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Barton on Sea Probus Club

Barton On Sea Probus Club  is  a social club for retired professional and businessmen. It meets  every month on the 4th Wednesday of the month at South Lawn Hotel, Milford on Sea for coffee, a talk by a local expert, a drink and lunch. 

At the Club AGM last month Graham Jackson (right) was installed as the new Chairman. In thanking his predecessor, Edward Delaine (left) for a very successful year, he vowed to try to out do him. In moving the club forward. 

In addition to the monthly meetings  and the regular “Asain Dining” evenings, the monthly New Forest walks and the regular coffee mornings there are also plans for 10 pin bowling, a quiz afternoon joint lunches with our ladies and another much welcome Boys' Day Out. 

Plans are also afoot to repeat the successful visit to the Rose Bowl to watch Hampshire play cricket, an afternoon playing Boules  a joint day out and possibly a golf tournament.  

In addition,our ladies meet regularly for coffee and lunches

If you are professional or businessman who has recently retired or moved to the area and want to build  a new social circle  then Barton on Sea Probus club is the answer. 

If you would like to join us as a potential member then  contact Terry Johns (01425 626 015) or look for details on

Barton Court Studios Auditions

Indian Obelisk Commemoration

Several hundred local residents attended a Commemoration at The Indian Memorial in Barton on Sea.  Photograph by courtesy of local resident Michael Angus.

What a Minecraft Day

WHAT A MINECRAFT DAY :  Fifteen young digital leaders from Arnewood School (3 girls, 12 boys) have been working on a digital replica of New Milton in Minecraft as part of the Block2Block: New Milton in Minecraft project. On Thursday 7th June they were invited to Microsoft UK Headquarters outside Reading to present their project to representatives from Microsoft.

The students were welcomed with a short tour of the building and presented their project to a selection of Microsoft staff. With funding from Heritage Lottery Fund and supported by Hampshire Cultural Trust and Forest Arts Centre, the Block 2 Block: New Milton in Minecraft project is creating a digital museum of New Milton's recent history using Minecraft (a form of digital Lego) and filling it with interviews, oral history, short films, photos, original songs and music which have been created and curated by groups of young people from across the town.

The students illustrated their presentation with visuals from their newly created Minecraft map. Into this map they are adding original film clips, songs, music, photos and oral history created by different groups of young people from across New Milton. This project has brought together the diverse talents of young musicians from Coda, skateboarders, film makers, song writers, actors, Minecraft devotees, secondary school students and historians to create an innovative project that has attracted the attention of Microsoft UK and BBC South.  This is a rendition of the Forest Arts Centre:

The young people explained their part in creating the Minecraft map, what they'd learned from the project and answered questions from Microsoft staff. The whole of this experience was filmed by BBC South, including an interview with students as the BBC will be creating an feature report on the New Milton Minecraft project when it is launched on 14th July for local news that week. 

The students participated in a 3 way Skype conversation with specialist Minecraft mentors in Yorkshire and the USA, where they were able to share their project, answer questions and receive useful tips and advice. Later they were absorbed in coding and programming during a one-hour training session with a facilitator using Minecraft Education. 

Julia Bishop from Microsoft UK said, "It was a delight to be part of their visit, their enthusiasm to be at Microsoft was infectious and we were incredibly impressed with their ability to articulate their project, and their Minecraft programming prowess.  It was fascinating to hear how they have combined local history and film making into Minecraft, and how this project has inspired many of them to think of a career in technology."

The Block2Block: New Milton in Minecraft website will be launched at the Celebration Day at Forest Arts Centre from 2 - 5pm on Saturday 14th July with an exhibition, live music performances, film screenings and a special performance by EPIC theatre group.

A Commemorative Occasion

New Milton Town Council is pleased to announce that they are planning a commemorative occasion at the Indian Army Obelisk on Tuesday 10 July 2018.   The heritage of the monument is very important, having been recently re-designated with a grade II listing, and being one of only two freestanding Indian Army Memorials in Britain. 

The obelisk, funded by donations from staff at the Barton Convalescent Hospital, was erected on 10 July 1917 by local company H. Drew’s builders, and stands in tribute to the contribution of the Indian Army in World War 1.  An information board will be installed depicting historical background and images, and the Indian Deputy High Commissioner will be invited to unveil it on 10 July 2018.  Visitors and residents will be amazed at this piece of our forgotten history which will now be extolled for all to see and remember.


Artists impression of information board

New Milton Town Councillor Goff Beck who has always maintained a keen interest in the Indian Memorial said

"I am so pleased with Historic England's decision to upgrade the Indian Obelisk to Grade 2 status. It is such an important part of our local heritage which was in great danger of being forgotten.  It is imperative that the committed support the British Government received from the Indian and other Empire Governments during the Great War is not forgotten.  I am further pleased to note that New Milton Town Council have included the 10th July in their civic diary"

There are two inscriptions on the monument, one in English and the other is a translation in Urdu -

This Memorial is erected to commemorate the establishment at Barton on Sea

in 1914 of the Convalescent Depot for Indian Troops

who fought in Europe during the Great War

and was subscribed for by members of the staff.

 This event will see representatives from the Indian High Commission, Sikh Council Hampshire, the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, local school representatives, and generous donors, assemble for a brief service and wreath-laying at the Memorial, and then invited to view an exhibition of historical documents and images compiled by Nick Saunders, Chairman of Milton Heritage Society.   Further history from

The Sikh Council Hampshire have been working closely with New Milton Town Council in arranging this event, following a visit from Harjab Singh, Chairman of the Sikh Council Hampshire, accompanied by Harmeet Brar Singh, when they attended the Indian Memorial on 11 November 2017 to lay a wreath on Remembrance Day.

Harmeet Brar Singh said

“This special monument, from the people of New Milton to remember the soldiers from India in World War One, is absolutely an amazing tribute.  New Milton welcomed them with open arms and made them feel at home.  The commemorative event on 10 July 2018 is a fantastic time for us to come together again”.

Hundreds enjoy "Afternoon of Music"

Hundreds turned out to Sunday's Afternoon of Music (3rd June) on another bright and sunny day. They were entertained by The New Forest Big Band with soloist Angela Jackson and they certainly had the crowd's feet tapping with their excellent repertoire.

New Milton Sands W.I provided sustenance with teas and coffees and an amazing range of cakes.

Afternoon of Music - Musical Youth Concert

On a glorious afternoon on Sunday 20th May, several hundred residents and friends, spent an enjoyable few hours being entertained by a series of performances from groups and individual young people on the Recreation Ground.  This was the first in the Summer Programme of Afternoons of Music, staged by The New Milton Town Council.


New Milton Play Park Project Unveiled

The proposed new play park at Doe Copse Way is the next phase of New Milton Town Council’s major investment programme to provide high quality children’s play facilities across the town.

The proposals on this site will offer a wide range of play equipment for up to 10 year-olds increasing the existing park size but ensuring it fits sympathetically within its surroundings.

Over the next few weeks we will be consulting with the local residents and importantly children on the final choice of equipment and layout. Plans of the park are shown on Page 6, will be displayed on site, at the Town Hall and on

Cllr. Geoff Blunden, the Chair of Amenities says “the budget for the new park is £93k and I am delighted to report that the project will be funded entirely by Developers’ Contributions from Section 106 monies, not by the local rate-payer; therefore, our precept is not  affected. 

All being well we hope to start the works this summer with a completion before the winter”

New Milton Town Mayor Elected

Cllr. David Rice-Mundy was elected as Town Mayor and Chairman of the Council, for a second term at The Annual Meeting of New Milton Town Council, held on Tuesday 8th May. The new Deputy Mayor will be Cllr. Alvin Reid.

Lions Presentation Evening

At a recent Presentation Evening, The Lions Club of New Milton donated £3,500 to three local charitable causes. These funds were raised during the Lions Centennial Festival events, which were held in the Summer of 2017.

The primary recipient was The New Milton Community First Responders who received £1,500. Thanking the Lions Club for their generosity, Penny Smith (above centre), the founder and Coordinator of NMCFR said “this donation will help towards obtaining a custom First Responder’s vehicle which will greatly enhance our ability to cope with emergency situations and increase the residents’ awareness of the service that we provide on a daily basis to New Milton”.  Penny received her Cheque from David Rice-Mundy (above left), the Mayor of New Milton.

The second recipient, with a Cheque for £1,000 was The Ashley Hub presented by local Hampshire County Councillor Mel Kendal.  The Hub provides a welcoming and friendly place at The Ashley Baptist Church every Tuesday morning during term time, where young families can enjoy a “one stop shop” to meet, chat and  get advice and guidance on any issues.  Julie Weston of The Ashley Hub commented “that this donation will ensure that they can continue to provide young families with the help and support they need and allow them to introduce new paediatric courses for these families.”

The remaining Cheque for £1,000 was received by Silma Ramsaywack, New Milton Town Council’s Youth Coordinator.  These funds will be ring fenced and used only to provide equipment specifically for Youth facilities in New Milton.  This donation was presented by Cllr Christine Ward, Chairman of New Forest District Council.

Speaking during the Presentation Evening, Lion President Jeanne Jackson (above right) commented, “How pleased the Club was, that through the generosity of local residents and visitors alike, to the Lions Centennial festival events in 2017, they were able to provide this support to three very worthwhile local causes”.

Block2Block Museum in Minecraft

Community Allotments - Anything Grows

A Riot of Colour on the Rec

Forest Arts and The Recreation Ground turned into a riot of colour on Saturday Evening (24th March) with a free event called "Into the Light".

The event to celebrate the coming of Summer had to be rescheduled to a degree, because of the wet conditions on the Recreation Ground. This however meant that we were entertained with a Light Show both in the Car Park at Forest Arts and on the Performance Pavilion at the Recreation Ground.

The show was staged by Cirque Bijou and performed by a large number of local residents who had been introduced to the "Umbrella Project", at a workshop, earlier in the afternoon,

There was also a free concert by the "Mighty Hump" at Forest Arts.

See a Video of this very entertaining event - courtesy of local resident - Michael Angus.

A Riot of Colour at the Community Centre

There was a riot of colour in the Spring flowers on display at the Flower Show staged by The New Milton Horticultural Society at the New Milton Community Centre on Saturday 24th March.

Detailed results of the winners in the various classes will no doubt be published by our local paper in the near future.

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”.