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Saturday, 8 April 2017

Councillor Alan Rice Serves for 44 Years

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Since April 1973 Councillor Alan Rice TD has been representing our village as Conservative Member for Milford and Hordle at Hampshire County Council.

Over the past 44 years Alan has been a stalwart, particularly on behalf of Milford on Sea and its organisations, and he is now standing down from his council duties.

Having been involved in local government for so many years is a significant achievement. He has been a member of Hampshire County Council, New Forest District Council, and for a shorter period of just 19 years a member of New Milton Town Council. 

During this service Alan has been Chairman of HCC, Chairman of NFDC, and Chairman of NMTC. He also held the informal but venerable position of 'Father of the House' at HCC because of his long service.

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Alan was NFDC’s longest serving member, having been first elected to New Forest Rural District Council in May 1973, shortly before it became New Forest District Council on 1 April 1974. 

In April 2014 Alan Rice was bestowed the style rank & title of Honorary Freeman of New Milton.

We thank Alan for his support and service to the village, and wish him well in his next chapter of life.


  1. Having served the community in my capacity of parish clerk (retired) and conservation officer for the Milford Conservation Volunteers, I feel able to add my personal thanks to Alan for his unique service to our local community. For many years Alan could be seen at the MCV Sunday task sessions with loppers, spade, fork, or helping burn brushwood collected when undertaking coppicing or clearance work. Alan has been an inspiration to the many yougsters who have worked alongside him. He has helped fund numerous Milford projects for the community centre, guide hut, WI and so many other organisations. We all wish you a healthy and happy retirement and a well-earned rest. Your public contribution to community welfare has been outstanding. Thank you.

  2. Well said Keith, and I am sure many will agree.