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Another local business starts up

No longer working for British Gas, Colin Hatch has set up his own business for domestic gas work and general plumbing.  Click here to find out more.

Downton poet to be published 


A book of poems has just been published - inspired by Amanda Ross-Ethereidge's relationship with her mother, and the devastating effects of Alzheimers.  Read more.


Emma Ferguson, who lives in Downton, is an ex-professional dancer.  She founded New Forest Pilates 15 years ago, and has gradually grown the business over the years seeing the opening of her own studio in 2016. 

Lockdown forced many people to re-think their business model in order to survive, and, whilst online classes will never wholly replace face to face classes, the convenience of online has been a big hit with her clients, with many of them requesting to keep this service available. To meet the demand, Emma has developed her own website, which offers a large online library of pre-recorded Pilates classes that people can access at any time.  It is certainly proving to be a popular choice for people who are unable to attend a regular weekly class. Emma wanted to make sure it was affordable for all and suitable for all ages and abilities so from beginner to expert - so if you look, there will be something for you. 

Emma is also keen to offer this online service to companies who are looking to offer their employees a wellbeing package.  Some of the videos directly address the issue of musculoskeletal problems, caused by sitting at a desk for too long with poor posture. Emma encourages a moderate, well rounded approach to health and fitness stressing that sustainable lifestyle choices are the best way forward. Embarking on an unrealistic diet and exercise programme is likely to fail causing a feeling of disappointment. She advocates “Keep it simple and you will soon feel in control and boost your sense of wellbeing.”  More information can be found on her website:

New Forest Pilates

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