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September 2019

Issue 114

Community Magazine & Local Business Directory

Meet the Locals

Sean Sea an Scott – The New Forest Forrest Paddleboard Paddleboa ard Co.

Local History Refugees in Barton Barrton

It’s a Dog’s Life Bugle Goes North Norrth


O KETS T WIN TIC RDIN’S PAUL ZE PARTY PUPPET What’s On Local History Meet the Locals

Going Places It’s a Dog’s Life Fiona’s Real Food

Book Reviews Motoring Review Local Clubs & Societies



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BROADCAST: NTLive: FLEABAG (15) (Live Screening) Thurs 12 Sept 7.30pm £13 Conc £12 Regent Centre ART EXHIBITION: WOODLANDERS ART EXHIBITION Sept 7-22 Entrance fee 50p for Diabetes UK Burley Village Hall FILM: DOWNTON ABBEY (PG Cert TBC) Various dates and times in Sept and Oct - check website. Regent Centre TRIBUTE NIGHT THE MAN BAND SHOW Fri 13 Sept 7pm £37.50pp to include a 3 course meal (Book your tickets at the Cliffhanger) Cliffhanger Café, Highcliffe FILM: SATURDAY MORNING CINEMA: BEE MOVIE (U) Sat 14 Sept 10.30am Forest Arts CONCERT: THE OUTSIDE TRACK Sat 14 Sept 7.30pm Tickets from £13 Forest Arts HERITAGE OPEN DAY INSPIRE WEEKEND Sept 14 10am – 5pm & 15 Sat 10am – 4pm Free Entry St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington CONCERT: INDIA ELECTRIC CO. Thurs 19 Sept 7.30pm Tickets from £12 Forest Arts

FILM: SATURDAY MORNING CINEMA: ALADDIN (2019) (PG) Sat 21 Sept 10.30am Forest Arts


BROADCAST: RIGOLETTO ON THE LAKE (12A) (Recorded screening from Lake Constance) Sun 22 Sept 2pm & 7pm £18.50 Conc £16.50 Regent Centre

FILM: ROCKY (12A) Tue 24 Sept 8pm £6 Jimmy Film Regent Centre FILM: WILD ROSE (15) Wed 25 Sept 2pm & 7.30pm Forest Arts THEATRE: THE GONDOLIERS - Christchurch Gilbert & Sullivan Society Thur 26 Sept & Fri 27 Sept 7.30pm & Sat 28 Sept 2.30pm & 7.30pm. £16 Concs £15 Regent Centre THEATRE: GARY DELANEY: GAGSTER'S PARADISE Fri 27 Sept 7.30pm Tickets from £17 Forest Arts CABARET EVENING JAX HALL Fri 27 Sept 7.00 £45pp to include a 3 course meal (contact The Lord Bute Hotel to book) The Lord Bute Hotel & Restaurant FILM: SATURDAY MORNING CINEMA: MISSING LINK (PG) Sat 28 Sept 10.30am Forest Arts CONCERT: STACY MITCHHART Sat 28 Sept 7.30pm Tickets from £8 Forest Arts CONCERT: BOURNEMOUTH CONCERT BRASS Last Night of the Proms 2019 Sun 29 Sept 7.30pm £11 Concs £10.50 Regent Centre

MUSICAL THEATRE: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Tues 1 – Sat 11 Oct various performance times £59.50 - £27.50 Mayflower Theatre, Southampton FILM: OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL WORLD TOUR 2019 (12A) Wed 2 & Thurs 17 Oct 7.30pm £15 Concs £13 Regent Centre THEATRE: Regent Rep - ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS Thur 3 & Fri 4 Oct 7.30pm & Sat 5 2.30pm & 7.30pm £12.50 Concs £10.50 Regent Centre FILM: RED JOAN Fri 4 Oct 7pm £4 (members), £4.50 (non-members) from Reception, Greystones House or 01425 271604. The Highcliffe Cinema FILM: SATURDAY MORNING CINEMA BATMAN: THE MOVIE (1966) (U) Sat 5 Oct 10.30am Forest Arts CONCERT: ANNE NIEPOLD & RICCARDO TESI Sat 5 Oct 7.30pm Tickets from £5 Forest Arts CONCERT: GENO WASHINGTON & THE RAM JAM BAND Fri 27 Sept 8pm Tickets £25 available online at or 01590 679104. Highcliffe Sports & Social Club

CONCERT: BEGGARS OF LIFE - Louise Brooks Silent Classic with Live Music by THE DODGE BROTHERS & NEIL BRAND (including Mark Kermode) Sun 6 Oct 7.30pm £17.50 Concs £15.50 Regent Centre BROADCAST: DON GIOVANNI (12A) – Live screening Royal Opera Season begins Tue 8 Oct 6.45pm £18.50 Conc £16.50 Child £10 Regent Centre FILM: ALL IS TRUE (12A) Wed 9 Oct 2pm & 7.30pm Forest Arts CONCERT: CLIVE CARROLL Thurs 10 Oct 7.30pm Tickets from £10 Forest Arts CONCERT: THE ZOOTS – Sounds of the 70s Fri 11 Oct 7.30pm £17.50 Concs £15.50 Regent Centre CONCERT: MA BESSIE AND HER BLUES TROUPE Fri 11 Oct 7.30pm Tickets from £13 Forest Arts Forest Arts Centre Old Milton Road, New Milton www.forest 01425 612393 Highcliffe Castle Rothesay Drive, Highcliffe

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Local History

Refugees in Barton on Sea the wartime refugee camps in Europe and care for the victims of the Hungarian communist takeover. In addition they also sought to house those people who had fled Russia,Poland,East Germany and Czechoslovakia, the Baltic States and other parts of Eastern Europe.

Hengistbury photo c 1910

On the western cliff tops at Barton on Sea near to the present day Cliff House Hotel used to be a large house which was built in about 1895 as a school for boys. In the early days of its existence the building was known as Hengistbury School, later renamed as Rothsey. The school was increased in size by building wings either side of the main building. In 1913 the school was taken over by two sisters, Misses Butterw rworth, w who turned it into a girl’s establishment. They renamed it Barton Court School.

size of the rooms in the house. In World War One the school was commandeered and incorporated into an army convalescent camp which appears to have taken over a large amount of the Barton cliff top area. Post war the girls’ school returned for a brief period before reverting to a boy’s establishment in 1924. By the 1930s the building had become the Barton House Hotel, (phone number New Milton 123) which offered relaxing holidays with a sea view. War once again intervened and the building was requisitioned by the army. At the end of WW2 Barton House was used as a rest home for retired nurses. In 1954 it was purchased by Dame May Curw rwen w who in 1951 founded the British Council for Aid to Refugees (BCAR).

Girls Dormitory

This photograph of a dormitory gives some idea of the style of accommodation and the

This later merged with another likeminded charity and they became the British Refugee Council. BCAR sought to clear

Dame May Curwen

Many of the people who came to Barton House were sent there from all over the UK. Their stay was sponsored by charities such as the Rotary Club, or by churches of all denominations. Initially the sponsorship per person was for seven years. This was later extended to sixteen. The refugees oft ften t had very little in the way of personal possessions with them. What few items they had were kept safely in their rooms and jealously guarded. Many people had lost everyt ything t when they left ftt their homeland and had to start again on reaching Britain. During their working lives in the UK the residents took on all forms of employment including farming, interpreting and working in mental health hospitals. Mr Ivan Sherbakov, was a Russian lawyer who fled

the revolution. He spoke five languages including Esperanto and ended up teaching Russian at Brockenhurst Grammar School. In addition he was an accomplished poet whose work was published in 1973 in the book Contemporary Poets. Other stories behind some of the residents are just as fascinating. Baroness Vera Dukshta-Dukshinska had fled the Russian Revolution. Initially she lived in Yugoslavia but when that country became communist under Marshal Tito, she moved to England and ended up at Barton House. She spoke in French which was the first language of Russian nobility, and also spoke Russian, Serbian, German and just a little English. With language difficulties and the mental scars the residents had accumulated during their traumatic lives, Barton House was virtually a closed community. Offers of friendship were made to the home by Bournemouth based German Lutherans. The Methodist Church in New Milton managed to build a relationship with the residents. The residents had their own orthodox chapel which was for many years run by Mr Ivan Maluka who had lived at Barton House since it first opened. He had also fled from Russia. Once a year they held a fete in the grounds of the house. However, even then the residents preferred to be alone with their thoughts. Barton House was run for many years by Mrs Erika Sivi, an Estonain refugee.

Barton House Barton on Sea 7th August 1994

Mrs Erika Sivi in 1973

She had worked post war in Germany in camps for displaced person. She came to England in 1947 as a voluntary worker under the Westward Ho! refugee aid scheme. Mrs Sivi made sure that Barton House was a home and not an institution. In an interview in 1979 Erika said of her residents “They don’t forget the past and the scars are still there” Also caring for the residents was Sister Elizabeth Balaam. She looked aft fter t their medical needs for twelve years before ill health forced her to retire. Sally Brownson worked for twelve years as the cook at Barton House and I am grateful to her for providing a lot of information about the premises.

In 1991 Barton House closed down. The residents, now quite elderly were moved on to other care homes. The numbers of eastern European refugees had been falling for some time. In addition it was becoming increasingly more expensive to maintain and modernise such an old house. The building lay empty and was boarded up for several years before it was demolished. A block of flats and some cottages were built on the site retaining the name, Barton House. For some 37 years Barton House was a home and Barton on Sea a haven to many people who had fled their homeland. 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


Sean Scott

The New Forest Paddleboard Company This month in Meet the Locals we visit Milford on Sea and catch up with Sean Scott who with his wife Claire, has created an award winning business helping locals and visitors to the area enjoy our fabulous coastline and the sea. Sean was born and raised in Burgess Hill in Sussex where he lived until 2013. From the age of 8 Sean enjoyed water sports and made the most of the nearby Ardingly Reservoir. Whilst at college he obtained NVQ qualifications in outdoor education and outdoor management. He also qualified as a Royal Yacht Association senior dinghy instructor, Start Windsurf instructor and a British Canoe Union level 2 instructor. From 2004 to 2012 Sean worked as a full time instructor at Ardingly teaching sailing, kayaking, windsurfing and raft building. This was from beginner to instructor level. However, from 2010 Sean’s

other sporting passion took over. He was involved in racing motorbikes at club and national level on circuits such as Brands Hatch and elsewhere around the UK. He changed career and from 2013 was working for AJS motorcycles in Andover as the parts manager when not competitively racing. This was an extremely stressful time for Sean. He and his then girlfriend Claire used to come down to Milford on Sea to get away from it all and to relax. They loved the local area and visited nearby attractions such as Keyhaven and Hurst Castle. They both realised that there were few opportunities for the visitor to get out onto the water locally. Whilst sitting in the Gunn Inn Pub In March 2015 they came up with an idea for a company based in Milford on Sea which would offer visitors and residents access to the local coastline and sea via paddleboard and kayak. The key

to this was, of course, Sean’s many qualifications in this type of water sport. By September 2015 Sean and Claire had found a vacant shop in the High Street in Milford on Sea and had started up the New Forest Paddle Sport Company. This area had such a pull over Claire and Sean that they moved to Milford on Sea in 2016. They both think it is a wonderful village where the locals have made them feel very welcome. When Sean and Claire decided to get married initially they thought they would have the wedding back in sussex or surrey. However they then decided to bring their family and friends to Milford and ended up having their wedding reception in Hurst Castle. This was a unique venue and one that all the guests thoroughly enjoyed.


As the business developed the company gained a reputation for its use of high quality products

and also high standard of tuition for the various water sports offered. The shop is their operating base where lessons are booked, paddleboards, kayaks, wetsuits and lifestyle clothing are sold. The training for beginners is all carried out at Keyhaven in the safety of the tidal marshland area from the harbour out to the castle. More adventurous training can be taken further along the coast line to Hordle or towards Lymington in the relatively sheltered Solent area.

able to catch a ferry boat back to Keyhaven. Another experience is an instructor led moonlight paddle board experience where the visitor can spend an hour

The New Forest Paddle Sport Company offers tuition, from beginner to instructor, on stand up paddleboards and kayaks. They also offer sea borne tours of the local area and experiences. These include sunset paddle board picnics out to Hurst castle. Visitors, under the guidance of an instructor, paddle out from Keyhaven harbour to Hurst Spit and enjoy a picnic before paddling back as the sunsets. There is also the Hurst Castle experience which involves paddling from Keyhaven out to the castle and exploring this lovely historic building before having a lunch in the and a half paddling out to Hurst castle cafe. They will then be and back by the light of a full moon. There is a three hour yoga experience, also instructor led, which takes the visitor out to the calm waters of the Keyhaven marsh area for a yoga and mindfulness session before ending with a picnic on the shore. This is followed by a gentle paddle back to the harbour.

economy by bringing in tourists to the area. For the last three years the company have been nominated for the New Forest Business awards. In 2018 they were given an award for outstanding contribution to the visitor economy. Also in 2018 they were in the top 30 for SUP Connects international paddle shop of the year. The business continues to grow. Sean now has 12 instructors many of whom are local. Sean is keen to point out that all of his instructors have been trained by him, are highly qualified and that most are in the 40 to 60 age range. Many live in the Milford area and have much local knowledge to pass on to the visitor. Business is going well despite being weather dependant. Bookings are strong and the company’s reputation for high quality tuition in a wonderful location is growing.

If you would like to find out more or you want to meet Sean for a kayaking or stand up Sean has made strong links with paddleboard session he can be local businesses especially Hurst contacted via the website https:// Castle and the ferry company. www.thenewforestpaddlesportco The seasonal local produce picnics are all provided by Jesse or phone 01590 Wells from Hurst on the Hill cafe 645 270 in Milford. In this way The New Nick Saunders Forest Paddle Sport Company are supporting the local

Persian Chicken

I have a new cook book and am enjoying the flavours of Persia and thought you would too. You will need a metal mixing bowl , a saucepan with lid, a sautĂŠ pan with lid, and a frying pan. When I cook basmati rice I always use a cup to measure the portions and then twice the amount of water to rice, this seems to be fool proof.

For two: 1 deep handful of rice per person, pop it in a cup and double the amount of water into a saucepan. 1teaspoon cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander 1red onion sliced Olive oil 2tablespoon green lentils, from a packet rather than a can. 2tablespoons boiling water Good pinch saffron 2tablespoons sour cream 1 dessert spoon cornflour 6 spring onions 2chicken breasts Salt and pepper

So first pour the boiling water onto the saffron in the metal bowl, if you use a plastic one be prepared it might leave a yellow stain. Cook the rice by bringing it to the boil, put the lid on and turn down low - cook for 5 mins then turn off leaving the lid on to steam through. Slice the chicken, put the sour cream into the saffron water and mix together with the cornflour; then add the chicken and leave for 10 mins. Put the oil in the sautĂŠ pan, add the red onion and fry gently adding the cumin seeds and ground spices after a few minutes. Keep them moving so they don't burn, then add the lentils and the rice from the saucepan and turn them till the rice is fully coated. Put the lid on and take off the heat. Put some oil into the frying pan and when warm add the chicken. Chop the spring onions and add to the chicken, stirring so it doesn't catch. Cover with a lid, turn down and cook for 5 minutes. Then take the lids off the rice and chicken and plate up - I like this with mange tout or fine green beans.


Office Move for Dixon Stewart

Dixon Stewart Solicitors are pleased to announce that they have acquired new ground floor premises in Lymington Road Highcliffe. This will make it so much easier for all our clients to call into the office and meet with us. No stairs to climb. We are loving the bright, clean new space downstairs. As a result we are delighted to announce that the Highcliffe and Bransgore offices of Dixon Stewart are merging and the Bransgore office will relocate to Highcliffe on 2 September 2019.

merging of the two offices will enable us to provide a better delivery of legal services and client care. We are all very excited about the move. Please pop in to see us if you are passing. You can meet Ned the office dog if you are lucky!

We will obviously continue with our existing office in New Milton and we remain The new office premises committed to visiting together with the our clients in their


homes as before wherever that assists. We look forward to being of service to you in the future. Helen Stewart


Cayman Islands The Cayman Islands is a British Overseas Territory located in the Caribbean. There are three islands in the group, the largest – and possibly best known being Grand Cayman, followed by Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. With a population of just 55,000 across all the islands, you can be sure of a friendly welcome and superb hospitality. Each of the trio of islands offer a unique holiday experience whether you are in search of adventure, tranquillity or yearn to immerse yourself in the history of the place. Grand Cayman is perfectly named, not just because of its size but also for the wealth of arts, history and the rich culture ready to be discovered. In George Town you will enjoy the contrast of traditional architecture standing side-byside with modern buildings. For the shoppers amongst you, there’s a plethora of choice from designer brands to locally produced treasures. Away from the hustle and bustle, don’t miss the chance to spot rare creatures like the Blue

Iguana in Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park. I’d also highly recommend a trip to the Turtle Centre or Pedro St James to see the oldest building in Grand Cayman. Just a 30 minute hop across to the charming, unspoilt island of Cayman Brac and you can be sure of an adventure to leave you lasting memories. Nature lovers will jump at the chance to spot endangered parrots and other birds in the lush forests scattered across the island. This island is the perfect location for a laidback holiday or romantic destination wedding. The smallest island is the aptly named, Little Cayman at just 10 miles long and 1 mile wide. You would be hard pressed to find a more relaxing location anywhere in the world. For thrill seekers, Bloody Bay Wall Marine Park offers arguably some of the most dramatic diving in the - world.

The range of accommodation available in the Cayman Islands really does have something for everyone, or alternatively, you could take one of the many cruise routes which include a stop in Grand Cayman. The climate is typically Caribbean making it perfect for some winter sun as you will enjoy the best weather between December and April. British Airways fly direct from Heathrow with a flight time of around 12 hours, including a short stopover in the Bahamas before you fly on to Grand Cayman. For help planning your perfect Caribbean getaway to the Cayman Islands or one of the many other islands, please contact Milford Travel on 01590 644899, email us at or pop in and see us at 78 High Street, Milford on Sea.


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A Fruitful Financial Future The harvest season for grape crops in France typically begins in September and may last until October. However, only the best wine producers know when is exactly, the right time to pick the harvest.

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‘Tangerine’ by Christine Langan Set in 1950s Morocco, this psychological thriller very cleverly uses the sumptuous backdrop to draw you into an intoxicating narrative.

‘The Last Time We Met’ by Carol Mason Fifteen years ago in Vietnam, Celine and Patrick had a short but passionate affair before they both returned to their own lives in opposite parts of the world. In the present, Celine thinks she catches a glimpse of her first love. She throws herself into her matchmaking business whilst going through a divorce that’s so amicable her estranged husband has asked for help to meet someone new. Will her first love win back her heart or will her husband win her back? This novel has been hovering about the bestseller list for a while, another light romantic drama from Carol Mason, well written, neatly structured and very satisfying. Published by Lake Union Publishing ISBN 1503902552

Alice Shipley and Lucy Mason were roommates at college, inseparable friends but they haven’t spoken in over a year, not a word since the accident at Bennington. Then they meet in Tangiers, Lucy with a new husband in tow, trying to make things right and coax Alice from her flat to explore this strange and exotic land. When Alice’s husband goes missing, she begins to question everything, even her own state of mind. The setting adds a stifling intensity to an already tightly woven plot. Some people love this novel and others consider it overwritten and ‘hammy’ in delivery. Whatever we think, it looks like a film is in production courtesy of George Clooney and Scarlett Johansson, so read the book before it hits the big screen. Published by Abacus ISBN 140870997X

‘The Holiday’ by T M Logan Kate and her three best friends have decided to spend a week in France, celebrating their 40thbirthdays with their husbands and children. Her world is shattered when she finds evidence of her husband having an affair and tries to figure out which one of her old pals is the ‘other woman’. This tense thriller is the third novel from ex newspaper journalist T M Logan. Unexpected twists and turns make this an exciting read, never quite knowing what any of the ‘suspects’ are up to until the final chapters. This title has been chosen by a lot of summer reading clubs for good reason. A great page turner. Published by Zaffre ISBN 1785767704



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Bugle goes North! Ever since Bugle was a puppy we have talked about taking him away in a motorhome. Finally, this year, the opportunity presented itself and so after hiring a 4-6 berth monster, we packed up and set off for the Borders via the Lake District. Our first stop was in Kendal where we met our son for breakfast. After a long journey, this was a great treat for Bugle who adores Danny. We then set off for Southerness in Dumfries. Our first campsite was a haven for young children, and therefore heaven for the pooch who spent the whole time outside, attracting the attention and petting that he feels is his due. Combine this with walks through new territory with the accompanying sniffs and

he was very happy. We moved on after three days to Silloth in North Cumbria (both of these destinations were picked because of the golf courses!). We had a very quiet pitch which suited me but there were not so many opportunities for attention until we went to the golf club where ‘normal service’ was resumed. Our final stop was on the shores of Lake Windermere where once again Danny joined us. We all had a day out on a boat from Bowness up to Ambleside – they allow dogs, followed by a paddle in the lake to cool off at tea time. Bugle was such a good boy when we were away, settling down every night in limited space and sleeping through, spending all his days outside. If I was with him, he was free to roam around but if I was inside the motorhome, we had to tether him on a long leash – he looked at us with disdain every time


it was clipped on! Whilst we all enjoyed the trip, we now know that even a large motorhome is not really big enough for a ‘bear’! When we finally got home at the end of the week, he jumped out of the van, ran in through the front door, lay on the hearth rug and looked at us as if to say ‘East West, home’s best’ and there he stayed until morning! Sally Prince

E-MAIL CYBER ATTACKS E-mail, while being an efficient method of communication, is not inherently secure. It is the simplicity of email that makes it so widely used but this also means that an email is only as secure as the password on your email account and the sophistication of your email provider. For instance, while most business solutions attempt to add a level of encryption around an email, many consumer (free) email systems do not accept such encryption. This makes them prime targets for “man-in-the-middle” attacks, where an email can get intercepted and changed. Consequently we strongly encourage you to remain vigilant and cautious when opening any emails, attachments or links and especially when

responding to any requests for your bank account details. Can I trust links in emails? The link shown within an email may not always take you to the location it says it will. Most email applications will allow you to hover over a link and inspect the true destination, although this does not work on Smartphones. You should be able to identify the domain name (e.g. as being relevant; if not then it may be an indicator that the link is malicious. If in doubt verify the link separately via Google or by ringing the organisation directly, using a known number and not one given on the email!


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Picking up the pieces - the Coates Centre at Oakhaven Hospice Where do you begin to cope with the loss of a loved one? Can the old adage that ‘time is a healer’ really be believed? Is everyone politely avoiding talking about your loved one, perhaps because they think it will upset you? How do you just carry on and lead some sort of normal life, when life may not be normal again? We all experience death and loss in different ways; from a peaceful and welcome release to a loved ones suffering; or the opposite, a traumatic experience leaving you feeling guilty that you’ve been left behind; or perhaps everything happened so fast you are left feeling alone and totally shell shocked. Everyone’s experience is different and there is no quick fix. The Coates Centre, a service provided to the community by Oakhaven Hospice Trust, is a drop-in centre set within the beautiful grounds of the Hospice off Lower Pennington Lane, Lymington, and can help and support you to find a way that’s best for you. Trained volunteers welcome and provide information and support to help you find your way to cope with your loss and bereavement; and you don’t need to have been known by Oakhaven Hospice. Drop in for a coffee and chat anytime between Monday and Friday 9.00am and 5.00pm. You can find support through regular coffee mornings, one-to-one support or group sessions, counselling, complementary therapies, cookery courses, social events or just sit quietly

and enjoy the calming surroundings and gardens; whatever you feel you can cope with. Whether it’s in the early days or years down the line, The Coates Centre offers the opportunity to meet other people in similar situations and support each other. Working with you to reach a happier place in your life and cope with, understand and recognise your feelings, whether it’s in the early days or years down the line, The Coates Centre is there to support you and help pick up the pieces. For further details - Phone 01590 677198 or visit www.thecoatescentre Coates Centre Support Groups Dementia Support Group First Tuesday of every month 10.30am-12noon For those living with dementia and their carers or family, this is a chance to get together with others over a cuppa and a slice of cake, to share experiences and find out more information about the support available in your community. There is also an Informal Drop-in on the 3rd Tuesday of every month 10.30am-12noon. For more information telephone


01590 677198 The Mulberry Group A friendly informal self-help support group for anyone whose cancer has recurred/spread/ advanced and is not going away. Share, exchange information and support each other. Last Friday of every month 10.30am-12noon For more information telephone 01590 677198 Brain Tumour Support Group For anyone with ANY type of brain tumour whether recently diagnosed or living with a long term condition, providing support for the person, family, carer and friends. Share, exchange information and support each other. 3rd Thursday of every month (excluding Aug) 3pm-4pm For more information telephone 01590 677198 ‘Easy Breathe’ Respiratory Support Group A self-help support group for anyone affected by or caring for someone with a respiratory condition. Share, exchange information and support each other. 2nd Monday of every month 11am-1pm For more information telephone 01590 677198

Local History

Highcliffe Library

You’ve probably gathered by now that I’m a great fan of books. I have my own library, which is a nice lead in to talking about Highcliffe Library, which is in Gordon Road, towards the eastern end of the Lymington Road.

The cost had come to £1,147 11s 7d (I really hope they put the 7d to good use).

What we know for sure is that she was one of at least 50 million deaths attributable to the pandemic: WW1 WW W itself had ‘only’ accounted for some 18 million. When I rocked up at the Library ryy to get some photographs, I chatted to the friendly staff fff who were

Old picture of Gordon Road with the Library.

Highcliffe Library, in Gordon Road.

A library (building containing books, periodicals and sometimes films and music for public use).

The library ryy is housed in the former parish hall of 1906. Gordon Road had only become a public highway a few years earlier (1899). Come 1906, it was proposed to build the parish hall by public subscription and house-to-house collections were undert rtaken t (it’s hard to imagine that happening today). The hall, when built, consisted of a single room, a gas ring (handy), and a stand pipe (also handy).

Harry ryy Selfridge, of course, was a big cheese in Highcliff ffe f between 1916 and ’22, when he was the tenant of Highcliff ffe f Castle. He entert rtained t the local children at the parish hall at Christmastime when the kiddies received presents and admired a tree the retail entrepreneur had provided (he was, of course, the first retailer to promote Christmas sales and came up with that catchy phrase ‘only so many shopping days to Christmas’). Harry ry’s y wife, Rose (1860-1918) was one of the many casualties of the influenza pandemic (‘Spanish Flu’) that lasted from January ryy 1918 to December 1920 and was buried in the churchyard at St Mark’s. I read somewhere that Rose had ‘caught a chill’ whilst meeting and greeting outside the parish hall, but that might be apocry ryphal. y I’m not sure whether it’s even possible to catch a chill.

aware of the ‘Rose’s chill’ story ry, y so it’s cert rtainly t done the rounds and may have something in it.

Interior of Highcliffe Library.

Returning to the library ry, y we know that this used to be housed in the Old School House (Lymington Road). Kelly’s Directory ryy of 1927 listed the County Library ryy as being in the school house at that time. Come 1961 the Library ryy was on the move to a new location ‘behind the wool shop’, which I believe was on the same road, but much nearer to today’s site in Gordon Road (lots of today’s Library ryy users remember visiting it there).

The Library ryy finally moved into its current home, in the former parish hall, over 1969-71. The substantial looking key to the original doors of the parish hall is on the notice board at the back of the library ry, y where there is an interesting display of local history ry. y

I loved the colourf rful f Children’s Library ryy in the corner at the back, which leads on to decking, where there is planting, and a shed covered with the kiddies’ art rtwork. t It looked whizz zz. z

You may have realised that I’m not a fan of smart rtphones, t preferring books (and libraries) any day. Sadly, I lost my old dim-phone on the very ryy day I visited Highcliff ffe f Library ryy to get my pictures, discovering that dropping it on the pavement is disagreeable to it. I now have a smart rtphone t replacement but will be try rying y hard not to use it. You’ll be far more likely to find me

Rear of the Children’s Library with decking, planting and artwork. Display of historical information at the rear of the library.

The library ryy is open five days a week (closed Wednesdays and Sundays) and off ffers f a lot more than the anticipated books for adults and young personages. There’s feature films and music for hire, reference and info serv rvices, v local history ryy (my ears pricked up), Internet access, activities for children, and there’s a Friends of Highcliff ffe f Library ryy group.

Information abounds in libraries and I spotted the ‘Highcliff ffe f Community Board’, with its summary ryy of things going on in the village, and surrounding area, including an aft fternoon t tea at the Stanpit Marsh Visitor Centre (that was in August, but I’m sure there’ll be others).

with my head in a wort rthy t volume, or crouched over a compelling reference book, possibly even in Highcliff ffe f Library ry. y Might see you there. HIGHCLIFFE LIBRARY highcliff ffelibary f y 01425 272202

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The colourful Children’s Library.

Highcliffe Community Board in Highcliffe Library.

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New Milton Stroke Group meets from 10 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. every Thursday at the Nedderman Centre, New Milton. Potential members should please in the first instance contact Coordinator Anna Green on 01425 614193 or for further information. Barton on Sea Afternoon Guild. September Townswomen’s Guild meeting on Wednesday 18th at 2.30pm in Barton Methodist Church Hall, Sea Road. Our Speaker will be local favourite Steve Roberts telling us about ‘Mr Selfridge’. Raffle. Refreshments. Sales Table. New members and visitors very welcome. Secretary: 612417. Friday 4th October Barton Lace Group 2pm to 4pm Barton-on-Sea Methodist Church Lounge, Cliffe Road, Barton-on-Sea, BH25 7PA £3 per session Jackie Barton 620334 New Milton U3A Our September General Meeting is on the 25th at 2pm in the Memorial Centre Whitefield Road. Our Speaker this time is professional violinist Julius Bannister who calls his talk A Day at the Races, A Night at the Opera. As well as telling us about his life he will entertain us with his music Visitors welcome £2 Teas 50p More details Joy Mantell 01425 638898

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relinquish the leadership of this group at Christmas after twelve enjoyable years. Unfortunately nobody has emerged to take over despite our efforts to find successors. Sadly this seems to be the way of the world these days and we appreciate that there are very many worthwhile, volunteer-led, groups locally who are in the same boat. Our group meets on the second Monday afternoon of each month in the Community Centre in New Milton. Over the years attendance numbers have been sufficiently high that our members have been able to enjoy a good quality programme of speakers (sight related or light hearted), musicians and entertainers. We have also been able to act as an information point for folks newly diagnosed with macular and other sight problems. We have received considerable support from the Macular Headquarters Staff in Andover, and we have worked closely with Hampshire's "Open Sight" Organisation as well as the local Talking Newspaper. Unfortunately, despite the good offices of all these contacts, no successors have yet emerged and it is at about this time of year that the planning of next year's programme should commence. If you are, or you know of, that elusive "someone" who might yet keep the Macular Show on the Road then please get in touch a.s.a.p. You are welcome to drop in on any of our remaining meetings to see what we get up to! Malcolm Swan. Tele: 01425 - 618925 or NEW MILTON WELLBEING WALK AT BALLARD GREAT LAKE Regardless of age, or what ails you, whether you need to use a mobility scooter or chair, whether you have a physical disability, or you are as fit as a fiddle…… ALL ARE WELCOME Every Monday Meet at 10:20 for 10:30 start at Great Ballard Lake This walk is completely FREE, risk

assessed and under no time constraints - the pace is led by YOU. The focus is on a friendly, welcoming environment to improve emotional, mental and physical wellbeing. We usually have a coffee afterwards. New Milton Health Walks Join us for a short friendly walk at different locations in the area, led by trained leaders. Walks last about an hour, we walk at your pace. A chance to look around the area and totally free. We will usually finish at a place for refreshments where we can continue to socialise. Make Wednesdays a day to look forward to. Arrive 10:20 for 10:30 start. Children welcome at your responsibility, so by all means bring them with you Just turn up, no booking necessary. Well behaved dogs are welcome at owners responsibility. For further Information about location e-mail Colin at Coates Centre Support Groups Dementia Support Group First Tuesday of every month 10.30am-12noon For those living with dementia and their carers or family, this is a chance to get together with others over a cuppa and a slice of cake, to share experiences and find out more information about the support available in your community. There is also an Informal Drop-in on the 3rd Tuesday of every month 10.30am-12noon. For more information telephone 01590 677198 The Mulberry Group A friendly informal self-help support group for anyone whose cancer has recurred/spread/advanced and is not going away. Share, exchange information and support each other. Last Friday of every month 10.30am -12noon For more information telephone 01590 677198 Brain Tumour Support Group For anyone with ANY type of brain tumour whether recently diagnosed or living with a long term condition,

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