Armed Forces Day - Janette Duke July 15, 2010

Armed Forces Day

On the 26th June 2010 I attended the Armed Forces Day at the New Milton Memorial on the Recreation Ground. I was privileged to give a speech on the day as follows:

I am privileged to be here, on Armed Forces Day, to represent the people of  New Milton and I extend a very warm welcome to the representatives of Lymington RBL who have joined us.   Today we are gathered to show our Support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community.

That community is made up, not only of those currently serving and their families, but also of the Veterans who have given service in past conflicts, the Cadets who have yet to face conflict and those who give service alongside other careers.

No-one can fail to be moved when they hear of a young life being lost in the theatre of war, or when they hear a mother choking back tears as she speaks of a son or daughter who has been lost,  or to see the tears of a Veteran on Remembrance Sunday when they recall their own memories of conflicts past and colleagues lost.  What is truly humbling is their dignity and conviction that they, or their loved ones, were proud to be doing a job for the greater good of all of us.

The words of  the poet John Milton are so true – THOSE ALSO SERVE WHO ONLY STAND AND WAIT 

There is no doubt in my mind that our Armed Forces are the best in the world and they stand tall and proud on the world stage.

To you all ……….. the people of NEW MILTON and district SALUTE YOU.


Long Meadow – joint press statement & play...

Long Meadow – joint press statement & play report

A joint statement from New Forest District Council and New Milton Town Council is now available online along with a published play provision report.The report considers three existing open space sites in Barton on Sea, and concludes that, against National, Regional and District policies and guidelines, Long Meadow is the most appropriate site for making play provision for local children as a priority, and, in order to meet recognised national guidelines, further provision should also be considered in Barton on Sea. Read more and view report.

Town mayor visits New Milton fire station July 8, 2010

Town mayor visits New Milton fire station

Town Mayor Councillor Janette Duke was invited to visit the New Milton fire station to attend a drill evening on Tuesday 15th June. Councillor Janette Duke said:

A great opportunity to watch a drill to release a ‘casualty’ from a ‘crashed’ vehicle which involved the use of cutting equipment etc. I was incredibly impressed by the professionalism shown by the crew at New Milton who I understand are all retained fire fighters and have other jobs as well as their commitment to protecting the people of New Milton and surrounding areas.

Despite their already heavy commitments they have also offered to give up their time to have the Fire Station open on the afternoon of Sunday 27th June to allow members of the public to learn more about their work in support of our community.

I can assure the people of New Milton that they are in safe hands with an extremely dedicated group of professionals should they ever have to call upon their services.

Fire Station 2 Fire Station 3

Opening Alworths

Opening Alworths

New Town Mayor Cllr Janette Duke has undertaken her first official duty last week –  opening the new Alworths store on May 21st. The new store opens at the old Woolworths site in Station Road and will be selling similar products such as DVD, games, confectionary and stationary. Cllr Janette Duke said:

“It is so exciting that New Milton is being seen as a vibrant town which is worth investing in. We are also looking forward to welcoming Morrisons and LIDL in the very near future.”

More information about the launch of Alworths can be found at the new Alworths website at