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Friends of St Thomas Church Christmas Tree Festival

Christmas Tree Festival 2018

Mayor Anne Corbridge was joined by representatives of her chosen charity, the MS Society, to adorn one of this year's Christmas trees at St Thomas.  Beautiful decorations donated and made by the MS Society in their charity's colours embelish the tree which is on display with many others from 07-11 December 2018.

Christmas In Lymington

An evening of singing, beautiful lights and Christmas cheer was enjoyed by many on Friday 23 November 2018.

Photographer: William Bonett

Christmas 2018 - Choir & Lights  

Refurbished Play Area in Pennington

Lymington & Pennington Town Council is pleased to announce that the existing playground at Deneside Copse has been refurbished with an array of all new, bright and challenging pieces of equipment.

The play pieces were chosen by local children via a consultation in March with nearby schools, preschools and an online poll.  The top 3 pieces of equipment requested were the two multi-play units and a bird's nest swing.  These were included in the chosen scheme along with a crusader rope swing, a donkey springer, a cradle + flat swing and a parent + baby swing. There are a total of eight new pieces of play equipment, with two new safety gates. The scheme came in under budget with an investment of £45,000 from the Town Council.

Councillor Peter Allen, Chairperson of the Amenities Committee, said "This is the third and last play park to be upgraded by the Town Council in the last 3 years and I hope it brings many hours of fun for the families in the area".

An official opening by the Town Mayor took place on 12 October 2018 with children from Pennington Infant School and Pennington Junior School who all received goodie bags from the playground company Wicksteed.

Deneside play area 2018

Photo courtesy of Lymington Times

South & South East In Bloom - 2018 Awards

Lymington and Pennington did 'blooming' well again this summer by achieving the following coveted awards:

Pennington Common - Silver Gilt

Lymington Town - Silver Gilt

Woodside Park - Silver Gilt

St Thomas Churchyard - Silver Gilt

Bloom 2018

This is all thanks to the hard work of the Town Council's landscaping team and to our community for its pride in the upkeep of Lymington and Pennington.

Special thanks goes to Lymington Infant School, the Friends of St Thomas Church and The White Hart public house for their entries and for showing the judges their beautiful areas.

Lymington Italia Festival 2018

What a success this year's event was! The weather was superb as were the array of Ferraris and all those that visited seemed to have had a fantastic day.

Italia 2018 - High Street - cars arriving  Italia 2018 - High Street - high view

photographer: William Bonett

All money raised from the raffle will be donated to the MS Society which is the this year's Mayor's chosen charity. Thank you to all the local businesses that donated fabulous prizes.

2018 Italia Festival cheque

photographer: William Bonett


Regretfully, once again, Woodside Pavilion has been the target of vandalism on Saturday 16th June 2018.

From CCTV images we have been able to ascertain that a large group of youths, both male and female, between the ages of 16 - 18 years old, were around the pavilion area causing damage between the hours of 19.40 - 20.50.   The police have been informed and, when requested, CCTV images will be forwarded to them.

The damage incurred to the pavilion, which was refurbished completely in 2016, included damage to roof tiles, the window roller shutters, removal and destruction of a large wooden picnic table, as well trespass to the rear compound where metal chairs were taken and thrown across the park.

Councillor Anne Corbridge, the Town Mayor, stated "This vandalism is costing local tax payers considerable sums in repairs and replacements and must be stopped. Someone must know who the youths were and I urge anyone who knows who might be responsible for this to come forward and contact the police".

Woodside has suffered from other recent vandalism with the defibrillator being damaged in February this year and the roof of a treehouse climbing frame in the play park being destroyed in August last year, all a cost to the public purse, and in this incident, the Lymington Sports Association, the charity that runs the pavilion, as well as soul-destroying for the volunteers of the charity.

Anyone who has any information regarding this incident please contact the police quoting crime number 4418-0227231.


The Town Council welcomes its new Town Mayor and Deputy Town Mayor. 

2018 - Mayor  2018 Deputy Mayor

Cllr Anne Corbridge and Cllr Andrew Sutherland were elected into their new roles at the Town Council's AGM, held on 09 May 2018.


A defibrillator located at Woodside Pavilion was vandalised on Friday 9th February 2018 at 23:23hrs. The defibrillator cabinet was smashed and the defibrillator thrown to the ground.

Numerous local residents speaking on social media have expressed disgust at the individuals involved in damaging the life-saving device.

The L.S.A., who run the Woodside Pavilion, reported the crime and passed CCTV footage to the police.

Members of public are vulnerable without the use of the defibrillator.  The Town Council is endeavouring to replace the cabinet and ensure the defibrillator is back in use as soon as possible.  Mayor Dunning has stated "I was very disappointed to see the damage sustained to a vital piece of equipment, it was mindless action with no regard for the consequences. We will look to how we can improve the CCTV images taken to better identify these criminals".

The cost to the public is not only the period of loss of the defibrillator but also the cost of replacement, installation and staff time. This, along with other recent acts of vandalisation, will increase the insurance premiums and, once again, cost local tax payers.

Anyone who has any information regarding this incident is to please contact the Police.