Published: Saturday, 08 November 2014 11:11
News from New Forest National Parks Authority.
Charities and local groups looking to recruit volunteers are invited to register their interest for the New Forest Volunteer Fair 2015.
The annual event at Lyndhurst Community Centre attracts hundreds of people from across Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire, looking to try new skills and enjoy new experiences.
The fair will take place on 31 January next year, when around 30 organisations from in and around the New Forest will attract volunteers for wildlife projects, archaeological surveys and outdoor activities.
One organisation which has benefited recently is Sir Harold Hillier Gardens near Romsey, which has attracted the skills of photographer Matt Pringle to improve their portfolio of images for their websites and magazines.
Mr Pringle has also benefited from the experience, helping him to recover from mental and physical health problems after being assaulted at work as a police officer.
He said: ‘Volunteering at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens gives me the opportunity to give something back. It’s helped me gain a sense of achievement, reach attainable goals and I’ve enjoyed meeting new people. The positive nature of the experience has been a real benefit for my mental health too.’
Janet Pratley, Volunteer Co-ordinator at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, said: ‘Matt’s photos have been of the highest quality and he has been a fantastic addition to our team of volunteers. They make such a difference to the gardens, whether it’s by planting and digging, helping customers or other skilled services such as photography. The New Forest Volunteer Fair has been a great place for us to find such wonderful people.’
Published: Tuesday, 04 November 2014 12:38
Small Business Saturday UK is a national initiative to encourage people to use and support local independent shops and businesses in their own communities. The event, which is now in its second year, takes place on the first shopping Saturday each December, although the campaign aims to have a long-lasting impact on small business awareness all year round. In 2014 the event will take place on Saturday 6 December.
Last year New Forest District supported the first Small Business Saturday in the UK by providing free parking in the District’s town and village car parks. This year, the Council has agreed to repeat the initiative and therefore car parking charges will again be suspended on Saturday 6 December in NFDC car parks. Please note that these arrangements are in addition to the suspension of NFDC car parking charges to assist locally arranged events on other days leading up to Christmas.
Small Business Saturday will also be used to celebrate Lymington’s award as 2015 Brand New Forest Town of the Year and to launch the 2015 Brand New Forest Card. We will therefore be encouraging all Brand New Forest cardholders to visit local towns & villages to take advantage of the spending power of their card in the run up to Christmas.
Many towns will be holding special events across the UK to celebrate small business and it is hoped that you will alll take advantage of the free parking to encourage local spending on that day in your town and village and help spread the word far and wide.
For more information on the Small Business Saturday UK campaign please visit:
Published: Saturday, 01 November 2014 07:45
Published: Sunday, 19 October 2014 12:00
Beaulieu Victorian Christmas Evening
Saturday 29th November 2014 From 5.00pm until 8.00pm
Join in the Fun as Beaulieu High Street steps back in time
Follow the Father Christmas Procession at 6pm
SANTA’S GROTTO –– PUNCH & JUDY –– STREET THEATRE
FOOD & STALLS –– SHOPS OPEN
VICTORIAN SOUP KITCHEN
VICTORIAN CAKE COMPETITION
A park & ride service will operate from the visitor car parks of the National Motor Museum. Parking is free. Those wishing to walk can do so, from 5pm, through the museum grounds; just follow the signs on the night.
High Street closed to traffic ..... Strictly no parking in Church Meadow
Supporting local charities