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Community Magazine & Local Business Directory March 2018 Issue 12

Covering North Milton, Ashley, Bashley, Wootton and East Barton

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Welcome...

In this issue...

to the March edition. Well, the days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer and my garden is awaking from it’s winter slumber— it must be Spring! There are a few special individuals that put themselves out for their local community and we feature one such person this month in our “Meet the Locals” slot. Penny Smith is a Community First Aid Responder and so much more. I hope you find her story as inspirational as I have and if you do it might motivate you to help in the community yourself? It doesn’t have to be much - you can start small and see where it goes. Why not give it a go! I hope you have found our monthly book review interesting. Penned by local Emma Russell it usually covers national book releases. However this month one of the books is by a local author and it is about a War Dog. It must be worth a peek! Please support your local businesses and if you do contact any business listed in the magazine please mention from where you got their name. You would be helping the magazine greatly.

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8/9 What’s On 12/13 Local History 14 Legal Advice 16/17 Meet the Locals 20 Going Places 22 Sudoku 26 Financial Advice 28 New Forest Players 30 Crossword 34 It’s a Dog’s life 36 Fiona’s Real Food 40 Wordsearch 41 Competition 42 Book Review 46 Mike’s Computer Tips 49 Plant of the Month 50/51 Local History 52 Milton Musical Society 54/55/56 Community pages 58 Motoring 62 Index of advertisers

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FILM: GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN (PG) Fri 16 March 2.00pm & 7.30pm Forest Arts Theatre

CONCERT: GEOFF ACHISON Fri 23 March 7.30pm £14.00 + £0.50 Conc £13.00 + £0.50 Forest Arts Theatre

COMEDY: ADAM KAY - THIS IS GOING TO HURT (SECRET DIARIES OF A JUNIOR DOCTOR) Sat 17 March 7.30pm £15.00 + £0.50 Conc £14.00 + £0.50 Forest Arts Theatre

BROADCAST: LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN (12A) Oscar Wilde Season Live Encore (Recorded Screening) Mon 26 March 2.15pm & 7.15pm £16 Conc £14 Regent Centre

THEATRE: BBLOC: THE FULL MONTY the Broadway Musical THEATRE: Wed 21 March – Sat 24 ImpAct Theatre – March 7.30pm Mat Sat VISITORS 2.30pm £16.50 Conc by Barney Norris Thurs 15 March 7.30pm £15.50 £12 Conc £11 WARNING Show contains Regent Centre strong language & Nudity. Parental Guidance due to FILM: adult content EDWARD SCISSORHANDS Regent Centre 11--14 (12A) exclusively 11 year old events THEATRE: Thur 15 March 7.00pm CARRY ON JAYWICK £2.50 + £0.50 Wed 21 March 7.30pm Pay What You Decide Forest Arts Theatre Forest Arts Theatre

BROADCAST: NEW WAYNE McGREGOR/ THE AGE OF ANXIETY/ NEW CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON Royal Ballet: Live screening (12A) Tue 27 March 7.15pm £18.50 Conc £16.50 Child £10 Regent Centre

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CHILDRENS THEATRE: David Walliams AWFUL AUNTIE Wed 4 to Sat 7 April Various performance times £24.50 - £19.50 Mayflower Theatre, Southampton CONCERT: THE DRYSTONES Thur 5 April 7.30pm £12.00 + £0.50 Forest Arts Theatre

FILM: PADDINGTON 2 (U) Wed 11 April 11.00am & 2.00pm £3.00 + £0.50 Forest Arts Theatre THEATRE: ENCHANTED APRIL Wed 11 to 14 April Adults £10.00 Seniors £8.00 Ballard School Performing Arts Centre

Forest Arts Centre Old Milton Road, CONCERT: New Milton GEORGIE FAME in www.forest-arts.co.uk Concert Fri 6 April 7.30pm £22.50 01425 612393 Conc £20.50 Highcliffe Castle Regent Centre Rothesay Drive, Highcliffe www.highcliffecastle.co.uk FILM: 01425 278807 CHURCHILL (PG) Fri 6 April 7.00pm £4.50 Regent Centre from Reception or call High Street, Christchurch 01425 271604. www.regentcentre.co.uk Highcliffe Community 01202 499199 Association Cinema BROADCAST: RSC Live: MACBETH (12A) (Live on Screen) Wed 11 April 7pm £13 Conc £12 Regent Centre

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Local History

Heritage Walk In New Milton

This article is split into two parts. It will take you on a walk around the centre of New Milton pointing out places and buildings of interest. This month will be at the top end of town. Next month will be around the southern half of New Milton. A map to accompany this walk can be found on the Milton Heritage Society website at http:// miltonheritagesociety.co.uk/ heritage-walks Start the walk at the water tower car park. The water tower was built in 1901 and is one of the few listed buildings in New Milton. It stands 83 feet 7 inches tall (25.5 metres) above sea level. It holds 200,000 gallons of water. Leave the car park and turn right towards Station Road. On the corner where Lloyds Bank is situated turn right. This row of shops is called Bank Terrace. It was built in 1904.

The first bank on the corner was the Wilts and Dorset bank which was eventually bought out by Lloyds in 1918. This image is taken in about 1910. It shows the various shops that were on that side of the street. One of them is Mr Kirkman’s chemist shop. It is quite likely that he developed this photograph from the original negative. Carry on north up station road to the railway bridge. What is now a pine furniture shop was once the Milton Hall. This is a really important building in terms of Milton heritage. This hall was built by a Mr Hugh Wyeth a Winchester Brewer. He had also built the Milton Hotel beside the railway station. The Milton Hall was used for all sorts of public events. It was where auctions were held. Town council meetings, dances, and concerts were also held there. It is one of the earliest buildings in New Milton and should be protected.

On the other side of the railway bridge is a row of shops called the Broadway Parade.

Fred Keeping Garage

Williams Bridge garage occupies the site of the first two shops in New Milton. If you look closely at the image you will see that the left side of the building was clearly another shop aside from the garage. This was the first post office in New Milton. It was run by Mrs Emma Newhook. In 1896 she named her sub post office the New Milton Post Office to avoid confusion with the Milton post office on the village green in what is now called Old Milton. The London and South Western Railway were looking for a name for their new train station. They decided that if New Milton was good enough for the post office it would be good enough for the railway. That is how our town was named. Walk on northwards towards Ballard lake. Carefully cross over the road outside Fernhill Manor.

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Milton Hotel Fernhill Manor

Fernhill is mentioned on the 1086 Domesday book. There has been a substantial house on this site since Saxon times. This building was a girls school from 1919 to 1995 when it merged with Edinburgh House to form Ballard School. Turn left into Lake Grove road and follow the footpath around to Ballard water meadow. This lovely area of peace and tranquillity is being managed by New Milton Town Council. It provides a wonderful walk through the meadow and into the woods. After enjoying the peace of the meadow turn left into Leigh Road. Walk to the junction with Avenue Road and turn left again. Carefully cross over the road and follow the path round to the junction with Station Road. At the junction you will notice, hidden away in the bushes, there is a brick building with no windows and a flat roof. This is a former WW2 air raid shelter now being used by the Electricity company. Head on south towards the railway bridge. On your right is the Arnewood medical practice. This used to be the site of the Milton Hotel later known as the Speckled Trout pub.

It was built by Mr Hugh Wyeth soon after the railway station was constructed in 1886. It was a great live music venue and singers such as Rumer performed there in the 1990s. Walk onto the railway footbridge and look down onto the station. This was built in 1886. It was the very first building in what was to eventually become a brand-new town. The railway was a vital transport link for New Milton with goods coming into town and cattle and dairy produce along with bricks from our busy kilns going out. In addition, the ease with which passengers could travel to Bournemouth, Southampton and London made New Milton a desirable place to live. Carry on walking south along Station road. The Conservative Club was formerly the Unionist Club and was built in 1910. It is still going strong today. A little further down there is a white building alongside Barclays bank. This was the site of the first cinema in New Milton. The Scala cinema operated from 1919 to 1929 showing silent films. It was unable to compete with our town’s second cinema the Waverley which showed films with sound.

Scala Cinema

The Scala was demolished in 1932 and replaced with the current building. Carry on down Station Road towards the cross roads. The carpet shop on the corner was for decades a gas showroom where customers went to pay their gas bills and buy cookers and heaters. On the opposite side of the road were two banks. The National Provincial (where the old Nat West Building is) and the Westminster Bank where Boots the Chemist is now located. Part two of the walk around New Milton centre will be available in next months issue. Formoreinformationonthehistory of Milton Parish have a look at the Milton Heritage Society website at www.miltonheritagesociety.co.uk

Nick Saunders Nick Saunders is a local historian who would be pleased to hear from any reader who has information relating to local history. In addition he would be interested to see any postcards or photographs of our district. Tel: 01425 618549


Your Enquiries

Thank you for your enquiries this month. It is always a pleasure to hear from you. Here are just some of the items that have been concerning you I am selling my home privately to a friend. His solicitor says that I need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). Surely as I am selling to a friend this is not the case. You do need an EPC whenever a property is built, sold or rented. You must order an EPC for potential buyers and tenants before you market your property to sell or rent. An EPC contains information about a property’s energy use and typical energy costs and recommendations about how to reduce energy use and save money. An EPC gives a property an energy efficient rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and is valid for 10 years. You can be fined if you don’t get an EPC when you need one. There are some buildings that do not need an EPC but your home does. My cousin and I inherited a property from our Aunt. We have owned it for approximately 10 years and receive a rental income from the property. My cousin wants to sell the property. Are

there any tax implications in doing this? If you sell the property then you and your cousin will incur a capital gains tax liability. Capital gains tax will be charged on the increase in the value of the property between the date you acquired it and the date of sale. So for example if the property were worth £250,000 when you acquired it and it is sold for £300,000 there will be a gain of £50,000. You may deduct some costs and expenses from this in order to reduce the gain. You and your cousin also each have an annual capital gains tax allowance that you may deduct from the gain provided you have not already used this allowance in the tax year of the sale. The capital gains tax allowance for this tax year is £11,300. So in this example you would each have a gain of £25,000 from which you could deduct your annual allowance of £11,300 leaving a capital gain for each of you of £13,700. You would each pay capital gains tax on this amount. If you and or your cousin are married then you may be able to make use of your spouse’s annual allowance too in order to reduce the gain further.

My great aunt has left her estate to me on my death. I believe her estate should be shared among other relatives. Can I just make gifts of monies to them when I receive my inheritance? If you make gifts to other relatives and then die within 7 years of making those gifts then the value of those gifts (or part of them) will be included in your estate for inheritance tax purposes and may result in your estate paying more inheritance tax than it would have done if you had not made the gift. The best way to proceed would be for you and your great aunt’s executors to enter into a deed of variation of your great aunt’s will to include the other relatives. If the deed of variation is made within 2 years of your great aunt’s death then the gifts are treated as gifts from your great aunt and have no inheritance tax implications for you If there are any legal matters that you need assistance with then you can always e mail enquiry@dixonstewart.com

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Penny Smith Community First Aid Responder This month in “Meet the Locals� we catch up with Penny Smith who has lived in New Milton for over twenty years and who is dedicated to saving lives in our community. Penny was born in Berkshire but spent her childhood growing up in Wiltshire. She fell pregnant shortly after leaving school at the age of 19 and moved to Hampshire, initially to Fawley and then to New Milton. Life was a struggle as a single mum. She took on a wide range of jobs to make ends meet and put food on the table. In 2004 she married and went on to have two more children. By now she was working in local care homes. Caring for others and making a difference in their lives was immensely satisfying for Penny. She realised that she wanted to take this on to another level. Penny went back to college and took evening classes at Fusee House in Old Milton where she studied for GCSE retakes. This was a real struggle as she was also working full time and raising her three children. In 2009, Penny started her degree course in nursing at Southampton University, Penny found this a challenging time as she divorced in her first year at university. She qualified in 2012 and took up a post as a nurse at Lymington Hospital. There she worked on the medical assessment unit and did extra shifts working in the minor injuries unit. Penny found that she really enjoyed working as a nurse. She also found that the

life skills she had gained as a struggling single mum helped her to better understand some of her patients. In January 2014 Penny started working in the Accident and Emergency unit of Bournemouth General Hospital. This was a very intense experience. She had no idea what casualty was going to come through the door next. Penny loved the challenge, the instant response aspect of her role and the fact that every working day was going to be different. Penny was always seeking to push her own - started a education on and she

Masters Degree course in paediatric nursing successfully passing this in December 2016. In November 2017 Penny moved to Southampton General Hospital where she currently works on their accident and emergency unit. Penny is also heavily involved in local life in New Milton. Her children went to the local Beavers, Cubs and Scouts group and she became involved in the running of the New Milton Beavers group. In 2016 Penny turned her life around by losing weight and getting fit. She has lost an incredible 9 ½ stone and


now regularly goes to the gym and fundraises for the New Milton Community First responders (CFR's) by competing in sponsored runs. An incident in New Milton, in January 2016 set Penny off on a new line of local community assistance. She was off duty and waiting outside the junior school when, sadly a child was run over. Penny went to assist the injured child. She realised that this was a very different situation to what she used to at the hospital and she had no access to medical equipment. She did not know how long it would take the paramedics to arrive. She was the only one at the scene with any medical skills and this represented a huge challenge. Fortunately she was able to provide the necessary support and care for the child before the ambulance arrived soon after. The young boy went to hospital with only minor injuries. It set Penny thinking that there was a need for a community first responder scheme within New Milton, to provide a quick local response to life threatening

medical emergencies in the community whilst the ambulance was still on way. The Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service had coresponders who were paid to attend emergency calls, but there were gaps in their coverage, and their priority had to be as fire-fighters. Penny saw an advert asking for volunteers to become community first responders in the New Forest area. Penny volunteered and was interviewed by South Central Ambulance Service. Local Bransgore CFR coordinator Mike Jukes and his team gave the newly formed New Milton group their first full set of equipment. Penny started out on her own when the scheme went live in New Milton in April 2016. As a CFR is not deemed to be a vital resource by the NHS it attracts no government funding. Therefore each individual CFR unit has to raise its own funds to buy equipment uniform and supplies. Penny has set about fundraising in the New Milton area and has so far managed to raise ÂŁ14,000. Most of this has been spent on the additional medical kits and defibrillators the teams carry. She is now fundraising for a marked car for the CFR unit to use. At the moment they use their own vehicles to attend life threatening emergencies but a marked car will be more recognisable to other road users but most importantly to the patient or their family who are looking out for the ambulance service response.

lend a hand. If you are of good character, with a clean driving licence and physically fit enough to carry the medical kit bag and take care of the patient, this could be for you. The team ask for a minimum of twenty hours a month when you would be "oncall". You can do the hours when it suits you. If you are interested in learning more about this very rewarding voluntary work, then please get in touch with Penny via penny.smith@scacharity.org.uk

No previous experience is required. Full training, uniform and support will be given to each In addition to the vital fund volunteer. If you wish to make a raising, she has run recruiting donation to the Community First campaigns locally and now has Responders please contact five like-minded people in the team who cover the whole of the Penny via the E mail address. This is a vital voluntary group New Milton area (population 27,000). There are some gaps in working in our community who the times they can be on call and have already saved a number of lives in the Milton Parish. Penny is seeking more volunteers to come forward and

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ecological environment has been created for the pandas with lakes, rivers, wild bamboo forests, caves, rocks and more for them to live and breed as they would in the wild. Visitors have the opportunity to see pandas in their natural environment with experts at hand.

China is a vast country but the recent introduction of high speed bullet train services make visiting multiple destinations much easier, nowadays you can have a 2 week holiday in China without having to take a single internal flights and still see all the sights!

Shanghai is the face of modern China with luxury hotels, restaurants and shopping. The Bund is an expansive vibrant waterfront location which is the main attraction in Shanghai.

The best times to visit China are March to May and September to November. Winter travel is possible but is very cold in the North and in the summer months it is very hot and smoggy.

Beijing is home to the Forbidden City, Summer Palace and Tiananmen Square. From Beijing you must also visit the Great Wall of China. A truly spectacular sight not to be missed. There are some areas you may wish to avoid due to volume of people visiting but there are many more remote, less visited sections where you will get crowd free panoramas. On a clear day it is one of the most spectacular sights you will ever see!

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March Hare Do you remember the March Hare in Alice in Wonderland? Along with his buddy the Mad Hatter, he believed that time had been murdered and it was always six o' clock.

your time now, as well as the financial implications of your current decision making.

In Lewis Carroll's somewhat psychedelic tale, time had been frozen. The very idea of real, moving time was nonexistent, the clocks had stopped. Back in reality however, the clocks are still chiming. Days turn into weeks turn into years and rather than talking in riddles or round in circles like the March Hare we are better off thinking about time in a logical manner.

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Spring is in the Air As I write this, my faithful hound is sprawled across the conservatory floor having a well earned kip after his morning constitutional. We have a routine of going for a ‘breakfast dog walk’ on a Sunday, which involves parking at Highcliffe Castle and either walking through the nature reserve to the beach cafes at Avon Beach (far too muddy at the moment) or down the steep wooden steps and along the beach to Highcliffe.

steps would be too much for Bugle now (it’s a good excuse and we are sticking to it!).

The closure of the Zig-Zag path has meant we can only go one way and that is down to the beach, we have to return along the road as we convince ourselves that climbing the

It hasn’t been much fun for dogs or owners recently, the meadows and paths are so muddy that even the frost has not hardened them and so many dogs are being towed around the

This morning was one of those that makes you feel glad to be alive - the sun sparkled on the sea and the sound of the waves brought hints of warmer weather to come. There were a lot of dog walkers and families enjoying the fine weather and it is a very sociable way to work up an appetite. roads rather than being allowed to romp freely. Bugle is no exception, he has very large feet, perfect for collecting mud and cleaning him is quite an operation so during the working week I have to try and keep him clean or risk being late for work. However, this morning, he could sense that Spring and the associated freedom is in the air, albeit briefly, and he made the most of it, trotting along with purpose to check all the ‘p’ mails and say hello to fans, new and old.

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‘Buddy the War Dog - From the Blitz to the battlefield of WWII’ by J A McEnnis

‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ by Gail Honeyman Winner of the Costa First Novel Award, this story will appeal to any fans of Jojo Moyes or Liane Moriarty. Our eponymous central character leads a very solitary, structured life, same clothes, same food, same two bottles of vodka each weekend. Eleanor exists but has not fully grasped how to live. This tale follows her as she tackles life and gradually reveals the deeply buried reasons behind her behaviour. This book is funny yet poignant and heart breaking. Honeyman has tackled the topic of loneliness, isolation and how our social interactions help form our understanding of others. This book will be the well-thumbed fodder of many a book group in years to come. Published by HarperCollins ISBN 0008172145

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I am delighted to recommend this book from a local author from Wimborne Minster. This is a wonderful tale that mixes fact with fiction, skilfully delivering the adventures of a Black Labrador in WWII. Condemned to death, as many pets were, Buddy narrowly escapes during a bombing raid and rescues those who almost killed him. A hero, he becomes a vital part of the war effort, sniffing out danger and rescuing those in peril. I would recommend this to anyone who’d like to educate younger children whilst reading a touching story of bravery, loyalty and courage. This is a great way to let younger generations know what the war was like first hand. J A McEnnis will also donate a pound for every copy sold online to The Labrador Rescue Trust, so even more reason to buy a copy and enjoy it. Contact the website on https://www.jamcennis.co.uk/buddy-the-war-dog to buy.

‘How to Stop Time’ by Matt Haig Matt Haig has written a variety of books for children and adults as well as a memoir that topped the bestseller list for almost a year. Now he has delved back into adult fiction and delivered a delightful novel that will leave you pondering. Tom Hazard may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he's been aging slowly over centuries. From Elizabethan England to 1920s Paris and further afield, Tom is forced to change his identity to stay alive. He is forced to abide by one rule, to not fall in love. Tom finally gets the ‘ordinary’ life he craves and finds work as a history teacher in a modern London comprehensive but how much longer can he keep this secret? ‘How to Stop Time’ is a bittersweet story about life, loss and change. Published by Canongate Books ISBN 1782118640

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Local History

Christchurch’s Markets & Fairs I guess it was as good a time as any to revive a market; better than wind and rain.

I like a good market, although, to be fair, Mrs Steve is even keener, especially if there’s knick-knacks or frocks on offer. Now, there is such a thing as a ‘market town’, so clearly a market can make a place. Christchurch’s market goes back a long way, to around 1150 according to a plaque on the Old Town Hall in the High Street. That would place its origin towards the end of the reign of King Stephen, who sat (somewhat precariously) on the throne between 1135 and 1154. A charter dates the market to at least 1150, but the market’s origins may lie back in Anglo-Saxon times, when Christchurch was a fortified burgh. There was once a market toll house (the Old Tolsey); there’s a plaque in Millhams Street. This doubled up as an early town hall and place where market traders paid their dues.

Plaque recalling the Old Tolsey

The market persisted until 1871 (mid-Victorian England), so the plaque tells us, before going into hibernation until 31st May 1976, a Monday, when the market was resuscitated, and it is a Monday market we enjoy in Christchurch today, arrayed down the High Street and in Saxon Square. I digress here, but the end of May ’76 was just before a UK heat wave. Apparently the temperature reached 90° F somewhere in the UK on 15 consecutive days.

Christchurch’s Monday market in full swing

As well as the regular market there was also the irregular fair. Christchurch had two of these in medieval times: Trinity Fair (May/June), dating back to at least 1140; and St Faith’s Fair (October), believed to have commenced in 1258. The last of these fairs appear to have been held in mid-Victorian times, when the market also disappeared. The markets and fairs of medieval England acted as one of the densest, most highly-developed systems for regulating and promoting trade in Europe at that time. In short the market/fair was the means to a town becoming prosperous and Christchurch wanted its share. So, where were those fairs held? There are clues. Off Bargates is ‘Fairfield’, literally the fair field.

Plaque on the Old Town Hall recording Christchurch’s market history


Fairmile Road, viewed from the Bargates rail bridge Entrance to Fairfield

It was here those last fairs were held in a field overlooking the Avon. The onetime field has now disappeared under housing, Fairfield having been developed from the late-19th century onwards. An OS map of 1899 shows the road ‘Fairfield’ in place, with around half-a-dozen of the houses by then in place. Just a few years later, by 1903, the housing had been largely completed.

I once pondered whether this was so named because it was a ‘fair mile’ into the town centre (depending on where you were positioned on Fairmile Road, this could be true). I understand it is actually derived from having been the last mile of road leading to the fair.

Talking of coming to blows, another victim of assault was the staple cross, which lies just to the side of the by-pass as you head towards Sainsbury’s. The cross’s purpose still seems shrouded in mystery. It could have been a market cross (‘staple’ as in a major item of trade, or a commodity grown or produced in a particular area). That would seem odd, however, with Christchurch Market so close. Whether it ever served this function or not, it was certainly on the receiving end of some fisticuffs, in the form of a hefty American tank, which gave it a thump in the days leading up to D-Day.

What’s left of the old Staple Cross at the bottom of Salisbury Road

Stephen Roberts Fairmile is regarded as an area of Christchurch

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Another clue is ‘Fairmile Road’, which extends northwards from the Bargates rail bridge.

The fair would have seen the buying and selling of animals, as well as the hiring of labour, another important function of the traditional fair. It was not all work, however, and there would have been some entertainment, including, the fearsome sounding ‘cudgel fighting’, which reached its conclusion when blood was drawn (nice).

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do join us for a well-deserved break in pleasant, supportive company, over light refreshments. Newcomers are always welcome. There is no charge, though donations are gratefully received, to help towards expenses. For further details of all our various activities, please contact Maggie on 01425-614714. NEW FOREST COMMUNITY CHOIR Our friendly community choir is open to all voices, though like most choirs we could do with more tenors and basses. Come along to one of our choir evenings (first session free) and see if our style of unaccompanied harmony singing is for you. We sing for pleasure and also have the opportunity (if you want to take part) to sing at local events. Community choirs believe that everyone has a voice which is why there are no scary auditions. As we learn songs by ear you don't have to be able to read music although it is usually available as well. We meet at 7.30-9.30pm on Tuesdays in term time at St Peters church hall in Ashley, New Milton. For further details, including full dates, contact Chris Kemp on 01425 273618 or visit our website www.newforestcommunitychoir.co.uk 50 mile cycle challenge I am looking for people to undertake a 50 mile bike ride for charity on the quiet roads of the New Forest and raise money for a local charity. This is a challenge for casual, less experienced cyclists. It is NOT a race. It is NOT a sportive (mass participation event). Maximum group of 10 Riders. Advice on bikes, equipment, nutrition. 3 x group rides before the big event.

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Group guided by experienced long distance cyclists. In aid of 'New Forest Nightstop' a Ringwood based charity who provide emergency accommodation for 16-24 year old in the New Forest area. Would like each participant to raise £100 sponsorship (£2 per mile) Email kevinlee142@hotmail.com or text 07765 001657 to register an interest. New Milton U3A March meeting will be on Wednesday 28th March at The Memorial Hall Whitefield Road at 2pm. Our speaker is Roger Walker who will talk about The Work of the Friends of Hurst Castle. Visitors welcome £2. Teas 50p. Val Reece 01425 511963 NEW MILTON CARERS' SUPPORT GROUP Our friendly, informal group meets every second Monday of the month from 2-4pm at the Quaker Meeting House, Whitefield Road, in a relaxed, cafe'-style setting. On 12 March, we'll be delighted to welcome Phyllis Inglis as our guest speaker to tell us about her early life, a fascinating and entertaining account. Our aim is to offer carers the opportunity to relax, socialise and make new friends among those in similar situations, as well as to share concerns and access helpful information. So,

New Milton Indoor Bowls Club There`s still time to join our friendly bowls club as the season goes on to the middle of April. If you`re a beginner we can give you some free coaching and if you have bowled before then we will welcome you with open arms. So finish off the winter months with a little bowling and if you like it then like almost everybody you can join the outdoor bowls club, and join in all the fun. Both indoor and outdoor clubs are in Whitefield Road next to the Memorial Centre. For further information ring Mel Clark weekday afternoons 2-5 pm on 621145 or visit our website www.newmiltonibc.uk Railway Club of the New Forest meet on Friday 23rd March in the McLELLAN Hall, Lymington Community Centre, Cannon St. Dave Peel presents “Railways in Jordan” Visitors welcome, £4 on the door, arrive from 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start. www.railwayclubofthenewforest.org A new befriending service – can you help? HOPe New Forest has developed a reputation for giving solid advice on a range of problems facing older people in our community. You will probably be familiar with our shop on Station Road. Now we are doing even more by launching a befriending service and we need your help.

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Becoming a volunteer and spending an hour or so each week with a lonely person can be hugely rewarding. The requirements can be very flexible and we’ll provide you with full training and ongoing support. So if you would like to help or just want to find out more please get in touch with Steve Anderton, our scheme manager. 01425 541241 befrienders@hopenewforest.org New Milton & Barton RNLI Become a volunteer for New Milton and Barton on Sea RNLI Volunteer for the RNLI and you’ll be part of a lifesaving tradition that saved over 500 lives, trained 6100+ lifesavers, and launched it's lifeboats over 8000 times in 2016. It’s not all about volunteering on lifeboats or at RNLI stations; there are so many other ways you can give a little (or a lot) of your time to support the RNLI and make a lifesaving difference. Volunteers are the heart of the RNLI and make up 95% of our people. They are ordinary people who do extraordinary things and without them lives could not be saved at sea. Living by the sea, we all have a real interest in the service given by the RNLI as our own friends, relatives, and children are on, or in, the water all the time. New Milton and Barton on Sea RNLI are hoping to serve the community through fund raising and safety awareness projects throughout the year. We are a friendly group and would welcome you to be a part of our team. If you would like more details please email volunteers.nm.bos.rnli@gmail.com

Barton Methodist Church On Saturday 24th March 2018, Barton Methodist Church will be holding a Table Top Sale from 9.00am until 12 noon to raise money for their Property Development Fund. To book a table for £5, phone Mike on 01425 614736. Refreshments will be available. St. Mary Magdalene Parish Church - Thursday, 29th March, 10 - 12 noon Coffee & Hot Cross Morning in Church Hall, Church Lane, New Milton (no charge, but a donation is appreciated) Barton Lace Group Wed 21st March 7pm to 9pm BartonBarton-onon-Sea Methodist Church Barton--onLounge, Cliffe Road, Barton onSea, BH25 7PA £3 per session Contact: Jackie Barton 01425 620334 Bashley Village Hall. Tuesday 13th March afternoon bingo eyes down 2.30p tea and biscuits. Saturday 21 April QUIZ NIGHT 7.30pm Start. Ploughman's bring your own drinks £6, Tickets Bashley Stores, or phone David on 01425 638121. NEW MILTON FRIENDS GROUP : As a voluntary run, fundraising group established to provide financial help to local good causes, generally meeting once a month and putting on a number of Car Boot venues, two Quiz nights and our very successful Autumn Cabaret Evening at Hoborne Park, for our 2018 promotion we are looking for new members, be it Committee Members (nominally a Secretary) and Members/ Helpers, not generally involved in the Committee work, but there to help out at the referred

functions...for further details please contact our Chairman, Rocky Fearis, tel 01425 610916 or check our website newmiltonfriendsgroup.org.uk Milton Heritage Society talks will take place at The New Milton Memorial Hall commencing at 7 p.m. On 16th of March 2017 the speaker is Eddie Curry the Director of New Milton Advertiser and Lymington Times. The talk will be entitled: New Milton Advertiser and Lymington Times – Looking back and looking forward. The talk will review the history of this family run business from 1928 until present day, as well as looking to the challenges and opportunities for a local paper in the 21st century. Technology used has changed massively but other aspects of the company still relies on the same journalistic skills. One of the biggest challenges today is working out what should change and what should remain the same. The paper continues to have a very loyal following but also needs to adapt and change to stay alive and well in a rapidly changing world. There is a need to keep a balance between providing a service to the community as well as a sound business that maintains over 35 local jobs. The talk will include some old and new photos and video clips and an insight into a very unique New Milton business. If you have an interesting subject for, or are able to give a presentation on local history or heritage in the Parish of Milton and district, then please contact the Milton Heritage Society Speaker & Events Secretary, Secretary, Clive e--mail: Rigden via e clive@rigden.net or telephone: 07 860 526 679.

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Barton on Sea Townswomen’s Guild. The next meeting on Wednesday 21st March at 2.30pm at Barton Methodist Church Hall is our AGM. Refreshments, Raffle and “Surprise” Entertainment. New members and visitors very welcome. Brockenhurst Group of WI’s (incorporating Barton Bees, Bashley Forest, Brockenhurst, New Milton Sands, Sway WI groups) 71st Exhibition This year’s exhibition will take place on Saturday 14th April 2018 at The Village Hall, Sway from 10.30am with the Presentation of Awards at 3.30pm. There will be lots of craft, artworks, flower arranging, jams and chutneys to view. So come along and be inspired. Admission is £1 per person. Also there will be refreshments to purchase along with a cake stall. The New Milton Talking Newspaper Many of you will probably know that a 'talking newspaper' recorded edition is sent out on a free weekly basis to anyone who is partially sighted or blind, and lives in an area between Lymington and Christchurch. Each edition is a précis of local news, based on about three local newspapers. We have been in existence for

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