New Milton Mercury January 2021

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January 2021 Issue 46

Community Magazine & Local Business Directory

Meet the Locals Philip Harris Locall Artist ar t Philip Harris Local Artist

Local History

The The Longest Longest Bicycle Bicycle in in the the World World

It’s a Dog’s Life

Bertie’s Bertie’s First First Groom Groom

What’s On Local History Meet the Locals

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

Book Reviews Local Articles Local Clubs & Societies


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Happy New Year! And welcome to our January edition. We sincerely believe that whilst 2020 was a pretty bad year for everyone that this year will be a far better year for us all. During the first lockdown Gary dug out his old mountain bike rusting in the garden shed, and bit by bit he has been ranging out further and further. Progressing in time to a road bike he summoned up the courage to join the local New Forest Cycling Club in Autumn last year. He has really enjoyed the rides with the club and met some friendly and interesting people one of whom features in the “Meet the Locals” article this month. Bertie our Bernese puppy continues to enchant us with his personality and energy. Read how he got on with in his first grooming session this month. If you enjoy our monthly magazine the best way you can support it is to give a call to the businesses listed within.

8/9 Local History 12/13 Meet the Locals 14 Legal Matters 16 Holistic Health 18 Wordsearch 20 Going Places 22 Book Review 26 It’s a Dog’s Life 32 Sudoku 34/35 Local History 38 Community page 40 Fiona’s Real Food 42 Crossword 46 Index of Advertisers

Please do your best to support local businesses this year. We wish you a fabulous and healthy 2021.

Gary & Sally

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Local History

The Longest Bicycle in the World

It might seem hard to believe but a Guinness world record was established in Station Road, New Milton on the 5th of August 1968 when the world’s longest bicycle was ridden through our town. This took place in front of a crowd of local residents at the town’s carnival celebrations. In the 1960s and 1970s the local carnival was a major event in towns and villages. It was an opport rtunity t to raise money for good causes and get every ryone y out into the community to witness the spectacle of the carnival parade as it processed along through the crowded streets. Businesses and local organisations would decorate floats which would be driven around the town accompanied by people in fancy dress costume. In 1968 Rick and Chris Coombe came up with the idea of building a bicycle that would be able to seat 20 people. This would be displayed in the New Milton

August 5th 1968 Station Road New Milton.

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The bicycle and team.

Carnival that year. This idea was enthusiastically taken on by two local firms. They were Hugh Stevenson Engineering Ltd and Rickman Brothers. (Engineering) Ltd. The firms were neighbours on the Gore Road Industrial Estate. Hugh Stevenson Ltd specialised in steel fabricated structures. At the time they were building the largest single span greenhouse in the world. The frame for the bicycle was a rejected part rtt from one of the roof trusses. It was made from round and square steel tubes welded and braced together. This was then passed over to Rickman Brothers Engineering who were

renowned for manufacturing high perf rformance f competition motorcycles. The team at Rickman’s designed the complex pedalling system. The power was provided by the rear eight cyclists who pedalled on the steel tubular connecting rods which were linked to the cranks. The final drive to the rear wheel was via two motorcycle chains, one on either side of the bike. This system was changed and upgraded the following year. The front and back wheels were from a motorcycle. Braking was accomplished via hydraulically operated disc brakes. The men working on the project did so in their own time aft fter t they had finished their core work or on weekends. They ended up putting in over 700 hours of their spare time to create the machine. Many local firms also contributed including New Milton Tyre Company and Lush Signs. Ingrams Ltd provided transport rtt to get it to and from locations where testing, trials and displays were carried out. The bike weighed in at over two tons. It was 35ft ftt 4in in length. There were seats for 21 people.

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bicycle. A lot of money was raised for the Carnival Committee who gave it out to local charities and good causes. Aft fter t the carnival events of 1968 and 1969 the bike was loaned out to be exhibited in a number of locations around the country ry. y Sadly, the team lost track of where the bike ended up. It is uncert rtain t if it still exists or has been scrapped.

Filming the bike at Holmsley airfield.

Originally it was intended to be a 20-seater, but at the last minute an extra seat was added for the mayor to take part rt. t The riders then had to learn how to work as a team to operate the bike. Several practice sessions took place at the old Holmsley airfi rfield fi until they felt comfort rtable t and competent in riding the bicycle. News of this mammoth creation spread far and wide. Southern I.T.V. filmed the pre-record trials and broadcast this around the UK. Newspaper report rters t took hundreds of photos and wrote about the bike in papers and magazines. The films and photos also went abroad as the team found out when they start rted t receiving letters from the USA, Europe, Singapore, Malaysia and New Zealand. On the 5th of August 1968 the team pedalled the bike in the carnival procession along Station Road witnessed by adjudicators from the Guinness World Records and the towns people of New Milton. Turning the bike was extremely diffi fficult fi and one attempt to get around

the corner of Whitefield Road and Station Road resulted in the team needing to jump off fff and lift ftt it round. Aft fter t achieving the record, the bicycle went to Malmo in Sweden and was exhibited in a motor show. On returning to the UK H.M Revenue and Customs impounded the bike as it was suspected that that there was purchase tax liability to be paid. Aft fter t some debate the machine was released. It then took part rtt in the ‘Record Breakers’ event in Peterborough before it returned home to New Milton. It was intended that the bike would be a major attraction in the 1969 New Milton Carnival. Sadly, the weather that year was appalling. It poured with rain and the main part rtt of the carnival was cancelled. However, the recordbreaking bike was displayed once again despite the weather. The team dressed up for a comedy wedding which took place in the underground toilets in front of the Council Offi ffice fi in Station Road. They arrived and depart rted t from ‘the wedding venue’ on the

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Malcolm Barrett was the bride. The groom was Ted Evans.

The world record for the longest bicycle has been broken several times since the team from New Milton gained fame on 5th of August 1968. On 14th of November 2020 a new record was set by Bernie Ryan of Australia with his bicycle measuring 155ft ftt 8in. I am extremely grateful to Ted Evans for his assistance in providing information and photographs for this art rticle. t Nick Saunders Nick Saunders is a local historian who would be pleased to hear from any reader who has information relating to local history ry. y In addition he would be interested to see any postcards or photographs of our district. Tel: 01425 618549

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Philip Harris

Award Winning Figurative Artist Philip Harris was born in Doncaster in 1965. He grew up moving around with his parents and three siblings and finally settled in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire where his father ran a newsagents. Philip is not particularly nostalgic about his school years; he describes himself as a shy student who drifted through education and kept a low profile. He was particularly inspired by the punk era and still enjoys listening to music while he works. After leaving school at sixteen, his father took him to the local careers office where he found some information about art college. He had sufficient qualifications but didn’t consider himself exceptionally talented, so he spent the summer drawing and enrolled on a DATEC Diploma in Art and Design at Mansfield College. The course covered a range of

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media, as well as essential technical skills. After art college, Philip did A’ levels in the evenings and then went on to study at Bradford College of Art where he specialised in Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking and Illustration. In 1985, during his second year, he met his wife Louise who was studying for her nursing qualifications and they have been together ever since. In 1986, at the age of twentyone and with no connections or sponsors in the art world, the couple moved to London. Working in isolation from either criticism or support, Philip had to use his own judgement, follow his own instincts and develop his own style. This increased confidence led to solo exhibitions and taking part in competitions and in 1990 he came 3rd in the B.P. Portrait Awards. He began to sell his art and receive critical acclaim and in 1993 he won first prize in the same prestigious B.P. Portrait Awards.

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winning first prize came with a commission to paint a portrait that would become part of the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection. Philip painted a portrait of the Royal Ballets former principal dancer Sir Anthony Dowell and it is truly stunning, full of sharp detail and intense clarity. Apparently, Sir Anthony’s comment was, “There is nothing about it that isn’t me.” Phil attended an unveiling that he describes with wit and retrospective candour in his fantastic website www.philipharris.com The range of his work on the site is striking, but you cannot quite grasp the size of the canvas and the elements that go into each piece. On a laptop, they look like photographs, but each brushstroke and colour can take hours, weeks and several months to be applied and

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reference and some concepts of composition and landscape. He is full of ideas and very selfmotivated, essential components to any career but especially valuable when you work alone.

keen cyclist and worked very hard to compete in the UCI Amateur World cycling championships in Italy in 2018, representing Team GB. This is no small achievement at the age of fifty-three. Two years later he aims to, “keep enjoying it” and his enthusiasm extends to encouraging new people to join the New Forest Cycling Club where he participates every Saturday and Sunday. For more details have a look at the website www.newforestcc.co.uk

In terms of his working day, the In his free time Phil also enjoys Covid 19 lockdown has not running, going to the gym, With Sir Anthony Dowell at the NPG unveiling 1995 impacted upon his trekking in wilderness areas and observing wildlife. Living in routine, his wife create the overall astounding has continued working and he the New Forest, his home is accuracy. The blog is eloquently has written and conveys a lot of continued personal feelings as well as tips to paint. about technique and ways to However, approach and appreciate the impact several of his larger pieces. of Brexit I asked about his artistic looms on process. Philip begins his day at the horizon around 8-8.30am, after Louise as leaves for work, she is a senior collectors nurse at Southampton General are not Hospital. His studio is part of buying his Victorian home where they British art have lived since 1994. He as they prepares his palette, listens to once did. radio 6 and works in solitude Philip is until 6.30-7.30pm, taking currently Philip with his wife Louise breaks every few hours to give working on his eyes a rest. Each piece smaller begins with thousands of pieces, a series of paintings for surrounded by nature which photographs to use as his gallery in London. He is also provides both solitude and inspiration. He writes in his blog available for that he would love to, “… private produce work that reflects that commissions love of the natural world” and his website shows something that I’m sure would a range of be well received. beautifully Philip Harris may describe his composed background as ‘Midlands-ish’ pieces that he but, after twenty-six years here, has he is most definitely a local. completed. Philip is a very

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New Year - New Will

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appoint a legal guardian. You should not die without a will. When one of 2 brothers died suddenly his whole estate automatically went to his father who he had not seen for 40 years. His brother to whom he was close got nothing. If you do not have a will do you know what will happen to your estate if you die? The Money Advice Service estimated that in 2019 ÂŁ8 million went to the government because people did not leave a will. Making a will is easier than you think and we are here to make it as easy as possible for you. You may already have a made a will but research from Royal London found that a third of people asked had experienced a life event such as getting married or having a child since their will had been made. If you do get married any previous will you have made will be automatically cancelled. It is important to keep up to date if you want your wishes carried out. Call us today so that we can review your current will with you. In 2012 a close friend of mine passed away. He was aged 52. He had 2 grown up children and 3 children under the age of 18 from 3 different relationships. He had not updated his will since his youngest children had been born and his will left his estate to be divided equally among his grown up children and his brothers and sisters. Most of his estate was eaten up in court costs as the 3 youngest children made claims through the Official Solicitor and the grown up children and brothers and sisters were all separately represented. Do not let that happen to you. We are here to help so please do call and have a chat or ask us to send you a will booklet.

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Holistic Health by Dr Damien T. O’Dwyer BSc, PGDipSc, MChiro, PhD

Forget Resolutions – Celebrate Your Resilience! I looked back on my column for this time last year and it gave me an ironic smile. I wrote about resolutions (unsurprisingly – as it is that time of the year!). How did your 2020 resolutions go? • Lose weight? • Join a gym / exercise class? • Socialise more? • Travel more? Was it a little more difficult than you envisaged at the end of 2019 to achieve your health and life goals for 2020? Don’t Beat Yourself Up Too Much: I don’t know many people who could have predicted the events of 2020. If anyone did, they would have been viewed as overly pessimistic. Practise Optimism: Optimism is not being blind to the challenges in life but re-framing your response to them. Celebrate Your Resilience: Resilience is your ability to cope with the challenges of life: your “bounce-back-ability”.

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Canary Islands Spanish Islands off the coast of north west Africa, rugged & volcanic known for their black & white sand beaches, only a 4 hour flight from the UK and some Bournemouth departures. Tenerife The largest & most recognised Canary Island, dominated by the sometimes snowy active volcano Mt. Teide (below) with spectacular views, which has a cable car or you can climb to the summit but you need a permit. Year-round sun, beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife to tropical forest walks, dramatic volcanic landscapes & Rio style Carnival festivities, it also has museums, temples & old-world colonial architecture for travellers seeking something more than the sun. Family attractions too, award winning Siam Park & Loro Parque & whale watching. La Gomera a small island off Tenerife by ferry which feels like the Island that time forgot. Soaring ravines, sleepy mountain villages down to deserted rocky beaches, visit The Mirador de Abrante a glass floor projecting out from the clifftop with outstanding views across to Mt. Teide. Lanzarote Chic – eco-friendly, perfect for quiet relaxed days in the sun, stylish restaurants, attractive architecture & gentle

activities make it popular with everyone. Low rise buildings, beautiful beaches like Papagayo Beach (above) & the East coast resort Puerto del Carmen is home to whitewashed villas, beaches & dive centres. Gran Canaria Capital is Las Palmas with its historic quarter boosting pretty cobbled streets, for your shopping head to Triana Street in the old quarter and it’s year-round sun makes it a golfing paradise. Maspalomas on the southern most point is sophisticated & chic with palm groves, natural lagoon, beautiful white sandy beach, famous dunes and placed within a nature protected area. Meloneras on the other hand has a wonderful long promenade with bars, restaurants, boutique shopping

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R.L. Stevenson (1850-1894)

It’s a tale of a Scottish author, a lighthouse, a Bournemouth residence smashed by a German bomb, a character named ‘Poole’, a one-legged man, and a particularly bad case of schizophrenia. To get you on track, the author’s name was Robert Louis Stevenson.

Photograph of Stevenson, c.1887, which was about the time he left Bournemouth after three years spent in the resort (author – ‘alberto’, source – Ana Quiroga).

Robert rtt Louis Balfour Stevenson, to give him his full name, was born in Edinburgh, the son of Thomas Stevenson, who was engineer to the Board of Nort rthern t Lighthouses. Robert rtt studied engineering with the family business in mind, but then swerv rved v to the law before adopting his true vocation as a wordsmith. In 1880 he married the divorcee Fanny Osbourne in America, returning to Britain the same year, but with a fight already on his hands with TB, or bronchial problems. Fame came to Stevenson just before his arrival in Bournemouth

(1884), as his adventure romp ‘Treasure Island’ was published in 1883. If you’ve not read it, you’ve missed out. It’s all ‘Black Dog’, ‘Blind Pew’, and of course ‘Long John Silver’ with his peg leg and parrot. There’s also the sinister ‘black spot’. If you get passed that in a slack moment your days are numbered. I have my own black spot (a public speaking accessory ryy not a zit you understand). I have tried to palm it off fff on to unsuspecting audience members at my talks but never yet succeeded. I’ve digressed a bit, but it’s been fun. I’ll return to Mr Silver short rtly. t Stevenson rocking up in Bournemouth was no surprise as it was early doors a haven for consumptives: all those pine trees and sea breezes.

Plaque in front of a stone model of the Skerryvore lighthouse, which explains the significance of the lighthouse and fate of the house.

There is a spot of confusion on the dates if you check out a plaque commemorating the author in Alum Chine and a board and plaque at ‘Skerry ryv yvore’, v the site of his much-loved Westbourne home, which is

today a public garden, and where the info states he was in residence from April 1885 to August 1887. Down in Alum Chine, the plaque says ‘1884 to 1887’, the discrepancy pointing to his earlier arrival in Bournemouth, and a bit of elapsed time until he found his dream home.

Plaque commemorating Stevenson in Alum Chine. Skerryvore overlooked the chine. This plaque bears different dates for Stevenson’s occupation of Skerryvore.

Skerryvore was Stevenson’s Westbourne home between April 1885 and August 1887.

So, ‘Skerry ryv yvore’ v (61 Alum Chine Road), was renamed by the Stevensons aft fter t the Scottish lighthouse built by the family between 1838-44, and there’s a stone representation of said lighthouse in what would have been the back garden, which was erected in 1957.


I think Stevenson was happy here even though he hardly left ftt the house due to ill-health. He described himself as like ‘a weevil in the biscuit’, which I take as complimentary ryy (snug and secure). Lighthouse and plaque in the gardens of Skerryvore.

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1941. Today, you’ll just find the footings, but it’s interesting to walk the garden path, stand in what would have been its rooms and pick out the bay windows.

Skerryvore in all its glory, replete with croquet hooks (Bournemouth Libraries).

Only the footings now remain of Stevenson’s house.

Although Stevenson was not in Bournemouth for that long, he used his time constructively, as he churned out two of his most famous works, ‘Kidnapped’, a tale of the Jacobite era in Scotland, and ‘The Strange Tale of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’, a saga of schizophrenia and the dark side of our personalities. There’s a clue in the latter book that he wrote it whilst in residence in Westbourne: a character by the name of Poole. I wonder where he picked that name up from? And the one-legg gged g man? Well, in my experience most fictional characters are inspired by someone real and Silver was, most probably by poet William Henley (1849-1903), a fellowTB suff fferer f and amputee. Henley was a regular visitor to Skerry ryv yvore, v along with other representatives of the literary ryy and art rtistic t set, such as the American author Henry ryy James (18431916). Incidentally, Henley gave us the poem ‘Invictus’ (1875), ‘I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul’ which inspired a film and the ‘Invictus Games’.

Stevenson would end up in Samoa (1888), still presumably searching for the climate that would extend his life that bit furt rther, t enabling him to complete a few more projects before his final demise. It was in Samoa he died in 1894, aged 44. I doubt he’ll ever be forgotten in Bournemouth though. Skerry ryv yvore v may be long gone, but you can still visit the garden there, and he also has a road named aft fter t him, Robert rtt Louis Stevenson Avenue.

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The Arts Society New Milton The January 2021 lecture is entitled ‘Beethoven at 250 – Classical Music’s Greatest Revolutionary’ presented by Sandy Burnett. This lecture takes place via Zoom on Thursday 14th January 2021 at 10.30am. New members are welcome. For more information please contact Chris Davies on 01425 620680. FRIENDS OF BALLARD WATER MEADOW We are a small group of local people, keen to promote the benefits of healthy exercise through habitat management for nature conservation, wildlife and people. Our work takes place in Ballard Meadow and Woodland on the northern edge of New Milton and we work closely with New Milton Town Council, who are the landholders. The public are welcome to the site to observe wildlife, enjoy a gentle stroll or take time-out for quiet reflection. Indeed, if you are feeling fit and active and want to help our local wildlife community, meet with like-minded people, promote access to the countryside and keep healthy, we’d like to hear from you! Much of our work is seasonal. During spring and summer, whilst undertaking wildlife surveys and controlling invasive plants, we keep the site open and safe for visitors. Later in the year, small areas of the meadow, and openings in the woodland, are cut to promote wild flower growth. In winter we concentrate on the woodland, where each year a different section is chosen and the undergrowth cut (coppiced). This is an ancient woodland management technique and helps keep the woodland healthy. Please visit our website www.friendsofballardwatermeadow.co.uk for more information about our work or how to become a member and get involved, which, at only £5 per year, is excellent value! Bob Lord (Chairman) The Arnewood School Parent & Staff Association are delighted to make the local community aware that they are now a “Local Cause” for all Co Op loyalty programme members.

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For nearly 30 years, we’ve been cooking and delivering delicious frozen meals for you to enjoy whenever you like. Times may be challenging right now, but we’re delivering our easy-cook meals as usual. Our friendly, local drivers are trained in no-contact delivery, making us a safe and effortless way to enjoy good food every day - perfect when you can’t get out to the shops. Now more than ever we’re committed to providing you with delicious frozen meals and desserts, prepared by our award-winning chefs and delivered nationwide, to the safety of your home.

FREE* no contact delivery at your doorstep

Meals from only £3.39 350 delicious dishes

including mini, hearty and options for special diet

Easy to order by phone or online No contract. No commitment. Good old fashioned service!

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01202 490400

or visit www.wiltshirefarmfoods.com

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