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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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Forest Arts & Britain in Bloom   

What a magnificent mural done by Forest Arts Children's Art Club


Homestart Hampshire - Open Air Shakespeare


It's a Knockout on Saturday 25th May

Read a Report on The Lions Club of New Milton's It's a Knockout Family Fun Day from our local paper - The New Milton Advertiser and Times.

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And some photographs from the Southern Daily Echo

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The Lions Club of New Milton would like to thank all who supported their event on the 25th May.


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Huge Success of Ukulele Festival

Following on from the success of the New Milton Beer Festival on 6thApril, the Main Hall of the New Milton Memorial Centre was once again packed on Saturday 18th May for the New Forest Ukulele Festival hosted by M.U.S.K. (Milton Ukulele Strummers Klub). Festival goers were able to watch eighteen groups on the hall stage and enjoy workshops and an “open mic” upstairs.

The kitchen was staffed with volunteers who provided tea, coffee and home-made quiche and cake and the bar did steady business throughout the day. It was good to see so many people enjoying themselves at this increasingly popular New Milton venue.

Profits amounting to over £1500 will be split between the Memorial Centre and the local children’s charity, Honeypot. M.U.S.K. meet on the last Tuesday evening of every month at the Memorial Centre and beginners are very welcome.


The Arnewood School launches a Lottery

This lottery has been set up specifically to raise money and make a difference for our children!

It's a fantastic way to bring Parents, Carers, Teachers and the wider community together, in partnership with our school, and at the same time give something back. We hope to raise funds that can support and enrich the education of our children - we aim to provide extra resources for the children, improve the school environment as well as run extra curricular activities such as music, art and sport.

Your support is greatly appreciated and we wish you good luck!   - Mr Nigel Pressnell - Head teacher

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D-Day 75th Anniversary Concert

Come along to a 40’s concert with New Forest Big Band, supported by Andy Whitaker remembering George Formby. Bring a picnic. Licensed bar. Raffle/Retiring Collection in aid of SSAFA (armed forces charity).

We have been asked a number of times whether New Milton will commemorate D-Day in a similar fashion to 2018's Battle's Over Event. However it has been decided that as Portsmouth is playing a major part in the D-Day Commemorations locally, that we will not be staging any other special events - so this Concert is your chance locally to be celebrate the 75th Anniversary of this achievent.

However, New Milton will be holding a series of major events to mark the 75th Anniversary of VE Day next year, between the 1st May and the 10th May 2020

 ‘Battle’s Over VE75’

Note the dates now - you won’t want to miss out!


Stop Press : New Milton has at least one Peregrine Chick

15th May : Now feeding two chicks!

Hot off the press, today (14th May) New Milton's Peregrines have a Chick!!

Pictures below show rather fuzzy pictures from the Web Cam - one showing the bundle of fluff and the other when Mrs Peregrine had returned to keep the chick warm.

We will try to keep you informed of developments.


Anything Grows - Community Allotments


New Milton Town Council - Afternoons of Music


Join in New Milton's Floral Revolution