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Lover Garage Sale – It’s Back! July 3rd 2021 from 8.30am-12.00pm
A Lover Village tradition, the Garage Sale has proved a great event over the last few years and we’ve had a great response for doing it again this year. We are very mindful of the different considerations this year due to Covid, and are prepared to cancel should government guidelines dictate. Just to remind you, or if you are new to the village, it’s a great opportunity to raise a bit of cash by selling on ‘stuff’ you no longer need or want.  Pass on all that ‘Lockdown Treasure’ you have accumulated.  Or it can be a fun way to do some charity fundraising – basically, whatever you want it to be.  You need to go no further than your own driveway/garage but if you would prefer to be in the centre of the village, part of the Green will be available for a stall, or the Old School entrance way on School Road. All we ask for is a small contribution to cover advertising costs with any surplus going to the running costs of Lover Green.  Our suggested amount this year is £6.00.  If you would like to take part please can you let us know as soon as possible.  We will need your name, contact number & email ( if available ), together with your house name or chosen location.

Dave & Alison Charles
01725 510720 or 0775745096; Email:
Post: Box by front gate @ Walford Cottage, School Rd, Lover

Downton 4 Family : Chocolate in Lockdown
We launched an online shop at the start of February to raise funds for our local charity, Downton 4 Family, which helps support families in Downton and surrounding areas.  

The shop has increased its range from chocolate from New Forest Chocolates to include candles and ‘Bath and Body’ goodies from another small independent producer New Forest Aromatics.  Hopefully these items will bring a little joy in Lockdown and help with Mother’s Day and Easter presents. Please follow the link: Downton 4 Family Shop. Thank you for any support and take care,

Julie Kaye, The Downton 4 Family Team

07709 552964

Improve Your Cyber Security
Due to coronavirus, more people will be doing their festive shopping online this year. This means more opportunities for hackers to carry out cyber attacks. They often do this by targeting people and businesses using:

* email and website scams
* malware – software that can damage your device or let a hacker in
* If hackers get into your device or accounts, they could access your money, your personal information, or information about your business.

You can improve your cyber security by taking six actions: MORE