the future we can find go further and further as whole community for the collective consciousness."

Photo: AdamLink Cake by Sticky MomentsPhoto: Adam Lynk - Ocean Brothers with Mum Alex Massey

25th April: An Evening with the Ocean Brothers

On 25th April 2018, Jude and Greg will be talking about their incredible row across the Atlantic at the Balmer Lawn Hotel. Find out more and how to get tickets here

And finally...

We think we know who missed Jude the most during his record-breaking travels... his gorgeous dog, Lola.

Photo: Tanya Baddeley Jude and his dog 

 

 

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Photos: Adam Lynk, Steve Elson, John Carratt, Tanya Baddeley

Words: Lymington.com

 

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