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Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Lymington Rowers get on their bikes to raise money for
Club House

Lymington rowers ditched their oars and picked up their bikes to cycle the length of the UK raising money for a new clubhouse.

The eight-man team from the towns rowing club travelled 960 miles from John O'Groats to Lands End in 12 days and collected £1,500 with more coming in.

They lost Marc Tremain on the way who ended up in hospital on the West coast of Scotland after his wheel collapsed. They also survived a series of drenchings, with only two dry days on the road.

The fundraising continues as the growing membership means the current base in Nelson Place is too small. It is a 1940s temporary building and the club fears it may not last much longer.

If you would like to support the building fund, please go to our Just Giving page

You can also see some photos on our facebook page

What is the New Forest?

Author: Pete Carpenter
Website: New Forest National Park

Understanding what the New Forest is, how it came to be and why the now National Park is such an important part of southern England's heritage will help you get more out of your visit to the area, and hopefully give you a healthier respect and admiration for this part of Hampshire.

Essentially, the New Forest is an area on the very south-central coast of England, covering approximately 150 square miles.

The 1964 New Forest Act defined the perambulation of the Forest, a term used to describe the official area boundary and land enclosed within. The picture below shows the New Forest perambulation (green), compared to today's National Park (red):

But the New Forest as we know it today exists solely because it was designated a royal hunting ground by King William I in the year 1079AD, as were certain other areas within the British Isles.

However, the word 'forest' in this context doesn't follow the usual meaning of the word. Instead, it was the term used to describe an area of land purchased under law ('afforested') for use by the Crown, in this case King William I.

When the New Forest was created in 1079, it immediately fell under very strict Norman Forest Laws, put into place to protect the natural wildlife of the area - not just the animals (notably deer and wild boar) but also the vegetation that they fed upon. These laws ensured a plentiful supply of fresh meat to the Crown, as well as offering good sporting opportunities within the designated area for the King and his noblemen to partake.

The unjustly harsh laws were aimed at the local peasants of the New Forest, or 'commoners', and they prohibited anyone from interfering in any way with the natural lives of wild animals and their feeding habits. Specifically, commoners were not allowed to fence their properties to keep their own animals (ponies, cattle and pigs) from wandering off, because fences could impede the free running deer and boar.

In return for abiding by these laws the commoners were permitted certain rights, including the right to graze their animals on the Open Forest.

This particular law and the associated grazing rights had a huge influence over shaping the New Forest, and these basic rights still exist today, albeit in a somewhat more civilised form! read more....

Monday, 23 August 2010

Welcome to the New Forest

The Forest and Waterside Blog was established in August 2010 and has been created to tell the world about what is happening within an area of the New Forest from Bournemouth to Southampton West and north to Romsey. It's local and will bring you regular news about people, events, attractions, leisure, accommodation, business etc. That said, I hope you find it interesting and informative.

Have you got a good story to tell?
Our eye's and ears cannot be everywhere at once, so we do need you to tell us what's going on in the area. Are you holding a charitable event? Just Married? New Baby? Celebrating a special Anniversary? Special Birthday? Historical facts? The list is endless! So please, send us your photos and text for publication in this Blog. Thank you in anticipation for your support.

Supporting Local Business since August 2010 - Grow with us
The Forest & Waterside Blog is no different to any other publication in so much as it needs financial support in the form of local business advertising. We are fully committed to the future success of the Forest & Waterside Blog and with our extensive on-line marketing experience we can offer an Advertising Package that will increase your brand awareness, get your message out our New Forest on-line community which should without doubt increase Leads and Sales. View the Advertising Package below and don't forget to view our Blog Stats at the bottom of the page.

I am a staunch believer in promoting Local Businesses so this Package is only available for New Forest Businesses/Organisations etc. The Package consists of the following:

Full page Blog Post about your business, products and services. It can include up to 3 photos, 1 video and of cause Text. This page post will be included in an auto scheduled promotion loop to appear on my New Forest Twitter account @forestwaterside with over 7,000+ Followers. This ensures your page will be viewed numerous times during any one month. Up-dates to text, photos etc are free, so if you have regular changing events, change in prices of products etc. they will be done for you. I do have to put a slight restriction on this to 2 amendments per month. As you would probably appreciate the price of this package cannot accommodate say, daily up-dates. In saying that, I am open to further negotiation on bespoke requirements.

I will include a Listing of your Company/Organisation with appropriate Sub Heading of your choice on my Local Business Listing page at This page is tweeted at least once every week to my 7,000+ Twitter followers at @forestwaterside.

Do you own a Blog which you post information to on a regular basis? If so, I will include the Blog RSS Feed into my auto program and every time you create and publish a post on your Blog, it will automatically be tweeted to my 7,000+ Twitter Followers at @forestwaterside.

Do you have a Twitter, Facebook or maybe other Social Media Profile? I will once a week Tweet them to my 7,000+ Twitter Followers at @forestwaterside. This will obviously increase awareness and help you to gain more targeted Followers/Friends on your own Profiles.

I have put a price of £100 per month for this Advertising Package whether you take full or part thereof. Payment due on the last day of each month in advance of following monthly Advertising Campaign. There is no contract so you are not locked in for a set period of time. Purely on a month by month basis. Not VAT registered.

If you have any questions about this Advertising Package, then please email me at Further correspondence after initial email response can be made by phone or even call in person to your establishment if so desired.

Best regards,
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