• 1 Sunshine and laughter at Lymington's 2018 Carnival!
  • 2 Festival weddings at Careys Manor
  • 3 Lymington Town Sailing Club Bath Race
  • 4 Lymington Artisan Festival - visitor report
  • 5 What's on in Lymington and the New Forest over the summer holidays
  • 6 Lymington Lanes say no to new homes
  • 7 The 2018 New Forest Dog Friendly Awards
  • 8 Take care - don't start a New Forest fire
  • 9 Colten Care homes parade and tea party at Lymington Carnival
  • 10 Award-winning Agapanthus grown in the New Forest
  • 11 New Forest French bistro puts out the flags for Bastille Day
  • 12 Holiday childcare in and around Lymington
  • 13 Meet the stars of the 2018 Curious Arts Festival near Lymington
  • 14 Life Matters from Lester Aldridge - why make a will
  • 15 Lymington director's film hits the big screen!
  • Sunshine and laughter at Lymington's 2018 Carnival!

    Sunshine and laughter at Lymington's 2018 Carnival!

    Crowds lined Lymington's streets to cheer the Carnival floats in glorious sunshine

    Carnival fever hit Lymington on Sunday 15 July 2018! The theme for this year's procession was TV Shows and the effort made by all participants was thoroughly appreciated by the cheering crowds. Despite being another very hot day, the procession was full of smiles and laughter (and a few weary brows by the time they had completed their lap of the town!

    Here are a few photos of the day, kindly shared with us by William Bonnett, Steve Elson and Bill

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  • Festival weddings at Careys Manor

    Festival weddings at Careys Manor

    Tie the knot with a relaxed woodland wedding in the heart of the New Forest

    Careys Manor Festival Wedding Delicate floral crowns, silver birch arches, tealights twinkling as the sun goes down, and dancing under the stars. With the festival season in full swing, it’s easy to see how that laid-back festival vibe would work wonderfully for a relaxed woodland wedding.

    With more celebrities like Kate Moss and Matthew McConaughey opting for bohemian-style weddings, Careys Manor hotel in the beautiful New Forest has pulled together a few ideas for couples wanting a festival wedding full of charm and personality. 

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  • Lymington Town Sailing Club Bath Race

    Lymington's Bath Race is back on Lymington River this year

    Sunday 29th July 2018 - earlier than usual too...

    The annual Lymington Town Sailing Club Bath Race is taking place on Sunday 29th July 2018 and “teams are already signing up for the best fun ever to be had in a bathtub” according to LTSC Commodore Chris Barr.  bath race 800

    The Bath Race has become a regular fixture in Lymington’s summer season and attracts large crowds of local residents and visitors.

    It usually takes place later in August but the decision has been made to bring it forward this year.

    And after several

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  • Lymington Artisan Festival - visitor report

    “Lymington Artisan Festival” - impressions of a young London visitor 

    The final day of 2018 Lymington Arts Festival and Artisans by the River in Lymington

    Thanks to Jess King, journalist and blogger for a number of London financial publications, on a weekend in the New Forest and a day visit to Lymington on Sun 8 July. lymington artisan festival - the bandstand

    She has a way with words. There is some mingling and mixing of the two events which is kind of logical, and locals will get the big picture!

    Jess King's Story

    “On a recent visit to Lymington I was treated to a tour of the Lymington

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  • What's on in Lymington and the New Forest over the summer holidays

    What’s on in Lymington and the New Forest over the summer holidays...

    Comprehensive guide of things for children and families to do, whether local or visiting Lymington and the New Forest.

    updated 19 July 2018

    pond dipping 600x400 The school summer holidays have arrived! Whether you are local to the New Forest area, or visiting on holiday, you'll find lots to keep you busy this summer.

    Here is our guide of things for families and children to do in the Lymington, New Milton and New Forest area over the school summer holidays. Take a look also at our  fun days out  feature if you're

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  • Lymington Lanes say no to new homes

    Residents to fight Pennington and Lymington Lanes development

    Much needed new homes, but at what cost to existing residents? The perennial problem...

    A campaign has been launched to raise awareness of a major housing development planned between two well known lanes that run down to the salt marshes and sea wall south of Lymington and Pennington. plan of proposed development off Ridgeway Lane

    Over 100 homes are proposed on Green Belt land accessed through the New Forest National Park between Ridgeway and Lower Pennington Lanes as part of the New Forest District Council (NFDC) Local Plan. There are now less than 5 weeks remaining to respond to

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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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  • 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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  • Meet the stars of the 2018 Curious Arts Festival near Lymington

    A taster of the Curious Arts Festival for those who've never been...

    ...and a reminder for those counting the days to Fri 20 July 

    Curious Arts Press 18 010 web

    Over the last month or so, the Curious Arts Festival team have been recording curiously compelling podcasts - in partnership with their friends at the Curious Brewery - exploring life, art and the creative spark with artists who have either been to the festival or will be joining for the first time this summer. 

    Live podcasts of Simon Evans, John Illsley and Dolly Alderton

    Simon Evans , stand-up extraordinaire and festival-favourite discussing comedy, cryptocurrencies and curious ales with the

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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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Mindfulness Course

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2018-04-11 19:00 - 21:00
Oakhaven Hospice Coates Centre, Lower Pennington Lane, Lymington SO41 8ZZ - Lymington SO41 8ZZ, UK
07876 657 819
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Contact Person
Ron Sharpe
First Line of Venue Address
Oakhaven Hospice
SO41 8ZZ

Mindfulness Course

This is an 8 week course aimed at developing an understanding of how bringing Mindfulness to  aspects of our daily activities can transform our experience of life. We learn meditation techniques and skills which allow us, with practice, to find new ways of relating to our experience, our thoughts and feelings. Instead of becoming overwhelmed by problems, or afraid to face them we learn to see things from a different perspective and this can  bring significant benefits to our life.

The Benefits

This skill of developing moment to moment awareness brings benefits to both our physical and mental wellbeing. Mindfulness training has been shown to help reduce stress and anxiety, help better cope with physical and emotional pain, increase cognitive ability, help with memory and improve relationships.

How it works

We can easily be triggered to react to stressful situations in well-worn habitual ways, often our reactions are not helpful in the long run and can lead to further stress.

Through mindfulness we will develop greater awareness of thoughts, feelings, and associated bodily-sensations that are normally out of the ordinary field of perception. These can trigger these stressful patterns of thinking and reaction. We learn the skill of not reacting as we usually would and in doing so we break the cycle of triggered reactions.

What We Learn In the Course

We will learn a range of formal and informal mindfulness practices which include some meditations, some gentle yoga movement practices and some cognitive exercises.  This helps  bring greater awareness, concentration and choice to our experience. Being part of a supported learning group is also an important aspect of learning mindfulness.

Your Part

Together we will be working to change the patterns of mind that have been around for a long time and have become well-worn habits. We will only make progress with this if we put in the time and effort to learn these skills and to practice them on a daily basis. This relies on your willingness to practice regularly at home between class sessions:

Is There a Cost

No. This course is offered free of charge as a service supported by Oakhaven Hospice Coates Centre, though donations are always welcomed and much needed.

Is this course right for you?

If you are interested in this course it would be very useful to have an informal chat to explore whether or not this course may be right for you and whether now is the right time for you to be embarking on mindfulness training.  Let me know by email or text and we can arrange a call at your convenience.

The course, led by Ron Sharpe,  is held on Wednesday evenings at the Coates Center , Oakhaven Hospice.  The course dates and times are below:


Date and Time

Week 1


28 February 2018

7.00pm to 9.00pm

Week 2


07 March 2018

7.00pm to 9.00pm

Week 3


14 March 2018

7.00pm to 9.00pm

Week 4


21 March 2018

7.00pm to 9.00pm

Week 5


28 March 2018

7.00pm to 9.00pm

Week 6


04 April 2018

7.00pm to 9.00pm

Retreat day


08 April 2018

10.00am to 4.00pm

Week 7


11 April 2018

7.00pm to 9.00pm

Week 8


18 April 2018

7.00pm to 9.00pm

It is appreciated that you may not be able to attend all of the session’s but it is recommended that you attend at least six.

Contact Details:

Course Leader : Ron Sharpe

Mob: 07876 657819

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All Dates

  • From 2018-02-28 19:00 to 2018-04-18 21:00

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