Ringwood news

South coast residents named local heroes

Three south coast residents have been awarded ‘local heroes’ in the 2013 Churchill Awards founded by Churchill Retirement Living which recognises excellence amongst the over 65s.

The three winners of the Wave 105 local hero award as voted for by the radio station’s listeners were Ted Taylor, Gillian Watts and Ron Halls. They received their awards at a private lunch in London on Thursday March 20.

Ted Taylor, 76 was acknowledged for his achievements in supporting local people in the West Howe and Kinson area of Bournemouth. He is a familiar face locally and since the 1960’s has championed youth and community work as well as inspired others to pursue work voluntarily or professionally.

businesses in Ringwood

Connaught Windows enjoys promising start to business in 2014

Recent news reports have stated that Britain's manufacturers are experiencing a strong start to the year and are confident about the outlook, according to the latest findings from the manufacturers' organisation EEF and the accountancy firm BDO. In addition, measures of recruitment and investment intentions are at a higher level than in the final quarter of last year.

Having recently celebrated 20 years in the industry, Bournemouth-based window fabricator Connaught Windows is echoing the industry body’s positive findings and enjoying significant growth for the first quarter, giving this family business the confidence to fulfil its investment and recruitment plans.

Horses in New Forest

New Forest Ponies at Risk

05 March 2014

Rare Breed Classification of New Forest Pony

The New Forest pony has been classified as a rare breed following a decline in the number breeding mares. The Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) has been closely monitoring New Forest Pony numbers and has given the classification after a sharp drop in numbers. Ponies play an important role in the forest eco system and New Forest residents and visitors will be used to seeing the animals grazing.

floods in ringwood

What does the future hold for flood victims across the UK?

Flood issues have swept the nation for the last five months, plunging the country into chaos. As people fight to protect their assets and decontaminate their homes from dirty floodwaters, the nation has rallied together to raise funds.

Charities such as Flood Wings, The Red Cross and Easyfundraising.org.uk have raised thousands of pounds in funds that have been distributed throughout the UK to flood victims.

Some of the worst effected areas are Somerset and South West Dorset. Residents feel stranded as they continue to battle the floodwaters that do not appear to be reseeding. The majority of victims are only armed with sandbags and brooms that have been used to sweep surface water from homes.

New Forest events

New Forest Marathon Cancelled

05 March 2014

After 31 years, the 2014 New Forest Marathon has been cancelled due to a lack of competitors.

Organisers of the New Forest Marathon recently made an announcement that they have been forced to cancel this year’s event, originally due to be held in September 2014. Many businesses in New Milton are disappointed by the news, as the event brings a huge number of spectators to the area, impacting greatly on trade.

Bournemouth Festival



18th February 2014: It’s officially a first for the Bournemouth Air Festival, but the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows have confirmed today they will be displaying at all 4 days of the much anticipated summer event.

tour dates for Hampshire

Sandi Thom set to make live DVD concert

Sandi Thom set to make live DVD concert with special guests as part of April UK tour

"Authentic and Intimate" says The Independent

"Pure, Flowing Vocals" says The Guardian

says The Times

Scottish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Sandi Thom, widely recognised for her million selling debut 'Smile…It Confuses People' will make a Live Concert DVD at the newly refurbished Historic Tivoli Theatre in Aberdeen during her UK tour in April. Hot off the heels of the release of her 5th album, the Classic Rock covers album, simply entitled ‘The Covers Collection', the DVD will be released in Autumn 2014.

new forest history

A History of The New Forest…

The New Forest is a vast area of woodland, heathland, pastureland and a collection of ancient villages. Covering south-west Hampshire into south-east Wiltshire and towards east Dorset, the New Forest has been shaped by its complex landscape and unique traditions. 

The New Forest is a former royal venison hunting ground, which was created in 1079 by William the Conqueror, a French King who invaded our shores and defeated King Harold at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. William the Conqueror was the first Norman King of England, and his reign spanned from 1066 until his death in 1087. William created the New Forest so that he would have a vast area for hunting. However, he also used it as a financial resource and applied strict laws throughout the region. If these laws were broken then they culprit (usually a poor ‘commoner)’ would be heavily fined.

One aspect of the Forest that William had no control over was the Commoner’s right to use the land. Long before the Forest belonged to William the Conqueror a law was passed called the ‘Rights of Common.’ This law decried that residents could graze animals, cut firewood, cut peat for fuel and dig clay in order to support their families, and all without fear of penalty. It is a law that still exists to this day in parts of the Forest.

lee mack at the BIC

LEE MACK is coming to the BIC in 2014!

24 & 25 September 2014

BH Live welcomes Lee Mack to the Bournemouth International Centre when he takes his new tour on the road in 2014!

Autism Wessex Charity Handbag Auction

Successful Charity Handbag Auction to Return to Bournemouth

Returning for its fourth consecutive year, Autism Wessex’ Helping Handbag Charity Auction will take place at 1812 Lounge Bar in Bournemouth on 17th October 2013. Over the past three years the event has raised approximately £15,000 for the charity with every effort being made to ensure this is its biggest and best year yet with this year’s event coinciding with the charity’s 45th anniversary year!

Paul Reade, Community and Events Fundraiser comments; “We are delighted to be hosting this special, glamorous occasion once again this year and have the support of a number of ‘must-have’ brands, including Mulberry, who have donated the ever popular ‘Oversized Alexa Bag’ (worth £995.00). We will have live music as well as pre-auction entertainment and stalls. The live auction will again be the highlight of the evening with an entertaining auctioneer adding value to this prestigious event. Many brand new designer and pre-loved bags will be up for grabs. We are encouraging the local community to get behind the event again this year and kindly donate their gently used or pre-loved bags to the charity to be sold at the event. Brand new shoes will also be available to buy this year. We are really looking forward to another glamorous occasion and invite the local community to book their tickets and come and join us.”

The Toughest Event on the Planet

The Toughest Event on the Planet

- Designed by the Special Forces

A staggering £8,000.00 was raised for several local charities by New Milton motivational fitness company, Exerformance on 9th June, for organising a team to run “The Toughest Event on the Planet”.

Tough Mudder was an endurance event held in Winchester to challenge both the body & the mind. The event organisers had also raised £176,000 for Help for Heroes by the beginning of the second day of the event.

This was not a race to the finish line but a show of camaraderie, strength and determination. A team was selected including Jez Crisp of Sunseeker (Poole), Alex Green of Bournemouth Medicine, Rob Mangles, Manager of New Milton Leisure Centre and local Letting Agent Sue Green of Lymington (to name but
a few).


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