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Mayor's Ball raises £1,433 for Local Charities

The Town Mayor of New Milton, Cllr David Rice-Mundy, and his wife Mrs Susie Rice-Mundy, hosted a very well-attended and well-supported charity ball last Friday at Hoburne Bashley.

Zac and the Zeros, the ever popular rock n roll band, provided the music and the Mayor’s guests enjoyed the dancing, as well as dining on a delicious menu, and the opportunity of winning some fantastic donated raffle prizes.


New Milton and the wider New Forest community have been very generous with their donations and the Mayor acknowledges their support.

The success of the evening was thanks to the participation and generosity of the guests with everybody coming together to raise funds for the Mayors nominated charities Scarf New Forest and New Forest Young Carers.

New Milton Town Mayor, Cllr David Rice-Mundy, “I thank everybody for coming along to support our fund-raising as both my charities are providing much needed support, activities and services - and are much appreciated by the young people and families who really need it”

Having fun while fund-raising meant that an amazing £1,433 was raised, coming in from event tickets, raffle sales and the auction of a signed AFC Bournemouth shirt, generously donated by AFC Bournemouth, which bolstered the coffers on the night.   Staff from local company New Milton Sand & Ballast joined the Mayor at the event, donating generously, offering high value vouchers to be auctioned.

Hoburne Bashley provided amazing facilities and superb hospitality, as well as donating vouchers for beauty and spa treatments, and a visit to their woodland facilities.

Raising awareness of Scarf New Forest and New Forest Young Carers has been a priority for the Mayor this year, and he continues to share and highlight the vital work they do.

Walking Football comes to New Milton

For young folks aged 50-ish and over !

No need to Book and No Charge

For a Trial Period from Tuesday 17th April until Tuesday 19th June.

10:00 at the MUGA All Weather Pitches on the New Milton Recreation Gound - in the North West corner by the Tennis Courts.

Just turn up with a predominantly dark top and a predoninantly light or white top.

No Medical facilities, no changing rooms, drinks, team shirts or insurance cover provided.

At your own risk have fun playing, refereeing, heckling or socialising or just spectating.

New Milton Rotary is closing

We regret to announce that New Milton Rotary Club which has been supporting the needs  in our community and overseas for 79 years (since 1939), will dissolve on the 31st December 2018. 

We are closing because we have been unable to recruit new members to replace those that have retired from the Rotary Club for a variety of reasons. Our level of membership numbers is such that we cannot sustain our valuable and effective activities. We have made this difficult decision after struggling to continue our charitable work within local and international communities for the recent 3 years.

 President of New Milton Rotary Club, Mary Pye stated” It is with great sadness that, facing an uncertain future, we have decided to cease as a Rotary Club in New Milton. During the last few years alone, we have raised approximately £50k and have been able to distribute these funds to a wide range of deserving causes and projects.  New Milton Rotary Club has a long standing history of organising events, fundraising, supporting community activities, organisations and local people within the town.”

The loss of the New Milton Rotary Club will have an impact on a large number of local charities and sections of the community including as examples: Oakhaven Hospice; Home-Start New Forest; New Forest Disability; Honeypot House; Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy; First Responders; local schools (both Primary and Secondary); the elderly; sports groups and many disadvantaged families.

The final action of the Club will be to distribute our remaining charitable funds to deserving causes and projects in the local community and thus we are seeking applications for our financial support. Causes and projects would need to be sustainable and be of benefit to the community. Please contact New Milton Rotary at

This closure does not affect the current Rotary Hi-Vis Vest Scheme for Young Children detailed in the item below.

Parkinson's Dance Class in New Milton

Kids Hi-Vis Initiative by New Milton Rotary

Just before Christmas a 5-year-old boy ran out in front of a car near his school in Bournemouth, and was fatally injured. In a bid to avoid future tragedies, a local businessman who is a parent, has started an initiative to provide every pupil 7 years and under, in the Bournemouth area, with a hi vis vest to be worn to and from school. Up to now he has distributed 4000.

Inspired by these efforts, New Milton Rotary have embarked on a project to provide Hi Vis Vests to all children 7 years and under in the New Milton Area, and would encourage all parents to embrace this project.  Many of the schools, pre-school and nursery groups have been contacted, but please feel free to contact us at if you are involved with a group that has children under 7 years of age in our area we would love to hear from you.  On 31st January 200 vests were distributed to Ashley Infant School and many more are going to be distributed in the next few weeks.

Let’s all pull together to put all our young children in Hi Vis Vests so they will be seen!

Mrs Sarah Dibben, Ashley Infants School Headteacher comments:-

“This is a fantastic initiative. The children were very excited to be wearing their hi-vis vests to help keep them safe. We're very grateful to the New Milton Rotary Club for this donation”

Drugs Awareness at Ballard School

Our local police community officers have been taking sessions with the senior pupils at Ballard School.  on the dangers and penalties involved with so-called ‘recreational’ drugs

New Milton Neighbourhood Officers and A/Inspector Paul Beale, accompanied by P.C.S.O's Gary Clarke and Matt Budd,  enjoyed delivering the presentation about recreational drugs to the year 11 students.

Indian Army Obelisk at Barton on Sea

Indian Army Obelisk at Barton on Sea: Historic England has confirmed the Grade II listing of the Memorial Obelisk on the cliff top at Barton.  It was erected on 10th July, 1917 in recognition of the Barton on Sea Indian Army Convalescent Depot.  The obelisk was first listed on 28th October, 1974 and the re-designation, was undertaken as part of Historic England’s First World War Commemoration Project.

Following a Town Council Meeting recently, it has been agreed to hold a commemorative event on Tuesday 10th July 2018, to acknowledge the re-designation, to honour the Indian Army and to remember the Obelisk being built by Mr H Drew, 101 years ago.

Local NHS Under Pressure

Message from NHS West Hampshire CCG

We know local people understand the NHS is under huge pressure, but I would be grateful if you could remind people that they should only dial 999 if someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk.

For all non-emergency healthcare advice, please use:
  • NHS Choices website –  for advice on a wide range of illnesses and conditions
  • Local pharmacists – who are health professionals and able to give advice
  • NHS 111 – if you need urgent advice (and you cannot wait until your GP surgery reopens)
  • Local hubs – people can make an appointment by calling their own GP surgery or NHS 111.  Appointments are available with a GP or practice nurse at the ‘extended hours’ hubs, which are open every weekday until 8pm at Andover, Winchester, Romsey, Hedge End, Totton, Ringwood and  Lymington. 

    Weekend opening times vary.
I would also urge people to check on older or vulnerable neighbours and ensure they have enough prescription medication and over the counter remedies.

You can also find more information on our website

Friends Group help Honeypot

Following on from the fund-raising success of their recent Cabaret Evening, with Tom Jones, the New Milton Friends Group are privileged to be making a donation of £500 to The Honeypot Children's Charity, at Gatewood Hill, Exbury. so that young carers and vulnerable children can take a break from the caring responsibilities and difficult circumstances at home, to have fun, make new friends and to create memories to cherish.

Seen here, in the House, with Viv Carter, the Regional Community Fundraising Officer, are NFGC Sponsor John Lay-Flurrie and Chairman, Graham "Rocky" Fearis

Poetry Competition

£50 Prize Poetry Competition - Subject "The Seashore"
We are pleased to announce we are holding a prize poetry competition again this year. The winning entry will be published in the Spring edition of the Bashley Herald and announced at the Christmas Gathering on Saturday 9th December 2017. It will also appear on our Facebook page as well as our website.

General Rules
1. The competition is open to children and adults.
2. Closing date for entries is MIDDAY 26th November 2017
3.There is no limit to the number of entries which will be judged anonymously.
4. Entries will not be returned so keep a copy. They cannot be altered after entry.
5. Poems can be posted directly to the village hall or left in the hall let...ter box. They can also be left at Loaders Garage or Bashley Stores marked Poetry Competition.
Email entries to
6. There will be 3 judges of which 2 are published authors and their decision is final.
7. The organisers reserve the right to change judges if necessary.
8. No correspondence will be entered into.

Entering you Poems
1. Written entries should be accompanied by the authors name and address on a separate sheet.
Email entries will also be submitted anonymously.
2. The subject and title this year must be THE SEASHORE and not exceed 24 lines.
3. The poem must be an original work by the entrant and not previously published.
4. Written entries must be on A4 sized paper and typed in black ink.
Email entries must be sent as plain text.
5. All entries must be in English.
6.Copyright remains with the authors who agree to the winning entry being published in the next issue of the Bashley Herald, Facebook and our website.

Students help Feed 2,100 Children for a Year

The Arnwood School, once again, shows what supporting others is all about with chosen charity Mary’s Meals.

For the school year 2016/17 Mary’s Meals was chosen as the whole school charity.

Mary’s Meals is a UK based charity, which aims to feed children in developing countries who do not have access to food. These life-changing meals attract hungry children into the classroom. The food fills their empty bellies so they have the energy and opportunity to learn, giving them the chance of a brighter future. The meals also support families struggling to feed their children while boosting the country’s wider economy.

Research has proven that school feeding has a range of positive impacts, since children who are not suffering from hunger are able to make the most of their education. Around 61 million of the world’s hungriest children do not attend school. In order to survive, they have to work or beg. Even if they do make it into the classroom, hunger affects their ability to learn.

At The Arnewood School we believe that all children should have access to food and education. Therefore, the school set out to raise funds to support the work of Mary’s Meals. Every tutor group had a collecting box and arranged fundraising events. These included cake sales, sporting events, raffles and a non-uniform day. The school raised over £2500 and as Mary’s Meals can feed a child for a whole year for as little as £12.20 the school is proud to say that their efforts will provide food for over 2100 children for a year.

A cheque was handed over to Anne White, a representative of Mary’s Meals during a Year 8 assembly. Speaking to the students Anne congratulated them on their wonderful support and how it would make a real difference to so many children.

Congratulations to everyone who supported last year’s school charity, Mary’s Meals.

Information courtesy of The Arnewood School

HOPe Befriending Scheme

HOPe New Forest has developed a reputation for giving solid advice on a range of problems facing older people in our community. You will probably be familiar with our shop in Station Road. Now we are doing even more by launching a befriending service and we need your help. Becoming a volunteer and spending an hour or so each week with a lonely person can be hugely rewarding. The requirements can be very flexible and we’ll provide you with full training and ongoing support.

So, if you would like to help or just want to find out more, please get in touch. Steve Anderton, scheme manager. 01425 541241 -

 The In Bloom Team

Estates & Facilities Manager of New Milton Town Council - Mark Jeffries, proudly displays the In Bloom Silver Gilt Award, alongside his team who have done such a magnificent job over the Summer to secure this Award.  They are pictured with Geoff Blunden - the Chair of New Milton Town Council's Amenities Committee.

South & South East In Bloom Awards 2017

Press Release issued 22nd September by New Milton Town Council

The Town Council is delighted to be awarded Silver-Gilt in the Town Centre category recently announced at the prestigious regional awards ceremony.

There to collect the award on behalf of the Town was Cllr David Hawkins, former Mayor and current Vice-Chairman of the Amenities Committee, together with Town Clerk, Graham Flexman.

BBC Radio Surrey presenter Joe Talbot presents the Award to New Milton Town Council - Cllr. David Hawkins (Right) and Town Clerk, Graham Flexman (Left)

This is the first time New Milton has entered the competition, aiming high with its first attempt in one of the Main Awards categories.

Cllr Hawkins described it as “A great result in our first In Bloom contest - and congratulations to all staff on a magnificent achievement.”

Graham Flexman said it was “a fantastic result for a new entrant, with only Farnham (Surrey County Winner) & Rustington (West Sussex County Winner) achieving Gold ahead of us in this hotly-contested category”.

Judges were most impressed “with the very clean and well-looked after town”.

They added: “This was a very good first time entry from New Milton, with consistently good floral displays. The War Memorial area and Recreation Ground layout and maintenance were very good, roadside verges and maintenance in key areas was also very good”.

Judges praised the Town’s wildflower areas stating “Direct sown annual flower displays are effective and appropriate to the areas.” In summary, judges said: “We much appreciated the warm welcome and we felt that the commitment of everyone we met will take the entry forward in future years”.

Chairman of the Amenities Committee Cllr Geoff Blunden described the award as “a ringing endorsement for all the hard work and effort put in by our staff, especially the grounds maintenance team throughout the year”.


Neurological Forums

Tiptoe School - Appeal for Governors

Tiptoe Primary School is seeking to recruit additional school governors from within the school’s catchment area of New Milton and surrounding locations.


We are a small village primary school with circa 125 pupils, our vision is to inspire everyone to achieve their very best and nurture a love of learning and life in a safe and very friendly environment. The talented teaching team works in partnership with the children, parents, governors and the wider school community to provide a stimulating curriculum for every child in a safe and caring environment.

 Applicants should have an interest in and have a passion to help our school provide the best possible education, development and opportunity for each and every child in the school. Our school provides both mainstream and special needs classes for the 125 children.


Our latest Ofsted inspection report to the Headteacher (15th June 2017) states: That school continues to be good.


The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. You and your team have ensured that every pupil makes good progress and is well cared for. Parents trust you and have every confidence that their children are in safe hands.


Pupils enjoy school and get on extremely well together. The care and support they show to one another was clear in the sporting events on the day of my visit. Pupils and parents describe this as a family atmosphere, where all pupils are welcomed and supported to succeed. Parents value that you and your staff go out of your way to ensure that all children feel included and feel successful.


Teaching over time remains strong. Leaders and staff have a detailed understanding of each child. Together, you quickly identify areas of underachievement and take effective steps to make sure pupils catch up. Parents recognise and appreciate these actions.


The role of a governing body and its governors includes:

Working closely with the Headteacher and other governors

Making decisions collectively as a team

Attending governing body meetings (6 – 8 meetings per annum)

Making visits into school

Working collaboratively in supporting the Headteacher and her senior management team to ensure that the school continues to meet both government and local authority standards and targets.

Setting the overall budget for the school

Helping to decide the priorities to meet the school improvement plan


If you believe you have the desire and ability to act as a governor and would like to make a valuable contribution to the school helping it to maintain its high standards, firstly, please visit our website for further information on governor and school activities and if you would like to pursue your interest in this role please email

Community Centre - Volunteers Needed

Can you spare half a day per week to volunteer in Reception at The New Milton Community Centre in Osborne Road, New Milton.

A friendly environment, meeting and greeting members who participate in the many activities that the centre has on offer.

For more details, please call into the Centre or E-Mail me on

Community Speedwatch

Community Speed Watch has an urgent need for more volunteers who are prepared to give up only a couple hours of their spare time each month – to help with manning the Speed Watch operation in New Milton.  Volunteers work in groups of 3 to man a Portable Speed Indicator Device at various locations in the Town, and to record the details of any vehicles exceeding the Speed Limit.

Offenders recorded, initially receive a polite letter from Hampshire Constabulary advising them of the speed recorded and real persistent offenders can receive a visit from the Police and/or a Notice of Intended Prosecution. CSW Volunteers receive a short training course from our local Police before they undertake any formal duties.  The Speed Watch operation does have teeth and does act in many situations as a deterrent to speed and can help reduce speeding and improve road safety in particularly bad black spots over a period of time.

Register your interest at the Town Hall on 01425 619120 or telephone Alan Watson on 07771 754025 for more information or to register your interest.

Brendoncare needs Volunteers

Mayor's Nominated Charities

The Mayor of New Milton, Cllr David Rice-Mundy, is pleased to announce that his nominated charities for this year are Scarf & New Forest Young Carers Service, both being local charities helping local young people and their families.

The Mayor recently met representatives of the charities and was impressed with their dedication to their mission, and the essential and much needed support they provide, as well as offering a variety of activities to those young people.

Scarf is a parent-led charity based in the New Forest and they organise term-time and holiday activities for children/young people with special needs and their families.  Scarf’s core belief is that all children and young people should have access to high quality, stimulating and exciting opportunities. Their regular term-time clubs include a multi sports, drama and a youth club, and they run a whole range of activities during school holidays which include trying new sports like archery, taekwondo, surfing and canoeing, days out to local attractions, craft activities and many more. The young people and their families really appreciate these special moments that can be difficult to access without Scarf’s support.  Scarf relies entirely on grants and donations and welcomes any contributions and assistance with raising funds.

New Forest Young Carers Service provide a range of support services for Young Carers and their families in the New Forest Area, by providing information, listening and mentoring, support at school, and being there with the affected families.     Just making things a little easier!    Sometimes they organise trips and activities so that the young carers get a much needed break from their responsibilities and to be able to meet up with friends – to have fun as children should have.   The Young Carers service being supported by lottery funding – you may want to help by volunteering, donating or funding, looking out for Young Carers, or by hosting awareness raising workshops.

Cllr David Rice-Mundy wants to highlight these charities this year by raising awareness and raising funds for their wonderful array of activities – all making their lives a little bit brighter and definitely bringing fun back into the youngster’s lives.  The Mayor will host his charity ball in March 2018 when people are invited to come along to eat, boogie and have fun themselves whilst supporting these worthwhile charities.    There will also be a retiring collection at the Annual Carol Service this year on 2 December at St Mary Magdalene Church, New Milton. 

Freedom of New Milton

At the recent Investiture of New Milton's new Mayor, David Rice-Mundy at New Milton Cricket Club. David presented Past-Town Mayor John Hutchins and current Town Councillor Alan Rice (David's uncle) with medals to celebrate their Freedom Of The Town. They have, between the two of them, served New Milton for around 55 years!

"We are Robot" Celebrate the Lions

The Lions Centennial Festival commemorating 100 Years since the founding of the Lions Movement, came to a spectacular close on Saturday 15th July with the Closing Concert on the Recreation Ground.  This was the first time for many years, that an evening event has been held on the Recreation Ground and it was a fitting ending to the 6 week long Lions Festival which started back on June 3rd with New Milton's first Summer Carnival and Town Parade for more than two decades.

The various events in the Lions Centennial Festival have helped to raise thousands for the three nominated charities who will benefit from the profits of the Festival.

  • The New Milton Community First Responders

  • The Ashley Hub Family Support Service

  • Youth Projects in New Milton

The New Milton Lions Club would like to thank all of those who attended their events over the last 6 weeks and who have supported or sponsored the activities and we hope that you will all look forward to The Summer Carnival in 2018 - dates to be announced shortly.

A Summer of Tennis

Inspired by Wimbledon - or just want to play Tennis ...

What are you going to do this Summer

Community Responders - Volunteers Needed

Press Release issued 13th July 2017

They are some of the most successful and dynamic volunteer groups in the New Forest, but now the Community First Responders from Bransgore, Fordingbridge, New Milton and Ringwood have joined forces to ask for more volunteers to come forward and make a lifesaving difference to local New Forest communities.

The need for volunteers is particularly acute in Fordingbridge and Ringwood. After having as many as 15 volunteers at its peak five years ago, the Fordingbridge CFR group is now just down to one for the town’s population of 6,000. Over in Ringwood, there are currently only two community first responders for the 14,500 population.

Co-ordinators from the four groups met recently to share ideas and to take the opportunity to discuss how they could get more volunteers from their areas. One initiative to target a new audience, was to create a series of short videos which have been posted on social media, where three of the co-ordinators talk about the CFR role, the commitment required and how almost anyone who is reasonably fit and a car owner can volunteer.

The videos can be found here: Ringwood CFRsNew Milton CFRsBransgore & Fordingbridge CFRs.

Penny Smith, CFR Scheme Coordinator for New Milton (pictured above", said, “We have six volunteers all doing a great job at the moment but I would like to get more so we can provide an even better service in the New Milton area. There are around 27,000 people in our town so having a few more volunteers will make a big difference to the hours of cover the six of us can currently provide.”

Denis Hann, CFR Scheme Coordinator for Ringwood, said,“You need no previous experience as training is given and it’s a really rewarding thing to do. I get stopped by people in Ringwood all the time who tell me how grateful they are they the community first responders have volunteered and are looking after them.”

Community First Responders (CFRs) are unpaid volunteers who give their time freely to help save lives in their community. They are trained by South Central Ambulance Service in basic life support, the use of AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and the treatment and control of a wide range of potentially life threatening conditions.

They attend calls in their local area and provide basic life support care until the arrival of the ambulance service. When not required they remain at home or work carrying on their daily life until an emergency call comes in.

Mike Jukes, CFR Scheme Coordinator for Bransgore, said,” In the four New Forest communities we need people who can cover a few daytime hours during the week or at weekends. Although the role is unpaid, the training and support we get from the ambulance service is first class. All the group members are there to support one another and the beauty of this type of voluntary work is that you only go out when you get a call. You carry on with your ordinary life until then. This really is about providing a critical service for the community, by the community.”

The groups all operate under the umbrella of the South Central Ambulance Charity and rely on donations from their communities to operate.

Nic Morecroft, Lead Community Response Manager for South Central Ambulance Service, said, “I a.m.pleased to be able to support these very proactive New Forest groups who continue to help their local communities providing life saving interventions and would welcome any new volunteers to our team.”

Anyone who may be interested in becoming a community first responder in Bransgore, Fordingbridge, New Milton or Ringwood should leave a message on 0844 500 9699 for an informal chat or email for more information. You must be over 18 and of good character with use of a car, physically fit and be prepared, after training, to be on-call in your area for a minimum of twenty hours each month.


The New Milton Town Show

The Photograph and Video below are by courtesy of Michael Angus - local resident.

Last Saturday 8th July - New Milton Town Show including the Classic and New Car Show

A Time Lapse Excerpts Video of The Pedal Car Grand Prix on Sunday 9th July.

These photographs courtesy of loal residents.

Above - the race being started by Councillor David Rice Mundy - Mayor of New Milton and Lions President Jeanne Jackson (left) and Rotary President Mary Pye (right)

Residents' Association Wild Flower Meadow

NMRA - The New Milton Residents' Association has entered into a 5 Year Sponsorship project with New Milton Town Council for the Wild Flower Meadow on the Lymington Road, by the end of Station Road.

This extends the existing arrangements with New Milton Town Council for the NMRA Sponsored Flowers at The New Milton War Memorial Gardens and the many of the Planters at New Milton Station.

New Milton Raises £1k+ for Grenfell Tower Appeal

On Sunday 18th June - The New Milton Lions Club raised over £1000 which will be given to the Lions Club of Great Britain Grenfell Tower Appeal Fund. This sum was raised at their Centennial Car Boot Sale and via a Bucket Collection at The New Milton Great Get Together Community Picnic both held on the 18th June.

The local Kensington and Chelsea Lions Club were very quickly on the scene after the tragedy and in discussions with the local community, it will become clear what the real needs are that are not being met by other sources. 

The New Milton Lions Club are very grateful to all those who contributed to these Bucket Collections for the victims of this tragic event.

Local Clubs donate Shelter and Shed to New Milton Dementia Friendly Allotments

New Milton Lions have donated a Shelter to the New Milton Dementia Friendly Allotments which will be open from the end of June 2017.


The Rotary Club of New Milton also donated a Shed to this Project.