New Milton Town Council

Estonia – A Family Reunion (Part 1) - By Valya Schooling September 23, 2010

The story of my personal journey started when an amazing lady (my guardian angel and now one of my dearest friends) Irina Ivanchenko contacted me as a descendant of K K Sluchevsky and invited me to meet the newly discovered relatives she had found.

I come from the old Russian noble family Korostovetz, one of my ancestors was a plenipotentiary in Mongolia and China and was also private secretary to the Foreign Minister Count Witte journeying with him to Portsmouth America to negotiate and sign the peace treaty that ended the Russian-Turkish war. My great grandfather was a general in the Preobrazhenski Regiment created by Peter the Great when he was still in his teens. Another ancestor was Admiral of the Fleet. Tsar Nicholas II was my grandfather’s youngest brother’s godson.

In the mid-nineties Irina was asked to write an article on K K Sluchevsky. Whilst researching for her article Irina discovered that the Sluchevsky family had married into the Korostovetz family three times. So deeply did she immerse herself into the research she was conducting, that she made the decision to try and find ancestors from both sides of the family and bring them together. The result of Irina’s efforts has changed all our lives. Family from as far afield as San Francisco, New York, St. Petersburg, Moscow and in my case England along with eminent friends now gather every year for a family reunion in Narva-Joesuu.

Our newly discovered family are all ages and from many walks of life, artist, banker, top geriatric psychiatrist, some still studying.  The youngest member Katya at this year’s reunion is just 5 years old and already speaks English as does her cousin, Peter’s son Stanislav. Next year it is hoped that the youngest member of the family tree Lilia Rose aged four, will join us here in the New Forest

Irina has now written two books on the family from archive material we have given her along with many, many hours spent in the State Archive of St. Petersburg putting pieces of the family jigsaw together. The family are now in the process of organising an annual Festival of Culture in Narva-Joesuu.

There are many hotels in Narva-Joesuu, for our reunion we stay in the four-star Meresuu Spa & Hotel just minutes away from the beach with rooms overlooking the sea. Well-chosen time for our reunion coincides with the famous White Nights at the end of June. One could fully admire the sunset by going up to the 8th floor to sit with a nice drink.

 

Introducing myself - By Steve Clarke September 16, 2010

Hi

I’m Steve Clarke and together with Neil Tungate I have the privilege to represent the people of Bashley Ward.

I am very pleased that our council has introduced a blog to enable your Town Councillors to have another means of letting the people of New Milton know what we are doing and also to enable you to know who we are so that if you need to speak to us or ask a question that can be made easier.

First a confession, I am not what you could call a regular blogger so bear with me as I ramble on. It may take me a little while to get into this form of communication.

You can see from the other posts some of the things that happen in the life of a councillor especially our Mayor. I thought you might be interested in some of the things that we do on a daily basis to try to make the life of the town work smoothly.

A little about myself, I am a member of two of the committees which form part of the work we do. I am vice chair of the planning committee which meets every other Thursday throughout the year. We do our best to make sensible decisions about the various planning applications we receive. Anybody is welcome to come along to these meetings and see what we do and if you want to speak about any particular application we are pleased to hear your views.

I am also a member of the Finance and General Purpose committee which meets every 6 weeks and as the title suggests monitors how we spend your money as well as a number of other areas. Again we welcome the people who live in the town to attend these meetings.

Like Goff Beck whose recent post you may have read I also spent an enjoyable afternoon at the BMX event on the Rec. Neil Tungate came along as well and we spent an interesting time watching the acrobatics of the contestants and wondering whether we would have done this at that age. Certainly not now but all credit to the skills and bravery of all those who took part.

I have recently had several meetings with a local resident and Ken Thornber one of our county councillors as well as members of Hampshire Highways concerning the number of accidents along Bashley Cross Road especially near New Lane. Within the next 8 weeks the road here will be improved with signage and road markings in the hope that motorists will be better able to stay safe. I also discussed the problems that the residents of the nearby park home sites have turning onto Bashley Cross Road and the County Council have promised to review the speed limit and I hope that we will in time be able to reduce the speed limit along that part of the road to 30mph making it safer for all of those residents.

I also hope that the Town’s new speed limit reminder sign will shortly be in use. This sign will be placed around the Town for several weeks at time on roads where we see some drivers exceeding the speed limit. Rather than issuing speeding tickets and using cameras these signs work by reminding you that the speed limit is being exceeded. I’m sure many of you will have seen these signs elsewhere and appreciate how they work. If this stops someone in our town being hurt I believe the money we have spent on the sign will be well rewarded and I am pleased all the Town’s councillors supported my proposal to buy the sign.

You may also be interested in some of the other daily activities we get involved in. As part of my role on planning I look at all planning applications in Bashley Ward and go out and look at the various locations of these applications to help me discuss the application at the committee meeting. Yesterday I spent around one and half hours looking at applications for this Thursday. Recently I have also attended the District Council to represent the views of the Town at their planning meeting.

I think it is now time to finish my inaugural blog with the offer that should any of you have a question or query that I as one of your town councillors may be able to help you with don’t hesitate to contact me. My contact details can easily be found on the main site by following the links.

I hope you find this blog and the others which I hope my fellow councillors will soon be posting useful and perhaps even interesting

New BMX Competition for New Milton - By Goff Beck September 10, 2010

Congratulations to Zeke Rink, Outreach Worker of the New Life Church / Cafe Light Youth Project who had the courage of his convictions to plan and organise the inaugural New Milton BMX / Skateboard / Blades Competitions.  The competitions were hosted at the New Milton Skate Park on August Bank Holiday Saturday.  After the high winds and rain earlier in the week, the weather changed for the better providing the competitors a fine, breezy sunny afternoon to exhibit their mastery on their chosen apparatus.

Zeke approached me for advice regarding funding sources to stage this very impressive first event. Funding was subsequently sourced, sponsors found, two expert BMX riders were invited to act as judges and a DJ was engaged to enhance the venue and keep the competition moving.

In total there were 50 entries, ages ranging from 11 to 25 years old.  The competitions were organised into two age groups.  In common with the 300 spectators assembled to witness the competition, I was spellbound, witnessing the skill, dexterity and competence exhibited by all the competitors.  The winners of the competitions were:

BMX: under 16’s – TJ Whitefield, over 16’s – Will Peckham, Skateboard: under 16 – Ricky C, over 16’s – Dougal, Blades: under 16’s Dean Obard, over 16’s Tom Dobby. They were all presented with their awards by Zeke Rink.  Appreciation and grateful thanks are extended to “Gone Biking Mad” of New Milton for their support with the donated prizes.  Due to the skill of all the competitors there were no accidents or ‘skinned’ knees, arms or legs.

All competitors and spectators alike have intimated this competition should become an annual event in the Town Community Calendar, a fact that I would have no problem in supporting wholeheartedly. Perhaps August Bank Holiday is an ideal time for such future events to take place.

The Skate Park was officially opened in July 1998 at a cost of £25k and over the past 12 years it has proved to be one of the most popular sporting venues the Council offers to the local community. Participants of all ages can be seen using the facility virtually every day of the year – I would suggest this very popular sporting facility will shortly need up-dating with more modern equipment.

Cllr Goff Beck
Chairman NMTC’s Amenities Committee.

Amenities Update - By Goff Beck September 2, 2010

With the opening of the football season it brings our attention to the fact autumn is just around the corner.  All the winter sporting facilities have received their close season maintenance, the five football pitches at Fawcetts Field and the many rugby pitches at Ashley Sports Ground have all been scarified, topped dressed and reseeded.  The dry spell during June and July did present a number of irrigation problems, however it has been my pleasure to be the recipient, on behalf of the Council, of many comments of appreciation in respect of the playing surfaces. New Milton Town Council prides itself in offering public sporting facilities second to none in the County. Sadly these open sporting venues are the subject of dog fouling; dog owners are requested to exercise their pets off the playing areas and keep them on leads.  

As we move into the autumn the council are embarking upon their ground maintenance programmes in respect of the Bowling Greens and the two cricket tables at Fernhill.  The lower Bowling Green has been stripped, to remove the ‘thatch’ and improve drainage, levelled and reseeded in preparation for the 2011 season. The Tennis Clubhouse has been re-decorated.

The flower beds in Station Road have given much pleasure to residents and visitors alike.  The closing of Station Road (south) on Wednesday to accommodate the weekly market has been well received; the number of stalls has been a matter of
disappointment which the Amenities continue to address with the Market Contractor.

The War Memorial situated in the Recreation Ground has received a ‘face lift,’ which included plaques being placed on the steps of the Memorial to remember the many wars that have taken place since the end of WW2.  The Memorial is enhanced by the flying of the national and council flags.  It is essential the residents of New Milton remember and respect those gallant people who gave their lives to enable us to enjoy our lives today.  The Council are about to work in partnership with the New Milton Rotarians to plant 5,000 crocus bulbs  in the embankment fronting the War Memorial in recognition of Rotary’s aim to eradicate polio worldwide; additionally the council have agreed to purchase daffodil bulbs to enhance the project.  The committee are also investigating the possibility of installing water and electricity points on the Recreation Ground in the wake of increased “Community Events using this public open space.”

The Committee continues to investigate the improvement of Play Opportunities for our younger generations and the management of the many trees within the parish.  They are also working with the Town Partnership towards Christmas Celebrations, so watch this space.

 Keep up to date with the Amenities Committee minutes

Jackie Preis Open Garden at Moorlands Avenue - By Janette Duke August 26, 2010

On Sunday 22 August I attended an Open Garden being held at the Moorlands Avenue home of Jackie Preis. I first became aware of Jackie when I met the Rectory Quilters through the Community Picnic.  Here they displayed a beautiful quilt, donated by a friend of Jackies, to be raffled in aid of The Christina Noble Foundation which Jackie has supported for a number of years.

The Foundation supports children who are socially and medically deprived and a lot of their work takes place in Vietnam and Mongolia.  As Jackie explained to me a lot of these children have been deprived from birth of even the most basic requirements such as vitamins which results in severe handicaps.  The foundation raises money to provide medical care and improved facilities for children who suffer deprivation and live in poverty.

Despite the weather being wet and windy Jackie threw open her home and made everyone very welcome.  There was a fabulous selection of homemade cakes and preserves and over £1,000 was raised for the foundation.  Jill O’Sullivan from the Rectory Quilters has very kindly agreed to tap this fountain of local cake making talent and support the coffee morning which I am holding in the weekly market in New Milton on Wednesday 22 September between 10am and 12 noon as part of the McMillan Cancer coffee morning event.

Town Mayor opens new Morrisons store in Station Road - By Janette Duke August 19, 2010

On Monday of last week (9th August) I had the very pleasant task of officiating at the opening of the new Morrisons store in New Milton. 

Once again the community of New Milton turned out to show their support for this very welcome addition to our High Street.  It was particularly pleasing that along with the Town Clerk, whom I had asked to escort me,  a number of our Town Councillors also turned out to support this opening and take the opportunity to meet with Morrisons representatives as well as members of the public.

I think that we were all impressed with the new store, it appeared user friendly and bright and welcoming.  Not only that but I understand that approximately 80% of those  now employed at the store had formerly been unemployed.  Not only good for them personally but also for us as a Town. 

After a tour round the store and some photographs a group of us were invited to enjoy coffee and pastries upstairs away from the crush of people eager to see what Morrisons had to offer.  I was presented with a beautiful bouquet of flowers and also a cheque for £250 towards the Mayor’s Community Fund – both of which were very much appreciated.

I visited the store on the Tuesday evening and spoke with the Assistant Manager, Russell, who said that the footfall on the first day had exceeded their expectations.  They had expected in the region of 1500 people and over 3000 had come through the door.  Takings had also been much better than hoped.

I am sure that we all wish Morrisons every success.  They have certainly had an extremely positive impact on the north end of the High Street.  Not only that but the reports from those living near the store have reported that they did everything they could to minimise disruption during the refurbishment process – well done them !

New Milton Round Table kidnaps Mayor - By Janette Duke August 12, 2010

On Saturday 24 July I was invited to attend the annual fete at the Rectory of St Mary Magdalene Church in the town.  It was a wonderful event with over 500 people attending and I understand from Rev. Andrew Bailey that over £3,000 was raised on the day.  It was another event which was extremely well supported by our community and, once again, the sun shone on the good !  ( Keep up the praying please Andrew you have a 100% strike rate at the moment !)
 
All was going well as I enjoyed a refreshing glass of Pimms and purchased some delicious home-made marmalade.  I had been asked to draw the raffle and had just got two tickets out (neither of them mine !) when a commotion heralded (literally) a marauding band of Knights of the Round Table pushing a bed.  I was then ‘kidnapped’ and paraded along the main road to the House Martin, much to the amusement of passing motorists where I was released.
 
I exacted prompt retribution by having Ian McMillan, the Chairman of New Milton Round Table, placed in the stocks and throwing wet sponges at him.  It must have improved my eye as I went from there to Walhampton Golf Club where I won the Anniversary Cup !
 
Why were a group of Knights pushing a bed you ask,  well it was all part of a fund-raising bed push and the lads had started on Lymington Quay that morning and come to New Milton via Pennington, Everton, Keyhaven, Milford on Sea and on to New Milton. 

What a great bunch of lads !
 
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Community Picnic – 27th June 2010 - By Janette Duke August 5, 2010

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I look back on the Community Picnic held on Sunday June 27th as a great success and a clear indication that there is a great will within our community to work together for the benefit of all.  The response from clubs and organisations was truly amazing with over 50 different groups taking part in the event.

My steering committee and I thought that we had all of the bases covered following 3 months of hard work organising the event.  We asked the Churches to organise the weather and the prayers of all of us were answered when we experienced the hottest day of the year to date.

The ‘rec’ was a hive of activity from before 9am when Charles Cole’s funfair rides arrived along with Tony’s Hog Roast and the Rodeo Bull Ride.  The chaps from New Milton Rugby Club ably assisted by the Lions, Rotary and Round Table members soon had the tents in place and ATech and Double D Builders supplied generators to ensure we had power where needed.  From then it was a steady stream of cars and people all bringing their own special displays and items of interest to share with the community.

Sadly, two members of the Steering Committee could not be present on the day.  Ros Bowles due to a broken leg sustained falling off a horse (I think that she was secretly getting some practice in for the Rodeo Bull !) and Valya Schooling who, due to a change in travel arrangements was out of the country.  Steve Clarke did a magnificent job directing everyone to their spot and producing order from apparent chaos.  My partner, Patrick, assisted him – who needs weightwatchers boys in that heat !  I am also very grateful to Steve Tuddenham for his invaluable assistance throughout the planning process and during the afternoon.

I still cannot believe that so many people managed to squeeze onto the ‘rec’ and out of the apparent chaos we ended up with a very colourful and vibrant display of what our community is all about.  Centre stage were the Hoburne Holidays team of childrens’ entertainers.  What a fabulous job they did entertaining the little ones, mind you, from what I saw there were a number of adults who were every bit as enthralled with the magic show as the children !

I am not sure what I did all day but I know that I was very busy doing it and was extremely tired for about a week afterwards.  I do know that I met some wonderful and inspiring people during the day and I owe a huge debt of gratitude to a lot of people for helping to make this event a success.  Hopefully this will lead to more Community Days in the future.

 

The one thing that we didn’t expect was that England would be playing football on the Sunday afternoon – the plan was that they would be playing on the Saturday evening.  If  Fabio had got the same level of commitment and dedication from his team as Team New Milton displayed they would have definitely won the World Cup.

All in all the day was a huge success and with the money taken on the day, of which the sale of plants donated by Double H Nurseries contributed a significant sum as did the raffle, and also the granting of funds by Cllrs Mel Kendal, Paul Woods,  Steve  Davies, Alan Rice and John Ward we have over £900 in the Mayor’s Community Fund.  I cannot say at this stage how the fund will be allocated but be assured that it will be used for the benefit of our community as a whole.  I am hoping to significantly add to it in February when we hold a Mayor’s Ball ………watch this space !

View the gallery of pictures

Armed Forces Day - By Janette Duke July 15, 2010

On the 26th June 2010 I attended the Armed Forces Day at the New Milton Memorial on the Recreation Ground. I was privileged to give a speech on the day as follows:

I am privileged to be here, on Armed Forces Day, to represent the people of  New Milton and I extend a very warm welcome to the representatives of Lymington RBL who have joined us.   Today we are gathered to show our Support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community.

That community is made up, not only of those currently serving and their families, but also of the Veterans who have given service in past conflicts, the Cadets who have yet to face conflict and those who give service alongside other careers.

No-one can fail to be moved when they hear of a young life being lost in the theatre of war, or when they hear a mother choking back tears as she speaks of a son or daughter who has been lost,  or to see the tears of a Veteran on Remembrance Sunday when they recall their own memories of conflicts past and colleagues lost.  What is truly humbling is their dignity and conviction that they, or their loved ones, were proud to be doing a job for the greater good of all of us.

The words of  the poet John Milton are so true – THOSE ALSO SERVE WHO ONLY STAND AND WAIT 

There is no doubt in my mind that our Armed Forces are the best in the world and they stand tall and proud on the world stage.

To you all ……….. the people of NEW MILTON and district SALUTE YOU.

GOD BLESS YOU ALL

Long Meadow – joint press statement & play report

A joint statement from New Forest District Council and New Milton Town Council is now available online along with a published play provision report.The report considers three existing open space sites in Barton on Sea, and concludes that, against National, Regional and District policies and guidelines, Long Meadow is the most appropriate site for making play provision for local children as a priority, and, in order to meet recognised national guidelines, further provision should also be considered in Barton on Sea. Read more and view report.

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