New Milton Town Council

Mayor’s Civic Ball - By Janette Duke March 3, 2011

The Mayor’s Civic Ball was held in the Champagne Suite at Shorefield Country Park on Saturday 12 February.  Over 120 guests attended from a wide spectrum of our community.  The Mayor and Mayoress of Christchurch, Cllrs Nick & Gillian Geary were also in attendance.  The evening began with a welcome drinks reception followed by a fork buffet.

County Councillor for New Milton, Cllr Mel Kendal spoke about projects within our community and how he had helped a number of these projects with funding from his Councillor’s Devolved Budget.  The Mayor then thanked those present for their
continuing support during her term in office and said that she was especially grateful to have a number of long-standing friends present and whose support had been
invaluable over the years.

There was a Card Lottery on each table and the Mayor’s Consort, Patrick Dalton, did the coin flipping for the Heads and Tails Game for which the prize was a Champagne Tea for Two at the Chewton Glen Hotel.  Shorefield had donated a 6 month Gym Membership and also a Short Break in a 6 Berth Caravan which the Mayor Auctioned.

Music was provided by Vince, the resident DJ, who kept the dancefloor full from 10pm with a selection of Golden Oldies from the 60’s and 70’s.  The evening finished when the last dancers left the dance floor at 1am.

On the night just under £1,000 was raised and, in total with ticket sale proceeds the event raised over £1,800 which will go into the Mayor’s Community Fund.

Long Meadow – Plans & Public Consultation January 13, 2011

A public exhibition / consultation meeting was held last Saturday 8th January, 2011 at the Town Hall, Ashley Road, New Milton in connection with the proposed play area at Long Meadow, Barton on Sea. Further consultation on proposed plans for Long Meadow is continuing on-line until Friday 28 January, 2011.

To view the plans which include the three play provision proposals including “Meadow in Meadow”, “Adventure Trails” and “Traditional” please visit the play provision in New Milton webpage where you will also be able to leave comments about the proposals.

Mayors Journal update – October & November 2010 - By Janette Duke January 6, 2011


On the 11th I visited Kathleen Woolledge at Barton Lodge to celebrate her 100th birthday the following day.  Patrick and I managed a week away following that and the day after our return it was back to work with the launch of the Marine Restaurant in Milford on Sea.  The following night it was a charity evening at the Rivaaz Restaurant in New Milton in aid of the British Heart Foundation.  Ebad and his team put on a wonderful evening and I was even pressed into taking part in some traditional Indian dancing.

On the Saturday evening we had the New Milton Lions Club Anniversary Dinner to mark 40 years since they were awarded their Charter.  A lovely evening in excellent company.  I cannot praise the Lions, Rotary and Round Table organisations highly enough for the work they do within our community.  They are also backed up by the other bands of volunteers who work tirelessly to raise funds for those in need.

On Friday 29th I had the pleasure of meeting Mr Les Evans who was celebrating his 102nd birthday.  A lovely gentleman who was great fun to chat with and who keeps very up to date with current affairs.  Madeleine Newland and his neighbours arranged a surprise party and kindly invited me to attend.  It was a very jolly time and I must pay tribute to Mr Evans’ neighbours for the way in which they all look out and care for each other in their road.  It really is what community spirit is all about.


November has been a busy month and full of variety.  It began with delivering a card to the Advertiser and Times offices for Charles Curry’s 90th birthday on the 3rd.  Charles was not there as he was enjoying an aeroplane flight over New Milton which was a surprise present from his family.  I don’t know about anybody else but I think that the A&T is a marvellous paper – full of local news and I cannot imagine not having it.  Even when I was working away from home in my youth I still had a copy sent up every week from home.

On Saturday 6th I had a personally, very special, engagement when I was asked to dedicate the new seat at Long Meadow to the memory of ‘The Grove’.  For those of you who do not know, The Grove was a much loved, and very much missed, maternity unit in Barton on Sea.  It was closed down in 1988 following cutbacks, just short of what would have been it’s 60th anniversary.  It was lovely to see Joan Knott again who had been ‘matron’ there from 1975 and also catch up with some of the ‘girls’ who I had been on the Grove Action Committee with when we fought to save it.

On Sunday 7th , I dropped by the 100th birthday celebrations of Mr ‘Jack’ Gibson at the Cliff House Hotel in Barton on Sea.  Again, a wonderful gentleman with a lovely, caring group of family and friends.

Tuesday 9th saw a visit to CODA Music Trust at Walkford to wish them well in their bid for funding from the ITV Peoples’ Millions.  Cllrs Nick & Gillian Geary, the Mayor and Mayoress of Christchurch were also in attendance.

The following evening it was the opening of the ASBOC café in New Milton.  Unfortunately I was again suffering from laryngitis and couldn’t attend but it is a tribute to the hard work of all of those involved that this much needed facility is now up and running.

Remembrance Sunday on the 14th was a very special and moving event.  Despite the persistent rain the people of New Milton turned out in force.  The organisations represented the everything from war veterans to the young people of the town.  I was very proud to march alongside them all up the main street and on to the Memorial Hall where a service of remembrance took place.  To mark the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Old Milton Road my fellow councillor, Goff Beck, researched the event and a series of pictures showing the damage caused was enhanced with personal memories from people who were caught up in the attack.  It was a very moving and thought provoking service with a significant contribution from the youth of the town.

Monday 15th was the meeting between New Milton Town Council and Arnewood Youth Council and I presented badges to the new members of the Youth Council before handing over the chair to my deputy, Cllr Alan O’Sullivan as I was still suffering from laryngitis.

Fortunately by Sunday 21st my voice was back as I had organised a meeting of the Mayors of Lymington, Christchurch and myself representing New Milton to a guided walk around Lymington.  The three towns all share much common history and, as a guide with Lymington Town Tours I asked Helen Theobald and Roland Stott to help me with this walk.  It was bitterly cold but we all managed to thaw out afterwards in a local hostelry !  It is scheduled to do the same thing around Christchurch in the Spring at the kind invitation of the Mayor and Mayoress of Christchurch.

On a very cold morning I presented myself at the new LIDL store at 7.30 am.  Despite the cold people were already queuing in anticipation of the opening at 8am.  Dave Thomas showed me around the site.  The design of the building was specially conceived for the location and sits very well on the site.  The store itself was bright and airy and, once the ribbon was cut, was soon full of shoppers.  I think that New Milton now very firmly earned its reputation as ‘the place to shop’ within our area.

Saturday 27th saw two engagements beginning with the Neighbourcare AGM at 10am.  A wonderful organisation headed up by Phyllis Inglis and Ted Horne which offers reasonably priced transportation for the elderly and disabled to and from medical appointments.  They, along with many other organisations, are feeling the burden of the current economic downturn along with restrictive legislation.  However, they continue to remain positive and committed to their much needed role within our community.

I then went to the ‘44’ Manor Road where the Contemplation Group have just opened their newest house which caters for those with physical and mental disabilities.  The conversion of the property has been to the highest of standards and they really have created a ‘home from home’ atmosphere.  It was great fun meeting staff and clients alike and opening their Christmas Fair.

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

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 - By Janette Duke

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 A&T November 22, 2010

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

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

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 Communities - By Goff Beck November 1, 2010

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

New Milton Town Council support Rotary Club of New Milton and Purple Crocus Day - By Goff Beck October 11, 2010

I had the great privilege of assisting with the planting of  5000 bulbs in south facing bank of the New Milton Recreation Ground  adjacent to the War Memorial.  The planting is New Milton Rotary Club’s contribution to End Polio Now /  Thanks for Life Day  which is on 23 February 2011.  Rotarian Mary Pye has worked very hard arranging the planting and hopefully the blooming around February 2011.

The aim is to raise public awareness that Rotary has almost achieved its target to eradicate Polio worldwide and in this is being supported by the Bill Gates Foundation to promote and celebrate this event , Rotary is flooding the country with millions of Purple Crocus  planting now in September to flower around this date in February.

Why Purple? It is the tiny purple dab of colour on a child’s little finger that indicates the child has been inoculated against the deadly virus. Purple Pinkie Power has helped save the lives of millions of children across the world.

New Milton Town Council has given the project great support and will enhance the design by planting daffodils as a backdrop. The Council supported the planting; New Milton Rotary President John Witt and President Elect Mary Pye , and school children from New Milton Infant School were present on Monday 27th September and were pictured planting some of the bulbs at the site. Teresa , the deputy head of the school and parents were present.

Again New Milton Infant School pupils will feature as the crocus flower in  February 2011. A town centre collection by Rotarians in aid of End Polio Now campaign will take place at the same time Rotary signs will be erected where the bulbs are planted. A Thanks for Life Day on 23 February will enhance Rotary’s campaign.”

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