• 1 What's on this Half Term in Lymington and the New Forest
  • 2 Colten Care at forefront of dementia expertise
  • 3 Now is the time to prepare your mind and body for winter!
  • 4 Colten Care Children in Need Extravaganza 2018
  • 5 Lymington wins four blooming silver gilt awards!
  • 6 Firework Displays in Lymington and New Forest 2018
  • 7 Vote for Lymington in the Great British Market Awards!
  • 8 Golden opportunity with Colten Care at Macmillan Coffee Morning
  • 9 Life Matters for Lymington from Lester Aldridge - Inheritance Tax planning
  • 10 Dance and drama classes for 2-4 year olds in Lymington
  • What's on this Half Term in Lymington and the New Forest

    What’s on in Lymington and the New Forest over Half Term

    Things to do during the school holidays in the New Forest area

    Whats on in Lymington and the New Forest over half term There are lots of exciting things happening in Lymington, the New Forest and surrounding areas this October half term. Here's our guide of what's on locally for visitors and locals. Take a look also at our fun days out feature if you're looking to venture slightly further afield. For those having to juggle work with school holidays, we have information about holiday childcare .

    To see what's on day by day, take a look at our Events Calendar

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  • Colten Care at forefront of dementia expertise

    Admiral Nurse team puts Hampshire care home provider at ‘forefront of dementia expertise’

    Colten Care has tripled its investment in highly specialist nurses to help support more people and families living with dementia.

    Colten Care has welcomed two more Admiral Nurses to its team, including one at consultant level, under an expanding partnership with Dementia UK. The move follows the success of a first Admiral Nurse, Kay Gibson, in developing a group-wide dementia care strategy.

    The new Colten Care Admiral Nurse team. From left: Adam Smith, Kay Gibson and Tracy Logan. Kay’s ongoing input will be strengthened by new appointees Adam Smith and Tracy Logan with the trio working together to support residents, families and communities at

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  • Now is the time to prepare your mind and body for winter!

    Now is the time to prepare your mind and body for winter!

    Advice on how to boost your immunity from Sue Leach of The Natural Health Hub in Lymington.

    Autumn is the season when it’s most crucial to nurture yourself. Our belief at The Hub is that ‘catching’ a cold is not about some nasty beasty germs invading our bodies – it’s actually that we’ve allowed those germs to sneak past our natural defences. We also believe that preventing them sneaking in like this is only possible if you nurture both your body and your mind.

    Boost immunity advice from the Natural Health Hub Lymington You can be taking oodles

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  • Colten Care Children in Need Extravaganza 2018

    Colten Care's 2018 Children in Need Extravaganza

    £8,500 was raised in 2017 by New Forest care homes in Lymington - a target to be beaten!

    Colten Care's "New Forest Cluster" of care homes have been busy sowing the seeds for a bumper Children in Need fundraising campaign this November.

    In 2017, three of the Colten Care homes in the New Forest grouped together for a variety of events to raise money for Children in Need. Belmore Lodge,  Court Lodge and Linden House Care Homes in Lymington organised a ball hosted by Alexis Green at the local sailing club Lymington Town Sailing Club,

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  • Lymington wins four blooming silver gilt awards!

    Lymington and Pennington had a blooming good summer!

    Four Silver Gilts in the 2018 South and South East in Bloom Awards

    Lymington & Pennington did 'blooming' well this summer by achieving the following coveted awards in the 'South and South East in Bloom' awards:

    South and South East in Bloom - Lymington Stanford Hill junction 2018 Pennington Common -  Silver Gilt  Award

    Woodside Gardens -  Silver Gilt  Award

    Lymington Town -  Silver Gilt Award

    St Thomas Churchyard -  Silver Gilt Award

    South and South East In Bloom 2018 outside Waitrose Lymington 'South & South East in Bloom' is part of the 'Britain in Bloom' campaign where boroughs, communities, residents and businesses can work together to improve their environment.

    The campaign aims to

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  • Firework Displays in Lymington and New Forest 2018

    Firework Displays in Lymington and the New Forest

    Gunpowder, treason and plot! 2018 Bonfire night in Lymington and the New Forest.

    Updated 17 October 2018

    If you are looking for a spectacular fireworks and bonfire night celebration in the New Forest area, take a look at our guide. Remember to add any events not in the list to our Events Calendar.

    Planning fireworks at home? See below also the RoSPA Firework Safety Code and take care. Be mindful that fireworks can scare animals and seriously worry some people.

    Friday 26 October in Brockenhurst.

    Brockenhurst Football Club kick off our 2018 bonfire

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  • Vote for Lymington in the Great British Market Awards!

    Vote for Lymington in the Great British Market Awards!

    Let's put Lymington Charter Market on the national stage - vote by 30th November!

    The Great British Market Awards 2019 have been launched! 

    Great British Market Awards - vote for Lymington Charter Market This is a fantastic opportunity for us all to put Lymington Charter Market on the national stage. We are all proud of our local market and the impact it makes to the town, tourism and local community life. Your entries will help spread the word about this market locally and nationally.  

    Vote now for Lymington Charter Market

    Lymington Charter Market needs your vote. The closing date is 30th November 2018 at 11.59pm

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  • Golden opportunity with Colten Care at Macmillan Coffee Morning

    Golden opportunity at New Forest care home's Macmillan coffee morning

    Colten Care residents supported Macmillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning with cupcake competition

    The kettles went on and the freshly baked cakes were served as Colten Care residents in the New Forest supported the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 28 September 2018.

    Colten Care residents and team members enjoy the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. Pictured are staff Nina Upwood, Justin Corder, Lilly Chiu and Mark Newell with residents Ian Milroy and John Griffin. They were joined by relatives, friends, staff and community contacts, all doing their bit for the annual fundraiser in aid of people affected by cancer. 

    All six Colten Care homes in the Forest, plus 14 others in Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and Sussex, took part, adding a Willy

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  • Life Matters for Lymington from Lester Aldridge - Inheritance Tax planning

    Life Matters: taking care of your assets and planning for the future

    Cash as gifts, inheritance tax, and the power of planning 

    Even though it still feels summery, Christmas is not far off.  

    And if you're considering cash gifts for the children or grandchildren this Christmas, you might find this subject of interest.  But whatever the time of year, it's always a good time to be reviewing and planning ahead where your largest assets are concerned. lester aldridge Life Matters 1

    "Life Matters" for Lymington with Paula from Lester Aldridge

    The next in our new "Life Matters" monthly series on those niggling legal matters, a nudge

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  • Dance and drama classes for 2-4 year olds in Lymington

    Dance and drama classes for 2-4 year olds in Lymington

    New Forest Academy of Dance 'tots' classes will enhance coordination and confidence!

    If you are looking for an exciting new activity for your pre-schooler then look no further! New Forest Academy of Dance offer classes in ballet and music and drama for 2-4 year olds in Lymington and Pennington.

    New Forest Academy of Dance The nursery ballet classes provide an exciting introduction to the world of ballet, working on key skills, co-ordination, balance and performance.

    baby ballerina pointe In this class students will explore dance through stories, music and use of props. Ballet can help your child to

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Christmas gifts to employees

With Lymington High Street sparkling with enticing gifts for the festive season, here's the lowdown on Christmas gifts for staff and customers from a tax perspective...

xmas gift2Gifts 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 tax on the full value of the voucher. 

If employees are given a seasonal present, such as a turkey, an 'ordinary' bottle of wine or a box of chocolates, as long as the cost is reasonable, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) won't seek to tax it. 

Employers may find the following Revenue concession useful - we have copied the note directly from the HMRC handbook: "An employer may provide employees with a seasonal gift, such as a turkey, an ordinary bottle of wine or a box of chocolates at Christmas. All of these gifts are considered to be trivial and as such are not taxable. For an employer with a large number of employees the total cost of providing a gift to each employee may be considerable, but where the gift to each employee is a trivial benefit, this principle applies regardless of the total cost to the employer and the number of employees concerned." 

Unfortunately, HMRC will not tell us what monetary limit it considers as 'trivial' but in our experience, less than £50 a head is usually acceptable. If the value of the gift is more than this, it will be taxable and should be included on the employee's P11D, or on the PSA, as above. This concession also applies to seasonal flu jabs which are also considered trivial but your employees may not be quite so appreciative of the “gift”!

 

Christmas Bonus for staff

This will count as ordinary earnings and be subject to PAYE and NI as if it were additional salary.

 

‘Small' gifts from third parties

It is worth noting that gifts can also often be received by your employees from third parties due to contact they may have had with throughout the year as a result of their employment. As long as such gifts do not exceed £250 in cost, it won't be taxable for the employee. 

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Gifts to customers

Gifts to customers are only allowable as a tax deduction if:

  • the total cost of gifts to any one individual per annum does not exceed £50 and
  • the gift bears a conspicuous advert for the business and
  • the gift is not food, drink, tobacco or exchangeable vouchers.

However samples of a trader’s product are allowable even if they are food, drink or tobacco.

 

VAT

One final cautionary note regarding VAT and staff gifts; VAT is chargeable by the employer when an employee receives gifts totalling more than £50 in a year.

 

For more information and to organise your FREE Initial consultation, contact New Forest Tax Accountants on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01590 688838. To receive the latest in tax and business news and advice register online to receive their monthly eNewsletter at www.newforesttax.co.uk.

 

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Disclaimer: The information above does not constitute individual advice. New Forest Tax Accountants will not accept any responsibility decisions taken or not taken on the basis of the information above. Any reference to legislation and tax is based on our understanding of U.K. Law and HMRC practice at the date of publication of this Tax Guidance Note. Specific advice should always be obtained prior to taking or not taking any actions.

  • LYMINGTON.COM:
    NEWS, EVENTS AND LOCAL INFORMATION

    Lymington.com provides you with information about the town of Lymington and its surrounding area, including the New Forest National Park. Find here news, events, things to do and local information, including where to stay, where to eat and drink, as well as places to visit. The Lymington.com Directory provides a comprehensive guide to local businesses and organisations, with a search function enabling you find what you are seeking and a review function so that you can tell others what you think!

  • LYMINGTON:
    GEORGIAN MARKET TOWN AND FAMOUS YACHTING CENTRE

    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.

  • SAILING IN LYMINGTON:
    PERFECTLY LOCATED FOR THE BEST SAILING IN THE BRITISH ISLES

    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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