New Milton Town Council

POSTPONED: Barton Common ‘Grassland Restoration Plans Explained’ open day on Sat 14th November November 13, 2015

New Milton Town Council has had to take the difficult decision to postpone the planned event in a marquee on the Common tomorrow due to the weather forecast of prolonged heavy rain with gusting high winds. We will arrange another date as soon as possible.

Remembrance Sunday – 8th November 2015 November 11, 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 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 Explained November 5, 2015

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

Register to vote for the Police & Crime Commissioner Election October 28, 2015

Register to Vote

Recycle Right October 22, 2015

Recycle Right refuse lorry

Five New Forest District Council vehicles are driving a campaign by the council to push up recycling rates in the New Forest. Nationally 40% of household rubbish is now recycled but in the New Forest the rate is just 28%. The council has branded the five refuse and recycling trucks with their ‘Recycle Right’ message to encourage residents to recycle more of the right things.

“One reason why the recycling rate in the forest is not increasing is because recycling messages can be confusing and people aren’t always clear on what can and can’t go into the clear sack for collection” said Councillor Sophie Beeton, portfolio holder for the environment. “We hope that Recycle Right is a fun, memorable campaign that will help people understand what can and can’t be recycled.”

In addition to the fleet of Recycle Right refuse trucks, the council has been distributing information leaflets to residents in Ringwood and Marchwood, where recycling rates are particularly low.

Around 10% of what people are putting in black sacks collected by the council could be recycled, including items like aerosol cans and plastic bottles. “We need to recycle more of our rubbish” said Councillor Beeton, “By putting items in the right bag we will reduce ‘contamination’ of the clear sacks. When non-recyclable items such as yoghurt pots and other plastic food containers, are put in recycling sacks, the whole clear sack is sent to the energy recovery facility and not for recycling.”

The council’s recycling expert, Mandy Pickard, will also be out and about giving talks to community groups, schools and events. If you would like to arrange a talk about recycling please contact, environment promotions assistant.

“An afternoon of music” at the Performance Pavilion September 26, 2015

Everyone is welcome to this free concert at the Performance Pavilion organised by New Milton Town Council. Music will be provided by the Chicago Jazz Aces.

There will be Teas and Coffees and great Cakes being provided by the team from The New Milton Sands Women’s Institute.

The event will be taking place Sunday September 27th at 3:00 pm.

Electoral Register – Annual Household Enquiry Form September 2, 2015

On or around 29 August 2015 you will receive your electoral registration annual household enquiry form (HEF). This is not a registration form it is a form that enables us to check that all those entitled to be registered appear on the Electoral Register. New residents will then be invited to register. It is easy to complete the HEF. Your form will have a security code which is unique to your property. Have these to hand and if there are no changes you can:



0800 197 9871


Just text NOCHANGE with your security code to 80212.


Using the freepost envelope enclosed with your form.
For further information call our helpline:
023 8028 5445 or e-mail

New Forest Brass Concert – August 30th – CANCELLED August 28, 2015

It is with regret that unfortunately we will be cancelling the New Forest Brass event that was scheduled to take place this Sunday (August 30th) on the Rec due to poor weather forecast for rain most of Sunday.

Please check back on our website or social media channels for future events on the Rec.

VJ Day – New Milton Remembers - By Goff Beck August 22, 2015

A bright sunny dawn on Saturday 15th August, 2015 ensured fine weather for those veterans,  Legionnaires, members of the general public and councillors who mustered at the New Milton War Memorial at 11.00am  to commemorate and remember those who gave their lives during the Japanese war in the Far East.

The Town Mayor welcomed all to the Service of Remembrance and Dedication which was conducted by the Rev David John, the minister of Ashley Baptist Church, whose address included words of Remembrance to those local people who were victims of the German bombing of New Milton on the 23 August, 1940.

Mr Rob Mangles sounded the Last Post and Reveille, the Exhortation and Kohema were recited by Col (retired) Ron Back, Chairman of the New Milton Branch of the Royal British Legion.


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