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Digital Distraction Programme

Programme of One Hour Online Events

The New Milton Covid Support group is a Mutual Aid Group.

An unfunded group run entirely by volunteers, supported by New Milton Town Council

Digital Distraction Calendar

2 pm
1st Dec
2nd Dec
Click on the appropriate link below to enrol for each session.


Our Digital Distractions programme of one-hour online events between now and 2nd December is growing.

With the colder weather and renewed restrictions keeping us indoors over the next month we are offering a programme of activities via zoom for our Neighbours in New Milton, Ashley, Bashley and Barton-on-Sea. A series of one-hour sessions over the whole of November some for fun, some for information but all with the intention of  keeping us connected and maintaining our wellbeing.

The New Milton Covid Support Group will host every meeting but we have invited special guests along to lead talks and activities to entertain and fill at least one hour of your day with a distraction from the limitations of lockdown.

Here is the programme so far:

Sunday at 4pm  – Afternoon Tea

Grab a cup of tea and a slice of cake and join our neighbour Helen on zoom with other neighbours from across New Milton, Ashley, Bashley and Barton-on-Sea. Come and tell us your top tips for staying positive during lockdown; share your favourite books, films, TV, radio or podcasts; or just come along for the company - we might even throw in the odd tea-time teaser.

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Sunday 8th November:  Request a Zoom link

Sunday 15th November: Request a Zoom link

Sunday 22nd November: Request a Zoom link

Sunday 29th November: Request a Zoom link

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Monday 23rd and 30th November from 2 pm to 3 pm  - we will be finding out more about the Wildlife on our Doorstep.

In the first of the two sessions, Bob Lord will tell us more about the wildlife in Ballard Water Meadows and the amazing work local people have been doing to conserve it. In session 2, Bob will invite us to a conversation about the biodiversity in New Milton, so come and share your own experiences of wildlife in New Milton.

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Monday 23rd November: Request a Zoom link

Monday 30th November: Request a Zoom link

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Tuesday  at 11am  - Tina’s Top Tips for the Garden

Our wonderful neighbour Tina will be bringing her own gardening wisdom and we want you to bring and share your own tips and thoughts for November in the garden too.

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Tuesday 10th November: Request a Zoom link

Tuesday 17th November: Request a Zoom link

Tuesday 24th November: Request a Zoom link

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Wednesday at 4pm   – Our Wednesday Tea-Time Talk

With local historian, Nick Saunders. Nick telling us about three different aspects of our local history.

1.    Beginning on Remembrance Day (11th November) “Who are we remembering?” will look at some of the names on New Milton’s War Memorial .

Every year we stand beside the war memorial and we say “We will remember them” but many of us do not know who the people are, where they lived, what they did and how they ended up on our war memorial. This talk will tell the story behind a few of those names.

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2.    On 18th November “A Good Man in Milton Parish”

The Reverend John Edward Kelsall was the Rector at New Milton from 1897 to 1924. He did so much for our town. He taught natural history at the local school and for adult classes in the Rectory. He wrote a book on birds in Hampshire. He taught French classes in the local school and in evening classes. He paid for trees to be planted along Barton Court Avenue and Barton Court Road. He befriended the Indian soldiers who were here in 1914 to 1916, arranging for gifts to be sent to them at their convalescent deport in Barton. He raised money to buy a field on Haywards farm which was converted into the Recreation Ground. He raised money to pay for the war memorial, unveiled in September 1920. He bequeathed his book collection to create New Milton’s first library. He set up the Milton Institute.

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3.    On 25th November “Indian Guests in Milton Parish”

This talk will tell the story of the Indian army in the New Forest from 1914 to 1916. It will explain why there was an Indian army convalescent depot in Barton on Sea and at Milford. It will also explain about the visit of the King to the Indian hospital in Brockenhurst in 1914. We will also look at how Miltonians reacted to the Indian guests. Why did they leave and what happened afterwards? We will also look at the lasting Indian memorials in our town.

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Thursday 19th from 2 pm to 3 pm  - Going Back to My Roots

Have you ever watched "Who Do You Think You Are" and thought you'd like to research your family tree but wouldn't know where to start? Have you ever wondered who your ancestors were and what they did? Then join Steve Clarke who will tell us stories from his own family tree and give us top tips on how we might get started on our own.

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Friday from 2 pm to 3 pm  - we have Wellbeing into the Weekend

With guests who will tell us about different ways to maintain our emotional wellbeing at this challenging time.

1.    Friday 13th November – Lesley Lyle will bring us ‘Laughing for the Health of It’ where she will talk about the power of laughter to promote physical, psychological and emotional wellbeing and encourage us to share our own stories of times that laughter has helped us at times of adversity. This is sure to be an uplifting hour to see us into the weekend.

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2.    Friday 20th November  – Nicki Benoit-Means will bring us ‘Hands on Health’ where she will tell us all we need to know about reflexology and the different contexts in which she has used it. We will be sure to head into the weekend feeling calm and relaxed as she shows us some simple reflexology techniques to restore our inner calm.

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3.    Friday 27th November - tbc

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We have more sessions in the pipeline and will update as they are confirmed.