• 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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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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