• 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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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 





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

Words: Lymington.com



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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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