CHANGES TO RECYCLING BANKS - Joanna Hayward March 31, 2017


New Forest District Council have made changes to the network of recycling banks in the New Forest in March, including New Milton.

This is the text from their website –

There are currently around 100 sites across the New Forest where residents can recycle paper, cardboard, glass bottles and jars. Many of the sites also have privately-run textile banks or book banks.

What changes are going to happen?

The number of recycling banks will be reduced to a network of 20 sites in the most frequently-used locations. The work to remove the banks from other locations should be completed by the end of March 2017.

We are making these changes because more can be recycled at home following the introduction of household glass collections.

The 20 remaining sites will have banks for glass bottles and jars and banks for paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, tins, cans and aerosols; the same as the clear sack.

Which sites will stay open?

Twenty of the sites will stay open to use for extra recycling. These remaining sites will have banks for glass bottles and jars and banks for paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, tins, cans and aerosols; the same as the clear sack.

These are the sites open in New Milton

New Milton Elm Avenue car park, New Miltonand

Tesco superstore, Caird Avenue


If you need further advice please contact

New Forest District Council on 02380 285000.

Annual Towns Meeting - Joanna Hayward March 30, 2017

Annual Towns Meeting

  Annual Towns Meeting

Tuesday 11 April 2017


Commencing at 6.30 pm

The Town Hall, 2 Ashley Road, New Milton, BH25 6AS


  • Opening remarks by the Mayor


  • Citizen of the Year Award 2017


  • Presentation of Cheques to Grant Aid Recipients & Pilgrim Bandits, the Mayor’s chosen charity of the year


  • To approve the minutes of the Annual Towns Meeting held on 11 April 2016


  • To receive Annual Reports from the Chairmen of Standing Committees of the Council


  • To receive the Annual Accounts of the War Memorial Recreation Ground


  • To receive the reports from the Town Council’s delegate to the Hampshire Association of Local Councils (HALC) and the New Forest Association of Local Councils (NFALC)


  • Questions – An opportunity for members of the audience to raise any questions


All Residents Welcome to Attend

PRESS RELEASE – BE INVOLVED - Joanna Hayward March 29, 2017


 A free weekend festival –

showing you what you can get up to in New Milton!



Be Involved – both an invitation and the name of a festival weekend on 16/17 September packed with information, performances and displays to promote the wide array of community activities available to people of all ages and abilities in the New Milton area. The festival, being held at the Memorial Centre and Recreation Ground, will follow a week of taster events and demos in venues around New Milton.

This will be an easy way to find out more about classes, activities and groups in the town – to see which activities to be involved with – to meet class teachers and other members – to find out which activities are right for you.

Whatever your interest or goal, there will be something for everyone. Everyone is invited to Be Involved in an event that challenges you to try something new, learn a new skill, get creative, be more active, get fitter, make new friends. Or just have fun watching the displays and performances along with the community of New Milton.

Backed by Big Lottery funding, the event is being organised by a number of community groups including the Forest Arts Centre, Community Centre, New Milton Residents’ Association and New Milton Town Partnership.

The website is launched at Be Involved and will be updated as the programme develops and exhibitors confirmed.

All organisers, teachers and leaders in New Milton are invited to register their interest at Be Involved.


The New Milton Advertiser is Official Media Partner for the event.


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28 March 2017

Car Boot Sales - Joanna Hayward March 17, 2017

Car Boot Sales

Our Amenities Committee have reviewed the booking process for car boots at Fawcetts Field and amended the conditions of use effective 1 April 2017.

Car boot organisers must write to the town council during the first week of April with their preferred dates for the following year and then the town council will allocate dates evenly among organisers.   Bookings are subject to a maximum of 5 car boot sales per group.

Download conditions of use Car Boot Sales – Conditions of Use 1 April 2017

Download booking request form Car boot booking request form

Youth Coordinator - Joanna Hayward March 10, 2017

Youth Coordinator

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Silma Ramsaywack to the post of Youth Coordinator and warmly welcome her to New Milton Town Council.

Silma spent over 20 years working with young people in various capacities. Most recently she has been working with Young Carers, identifying suitable activities for young carers in the New Forest. She makes contact visit or works with individuals and groups to develop activities that would be suitable for the various ages of young carers – also taking into consideration the very particular needs of the young people.

Silma is also currently making contact with youth clubs in other areas of the Forest in order to work with them to include some young carers in the area. As they work within an equal opportunities framework, it’s important to ensure the activities are inclusive. As there are limited funds, she has to ensure that the cost of these activities is affordable to the organisation.

Regarding her new appointment with New Milton Town Council, Silma says:

“I am really looking forward to starting my new role as Youth Coordinator in New Milton from 1 March 2017.

Over the years in my different roles with young people, I have developed productive working relationships with a variety of agencies. In my current role, I have to work well with the host landlords who also provide a lot of voluntary support to the young people. This is time well spent, particularly when it leads to a positive move on and outcome for the young person and a sense of satisfaction for the host landlord.

I have encouraged young people who have benefited from Supported Lodgings, to be mentors to other young people thinking of coming in to the service. I’ve also encouraged them to take part in the Client Involvement Committees, who have a say in the development of the services. Services work better if the young people feel they are being heard, and their concerns taken seriously.

As I have lived in New Milton for over 30 years, I have good working relationships with statutory and voluntary agencies in the area. My children and grandchildren have attended schools and clubs in the area, as well as the special needs services. In the past, I have been a governor of a local school and served on PTAs.

I have taken an active role in community activities. Within a year of moving to New Milton, I started the Ashley Community Playgroup, the first of its kind in the area, which involved a committee of parents and community members, running a non-profit making charity group. I’m pleased to say it’s still going strong.”

Silma is contactable on 01425 619120 or by email Silma Ramsaywack.

New Milton Neighbourhood Plan - Joanna Hayward March 8, 2017

New Milton Neighbourhood Plan

neighbourhood plan logo


A survey is being distributed to every home in New Milton next week.

You can also complete the survey online at:



Wednesday 22 March


Town Hall, 2 Ashley Road, New Milton, BH25 6AS

Tell us your views

We ALL have the chance to influence future development in the Town and YOUR opinion counts.

The results of this survey will determine the principles and driection of the Neighbourhood Plan for New Milton so it is very important that you, your family and your neighbours take this opportunity to give your views.

In October, 2016 we asked for your hopes and concerns for the future of New Milton – particularly the 930 new homes proposed in the town by New Forest District Council (NFDC)*.

Over 400 responses were received from a wide range of age groups.

The overall message you gave us was that you want New Milton to be a more vibrant town that’s easy to get around, has more affordable homes for younger people and families, and keeps its semi-rural feel.

We now have choices to make about how many new homes there should be and where they should be located. To help us with this, we have three questions to ask you about:

Affordable homes         • Town Centre regeneration

• Locations for new homes

The paper and online survey need to be returned by 24th March 2017

If you do not receive your Survey Form:

please complete the survey online at

or request a form by email request a form

Survey forms will also be available from the Town Hall and Library.

*NFDC Local Plan Review 2016-2036. Part 1 Planning Strategy consultation.


New Milton map

Acknowledgements – Mayors Charity Ball - Joanna Hayward March 7, 2017

Acknowledgements – Mayors Charity Ball


The organisers wish to thank the following people and organisations

who have donated prizes and donations

to help make the Mayors Charity Ball a success

  • Bashley Plant Centre
  • Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa
  • Cllr David Hawkins
  • Cllr Fran Carpenter
  • Cllr Roger Dagnall
  • Double H Nurseries
  • Gill Hepburn
  • Janice and Alan Pearce
  • Kimbers Carpets
  • Carol Carter and Denise Fassum
  • Helen Shepherd
  • Mange Tout Catering
  • New Forest Activities
  • New Milton Conservative Club
  • Paul Woods
  • Ringwood Brewery
  • Shorefields Holidays
  • Station Financial
  • Theresa Elliott
  • Zac and the Zeros

News Release – Mayors Charity Ball - Joanna Hayward

News Release – Mayors Charity Ball

The Town Mayor of New Milton, Cllr David E Hawkins, hosted a marvellous charity ball last Saturday, with guests dancing to Zac and the Zeros, and a very well-supported prize raffle.


The success of the evening was thanks to the generosity of 110 paying guests and the fantastic hosting from the Mayor, working hard and having fun at the same time fund-raising for the Pilgrim Bandits Charity.  The party-goers joined in the fun wearing fashion from the 1950/1960’s.  First prize for best dressed couple went to Thelma Keleher and Tom Griffin, who are regular supporters of the Mayors Charity Ball.


Shorefields Holiday Park ensured the smooth running of the function complete with bunting and as usual providing excellent service.

The event raised £ 1,000 with funds coming from tickets, raffle prize sales and money donations on the night.  The Mayor and the Town Council are grateful for all the generous support received from local New Milton individuals and businesses and the wider New Forest community.


david and sue at mayors ball

mayors ball fancy dress

zac and the zeros

New Milton Civic Service - Joanna Hayward March 2, 2017

New Milton Civic Service

The Town Mayor of New Milton

Cllr David Hawkins

& fellow Councillors invite all residents to

attend a Civic Service at

Ashley Baptist Church

Lower Ashley Road, Ashley, BH25 5AA 


 Sunday 12 March 2017 at 3 pm



There will be a retiring collection in aid of Pilgrim Bandits Charity

All are welcome to attend