Mayors investiture - Valya Schooling June 23, 2011

Mayors investiture

I am deeply honoured and thrilled to be elected your Mayor and First Citizen of New Milton. I would like to take this opportunity of thanking Elaine Reed – Town Council administrator for her organisational skills and support in making my inauguration such a success last Friday. The Town was widely represented at the investiture in the Cricket Pavilion, Fernhill. Mayors of Christchurch and Ringwood Councillor Susan Spittle and Brian Terry and the deputy Mayor of Lymington Council, Cllr Jackie England, Citizen of the Year Phylis Englis, head masters of local schools Alastair Reid (Ballard School), Mr Humerstone (Arnewood School), representatives from the fire, police and numerous local organisations were also present.

The Students of Arnewood School provided and served the delicious canopies under the watchful eye of Paul Freeman.

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Becoming Mayor gives me the opportunity as a Councillor to go out into the community and discover for myself all the many different activities that go on in the Town and to meet as many of its residents as possible. I have performed several varied and interesting civic duties to date. In the four weeks since becoming Mayor elect I have presided at the New Milton memorial clock ceremony on Station Road.

On Wednesday 18th May my husband Claude and I were invited to the Milton Musical Societies presentation of the Scarlet Pimpinel at the Regents Theatre, Christchurch where we were greeted by Alison Purch, their president. The production was fabulous.

I visited the newly refurbished Moorlands nursing home on Saturday 24th May and met the patients, their relatives and staff. The Moorlands nursing home looks after patients with Alzheimer’s and dementure. The care and devotion from the owners, manageress and staff is exceptional.

On Saturday 28th May I opened the new PMG school uniform shop also on Station Road.

In early June, Sunday 5th I attended the New Milton Royal British Legion branches lunch at Brockenhurst College to celebrate the Royal British Legions 90th anniversary. On the 9th June it was a great pleasure to meet exchange students and teachers from Moscow School 1208.

Most recently I attended the Rugby Club fun day which I enjoyed very much, it was great to see a number of young people enjoying themselves. The event including an “it’s a knockout” team challenge.  This morning I visited the 12th anniversary of New Milton Talking Newspaper which is run by volunteers and is something that means so much to many people unable to see in the New Forest. The talking newspaper allows those with limited sight to listen to the newspaper on recorded discs. For more information please see their website:

For the year ahead I look forward to attending more community events including the upcoming New Milton Pedal Car Grand Prix on the 10th July.  I look forward to seeing you there!

Community Speed Watch - Steve Clarke June 17, 2011

Community Speed Watch

I have recently met with our local police who want to introduce a speedwatch scheme in our town and surrounding parishes. This is an excellent idea which uses local volunteers in high profile locations to remind drivers of the speed limits which apply in our area and which may affect the safety of our friends and family if ignored. Nobody need be prosecuted but drivers will be informed that they have been seen speeding. Personally, I prefer this to a fine and points on my licence. I hope that enough people within our community will sign up as volunteers and I will be promoting the scheme through the Town Council. Anybody who wants further information on the scheme can contact PC Marco Marchiori of the New Milton Safer Neighbourhoods team. Please sign up if you can.

Planning Committee - Steve Clarke June 9, 2011

Planning Committee

I’d like to thank all those from Bashley Ward who once again voted for me and I am very happy to once again be the Town Councillor for Bashley. I have also been elected to the District Council along with Steve Davies to represent Milton Ward. Steve and I will shortly be introducing regular surgeries where we will be available to meet you and advise on any problems you might bring to us. I will update you as soon as more details are available.

I am also very pleased to have been elected as chair of the Town Council’s planning committee. Our committee welcomes anyone with matters to raise on planning issues and members of the public may speak on particular issues in which they have interest. I have introduced an information sheet for anyone attending which sets out the rules for public participation. With 5 new members the committee has some challenges ahead but we hope to continue representing the views of the town fairly and properly to the district council and look forward to seeing any of you who care to attend.

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