New Milton Town Council

Flooding Incidents May 23, 2016

In the wake of recent localised flooding, New Milton Town Council would like to remind local residents of the need to contact the Environment Agency in respect of local flooding issues. The Environment Agency recently attended and dealt with some local flooding issues following flash floods in and around the Becton Bunny area.

With all flood-related incidents, local residents are advised to contact the Environment Agency Incident Hotline 0800 807060.

Reference is also made to flooding on the New Forest District Council website, as follows:

Flooding is a natural occurrence and no drainage system or flood protection measure can give absolute protection against all flooding events. Flooding can occur anywhere because the drainage system, whether by open watercourse or pipes, can be overwhelmed by the volume of water it is expected to carry.   There is no statutory requirement for a local authority to prevent property from flooding.   The primary responsibility rests with the property owner.   The Council encourages homeowners, local communities and businesses to prepare their own flood action plans prior to flooding occurring.

The Council does not provide sandbags for general issue to householders or businesses.   It will maintain a limited stock of sandbags to meet its own needs in responding to a flood emergency and to help householders and businesses to respond to a one-off, unexpected and exceptional emergency situation.   In such an event sandbags will be deployed to protect (in order of priority) life, critical infrastructure and buildings. Sandbags will not be used to protect gardens, outbuildings or other non-residential structures.   The Council recognises that the impact of flooding on the community can be significant and works closely with the Lead Local Flood Authority, the Environment Agency and the emergency services to plan for and respond to emergency flooding events and to assist the community to recover from such events.

An Afternoon of Music May 9, 2016

New Milton Town Council are hosting an afternoon of music with the Chicago Jazz Aces on Sunday 22 May 2016 to be held at the Performance Pavilion on the Recreation Ground, New Milton.

All are welcome to attend from 2 pm – no charge for this event!

Chicago Jazz Aces 22 May 2016


Exciting Job Opportunity April 27, 2016

New Milton Town Council is looking to further improve the town’s presence by appointing a


£32,000 pa (pro rata) plus benefits: 30 hours per week


New Milton is a town of some 26,000 inhabitants with its own unique character and identity.


To continue to raise the profile of the town the Town Development Manager will deliver a high quality environment meeting the needs of local businesses, residents and visitors alike.


This position is to act as the springboard building upon the existing business initiatives to ultimately deliver a comprehensive, all-encompassing socio-economic strategy that will meet and surpass the envisaged future profile needs for the Town.

Key deliverables include leading the revitalisation of the Town Centre, of the weekly Street Market, and working with potential new and existing businesses to leverage new employment opportunities.

Establishing strong business relationships with all local and county organisations you will oversee Business Improvement District (BID) proposals to seek and obtain funding and support for initiatives and projects for the Town. Focus will be on delivering pro-active benefits from the improved provision of retail, community, leisure services and re-generation projects.


Ideally you will have a proven track record in the development and delivery of marketing, promotion and public relations initiatives perhaps gained in the retail sector. You will possess outstanding verbal/written presentation skills, an ability to work in a team and be an effective business relationship-builder.


Please forward your CV together with a covering letter including your current salary and availability details to:

Graham Flexman, Town Clerk, New Milton Town Council, The Town Hall, 2 Ashley Road, New Milton, BH5 6AS

Job Description Town Development Manager

Citizen of the Year Award April 18, 2016

The New Milton Citizen of the Year Award was presented to Mary Rice-Mundy at the Annual Towns Meeting held at New Milton Town Hall on Monday 11 April 2016.   The Town Mayor, Cllr David Hawkins was delighted to present the award to Mary, who acknowledged the amazing team of volunteers and drivers who support her with the running of the monthly Darby & Joan Club.

Mary Rice-Mundy was involved with the WRVS from 1979 and out of that the Darby and Joan Club was formed in New Milton.  They originally met at St Mary Magdalene Church hall and now presently at the Baptist Church Hall in Old Milton Road.

Numbers of members attending range between 30-40, with the oldest member being 103 years old. The club meets monthly with Mary arranging transport to collect members by car or minibus.  For the vast majority of the participants this is their only outing.  Mary co-ordinates 8 drivers and 6 helpers for the club.

Mary arranges the meetings for members to include refreshments, games, bring and buy stall as well as outings.  Mary manages the income and expenditure as the club is not registered as a charity.  Mary arranges birthday parties and treats for them.  Members donate 50p per meeting with 50p for refreshments.

Over the years Mary has raised funds for the Darby and Joan club holding garden parties in her own garden.

Out of WRVS came Meals on Wheels – and was a voluntary service at the time.  Mary organised everything – 250 meals were delivered weekly (1000 meals a month) and she arranged volunteers and completed the administration.   Mary had to make sure that clients received the correct meals including those with special dietary needs.

As well as this charitable work, Mary has also befriended a lady and does her shopping for her (as well as for other ladies who need assistance) and invites her round for Christmas meals because the lady doesn’t have family.

Mary offers a not for profit bed and breakfast for the homeless and those in crisis working closely with the CAB.  Mary has been known to make beds up and preparations late at night.  She also prepares a Christmas meal for residents.

Mary Rice-Mundy is truly selfless and modest, giving her time and own money for the benefit of those in need.

mary rice-mundy


New Milton Dementia Action Group April 12, 2016


New Milton Dementia Action Group held its first meeting on Wednesday 6 April at the Town Hall and covered a lot of ground.   Plans and priorities were discussed and expect to see the group in action over the next few weeks.  If you see them on the market, or at a community event, do stop and say hello.

nm dag logo

We want New Milton to be the most Dementia Friendly town in the area, and that will need your support.  If you run a business, you may want to consider participating in a Dementia Friendly Information Session – these sessions are free of charge.   Forthcoming sessions are being held on :

Wednesday 20 April 6 – 7 pm

Friday 22 April 11.30 am – 12.30 pm

Thursday 5 May 6 – 7 pm

Friday 6 May 11.30 am – 12.30 pm

Dementia Awareness booking form

dementia intro and invite letter

If you could offer help, whatever your skills and abilities, please contact New Milton Town Council on 01425 619120 or you could leave a message on the New Milton Dementia Action Group Facebook page.

New Milton Dementia Action Group consists entirely of volunteers.  Please help by becoming a Dementia Friend or by joining the Action Group.

Thank you.

English Coast Path

Natural England will be presenting progress of the England Coast Path – Highcliffe to Calshot stretch on Thursday 21 April 2016.  The drop-in session starts at 5 pm through to 6.30 pm in New Milton Town Hall.

 Natural England Coast Path

Annual Towns Meeting April 5, 2016

The Annual Towns Meeting will be held on Monday 11 April 2016 starting at 6.30 pm in the Town Hall.   The Citizen of the Year Award will be presented to a truly well deserving and inspiring New Milton individual.  As well as cheque presentations to Grant Aid recipients, there will be a summary of Annual Reports and Mike Jukes from Bransgore Community Responders is our Guest Speaker.

The Mayor, Cllr David Hawkins, and fellow councillors look forward to welcoming all residents who wish to attend.


Annual Towns Meeting 11 April 2016

Car Boot Sales 2016 March 23, 2016

We are pleased to confirm the car boot sales for this year at Fawcetts Field, starting Sunday 3 April through to Sunday 2 October 2016.  These car boots are organised by local charities and groups and you may contact them directly for further information.

Car Boot Sales 2016 Dates

Important information to read for all organisation and charities booking car boot sales at Fawcetts Field Car Boot Sales – Conditions of Use 2016.

Easter – recycling, rubbish and glass collections March 22, 2016

New Forest District Council will be operating normal collections over the Easter Bank Holiday period.  Please put your sacks and glass collection box out as normal.

Remember to put the cardboard packaging from your Easter eggs in your clear recycling sack.  The remaining plastic and foil should be put in the black sack.


Easter collections 2016 posters

New Milton Street Market March 18, 2016


New Milton Town Council are delighted to announce a free introductory offer on 23rd March and 30th March 2016 to new market traders wishing to try out the New Milton Street Market.

Come and sell your wares to the New Milton community and let’s celebrate  loving your local market.

Phone 01425 619120 or just turn up at 7am on the day.

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