Lidl opens in Lymington Road, New Milton November 29, 2010

Lidl opens in Lymington Road, New Milton

On November 25th Mrs Janette Duke, Town Mayor opened the brand new Lidl store in Lymington Road, New Milton. It may have been a chilly morning but that didn’t stop a number of people turning up for the grand opening. Lidl representatives were amazed by the community spirit at the opening which was attended by a number of our Councillors.

New Milton joins Lidl’s 600 strong stores across the country with the motto “Where quality is cheaper”. We hope you enjoy browsing the new store in Lymington Road!

Local community organisations win lottery funding - Janette Duke

Local community organisations win lottery funding

It has been a fabulous week for our community with both CODA and FIRST OPPORTUNITIES winning their bids for lottery funding via Merdian TV’s Peoples’ Millions.  The work that both of these groups do is truly inspiring and I know that the money will mean so much to them.  I am sure that both CODA and First Opportunities would like to join me in thanking everyone who voted for them.

There is such a feeling of pride and optimism in our Town despite the difficult times currently being experienced.  I know when I opened LIDL last week their representatives said they were amazed at the strength of community spirit with everyone they spoke to during the building process.

Read more about the CODA lottery bid

Remembrance Sunday photos available from the... November 22, 2010

Remembrance Sunday photos available from the A&T

The New Milton Advertiser and Times have made a library of photographs available from Remembrance Sunday accessible online at

Photos are available to purchase from £2 with all monies going to the Help for Heroes charity which supports wounded soldiers. For more details on how to purchase pictures please visit the A&T website at

Attendance update November 17, 2010

Attendance update

September brought with it a bout of laryngitis which meant that I was unable to Chair the Town Council meeting on Monday 6th.  Despite being prescribed antibiotics the size of rockets I was unable to speak for four days.   I just wonder whether the Town Clerk and my fellow councillors had been praying for such an eventuality.  It was certainly very frustrating to not be able to communicate effectively.

The following week I attended the meeting of New Milton Round Table where a cheque was presented to representatives from the new community radio Park FM which serves local communities.  Cllr Mrs Jan Hawker, the Mayor of Lymington, was also in attendance and a cheque for £1,000 was presented to Park FM by the chairman of Round Table.

Wednesday 22nd arrived bright and sunny which was a great relief as I was hosting a coffee morning in support of Macmillan Cancer’s Biggest Coffee Morning in the World event.  It never ceases to amaze me the fantastic support given by people in New Milton when it comes to raising money for a worthy cause.  Rose Toms and Doris Stanley took charge of the tea and coffee making.  Bashley WI, the Rectory Quilters and Peter Homan from Age Concern supplied delicious cakes for us to sell and the tea and coffee was donated by Tesco and Morrisons.

It was a very jolly event and well supported – especially by the Police – I understand that the police bicycles are now in the workshops having strengthening work undertaken after the amount of cake consumed by the PCSO’s.  Desmond Swayne, our local MP, dropped by to support us and I was ably assisted hosting the event by Sharon Adams from Tesco who has special responsibility for community events and Bernie Day, one of the hardest working volunteers in the town.

The following evening Patrick and I attended the Forest Arts Centre to see the Premiere by Forest Forge Theatre Company ‘For the Record’ written by Joyce Branagh.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable performance – we are so lucky to have such a wonderful facility within our town.

Friday was spent as the guest of the Mayor of Christchurch, Cllr Nicholas Geary and his wife Gillian, on their Civic Day.  It was a very interesting day viewing various facilities within the Borough of Christchurch and I came away with lots of ideas regarding how we could improve our own facilities within New Milton.  Patrick and I were very well  looked after and enjoyed our time with Nick and Gillian and other representatives from Dorset.

On the way home from Christchurch we stopped at Stamfords Letting Agents who have just relocated to Old Milton Road and were holding an event in support of Macmillan.  It is always nice to have the opportunity to meet and chat with the people of our town and hear their views on what we are doing right as a council and what we can improve on.  I wish John Chambers and the team at Stamfords every success.

Saturday 25th meant an early start to play in a golf event as I had to be finished in time for my evening visit to New Milton Community Association at the kind invitation of Brian Bayman.  I can tell you that at 6.45am it is still dark as that is when I was heading for the 1st tee.  The evening was a real tribute to what community spirit can do.  Brian told me that they have a membership of approximately 1600 now, 100 of those had joined that week while the Association was showcasing what it offers the people within our community and celebrating their 50th Anniversary.  I met so many interesting people that evening and managed to speak with quite a number of them.  There was lots of laughter, a delicious buffet and it just showed what a warm welcoming community we have in the town.  I reckon us ‘oldies’ can show the youngsters a thing or two when it comes to having a good time !

Sunday morning saw the running of the New Forest Marathon so another chilly start at 9am.  Having felt fine the night before I awoke with a burning throat which turned into a really heavy cold so I spent the morning wrapped in a rather large, warm coat.

Photo courtesy of New Milton Advertiser and Lymington Times

Due to my cold I had to cancel appointments on Monday so could not attend the Finance & General Purposes committee meeting that evening but did manage to visit the Park FM studio in Lymington with the Mayor of Lymington on the Tuesday evening.  It was extremely interesting and truly inspiring to see how much hard work and commitment has been put in to getting this up and running. Hopefully it will go from strength to strength.

Heading into October I hope that I am over the worst of the bugs and will be fit and able to fulfil my engagements up until Christmas.  Looking at the diary it already looks like being a very busy time.

Christmas Extravaganza November 15, 2010

Christmas Extravaganza

Its that time of year again! With Christmas around the corner New Milton Town Partnership and various other community organisations are pleased to announce the Christmas Extravaganza 2010 will be taking place on Saturday 4th December in Station Road. Starting at 2.00pm and finishing at 7.30pm the event will be jam packed with entertainment for all ages. From the Christmas lights switch on, lantern parade, market stalls and sing-a-longs be sure to join in on this fantastic community event. Tombola’s and prizes will also be on offer along with many of the shops in Station Road staying open later for late-night shopping!

For more information on the 2010 Christmas Extravaganza please visit the New Milton Town Partnership website.

Last years Christmas Extravaganza which was held on Friday 11 December in Station Road was a great success. Turn out was good with live music and carol singing a plenty. Delicious food and drink were served by various market stalls with others selling a variety of festive items. Along with a fancy dress competition, Father Christmas and a lantern parade fun was had by all in attendance.

market 2 christmas 3

The Christmas Extravaganza was organised by many community organisations including: Hampshire County Council, New Milton Town Council, Forest Arts, New Life Church, New Milton Town Partnership, New Milton Rotary Club, Bradbeers, New Milton Lions Club, New Milton Round Table and New Milton Fire Station.

Partners and Communities Together – Safer... - Goff Beck November 1, 2010

Partners and Communities Together – Safer Communities

Goff Beck
Goff Beck Neil Chippindale

New Milton police’s Safer Neighbourhoods Team are introducing ‘Partners and Communities Together’ (PACT) meetings throughout the communities in this area.  The PACTs will give local community leaders and representatives of the general public an opportunity to work with all agencies in identifying and prioritising local crime and anti-social behaviour issues.

The Milton Parish has been divided into three PACT areas, namely, south, middle and north, each area is represented by a Town Councillor, at least two members of the public a warranted police officer and a PCSO.  The local councillors are; southern area Cllr Goff Beck (NM 619941) middle, Cllr Steve Clarke (NM 629992) the north Cllr Janette Duke (01590 643929).

The most important part of this process is tackling the actions that are identified and this needs the help of not only the police, but also the councils, partner agencies eg Environment Agency, and local representatives as well as individual community members.  There is not one community issue that can be tackled by one agency and it is important that we all recognise our part that we can play in making our communities safer and making them feel safer.

The PACT will not be a talking shop and it is not intended that issues be brought to the PACT in the first instance.  There are various ways of reporting problems and it is not intended that the PACT will replace these.  If you need urgent assistance phone 999, non urgent reports can be telephoned to 101; or you can report to your local council.

Anybody wishing to make representations to a PACT or wishing to offer to volunteer to be a member of a PACT should contact Police Sgt Neil Chippindale, leader of the New Milton Safer Neighbourhoods Team by telephoning 0845 045 4545 or by e mailing