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Doe Copse Way Play Park officially opened

After public consultation last summer, the new accessible themed play park off Stem Lane has now been officially opened, on Saturday 9th March 2019 in a ceremony starting at 12 noon, with wholesome fruit supplied by Tesco and a goody bag from HAGS for the children.

The Mayor of New Milton, Cllr David Rice-Mundy duly performed the opening ceremony by cutting a ribbon to the much-improved children’s play area off Doe Copse Way on a very pleasant day weather-wise, with bright sunshine heralding the official opening. Mayor said: “We’re very proud of our latest Play Park and look forward to seeing children spending many happy hours having fun and enjoying outdoor exercise here, a nice change for many.”

Cllr Geoff Blunden, Chairman of the Council’s Amenities Committee emphasised that The budget for the new play park was £93k and I am delighted to report that the project was funded entirely by Developers’ Contributions from Section 106 monies, not by the local ratepayer; hence our precept is unaffected, which is very good news for our local residents.”

The new play area seeks to meet a recognised shortfall in play provision for a wider age and abilities range in New Milton, by providing an enlarged play space with a range of equipment suitable for children up to about 10, that is also accessible to disabled children & their ‘carers’ in accordance with current planning policy. The scheme seeks to not only replace an existing provision that was small in scale and limited to cater for children up to 5-years only, but to address the recognised shortfall in provision for children of up to about 10 in accordance with Local Plan policy, and national guidance.

The guidance suggested this location should provide for a LEAP, a Locally Equipped Area for Play aimed at children who can go out to play independently with a 5-minute walk from home. The existing open space at Doe Copse Way has added benefit of meeting accessibility criteria: most children can access the site without crossing highly trafficked roads, for example, utilising the extensive network of footpath and cycling routes.  In addition, there is a good level of oversight by neighbouring housing, which has shown to be helpful in negating potential anti-social behaviour and providing confidence in both children and adults of its safety. The much-enhanced play space also complies with the benchmark for buffers between habitable rooms and active spaces for play.

There is compelling research and a good body of evidence to suggest children who have positive opportunities to engage in play in a natural environment have the ability to increase their attention span, reduce depression and lower the symptoms of attention deficit disorders, alongside other accepted benefits of outdoor physical exercise. However, human instinct and our natural response to our environment simply reinforces that we enjoy being in green spaces, we feel relaxed and enriched by them. Why else are we drawn to public parks, the countryside and our memories of playing in the woods as children?

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Community Comes together for Civic Service

New Milton Baptist Church was the venue for New Milton’s Annual Civic Service on Sunday 10 March, with over 150 members of the community joining together giving thanks to the many selfless volunteers in our community, civil servants and all those committed to public duty.  The service was conducted by Reverend James Gilbert and he welcomed the Town Mayor of New Milton, Cllr David Rice-Mundy and the Mayoress Mrs Susie Rice-Mundy, as well as the civic party of local councillors and dignitaries, being greeted by the New Milton Army Cadets smartly forming a guard of honour with standard bearers at the entrance to the church.

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Pictured – Cllr David Rice-Mundy and Mrs Susie Rice-Mundy, with Cllrs Sue and Robin Cook from Wimborne Town Council, and Christchurch Mayor, Cllr Mrs Lesley Dedman.

Amongst the congregation were former New Milton Citizens of the Year, New Milton Police PCSO’s, representatives from the Mayor’s nominated charities Scarf New Forest and New Forest Young Carers, New Milton Sands WI and students from Arnewood School.

The Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy were represented by their choir, with 20 students giving their first public performance, and were given a resounding applause for their magnificent performance.

New Milton Sands WI provided refreshments in the church hall after the service.  Jackie Alvey, their Chairperson, provided a reading at the Service, a beautiful poem entitled Spring-time.

As well as the Mayor, Cllr Keith Craze of New Milton Town Council and Cllr Barry Rickman, Leader of New Forest District Council gave bible readings.   A musical interlude was provided by Maria Rice-Mundy and the Reverend Andrew Bailey from St Mary Magdalene Parish Church, and Reverend Martin Keenan from BOS Methodist Church also contributed presenting their messages of belief to the gathered congregation.

The retiring collection yielded £286, a generous sum that the Mayor will be pleased to share equally between his chosen charities.

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The New Milton Stroke Group urgently needs Volunteers

The group meet every Thursday (except August) at the Nedderman Centre in New Milton, providing about 15 stroke members with coffee, a light lunch and an afternoon cup of tea. All purely social in nature to encourage communication and revive self-confidence, with a first-aider always in attendance, usually with a speaker and entertainment and an outing every six weeks or so.

You will understand that helpers need to be a little more attentive than just serve refreshments, appreciating and allowing for members’ physical and sometimes speech difficulties.

Affiliated to the national Stroke Association, we are a small local group with just about as many members as we can comfortably cope with. After some 27 years of providing a vital service to this area it would be very sad to see it close due to lack of help. Please contact our Coordinator, Anna Green, since she organises our meetings and knows exactly what is needed in the way of help. She is on 01425 614193, annaobanana@hotmail.co.uk

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The 2019 Wasted Film Competition

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What you need to know about the Local Elections on 2nd May

On 2 May 2019 there are local elections where you can vote for candidates to represent you at New Forest District Council, and at your Town and Parish Council.

Friday 12 April is the last date for applying to be included in the register of electors (if not already included) to enable you to vote at the elections on 2 May.

Monday 15 April by 5.00pm is the last date for the receipt of applications to vote by post at the elections, and Wednesday 24 April 2019 by 5.00pm, is the last date for the receipt of applications to vote by proxy.

Information on how to register, and how to vote by post or proxy is available at http://www.newforest.gov.uk/electoralservices

* Please note that only when there are more nominations than there are vacancies, will an election be held. The full list of candidates and elections will be available on our website after nominations close on 22 March. 

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New Milton Stroke Group urgently needs new Volunteers

New Milton Stroke Group desperately needs volunteers

The group meet every Thursday (except August) at the Nedderman Centre in New Milton, providing about 15 stroke members with coffee, a light lunch and an afternoon cup of tea. All purely social in nature to encourage communication and revive self-confidence, with a first-aider always in attendance, usually with a speaker and entertainment and an outing every six weeks or so.

You will understand that helpers need to be a little more attentive than just serve refreshments, appreciating and allowing for members’ physical and sometimes speech difficulties.

Affiliated to the national Stroke Association, we are a small local group with just about as many members as we can comfortably cope with. After some 27 years of providing a vital service to this area it would be very sad to see it close due to lack of help. Please contact our Coordinator, Anna Green, since she organises our meetings and knows exactly what is needed in the way of help. She is on 01425 614193, annaobanana@hotmail.co.uk

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The Bee's Nest

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New Forest Bike Project CIC

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