Carol Service Saturday 5 December 2015 - Joanna Hayward November 30, 2015

Christmas Festival Programme – Saturday 28... - Joanna Hayward November 27, 2015

Christmas Festival Programme – Saturday 28 November 2015

12.00 pm                Festival Opening – Aaron Lawford

and Welcome from the Mayor, Cllr. David Hawkins

12.10 – 12.30 pm     Ringwood Pipe Band

12.30 – 2.50 pm      New Forest Players

1.00 – 1.30 pm        Ad Lib

1.30 – 2.00 pm        Soulution

2.10 – 2.25 pm        Durlston Court School Choir

2.35 – 3.05 pm        Charlie Woodford

3.05 – 3.30 pm        Ukulele Band

3.35 – 3.50 pm        Christine Hughes

3.50 – 4.20 pm        Cassie Lawrence & Children

4.20 – 5.00 pm        Blue Stockings

5.00 – 5.25 pm        PARADE

5.25 – Finish           Cassie Lawrence & Co

(to include light switch on at 5.45pm & Xmas Finale)

Illuminated festival parade

Christmas Display 2015 - Joanna Hayward November 24, 2015

Christmas Display 2015

As you can see our contractors, A-Tech UK Ltd, have been hard at work erecting the lighting display in time for the switch on during the Christmas Festival on Saturday 28th November (12 noon to 6 pm).   We would like to thank them for their hard work not only for what is contracted, but for the huge amount of sponsorship they have provided this year.   Coupled with a generous investment by New Milton Sand and Ballast, we have been able to make improvements to the display along Old Milton Road.   We are very grateful to the building owners who have allowed the attachments, making it all possible.


New Milton Sand And Ballast


We would also like to thank the following businesses and organisations for their continued support.


Heppenstalls Solicitors – for lighting the two trees outside their offices




Princecroft Willis – for lighting the mature tree on Old Milton Green


Princecroft Willis


Double H Nurseries and Keffen Plant Hire – for provision of the large Christmas tree in Station Road (South)


New Life Church and Ashley Baptist Church – for provision of the large Christmas tree in Station Road (Mallard Court)


New Milton and District Community Association – for lighting the mature tree outside Morrisons


Pennyfarthing Homes – for lighting the mature tree outside Toys




A-Tech UK Ltd – for lighting the mature tree outside Halifax Building Society


A Tech


New Milton, Barton on Sea and District Residents Association – for lighting the mature tree outside Bath Travel


We wish you a peaceful festive period and New Year.


POSTPONED: Barton Common ‘Grassland Restoration... November 13, 2015

Remembrance Sunday – 8th November 2015 November 11, 2015

Remembrance Sunday – 8th November 2015

Cllr David Hawkins, New Milton Town Mayor welcomed a large crowd of over 500 people, many in uniform, to the War Memorial on the Recreation Ground.

The Town Clerk said 97 years ago, at the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month in 1918, the First World War ended.

In New Milton, we remember the 223 local servicemen and women who lost their lives – 83 from WW1 and 140 from WW11 – whose names appear on this Memorial, together with 26 local residents who died in the bombings of New Milton during World War II.

In total, 249 local people lost their lives in these two wars.

On Sunday 8 November, 2015 the Last Post was sounded and following the Exhortation recited by Brigadier Paul Jepson, President of New Milton Royal British Legion, 2 minutes silence was observed from 11 o’clock.

The Chairman of New Milton Royal British Legion, Colonel Ron Back then recited the Kohima Epitaph. After the Reveille, the Wreath Layers were called forward by Town Clerk, Graham Flexman two and three at a time.

The Reverend Andrew Bailey then lead prayers in memory of those who died

The Parade Marshall, Cllr Goff Beck then marched the Parade along the high street to the Memorial Hall for the Remembrance Service.

Photos courtesy of Michael Angus.

Hampshire Library Service consultation November 7, 2015

Hampshire Library Service consultation

Hampshire County Council is seeking residents views on how Hampshire’s Library Service can be transformed and modernised to meet the changing needs of people in the 21st century. This public consultation invites feedback on proposals set out in the draft Library Strategy, which looks to develop a sustainable and vibrant Library Service for people who live, work and study in Hampshire.

There are a number of proposals that are under consideration and Hampshire County Council are currently seeking feedback from the public on the best way to proceed. For more information and to complete the feedback questionnaire please follow the link below:

Barton Common Grassland Restoration Plans... - Joanna Hayward November 5, 2015

Barton Common Grassland Restoration Plans Explained

Postcard of Barton Golf Course dated 1958.


New Milton Town Council is inviting the public along to Barton Common on Sat 14 November to explain our plans for restoring up to one hectare of grassland.

Old grassland is one of our richest wildlife habitats supporting plants like the heath spotted orchid and heath milkwort and yet most has now gone from the landscapes of lowland England.

Historic maps show that up until around 1960 the Common was open rough grassland and scrub, but since then new secondary woodland and further scrub has spread across around half of the site.

The aim will be to restore the Common to around two thirds grassland, keeping one third woodland, by 2023. Up to one hectare of grassland will begin restoration this winter by removing scrub and young woodland using machines and leaving the ground level for future bracken cutting and grazing as well as walking.

On Saturday representatives from New Milton Town Council and the New Forest Land Advice Service as well as the Milton Heritage Society will be on the Common to talk about the history of the Common, its wildlife and future management. We hope as many people as possible will be able to attend.

The management of Barton Common is supported by a Higher Level Stewardship Agreement with Natural England.


Barton Common 14th Nov15 A4 poster