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Wow they are growing !!   (Added 25.5.20)

New Milton's Peregrine family growing fast   (Added 25.5.20)

Hungry Mouths to Feed  (Added 20.5.20)

Growing up Fast   (Added 17.5.20)

Mr & Mrs Peregrine caught for the first time   (Added 13.5.20)

Maybe even 4 to feed at the Water Tower!   (Added 8.5.20 at 8:30 hrs)

Its Feeding Time at the Water Tower. 

Difficult to Tell - Think we have three Chicks.  (Added 7.5.20 - 8:20 hrs)

Two Chicks (Added 6.5.20 - 07:50 hrs)

At least one chick so far (Added 6.5.20 - 07:00 hrs))

Despite a number of hours watching - Mrs Peregrine is not letting the Paparazzi geta shot ....yet!

A Cheeky Visitor.   (Added 27.4.20)

Mrs Peregrine : Keeping the eggs warm at The Water Tower.  (Added 23.4.20)

Mrs Peregrine : Eggs hopefully hatching soon


Multi-Agency Support puts Food on the Table in New Milton.

During this Coronavirus crisis, there are many families who for whatever reason, fail to get the support that they desperately need and are unable to ensure that they can put adequate wholesome food on the table for their children.

A highly successful multi-agency approach by the New Forest Basics Bank, our local schools, our Town Council and the Lions Club of New Milton over the last three weeks, has ensured that local children need not go hungry during these difficult times.

Each week, Peter Bousfield, the Chair of the Welfare Committee of the New Milton Lions Club, has liaised with all our local schools to get information on families they are aware are suffering extreme difficulties. In partnership with The New Forest Basics Bank, supplies of food for a week for the families have been put together each Friday and New Milton Town Council Ground staff ultimately, have turned their hand to delivering up to 76 Family Food Parcels in a week, with a total of over 200 during the three weeks the project has so far been running.

All of those involved have been touched by the comments received back from the parents who received these very welcome deliveries of fresh fruit and vegetables, tinned goods, toiletries and some surprises – all put together by the willing volunteers, headed by Oliver Stanley, the chair of the Basics Bank. 

All of this has only been possible through the generosity of many local Town and District Councillors, and a special fund set up by The Lions Club of Great Britain, which has been supplemented by monies from members and the welfare fund of The Lions Club of New Milton.

The President of The Lions Club of New Milton, John Alcock,“praised the members of his Club, especially Peter Bousfield, who had so quickly put the project into action, once the need had been identified and confirmed with the representatives of all of our local schools”

Commenting on the highly successful and much-needed initiative, the Mayor of New Milton, Councillor Alvin Reid who has been closely involved in the team executing this project, commented that “If we all do a little, collectively we can achieve a lot. Well done to all involved and in particular to The Lions Club of New Milton”

The picture shows the Chair of the New Forest Basics Bank receiving a cheque for £1,000 handed to him by Steve Merrifield, Secretary of the Lions Club of New Milton. Further donations are planned to The New Forest Basics Bank.

EXTRACT FROM A PARENT’S E-MAIL "....I just want to say I’m genuinely overwhelmed at the absolute generosity shown to me today! I collected my food parcel and I am blown away by just how much has gone into it not to mention produce! I never thought I would be one to need such help and always try to place something into the food baskets at Tesco but I’m truely grateful to those that do!    Thank you from the bottom of my heart. From me and my family..."


Group Effort to provide Food Deliveries to needy Families

Three major local organisations came together this week to organise the distribution of food to 61 needy families in New Milton.  Each family received food for all their family for a week including fresh fruit and vegetables.

Well done to all three groups for bringing together this much needed service to our local community. This exercise is likely to be repeated in the coming weeks.

Photograph courtesy of New Milton Town Council


Message from The New Forest Disability Information Service

At New Forest Disability we are still manning the telephone helpline and doing all benefit appointments over the phone instead of face to face – no one has been cancelled. We are also offering befriending phone calls, prescription collection and have a big source of information to support our vulnerable clients.

Although our shop is closed, by telephoning beforehand we can still supply some new and mainly lightly used mobility equipment and daily living aids.  This is being well received by family having a loved one discharged from hospital and requiring wheelchairs, commodes and pads etc. 

Keep safe and keep well and I look forward to seeing you all ‘ on the other side!’

Jacki Keable Chief Executive New Forest Disability.  Helpline: 01425 628750


Mrs Peregrine New Milton - the Story So Far.

And now 4 Eggs at The Water Tower ....

Now three Eggs !!

First Egg from our very own Peregrine Falcon on the Water Tower

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


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 houseMany 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 gardenRecently, 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.