I opened The Natural Health Hub just over a year ago because I reckon life’s gone a bit bonkers! It’s too fast and full on, we work too many hours, we’re too wrapped up in our job lists, tied to our digital devices, and we’ve lost the ability to relax. So I created The Hub… a place in the centre of Lymington to come to to slow down and escape. People say they instantly relax when they step through the…
The pigs of the New Forest play a vital part in the eco-system. Every autumn, when the acorns, chestnuts and various other nuts have fallen from their trees, up to 600 domestic pigs (usually owned by commoners) are let out onto the New Forest National Park for up to 60 days, to clear away and eat the nuts. This is called ‘pannage' or ‘common of mast’, and it is important because many of the nuts are poisonous to other animals in the New Forest, such as…
There was much to celebrate at Priestlands School last week as students received their GCSE results. Despite the uncertainties of the new exams in many subjects, Priestlands students did very well.
English, Maths and Science sustained high performance whilst there were also record results in Business Studies, Computing Science, Geography, ICT, PE and strong performances in many other subjects.
A third of all grades awarded were at 9-7 or A/A* and 74% students secured the new standard pass (4-9) in English and Maths, with 54% students secured the…
The second in our new monthly series on those niggling legal matters to which we should attend: t his month Paula Shea from Lester Aldridge de-mystifies Lasting Powers of Attorney, in Plain English.
Following last month's "Importance of a Will", this helpful Q&A about Powers of Attorney sets the scene for the next important subject to consider if we want the people we love to benefit the most (and the taxman the least!) should something happen to us.
Now in its sixth year the Solent Music Festival returns to Lymington from Wednesday 19th through to Sunday 23rd September.
Pianist Sam Haywood, the festival’s Artistic Director, says ‘I had dreamt of running a music festival for many years, of being able to put together programmes of my favourite works performed by the musicians I most admire. At the suggestion of a friend, Sophia and I came to Lymington and met with then Councillor Elizabeth Lewis, now the Festival’s president. Elizabeth advised that we…
Thursday 23 August is National Burger Day!
Matthew Tomkinson, head chef at the Montagu Arms Hotel in the heart of the New Forest, has shared with us the recipe of the famous Monty's Burger so that you can recreate it at home! Perfect for a Bank Holiday Weekend barbecue!
Of course you could save yourself the trouble and visit Monty's Inn to sample their fabulous burgers (and other food) for yourself! Find details of Monty's Inn here . And if fish…
This year’s top spectator attractions were gigantic: in the main rings the amazing Ben Atkinson with his team of horses and brave stunt ridersand the Mounted Hunter games both enthralled and delighted the crowds.
Meanwhile close to the Forestry Commission corner the Shire horses resplendently turned out enjoyed their own in hand classes, a spectacle in their own right allowing the public to get up really close to these magnificent creatures.
Adam Bloom was 18 months old when his parents nicknamed him The Voice, and when he was 10, he told them he was going to be a comedian. By the age of 23, he was. Adam has appeared on various stand-up and panel shows on TV, and has recorded three series of his own Radio 4 show, The Problem with Adam Bloom.
Ricky Gervais says: Adam Bloom has been one of his favourite comedians for ten years:…
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.
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…
Keyhaven Artist group have their summer exhibition in August at the Keyhaven Scout hut, this is also part of Hampshire Open Studio’s August exhibition. This popular venue has welcomed many visitors to watch daily art demonstrations, take part in Pyrography Workshops and enjoy looking at the wide range of work and creative giftware. There is an amazing amount to see.
Tessa, Martine, Graham and Shaun all have new work to view including large and small Oil, Watercolour and Acrylic seascapes, charming oil paintings of children playing on the beach, local views of Hurst Castle and Solent, together with stunning bespoke Wood Turning and Pyrography by Graham Turner. Graham and Shaun are also members of the New Forest Marque.
Tessa started painting as a retirement hobby. Living by the sea is an inspiration, so most of my paintings are seascapes. When my grand-children arrived, I started painting 'children on the beach' as well. I paint mostly in oils, usually sea, boats, birds and anything else which might be fun to paint.
Shaun paints with Watercolour, Oil, Acrylic and Acrylic inks with a particular focus on Hurst Castle, life along the seashore and New Forest Landscapes. She is launching her new Hurst Castle & Solent 2019 Calendar and a wide range of new artwork, printed textiles and creative giftware. She is also exhibiting in Hurst Castle Cafe, Hurst Marine, Milford, the Milford Art Group Summer Art Exhibition, Hand Made New Forest Gallery, Lymington and is a member of the New Forest Marque.
Martine Mercy’s work features mostly the Jurassic Coast and vibrant paintings influenced by her recent travels to the West Indies and New York. She has illustrated four books on fossil remedies and others. She feels she owes her passion for painting to her Great Grandfather, Vincent Lorant Helbronn (1874-1933) who made a career in the art and cinema work with Charles Pathe.
Graham started wood turning in 2010 and now does it for a living. He like working with character wood from the New Forest area (Laburnam, Yew, Oak, etc) and wood with issues such as spalted and burrs.
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