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Neighbourcare New Milton

At its committee meeting last month, Coordinator Pam Pulfer announced her immediate resignation due to poor health and hearing difficulties.  She made the decision with great reluctance but her concerned family insisted that she stand back and take a well-earned rest from her demanding responsibilities.  This news was received with much regret as Pam had set up the Group 26 years ago and devoted all her time and effort to its progress since then.

The role of Coordinator is very important since it calls for management of our weekly gatherings as well as responsibility for ensuring the well-being of members in our care.  We were, therefore, both very pleased and relieved when one of our helpers, Anna Green, agreed to take over from Pam.  She has a wealth of experience, having been deeply involved with the operation of the Becton Centre in Barton when it was a hospital, and we are most grateful to her for coming forward at what could have been a difficult time for us.

We will always welcome new members to our friendly, informal social Group  -  and, of course, volunteers to provide help at our weekly meetings as and when convenient.

Phyllis Inglis, Chairman/Secretary :

Barton Lunch Club

Congratulations to our Town Council's Ground Staff

The Town Council is delighted to be awarded a Silver-Gilt Award in the Town Centre category of the “South and South East in Bloom Awards 2018”.

Attending a prestigious regional awards ceremony at the Amex Centre in Brighton, on behalf of the Town was Mark Jeffries, Estates & Facilities Manager for the Council.  “It’s a great result for us. The team have done a fantastic job.”. This is only the second time that New Milton has entered the competition, maintaining the high standards in one of the Main Awards categories.

BBC Radio Surrey presenter Joe Talbot (left) presents the award to Mark Jeffries (right).

Chairman of the Amenities Committee, Cllr. Geoff Blunden congratulated the ground staff for all their hard work and effort put  this year, especially bearing in mind the ground conditions and the exceptionally dry summer. 

(Chairman’s Note : On your behalf I have also congratulated Mark and his team on another great achievement with our floral displays in the town).

Even More Congratulations - to The New Milton Dementia Action Group

The Royal Horticultural Society and the South and South East in Bloom, have also presented an Award to the New Milton Dementia Action Group, for their much praised allotments in Becton Lane, which give so many people such pleasure and enjoyment.  The Group won a Neighbourhood Award of Level 4  - Thriving; only one below the highest award of Level 5 - Outstanding.  So a Silver-Gilt in effect for them as well in their category!

Too many names to mention, but well done to all who have helped to achieve this accolade.

 Great success of the last 2018 "Afternoon of Music"

Several hundred people enjoyed our continuing Summer weather at the Town Council's final "Afternoon of Music" for 2018 on the Recreation Ground on Sunday 2nd September.

They were entertained by the renowned and excellent New Forest Brass Band who played a wide range of music, which clearly pleased the audience, with many feet seen tapping.  Once again, they were fed and watered by the ladies from The New Milton Sands W.I with their usual mouth-watering range of cakes.

As the 2018 season has now come to a close, we express our thanks to New Milton Town Council, for staging these events and especially to Joanna Hayward for her organisation, and to many of the Council Ground Staff for their support in staging the concerts each month.

Online Counselling for 14 - 17 year olds

Phone Call Fraud Roadshows - Coming Soon

Want to speak to us face-to-face about phone frauds or receive advice about the growing world of cyber-enabled scams? We are very pleased to announce that our Phone Fraud Friday Roadshows will be heading out across the two counties in September and October.

Dates will be confirmed very shortly for the roadshow which will be staged at supermarkets in Southampton, Andover, New Milton, Havant and the Isle of Wight. 

It will bring together resources from Hampshire Constabulary’s Cyber Protect, Cyber Crime and Volume Fraud Investigation Team, Neighbourhood Policing Teams, Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service Community Contact teams, the Office of the Police & Crime Commission, Trading Standards, Citizens Advice Bureau and more.. The first multi-agency roadshows of their kind, the Phone Call Fraud roadshows will  target at members of our Hampshire & Isle of Wight communities who are aged 60+, as research shows this is the most vulnerable demographic.

We’ll be sending posters and details out soon to be shared widely, so…..

keep ‘em peeled.

Rectory Quilters - Donate to RNLI

The Rectory Quilter's of New Milton would like to thank everyone for their support at their recent Quilt, Flower and Music Festival for the RNLI.

They were delighted to present a cheque for £2,500, to Katherine Dempster, Barton on Sea and New Milton RNLI Fund Raising Team (3rd from left) and Judy Peter, Lymington Lifeboat Education Officer (2nd from left)


New Forest Nightstop

"Scratch" Opens in Old Co-op Store

This is a short let to "Scratch", pending the final plans for the redevelopment of this Store being put together by Bradbeers, who now own this Site.

Road Closure

Letter from Hampshire County Council - Highways

I am writing to inform you that we are planning to undertake emergency repair works at Holmsley Rail Bridge. The bridge carries the A35 Lyndhurst to Christchurch road over the C10 Burley to Sway/Brockenhurst, adjacent to the former Holmsley railway station, now The Old Station Tea Rooms. Please find attached a plan showing the site location.

Subject to obtaining Natural England consent in good time, the high priority repair works estimated starting date is 14.08.2018 and will last approx. two weeks. The proposed traffic management for safe completion of the proposed high priority repair works requires:

* C10 (road under the bridge) traffic lights with lane closure on 16,17,23,24,28 August

* C10 (road under the bridge) full closure with diversion route in place on 14,15,20,21,22 August. Please refer to the proposed diversion route attached to this email.

Traffic on A35 will not be affected by these works.

The proposed high priority repair works are necessary to keep the bridge open while the bridge replacement scheme is being prepared. Every effort is being made to limit the road closures, particularly during the height of the tourist season, while ensuring that the Contractor is able to carry out the works safely in accordance with Health and Safety regulations.

The residents with properties adjacent to the works and the Old Tea Rooms Restaurant owner have being informed about these works. In addition we have been in contact with the Verderers, Forestry Commission, New Forest National Park Authority and Bus Companies and we will keep them appraised with the works progress.

Mayor's 2018 Charities

The Mayor of New Milton, Cllr David Rice-Mundy, is pleased to announce that Scarf & New Forest Young Carers Service, will continue to be his nominated charities during his second term of mayoral office this year.


During his first year of office, Cllr David Rice-Mundy was keen to raise awareness of these small charities, acknowledging how much they give, and how vital their services are, to the young people that both charities support.    Accepting the challenge wholeheartedly, Cllr Rice-Mundy hosted an amazing Carol Service last December at St Mary Magdalene Church, and a well-attended Annual Charity Ball at Hoburne Bashley in March, with some very generous guests donating to the Mayors Charities.


Other fund-raising events included a 70’s disco, organised by council staff, with guests invited to boogie the night away at the Fawcetts Field Club House.   A charity football match was arranged by footballing friends from Arnewood School, who played a high-scoring full 90 minute game of football, plus a penalty shoot-out, with their friends contributing to play and spectate as well as giving raffle prizes.  They raised £250 and donated the amount to the Mayor’s charities.


The Mayor is delighted that the local community have been so generous and giving on behalf of Scarf and New Forest Young Carers Service “The work these charities do is truly amazing and I’m grateful for everyone’s support.  Young people with additional needs and stresses in their lives really need our continued support”.


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 provides 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.   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 wishes to highlight these charities again this year by raising awareness and raising funds for their wonderful array of activities – making all their lives a little bit brighter and definitely bringing fun back into the youngster’s lives. 


The Mayor will again host the Annual Carol Service on Saturday 1 December 2018 at St Mary Magdalene Church in New Milton with guest performers including La Nova Singers and the New Forest Childrens Choir.


Hoburne Bashley will be the venue for the next Mayors Charity Ball on 23 March 2019 – please contact for more information.


Further details about Scarf from or About Young Carers Service contact

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.