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The Citizen of the Year Award 2020

Please note that the deadline for submitting nominations for the Citizen of the Year Award has been extended to the 1st May, 2020 and not as stated below.  Keep those nominations flowing into


The Mayor would like to Invite You ...

Due to the Coronavirus situation, the Mayor's Ball has been postponed to a future date to be announced.


Another Great Turnout for the Town Carol Service

The Town Mayor of New Milton, Cllr Alvin Reid, welcomed his guests to the Annual Carol Service in December,  delighted that a packed congregation had joined him to celebrate at St Mary Magdalene Church. Invited guests and the local congregation, totalling at least 200, joined the Mayor, Town Councillors and Civic guests, including dignitaries from Lymington & Pennington Town Council, and New Forest District Council, and representatives from local charity and community groups. 

Reverend Andrew Bailey conducted the Opening Prayer, followed by a reading, beautifully delivered by Jackie Alvey, Chairman of New Milton Sands WI, who recited verse entitled The Meaning of Christmas.  Further readings were provided by the Town Clerk, Graham Flexman and Cllrs Keith Craze, Steve Davies and Neil Tungate. 

The last reading of the service was presented by Angela Jackson, representing New Milton Residents Association, with an imposing rendition of Ring out Wild Bells by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

 The Voices of the Forest were the guest performers and treated the congregation to the twelve harmonies of Christmas.  The international collection of songs introduced by the Musical Director Fabian Lochner, featured their repertoire of Christmas songs from America, Russia and the New Forest, all perfectly performed, all delightful.


Library photo courtesy

Cllr Alvin Reid said “The Carol Service was an amazing occasion for everyone, with the congregation donating £466 to the Mayor’s nominated charity Ashley Family Hub.  Thank you to everyone for their contribution, whether it be financial or time and effort” adding “If we all do a little, we can achieve a lot”.


South and South East In Bloom Awards & The National Finals

The Town Council was delighted to be awarded Silver-Gilt once more in the Town Centre category recently announced at the prestigious regional South & South East in Bloom awards ceremony. There to collect the award on behalf of the Town was Mark Jeffries, Town Council Estates & Facilities Manager who received the Silver Gilt award at the Amex Centre in Brighton saying: “It’s another great result for us, with increased marks of 80% overall - just 5 marks off Gold. Once again, the team have done a fantastic job.”

BBC - Radio Surrey presenter Joe Talbot presents award to Mark Jeffries of NMTC

This is the third time New Milton has entered the competition, achieving very high standards and increased marks in one of the Main Award categories. Cllr Geoff Blunden, Chairman of the Amenities Committee said:

“Over the summer months we received many compliments on how clean and tidy the Town looks - and how wonderful our flower displays are - not only from local residents but those visiting the area on holiday.

It is therefore an added bonus this year, we have been awarded Silver Gilt in the South and South East in Bloom ‘Town Centre’ category with increased marks. This could not have been achieved without the hard work and enthusiasm of our ground maintenance team and the local community involvement.

My thanks to all those who have helped in making New Milton look so beautiful, including…New Milton Residents Association, New Milton Sands WI, Barton Bees WI, Community Centre, local independent shops and the pupils from New Milton Junior School together with Arnewood School.

With the environment much in the news, it was particularly pleasing to see the variety of insects that our wildflower displays attracted and l even spotted butterflies on the more formal beds in Station Road! Again, my thanks to all those who helped not only with their time and effort but also financial support. I look forward to next year and continued success!”  

We now await the results of the Finals of the National Britain in Bloom competition expected on the 29th October, 2019.


Thank You - Green Fingers

It’s been an interesting growing season this year, but the dedicated volunteers working at the New Milton Dementia & Community Allotment at Becton Lane have got stuck in again, getting their green-fingers dirty and they love it. 

A tree in front of a house

Description automatically generatedMany guests have visited the Allotment this summer, coming from local care-homes, social groups and from the wider community to enjoy the benefits of being outdoors, sowing and growing, and reaping the harvest.  This year the allotmenteers grew and subsequently feasted on beans, rhubarb, tomatoes, an aromatic array of herbs, a trug full of delightful sweet peas as well as sunflowers, narcissi and verbena, all greatly appreciated by the visitors and of course the busy bees.

In recognition of the volunteers continued commitment and efforts in making the allotment a beautiful place to be, and to record a big thank-you to them, a lunchtime gathering was arranged with refreshments on offer.   The Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Committee Chairmen and Town Clerk were all present.

 As the splendid September sunshine spread its warming rays across the allotment, Mark Jeffries, New Milton’s Estates & Facilities Manager, praised the volunteers who had spent over 300 hours during the year, watering, weeding, digging, sowing, harvesting and greeting visitors to the site.  He then presented them with a gift as a token of appreciation arranged by the Action Group.

Cllr Bob Murrow, lead town councillor of the Dementia Action Group, commended the volunteers, saying “We are so lucky to have these caring volunteers, they give up their own time to tend to the allotment, and thanks to Sue Wiffen who coordinates the effort.    Of course, Mark Jeffries and the NMTC Estates team have been very supportive, it really is great team-work all round”.

 A close up of a flower garden

Description automatically generatedRecently, Mark Jeffries attended the South & South East in Bloom Awards Ceremony held at the Brighton Amex stadium and was pleased to announce that New Milton had been awarded Silver Gilt, with increased marks for the third year running.

 Another fantastic achievement for the town and all its community groups, schools, and many other townsfolk who contributed to the New Milton In Bloom efforts, which judges described as an up and coming entry.

 If you are interested in further details about the Anything Grows Dementia & Community Allotment please call Sue Wiffen tele 07884 300641 or 01425 617111.


Willing and Able with Skills and Tools - New Milton Men's Shed Opens

Nationally there are 517 Men’s Sheds, at least 40 in Hampshire, including the New Milton Men’s Shed, a thriving initiative with an enthusiastic membership, occupying a workshop building at the Fernhill Sports Ground courtesy of New Milton Town Council.

During the first week of September, the official opening ceremony featured a ceremonial cutting of the cord by the New Milton Town Mayor, Cllr Alvin Reid, using the appropriate tools for the job, aided and abetted by the New Milton Men’s Shed Chairman, Adrian Duckett.

 Adrian Duckett appreciated all the support received so far saying I would like to thank all those who have supported New Milton Men’s Shed practically with the donation of equipment and financially, especially the New Milton Lions who have put us into a more secure position from which we can develop.  Also New Milton Town Council for the use of the workshop at Fernhill Sports Ground.  However, the Shed would not exist if it wasn’t for the vision of Jill Hennah of New Milton Residents Association and the hard work of HCC Cllr Fran Carpenter in setting up the steering committee and supporting our start-up”


 Attending the official opening ceremony, the Chairman of the Amenities Committee, Cllr Geoff Blunden said “I’m delighted that we have been able to help in getting the New Milton men’s shed group up and running by providing their first home. Over the past few months I have seen its members grow and witnessed the real health and social benefits that such a group offers all those involved.  From the start they have got stuck in helping various local community projects using the varied practical and management skills of the members.......well done, thank you and keep up the good work.”

 The New Milton Men’s Shed provides a social hub for like-minded folk to meet up, share skills and knowledge, and undertake practical projects in the wider community.  During their first year they’ve been involved with the New Milton Dementia & Community Allotment, building a splendid gazebo complete with seating.  New Milton Army Cadets requested the Men’s Shed help in repainting their cadet hall at Ashley Junior School, and that was another fantastic job well done, with the Cadets showing their appreciation and presenting a certificate of gratitude to the Men’s Shed and to Brewers for donating the paint.

As well as supporting the community, the Men’s Shed is a great way to socialise, talk about everything and anything, and providing friendship along the way.  Working together is proven to help general well-being, encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle and definitely beats loneliness.  If you feel the need for company, enjoy making things, like talking about technical stuff and miss the workshop banter, then you’ll get a warm welcome at the New Milton Men’s Shed.

For further information about the Men’s Shed please contact Adrian Duckett tel: 07979 285001.


'Play on Words' - New Milton's Literary Festival

'Play on Words' is New Milton’s second family friendly Literary Festival organised by Forest Arts Centre and New Milton Town Partnership with sponsorship from project partners New Milton Sand and Ballast and Pennyfarthing Homes. Events are continuing throughout October at local venues, the launch event is the Book Lovers Lunch at The Chewton Glen on Friday October 11th with guest speaker Barney Norris. An award winning playwright, author and poet from Salisbury, Barney will be talking about his latest novel The Vanishing Hours.

Highlights of the 3 week programme include meet the authors with local crime writers Vickie Goldie and Peter Windridge – Smith. Karen Hamilton teams up with Helen McGinn for an evening of cocktails and thriller writing. There is a Literary Walk around New Milton and a chance to test your knowledge at the Literary Quiz. You can learn about writing your memoirs at a workshop with Della Galton. During half term there are creative family camps with the highlight, a comedy show for children and adults with James Campbell who has been on Blue Peter and performed at the Royal Albert Hall. Theatre performances include Chekhov’s shorts, Shakespeare Explained, Shylock and Pantaloons present Othello. The final event on Sunday November 3rd is a talk by popular author and politician Alan Johnson.

As you can see local residents and visitors are warmly invited to engage with literature in the broadest sense with an intriguing, challenging and high-quality diary of performances, workshops and creative events planned. Our eclectic programme we hope has something for everyone, whilst also providing a platform for local authors to promote, share and develop their work. It is available from outlets locally including New Milton library, Town Hall, Forest Arts and local shops and also on line at with booking for all events at Forest Arts Centre 01425 612393 or


The crowds flocked to The Recreation Ground

New Milton Residents and their families turned out in their hundreds to enjoy an 'Afternoon of Music' on the Recreation Ground.

Hailed as the best 'Afternoon of Music' yet, the crowds were entertained by Antigua Joe, who transported us to the West Indies with a huge variety of original songs and old favourites, which even promoted a section of the crowd to take to their feet. The afternoon had a real party atmosphere and many encores were demanded by the biggest attendance to date.


Collect Coppers for Charity

The Mayor of New Milton has announced an initiative to help swell the funds he is raising for his nominted Charity - The Ashley Famiy Hub.

If we all do a little ...

Raising money for charity is never an easy activity, but .......

Most people have a stack of pennies and two penny pieces they take out of their pocket/purse at night and just put them in the back of a drawer until the next time they have a big tidy!  These coppers when collected together across the parish will mount up to a significant amount. So...I would like everyone in the of New Milton Parish, and wider afield if they want, to collect their coppers (and those pesky little five pence pieces!) and get them to the town hall to donate to this year’s Mayor’s Charity.


The Town Mayor commits to counting, bagging and banking all the money raised and using it for the Ashley Hub.

Tell your friends, work colleagues, neighbours, family , in fact everyone you know and try to get them involved.

The A&T has a circulation of approximately 16,000 There are approx 21,000 New Milton residents register to vote.

There’re approximately 3,000 members of the New Milton Residents Association.


Just think what we ALL could do if...

                Every registered voter, and

                Every member of the NMRA talked to five other people, and Every reader of the A&T.

                Collected just £1 of copper over the next twelve months for the Mayor’s Charity, The Ashley Hub


Many hands make light work.   Take you 'Coppers' to the Town Hall at 2 Ashley Road, New Milton,  BH25 6AS.  Every little helps !!


Residents Association Donation to Parkinson's Dance Class

The Community in Action Fundraising Team of The New Milton Residents' Association has donated £500 to the Parkinsons Dance Class which is held weekly at Forest Arts.

"We are so grateful for all the support. Support like this allows us to carry on the class and put on free events for the community! Join us for our celebration event on Saturday, there will be free cake and workshops in aid of our class and to celebrate health and well-being in the arts!"


Mayor's Nominated Charity - Ashley Family Hub

Newly elected New Milton Mayor, Cllr Alvin Reid has recently announced Ashley Family Hub to be his chosen charity for the coming year.

Ashley Family Hub is a one stop shop for families open every Tuesday morning from 9-11 am during term time at Ashley Baptist Church, being a joint project run by Ashley Infants and Junior Schools, The Arnewood School and Ashley Baptist Church.

It was borne from the closure of the SureStart  Family Centre that was based at the former Hampshire County Council run Phoenix Centre off Gore Road that shut a couple of years ago. The Ashley Family Hub is open to all local families, not just Ashley residents.

They are not a registered charity, but any funding for them would be ring-fenced by Ashley Infants School on their behalf. The hub supports families with children, often with SEN, health problems, or affected by DV, mental health issues, complex needs, or just needing parent support. They can signpost families to other services including domestic violence, Health Workers and other Support Workers.

There’s a 2-way referral system, and they collaborate with most agencies. Generally, its for families that are on the fringe with difficulties in life. Some of the courses they are offered include first-aid, baby massage, cooking on a budget. They would like to offer more services to more families with additional opening hours on more days of the week.

Working with partner organisations, the Ashley Family Hub aims to make the help and advice families need available in the community where they live. Further details are attached.

Cllr Alvin Reid said:

“I am delighted to be able to wave the flag for Ashley Family Hub this coming year, and to raise awareness as well as funding to support families with young children.”

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