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Teenage Local Market

New Milton Town Council is pleased to announce the launch of the Teenage Street Trading taking place on Wednesday 31st May 2017 from 9 am – 3 pm.  On this day, there will be a number of stalls dedicated to teenage stall holders alongside the usual stall holders. The teenage street trading will initially only operate on Wednesday’s during the school holidays.

There is no charge to the young people. The idea is to encourage budding entrepreneurs and help them to gain skills and an understanding of the retail business industry.  We are affiliated to the Teenage Market brand as well as NABMA.

The launch of the Teenage Market falls within the Love Your Local Market fortnight.  Their theme this year centres around the next generation of traders and consumers.  The NABMA (National Association of British Market Authorities) who run Love Your Local Market, have put up a £500 prize for a Youth Video Competition.

Please contact Silma on 01425 619120 for further details or email


Teenage Street Trading terms and conditions april 2017

New Milton Teenage Street Trading basic info

NM Teenage Street Trading 31 May 2017

Youth Market video competition

Tips for Your Market Stall


Barton on Sea Women's Institute

Due to the fact that New Milton Sands WI currently have over 100 members and have suspended new memberships until they have any vacancies I have taken up the somewhat crazy idea of forming a new WI. I have the full support of Hampshire Federation of Women's Institutes and a working party of 12 ladies.

It will currently be called Barton on Sea WI, but this may change.

Due to the fact that we have had so much initial interest and a potential committee we will have a formation meeting of the new WI on Wed 12th July 2017 at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start, at New Milton Football club, Fawcetts Field. Please bring you cheque books to pay subscription of £19.50 for the remainder of the year to secure your place.

Check out our Facebook page (Barton on Sea WI) and there is an 'event" set up on there where you can indicate your attendance:-

or you can e-mail us at


Citizen of the Year Award 2017

The New Milton Citizen of the Year Award was presented to Geoffrey Harris at the Annual Towns Meeting held at New Milton Town Hall on Tuesday 11 April 2017.  The Town Mayor, Cllr David Hawkins was delighted to present the award to Geoffrey, who was nominated by his appreciative neighbours at Waverley House, New Milton. 

Geoffrey Harris is very well thought of by his neighbours, being a wonderful neighbour and friend, assisting wherever he can, doing shopping, gardening and providing reassurance and emotional support.   One of the residents at Waverley House has even written a lovely little poem about his endeavours to help - which unfortunately led to a broken arm for Geoff! 

The New Milton Citizen of the Year is an annual award presented to deserving residents who have shown service to the community, have shown courage in overcoming / coping with disability and service to the community, or demonstrated an act of bravery, or shown a helping / caring attitude to someone disadvantaged.  Geoff Harris completely fulfilled this criteria and the Mayor was very impressed with Geoff being selfless and obliging to all those in need. 

Well done Geoff!


The Annual Towns Meeting - 11th April 2017

At the Annual Towns Meeting held at the Town Hall on Tuesday 11th April, the Mayor and the Chairs of all of the Committees of New Milton Town Council presented their Annual Reports.

Read the Report given by The Mayor - Councillor David Hawkins.

Read the Report given by Councillor Steve Clarke - Chair of the Planning Committee.

Read the Report given by Councillor Alan O'Sullivan - Chair of Finance & General Purposes.

Read the Report given by Councillor Geoff Blunden - Chair of the Amenities Committee.

To read the above Reports a PDF Reader is required and this can be downloaded for free from the Adobe Web Site. It only takes a few seconds to download and install.


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Dementia Action Group Appeal

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Summer of Tennis 2017


Table Top Sale for First Responders

Hundreds of people thronged to The New Milton Memorial Centre on Saturday 18th March and enjoyed what must have been the largest Indoor Table Top Sale ever held in New Milton with over 40 Stalls booked. The event was organised by The New Milton Residents' Association's Community in Action Team.

A superb £320 was raised as a result of the morning's activities - all in aid of The New Milton Community First Responders.  This Group of volunteers (now 7 in New Milton) are not funded by central government nor the NHS and they must raise funds for themselves to purchase their Life Saving Kits and Uniforms.  This will bring the total raised so far by the Table Top Sales to almost £600.  But it should be borne in mind that each Volunteer's Kit costs almost £1500.

This was the last of the Table Top Sales for Winter 2016/2017 but they will be back later in the year with the first being held on Saturday 11th November.


Healthier You : NHS Diabetes Programme

Over 4,000 local people who are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes are set to take part in a ground-breaking health scheme to avoid the disease.


Hampshire and the Isle of Wight have been chosen to host the national £45m Healthier You: the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, which is being rolled out across the country.


It is a nine-month programme that helps people change their lifestyle and reduce their chance of getting the disease in a friendly and supportive group environment, helped by specialist staff.


Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are in the second wave of the programme, which was launched by NHS England last year across 27 areas of the country.


The service should be available later this year when West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), working on behalf of the eight local CCGs, has identified an organisation to provide the service.

Dr Sarah Schofield, Chairman of NHS West Hampshire CCG and local GP, said:

“I’m pleased that people across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight will benefit from this targeted scheme to reduce the possibility of type 2 diabetes in people who may be at risk.  As a result of our successful bid to host this scheme, over 4,000 people could benefit across the whole area in the first year. 

“Type 2 diabetes is preventable.  People with type 2 diabetes are at more risk of stroke and kidney failure, but it can be prevented through regular exercise, losing weight, drinking less alcohol and quitting smoking.”

Nearly 22,000 people in the West Hampshire CCG area are living with type 2 diabetes and a further 45,000 are at a high risk of developing the disease. Type 2 diabetes currently costs the NHS £8.8billion every year and the number of people with the disease is set to rise dramatically over the next 30 years. It is a leading cause of preventable sight loss in people under 65 and a major factor in kidney failure, heart attacks and strokes.


Free Wills for Residents 55 and Over

Marie Curie has joined forces with Solicitors in the New Forest, including Heppenstalls Solicitors LLP, Richard Griffiths & Co, Forest Edge Solicitors, Kirkland Solicitors and also with Irwin Mitchell who will facilitate online and postal enquiries, to provide a free Will - writing service to people aged 55 and over. The scheme called “Wessex” is open from 1st February 2017 until 30th April 2017.  Wills and Probate Solicitors at each of our partnership firms want to hear from anyone aged 55+ who is considering having their Will written or amended.

The Marie Curie Free Wills Scheme offers people the opportunity to make or amend their Will, with the option to include a gift to support the charity’s work in the future. The Marie Curie Nursing Service provides free home nursing care to people with a terminal illness, 365 days a year.

Will writing specialists at each of our partnership Solicitors, will be on hand to offer advice and support under the scheme, which offers a limited amount of free Wills on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no obligation to leave a gift to the charity, however, the hope is that many will use the scheme to settle their affairs and support Marie Curie’s work.

For further information, please contact:

Toni Denyer, Legacy Advisor for Marie Curie South East

T :  01883 832639

E :



Charity Event organised by Local Fundraiser


Chestnut Court Rest Home Accreditation

Chestnut Court Rest Home in Copse Road New Milton was recently awarded Bronze
Investors in People accreditation for all the work they do in supporting their staff to
become the best that they can, developing to their full potential. The Inspector who spoke
to residents, their families, friends, visitors and the staff team, commented: “I was able to
see throughout my visit the focus on providing highly personal care where there are high
levels of respect both for residents and within the team. Asking people to identify the one
thing the organization does exceptionally well, the view from everyone was that it had to
be the care for residents”.

Becky Wilson, the Manager, pictured above, was very pleased with news of this
accreditation. Chestnut Court is part of Beritaz Care, a dynamic family owned group of care
homes supplying quality care in a home from home environment. No fewer than five of
Beritaz Care’s Managers have been supported to develop their careers and with time and
support they have been achieved Manager Level. “I was delighted with the positive report
which highlighted the consistently high levels of care as well as the emphasis we place on
ensuring our staff feel valued and part of a strong team. The Inspector noted that all the
staff were positive about their role, the team and the contribution they make.”


Dedication Service - Lt Col George Wheeler VC

A short dedication service was held on Thursday 23rd February to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the award of the VC to Colonel Wheeler - a member of The Gurkha Rifles during World War 1 and who was a resident of Barton on Sea and who is buried in the Churchyard at St Mary Magdalene Parish Church.

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Coda Music Trust is seeking volunteer musicians and singers to support its ongoing work with the elderly in residential homes.

Coda’s award-winning work with older people in residential care is entering a new phase of development and the charity is looking for volunteers to work with them and to perform in care homes across the local area.

As a way of helping to care for and support the elderly and those with dementia, music has been shown to have a dramatic effect with soothing, stimulating and bringing to mind long-forgotten memories. In individuals who can no longer talk, music can become an avenue for communication and engagement.

The power of music, especially singing, to unlock memories is an increasingly key feature of dementia care, reaching parts of the brain in ways other forms of communication cannot.

Coda recently received an ‘Arts and Health South West’ award for its ‘Dementia Notes’ work, which delivered an inspirational programme of activities across Bournemouth and Poole, using music to address the health and wellbeing of older people in care, including many with dementia.

Coda Music Trust is now inviting expressions of interest from amateur musicians and singers from within and beyond the Coda community to participate in the programme. In the first year, 10 - 20 volunteers will be selected to attend an introductory training session and then to perform under the Coda banner up to once a month in local care homes, either with their own band or ensemble, or as part of new groups created with Coda. 

This volunteer programme will compliment Coda’s work with professional workshop leaders and music therapists, but reflects the growing need for the charity to work with talented local people to bring music into the lives of older people in care at no cost. Across the country people are working together to fill the gaps in statutory provision and Coda’s new volunteer programme seeks to bring more music into the lives of older people in need.

“As well as being enormously beneficial to the elderly in care and those with various forms of dementia (and their carers), we believe this work would also be incredibly rewarding for any musicians involved in the programme,” said Phil Hallett, CEO of Coda Music Trust.

If you are interested in joining the programme as a musician and/or singer and to perform as part of a group in local care homes, please contact Coda Music Trust by emailing Phil Hallett directly or call the charity on  01425 276161. 

Coda uses music as a tool for personal and social change, believing in the power of music to transform lives. Unique to the area, it is the only music centre of its kind providing a range of music opportunities to people of all ages and abilities, with facilities dedicated to teaching, music groups, choirs, workshops, training, music therapy and music for health and wellbeing.

To find out more about Coda Music Trust visit the website  or contact Coda on 01425 276161 or via email 


Allotments for Dementia

New Milton Dementia Action Group has a site approved for setting up community allotments for use by anyone who has dementia or an association to dementia.  These allotments will be purpose built to include raised beds with paved areas to give access to all and a place to sit under cover to rest or to watch the gardens around you.  This is an inspiring community project which has the support of New Milton Town Council.  We are now looking to set up a volunteers steering group to assist with moving the allotment project forward to Spring when we will be opening the allotments to our community. If you feel you  have a spare hour or two to volunteer with us please contact either Susan Wiffen on 07884 300641 or Joanna Hayward 01425 619120   This is a unique and exciting community project to be involved in and we look forward to welcoming you to our group.

Download Initial Interest Form

Quilters donate to Dementia Action Group

At a recent meeting at The New Milton Community Centre, Jenny Davis of The New Forest Quilters Group presented a cheque for £375 to Sue Wiffen who leads the New Milton Dementia Action Group.

This is a volunteer group dedicated to making New Milton a dementia friendly town and the much needed funds will help ensure that they can continue their work to achieve this goal.

You can learn more about the Group and perhaps offer some of your time,  by telephoning Sue Wiffen on 07844 300641 or by email on

Police Cadet Scheme

Some of you will be aware, that the New Milton Residents' Association has been concerned at the low levels of Police manpower in our area and indeed they have recently sent a letter to the Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner detailing their concerns.

Whilst it does not address the on-going problem, Hampshire Constabulary runs a Police Cadet Scheme which helps to build and secure a future police presence and adds to the capability of our local resources.

When this was offered recently by Hampshire Constabulary, New Milton was unable to field a Volunteer who would lead and organise such a Cadet Scheme.  So, we are appealing for anyone who might be willing to fulfil this role in the future.  Please call Alan Watson on 07771 754025 so that he can tell you more about the position and about the Police Cadet Scheme.


Coda Secures New Funding

Coda Music Trust, a music charity, is celebrating after securing funding of up to £105,000 from Arts Council England and is now looking for a new Chair of Trustees to figurehead a new emphasis on philanthropic giving to support its work.

Over the next three years, Coda aims to create a culture of giving based around its mission to transform lives and help people through music.

As a unique, award-winning and innovative local charity, Coda reaches some of the most vulnerable people in the local community and in the face of declining income from local authorities and grant making trusts it is seeking wider support from both individuals and businesses.

Up to £75,000 of the Arts Council grant will act as an incentive to donors, doubling every pound donated to Coda over the next 3 years.  The Arts Council invests in art and culture for a lasting return, funding organisations, artists, events and initiatives, which help to achieve its mission of great art and culture for everyone.

“We are absolutely delighted that the Arts Council have recognised Coda’s great work and granted this funding to the charity. Our new fundraising campaign will be launched in May and aims to ensure that our music services continue to support people in need.” Commented Phil Hallett, Chief Executive of Coda Music Trust.

Coda uses music as a tool for personal and social change, believing in the power of music to transform lives. Unique to the area, it is the only music centre of its kind providing a range of music opportunities to people of all ages and abilities, with facilities dedicated to teaching, music groups, choirs, workshops, training, music therapy and music for health and wellbeing.


New Play Park Opens for Business

Whilst there will be an official Opening Ceremony sometime in February, New Milton's Upgraded Play Park is now open for fun and games.


It is expected that the 6 pieces of Adult Exercise Equipment will be available for use sometimes during week commencing 16th January.


Jed Holyoake raises £8K+ with his Byron Road Christmas Lights

This year, the Byron Road Christmas Lights have raised £8,348.56, which means they have raised over £55,000 over the last 12 years.

All of the monies donated by the thousands that visited Byron Road this Christmas will go to :-

The Honeypot Children's Charity        £3348.56

New Forest Disability Information Service        £3000.00

Life Education Wessex        £2000.00

Well done to Jed and Susan Holyoake who mastermind this spectacle each year and especially to Jed for the hours that he puts in between September and December each year to ensure the display is better year on year.  Well done also to Jed's Son - Jason Dean, who became even more famous on TV around the world in various broadcasts from Byron Road.


Former Town Councillor awarded BEM

Former Councillor John Hutchins

A former New Forest Councillor, John Hutchins from New Milton has been recognised for his work within the community with the award of the British Empire Medal.

John, 85, adds this accolade to a catalogue of achievements - including the Freedom of the Town awarded upon his retirement from New Milton Town Council after 36 years in 2015.

The self-employed electrical engineer has lived in New Milton all his life and ran an electrical business in the High Street for 39 years.

He served for 36 years as a retained fireman in the town, 16 of those years as officer in charge.

He also served 25 years as Justice of the Peace and was a New Milton Town councillor and town mayor and served two terms as chairman of New Forest District Council.

He also organised the New Milton Carnival for 12 years.

A committee member of the New Milton Conservative Club for 60 years, having served as its chairman and president, he today holds the title of honorary president.

(Information courtesy of the Daily Echo)


New Milton Paralympians awarded MBE's

New Milton's Gold Medal Paralympians have both been awarded MBE's in The Queen's New Years Honours List.

Both Alice Tye and Mikey Jones were honoured not just for their Gold Medals but also for their services to swimming.

We congratulate both Alice and Mikey on this award.

For more Information on their Achievements.