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Hampshire Constabulary release film to highlight Online Risks to Young People

On Safer Internet Day, Hampshire Constabulary has released a short film, featuring a real life victim, to highlight the online risks of sending nudes.

The film tells the real life story of Megan, who at the age of 14 moved to a new school after being bullied at her previous school, and was desperate to fit in. Everyone wanted to be friends with the new girl and she felt on top of the world. Her social media accounts were going through the roof with all her new friends and followers. She didn’t think things could get any better, when she thought she’d caught the eye of a boy and they began chatting on social media. However, things weren’t as they seemed and she found herself being tricked into sending a nude photo of herself which were quickly shared around the entire school and beyond.

Megan was devastated but is now speaking about her experience to help warn young people and educate people about the dangers of sending such pictures online.

PC Maria Carrick said: “Together with Megan we have created three versions of our film, ‘Sending nudes: #ItHappenedToMe’. One version is aimed at young people, one at parents and one at professionals who work with young people to highlight the risks of sexting. We hope that hearing about Megan’s experience and how she overcame this difficult time will give strength and support to young people who experience bullying and pressure for nude pictures or naked selfies.

“We’ll be broadcasting our film on a range of social media and online channels, including Safe4Me, to get the message across to as many people as possible and will be sending the film to schools so it can be shown to pupils and staff. We will continue working in partnership with schools, youth centres, and others organisations to raise awareness.

“We encourage parents and teachers not to be afraid to talk to children about their activities on social media and explain the importance of privacy, and thinking before uploading content online, to prevent them from becoming both the victims and perpetrators.”

Please view our films here: young people -, parents - and professionals -

Those wanting more advice on this subject can use the Safe4me website. This is a free resource available to schools, colleges and parents in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight as part of Hampshire Constabulary'songoing commitment to working in partnership with education and agencies to safeguard children and young people. You can find out more here:


Local Landlady issues an Abseil Challenge

Sunday 28th April, 2019

   From 8.30 a.m. until 5.00 p.m. 

   Sue Darcy - Central Bar.


Tickets now on sale for RNLI Quiz Evening


New Milton Talking Newspaper will be 1,000 Editions Old

1000th Edition on 22nd February, 2019 !!

Some of you will already be listeners of, or volunteers for, the Talking Newspaper, but we dare say you will be amazed to learn that we will be recording our 1000th edition on the 22nd February this year!

We would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to all our listeners and volunteers, past and present.  No listeners or volunteers - no Talking Newspaper!  So thank you, all.

And a reminder that we ARE always delighted to welcome new listeners and volunteers.  Just telephone Adam on 01425 616361 to find out more about us.

The 1000th edition is a wonderful milestone for us, and we hope to carry on for at least another 1000 editions!  Long live the New Milton Talking Newspaper!


New Milton Community and Cultural Hub

The Trustees of the New Milton Memorial Centre and New Milton Town Council as Trustee of the War Memorial Recreation Ground are pleased to confirm their intent to work together in taking the next step to develop a state-of-the-art Community & Cultural Hub on the Recreation Ground in the centre of town for the people of New Milton.

The proposed development will be overseen by an independent charitable trust managed by local residents on behalf of the community.

This initiative builds on the proposal put forward by the New Milton Memorial Centre with the support of the Town Council and as outlined in the draft Neighbourhood Plan. 

The two trusts have formed a joint Working Group to co-ordinate future plans for a New Milton Community & Cultural Hub in consultation with the people of New Milton.


New Milton to Bid for £25m from Government's High Street Fund

New Milton Town Council, following a successful presentation on 17th January 2019, to the New Forest Business Partnership and New Forest District Council, has been invited and is pleased to be bidding for a share of the Government’s £675 million Future High Streets Fund.

The Town Council is working to transform its town centre into a vibrant community hub that has a wide variety of uses - for people to shop, live, work, play, relax and socialise in an inspiring, attractive and safe environment.

New Forest District Council were able to sponsor just one bid for this round of funding. New Milton was selected because of the Council’s strategic objectives and clear plan for town centre regeneration – and the economic opportunities to the District with the town’s focus on developing a digital economy.

The vision for New Milton’s town centre started to take shape with the Town Council’s Neighbourhood Plan consultations with local residents, asking what they wanted for the future of their town. The Council is actively progressing a wide range of initiatives and new facilities with local businesses, community groups and public sector organisations – including the provision of affordable homes in the town centre, based on the results of this consultation.

If successful in their bid for up to £25m funding, the Town Council will be able to create an enhanced town centre environment that better reflects the beauty of the town’s location in between the forest and sea, create a satisfying and enjoyable town centre experience for shoppers, residents, workers and for community activities – for all ages and abilities.

Throughout the bid process, New Milton Town Council will be co-ordinating closely with the New Forest District Council’s Economic Team, Hampshire County Council, New Forest Business Partnership and community stakeholders.


Press Release Issued by New Milton Town Council

BRITAIN IN BLOOM 2019 - New Milton Town Council are absolutely delighted to be selected as finalists representing the South of England in the National Britain in Bloom competition 2019. The town was nominated by South & South East in Bloom (SSEiB), following two successful years of being awarded Silver Gilt in the regional competition. SSEiB was most impressed with the town’s passion and enthusiasm shining through their stylish summer floral displays, the all-year-round activities and features greatly admired by residents and visitors alike.

Estates & Facilities Manager, Mark Jeffries said “This is a proud moment for New Milton and the team as we look forward, as always, to this year’s challenge, and to welcoming both sets of judges later in the year. It’s recognition for everything we do.”

New Milton Town Council coordinate the horticultural effort, working with local businesses and the local resident’s association, bringing glorious floral colour to the town centre in summer and spectacular festive lighting throughout December.

New Milton Town Clerk, Graham Flexman said “It was wonderful receiving messages of thanks and compliments from admirers, knowing the feel-good factor resonates throughout the community. We receive letters of thanks every week.”

New Milton Town Mayor, Cllr David Rice-Mundy said “I’m very proud of the town and its accolade, and to everyone who works so hard to achieve such beautiful displays for everyone to enjoy. It really is amazing.”