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Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Cornwallis Remembered: New Cornwallis Window is installed in church

As part of the Cornwallis Remembered Celebrations a new stained glass window has been installed in All Saints' Church Milford on Sea.

The stained glass window has been paid for by an anonymous donor and Milford on Sea Historical Record Society were involved in the design and wording of the details on the glass. 

The window was by crafted by Steve Sherriff Stained Glass Specialist and installed on Wednesday 5th June 2019. It is now sits gloriously commemorating the Three Admirals and Captain John Whitby.

The images below tell the story of the window's installation.

The Cornwallis Window
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The Cornwallis Window during installation
Photo by Paul French -

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The Cornwallis Window was made by Steve Sherriff Stained Glass Specialist

Steve Sherriff has run his own stained glass window company since 1988 and founded Steve Sherriff Stained Glass which is a family run company

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The first left hand image shows pieces of The Cornwallis Window having been painted and about to be fired in the kiln.

The right hand image shows glass cut and ready for painting on for a window depicting St Bernard which has been commissioned and will be installed by St Bernards Catholic Grammar School, near Slough, and Stuart, an ex student from 25 years ago and now our workshop manager cutting and fitting glass for another Stained and Leaded window design for a chapel.

The next image shows one of Steve's glass storage areas all waiting to be chosen. Each sheet of glass at least £50 and some well over £100 so quite an investment, and a picture of the mobile fitting workshop used by Nathan Sherriff for the onsite work.

Steve and Nathan Sherriff
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Steve Sherriff Stained Glass Specialist


Cornwallis Remembered Weekend: 

Friday 5th July 2019: includes a family friendly celebration on Milford on Sea village green and much more. Keep the date free!

Hurst Castle continues D-Day celebrations with Land Girls concert

Hurst Castle is continuing its D-Day celebrations with a musical march down memory lane, with 1940s singing duo sensation, The Land Girls performing in the Garrision Theatre. 

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In the First and Second World Wars the castle was fully garrisoned, its searchlights and guns guarding the western entrance to the Solent against attack from the sea and air. It retained a limited military role until the abolition of the Coastal Artillery arm of the Army in 1956.

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The theatre constructed by the garrison at Hurst Castle is possibly the last such to survive from the Second World War. In 1939 the theatre producers Basil Dean and Leslie Henson set up Entertainment Nationals Service Association (ENSA) to bring concerts to the force. Many professionals gave their services, but so too did amateur groups.

The Land Girls concert will take place on Saturday 22nd June with two shows at 1pm and 3pm. The shows are included in the normal castle admission fee - £5.50 adult, £5.00 concession, £3.50 child and £17 family ticket (2 Adults & 3 Children).

Weather Note: If the weather is warm enough then the concert will be outside. (There will be chairs, but you might want to bring a picnic blanket).

For further information call: Hurst Castle on 01590 642500.

New book release from Milford author

Local Milford on Sea author, Sally Armstrong has had her third novel published by Grosvenor House Publishing after five years of writing. 

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The title; The Passions of Charles Kingsley is about the eminent Victorian, author, clergyman and social reformer. The novel traces the amazing life of Charles Kingsley driven by his social conscience and religious belief to change the poverty and disease ridden Victorian Industrial Age. 

Through his books he becomes a firm favourite with Queen Victoria and the Prince Consort and is appointed Chaplain to the Queen and also tutor at Cambridge University to the Prince of Wales, the future Edward V11. In later life he becomes Canon of Westminster. 

Sally Armstrong
The book tells the story of his life, of his ups and downs, his experiences of family bereavement as a young child and of riots in Bristol where he was at school. He is so driven in his work that he suffers from physical and mental collapses through his life. The novel also follows his great love affair with Fanny Grenfell whom eventually he marries.The book gives an insight into Victorian life and its concurrent theme is that of the sad existence of the young boy chimney sweeps. 

Charles Kingsley and his young family stayed in Milford one summer and he rode over to preach at the church in Pennington.

This month celebrates the 200th anniversary of Charles Kingsley’s birth and festivals are planned this weekend Eversely in Hampshire where he was rector for 30 years and also Clovelly where he spent his childhood. 

To buy a copy of The Passions of Charles Kingsley please click here.

Friday, 7 June 2019

Cornwallis Remembered: Command of the Seas Exhibition coming

As part Cornwallis Remembered Celebrations to take place in July, the Command of the Seas Exhibition is taking place at St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery in Lymington: 

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To find our more about all of the Cornwallis Story and the Cornwallis Remembered celebrations, please click here.

Milford-on-Sea Historical Record Society:


Cornwallis Remembered Weekend: 

Friday 5th July 2019: includes a family friendly celebration on Milford on Sea village green and much more. Keep the date free!

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Children's Charity devastated to lose their beach hut

Momentum Children’s Charity, a small charity that supports children with cancer and life-challenging conditions, is seeking urgent help to find a new beach hut on Milford-on-Sea beach, after being told that their existing hut is at risk of demolition due to lack of protection from the elements and the pebbles on the beach not being replenished.

The beach hut has been used by more than 250 families, whose children are seriously ill, since its purchase in July 2015. The charity, that is based in Kingston-upon-Thames owns two holiday cabins at Shorefield Country Park in the New Forest. The cabins and beach hut are available for children and their families for respite breaks, allowing them to get away from the challenges of harsh treatment for cancer or other illnesses, and to enjoy some precious time together 'being normal' as a family. Having a child with cancer or serious illness rules out a holiday for many families, but Momentum Children's Charity enables a much-needed break, at no cost and with no penalties for last-minute changes or cancellations. 

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Helen Lewis, mother to Ciara, who was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia in April 2016 says, “The beach hut is utterly unique because it makes so many special memories. We have had the pleasure of using it on several occasions whilst our daughter was seriously ill. I, like other parents who are supported by Momentum Children’s Charity, would feel desperately sad if there is no beach hut for other families to enjoy. This is a place where memories are made for families - happy times, amidst a sea of treatment and hospital admissions. Many families don’t know if it will be their last holiday with their child. Some families return to the hut to grieve, remember and celebrate their child’s life. We, fortunately, have not lost our child. However, it does hold an almost spiritual existence to us as a family. It’s where we experienced most of the extreme emotions during her treatment; fear, hope and happiness.”

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Alistair Wood, father to Daisy, who was diagnosed with cancer in September 2016 says, “The beach hut was one of the highlights of our trip. It provided some freedom and fun to Daisy’s older sister, who was able to enjoy the beach and sea in the company of all. If it weren’t for the beach hut we wouldn’t have been able to spend the entire afternoon on the beach, as we would not have had the shelter from the weather. It is very sad knowing that other families might not be able to enjoy the freedom and release that the hut provides.” 

Bianca Effemey, CEO and Founder of Momentum Children’s Charity says “I'm deeply concerned about the current situation, having seen other beach huts so close to ours already being taken down. The beach hut has created so many memories for hundreds of families and they are devastated. Within the beach hut, there are pebbles that have been decorated by children that have visited and it just shows how precious it is to so many. We purchased the beach hut when we recognised that very sick children struggled to enjoy the beach without a safe place to rest and it breaks my heart thinking we will lose something that offers children in the future a place to sit and enjoy the beach, like every other child. I just hope we can find a solution, quickly and before our busy summer period.” 

The charity is looking for anyone from the local community that could help them occupy a beach hut on higher ground. You can contact Bianca Effemey, CEO and Founder of Momentum Children’s Charity on or call 020 8974 5931. 

It would be great if someone can help.

Momentum Children’s Charity 

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Cornwallis Remembered: Maritime history of the New Forest

As part Cornwallis Remembered Celebrations to take place in July, the Milford on Sea Historical Record Society have provided this article on: 

A glimpse at the maritime history of the New Forest

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Following the Norman Conquest, the New Forest became subject to special laws to protect the beasts and limiting the cutting of wood. Timber could only be removed by Royal Warrant for fuel, domestic and military building repairs, ship building but only on a small scale. However, in 1418 some 3,906 New Forest oaks were felled for the construction of Grace Dieu, the flag ship of Henry V.

As timber removal increased the New Forest changed from a hunting realm to a large timber plantation. An Act of Parliament in 1698 allowed 6,000 acres to be enclosed for timber growth for the Navy. In the same year HMS Salisbury, a 50-gun ship, was built for the Royal Navy at Baileys Hard on the Beaulieu River, the first record of New Forest ship-building.

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In 1743 established shipbuilders Wyatt & Co opened a shipbuilding yard at Buckler’s Hard and along with the Admiralty contracts came the Adams family. In 1748 the yard was transferred to Henry Adams who secured his first Admiralty contract for the 24-gun vessel HMS Mermaid.

While ship building was carried out at Bailey’s Hard and Lepe, Buckler’s Hard was the big success. In just over 70 years some 52 vessels had been built for the Admiralty. The last ship to be launched from the slips at Buckler’s Hard was the Repulse in 1818.

With a growing demand for timber for ships both nationally and within the New Forest, it was vital to secure sustainable and regular supplies. In 1786 a commission was set up to investigate the condition of the forest resulting in the publication of the ‘Survey of the New Forest’ by Abraham Driver accompanied by the first detailed map of the New Forest and commonly known as ‘Drivers Map'. From this point government actions focused on making the New Forest more productive for timber at the expense of the wildlife and sometimes even the human residents.

In-closures permitted under the 1698 New Forest Act, the 1808 Declaratory Act and the 1851 Deer Removal Act still survive today and are managed by Forestry England, totalling 7,115 hectares. The arrival of the Royal Navy’s first iron ship HMS Warrior, a 40-gun steam-powered armoured frigate, in 1860 saw the start of the decline in timber for ship building.

To find out more about the fascinating maritime history of the Forest, visit:
‘Command of the Seas! The Navy and the New Forest against Napoleon’ exhibition at St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery in Lymington between 8 June and 31 August.

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“There are fine examples of ancient trees across the New Forest, some of which are carved with a rather distinct marking: The Kings Mark or Broad Arrow. This was used to mark government property, which included stores, guns, nails and certain trees deemed suitable or destined for ship construction. 

During their regular visits to the New Forest to inspect the inclosures, naval surveyors from Portsmouth would also decide to claim trees outside the inclosed Forest. As inclosures were originally created to grow and supply timber solely for the Navy, surveyors would not need to mark trees within them. All of the surviving Broad Arrows in the Forest today date from before 1871, when felling individual trees in the open forest was halted. It was ultimately banned in 1877. 

The Broad Arrow was particularly associated with the Office or Board of Ordnance, the principal duty of which was to supply guns, ammunition, stores and equipment to the King's Navy. The mark signified property of the crown and made it unlawful to fell or damage these trees.”

Acknowledgements for funding and support go to: Heritage Lottery funding NPA and OPOF. 

To find our more about all of the Cornwallis Story and the Cornwallis Remembered celebrations, please click here.

Milford-on-Sea Historical Record Society:


Cornwallis Remembered Weekend: 

Friday 5th July 2019: includes a family friendly celebration on Milford on Sea village green and much more. Keep the date free!

Friday, 24 May 2019

Preparing the Village Green for Christmas

Last Christmas local residents Tracy Haupt, Diana Brushwood and friends set about improving the look of the village green Christmas tree last year.

They are now looking to make some more substantial changes - not only to the tree, but also around the village centre - and would like to know your views. 

They have met with Sarah Pitt from the Parish Council to discuss their thoughts and from that, produced a survey for anyone in the village to complete and give their views.

Please give you views by clicking here to download the survey. (The survey form will automatically go to the 'Downloads' file on your PC.)

Alternatively, if you use an iPad, tablet or mobile phone you can request a survey form be sent to you by emailing Tracy at: 

No64 Biscuit House win ‘Best Interiors Store’ award

No64 Biscuit House in Milford on Sea High Street are delighted to have won ‘Best Interiors Store’ in the Hampshire and Isle of Wight region in the Muddy Stilettos Awards..
(You can see all the winner by clicking here.)

Clare said;

I am absolutely thrilled and delighted to announce that……..‘we’ did it!!

Little old No64 Biscuit House have WON ‘Best Interiors Store’ in the Hampshire and Isle of Wight region.

Glenn & I are utterly humbled, without your votes and support over these first 2 years we’re well aware we couldn’t have survived as a new business during really tough trading times, not helped by Brexit of course, never mind win an award! 

We love Milford on Sea, you’ve welcomed us so warmly and we hope we’ve repaid your love for us by winning this award for Milford on Sea, we literally all did it together!!

I’m struggling for words as we really didn’t expect this, we didn’t even know we’d been nominated at first, and we still don’t know who nominated us! 

Thank you doesn’t seem enough but……..thank you. 

Clare & Glenn
No64 Biscuit House – Gold medal winners! 

No64 Biscuit House
62-64 High Steet, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QD

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Happy Birthday to us!

We launched our first Milford on Sea village website on 20th May 2008, so it is now eleven year old & and I don't look a day older!

From day one we have always loved our independence, and as we take no revenue from anyone this means we can say & do exactly what we like!

Milford on Sea Website: When we decided to create our first village website, it was purely as a hobby and to provide some more local information about the village. The site is pretty dated in style nowadays, but it still serves a purpose. 

To date: has had 1,915,000 visitors. We are also averaging around 250 visits to the website every day.

Milford on Sea News: We are now on No.473 of our weekly News Blog which keeps people informed of village stories. Some are factual, other embellished, and others simply made up!

To date there have been 1,317,780 page views, and an average of around 19,000 page views per month - and it seems most people choose to come back!

Milford on Sea Calendar: This website details anything we hear about that is happening in the village, plus things that may be of interest nearby. The calendar also contains sections of 'Clubs & Classes', and 'Church Services'.

Connecting the Village: We have 1,847 local people who regularly receive our e-mail News Bulletins, and know of some people who don't want it at all! (Milford on Sea's total village population is circa 5000)

We never really considered that people would enjoy what we built, however it is satisfying to provide a service to the local community which a number of people seem to enjoy.

We are always looking for more village people to join us (That's people who live in the village, not the YMCA pop band!), so if you can spread the word to any friends, family or neighbours who you think would like to get our newsletter, please ask them to complete the form here: We can then ensure all of our community are kept informed of local news, which on some occasions contain actual facts!

Thanks for your support and for as long as you keep reading, I’ll keep writing!

Bungalow planned for junction of Sea Road & Hurst Road

It appears that plans have been submitted for a bungalow opposite The Needles Eye and on the junction of Sea Road & Hurst Road on the seafront. This seems to be the same site 3 houses are already being built on.

You can read more by clicking image below or click here to view planning application:

Do you have eyesight problems?

If you or anyone you know has eyesight problems, this Sight Loss and Information Event may be of interest to you.

Open Sight Hampshire principle organisation supporting people with sight loss, are holding a Sight Loss Equipment and Information Day on 31st May at Milford On Sea Community Centre. 

The day runs from 10am to 3pm and is free to drop in for anyone in the Milford area who is or may know someone who is concerned about their sight. 

Open Sight Independent Living Advisors and Equipment Demonstrators will have their latest low vision aids and daily living equipment for demonstration. It will be a great opportunity for you or someone you know to come along and find out information and advice about the services in the Milford on Sea area.

Suppliers attending: Pamtrad, Synaptic, Dolphin, Enhance Vision, Sight and Sound, PVS, Optelec, Humanware, MHA, Macular Society, British Wireless for the Blind

For further details contact Pam on 023 80646 380 or

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Job Vacancies at Verveine

Verveine Restaurant are currently looking for front and back of house staff full and part time and a part time gardener to join their small friendly team. 

If you are interested please call 01590 642176 or pop into the restaurant for an informal chat with chef/proprietor, Dave Wykes. 

Verveine Restaurant
98 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QE
01590 642176

Cornwallis Remembered Celebrations: The Third Admiral

As part Cornwallis Remembered Celebrations to take place in July, the Milford on Sea Historical Record Society have provided this article on 'The Third Admiral'.

Admiral Robert Man (1745-1813)

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Robert Man first went to sea in 1768, transferring very soon to a series of four ships all commanded by his father, Captain Robert Man. The fourth of these, the frigate Milford, engaged a French privateer in March 1762 with a modest casualty list. Chief of these was the captain, who was hit in the thigh by a six pound cannon ball. He died four hours later, just minutes after hearing that La Gloire had struck. Young Robert, still only 14 years old, received a musket ball in the neck. He was luckier than the First Lieutenant, who was hit in the forehead by another musket ball, dying in agony two days later.

A solid if unspectacular career led to promotion to Rear Admiral and command of a squadron off neutral Cadiz. Misfortune led to misfortune: his quarry – a French squadron under Richery – came out but accompanied by a large, and no longer neutral, Spanish fleet. 

Starved of supplies, unable to re-join Jervis and the Mediterranean Fleet, and with promises of support from home unfulfilled, he returned to England. His actions were misunderstood by Nelson (who otherwise regarded him highly), and seized upon by Jervis, forced to leave the Mediterranean because of a lack of a suitable base, who was eager for a scapegoat. Calmer minds prevailed at the Admiralty where he was appointed as a Lord Commissioner, one of the seven wise men who directed the operations of the navy as a whole. 

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His career, along with many others, ended when Jervis was appointed First Lord of the Admiralty on the fall of Pitt in 1801. He died at Pennington House an Admiral of the Red, and was buried in modest fashion – as per his will – at Milford in 1813.
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To find our more about all of the Cornwallis Story and the Cornwallis Remembered celebrations, please click here.

Milford-on-Sea Historical Record Society:


Cornwallis Remembered Weekend: 

Friday 5th July 2019: includes a family friendly celebration on Milford on Sea village green and much more. Keep the date free!

Play bridge at Milford on Sea Tennis Club

Milford on Sea Tennis Club Bridge section have vacancies for new members. 

They play duplicate bridge on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons 1.30 for 1.45pm. Tuesday is for more experienced players and you will need a partner but Thursday is hosted so no partner needed. 

They are a very friendly club and new members and visitors are made most welcome. 

Please contact Arthur Hunter on 01425 618211 or Choo Donnelly 0787030069. If you would like to learn to play bridge then classes start in September, booking is essential.

Milford on Sea Tennis Club

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Can you help find a missing cat

UPDATE: Good news! The cat has been found safe and well. The owner found her close to Greenways earlier today. (Monday)

We received the note below, can you help to find this missing cat?

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"My friends' cat has been missing from the Greenways area of Milford since last Sunday (12th May). She's a very shy, indoors cat and is likely to be scared and in hiding somewhere. Her name is Akira and she's 11 months old. She doesn't have a collar, but has been chipped. If you could ask your readership to keep an eye out, and maybe check in their gardens / sheds / garages etc, especially in the houses around Greenways, I'd be very grateful. Contact numbers for any information are:
07732 885856 and 07599 747625 or email: Her owners are beside themselves with worry, as you can imagine." 

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Learn to make jewellery with Jo

Jo Vane is a local silversmith living in Milford on sea and she runs Jo Vane's Jewellery Studio at Setters Farm in Lymington, Hampshire, in the beautiful New Forest. 

Jo is currently offering an opportunity to turn your hand to jewellery making at a one day silversmithing workshop.

Under Jo's guidance and tuition, the beginners workshop is tailored to designing and making a unique sterling silver pendant or bangle, learning and utilising essential silversmithing techniques such as soldering silver, texturing, sanding, filing and finishing. 

Ring making, chain making and stone setting workshops are also available to book, incorporating the skills above and additional advanced silversmithing techniques. 

​Weekday courses: Mon to Thurs 9.30am to 2.30pm at £125 per person
Weekends are available for £150 per person 
One on One Tuition is available for £195 per day

Prices include the materials, refreshments and a delicious two course lunch. 

​Various dates available, please contact Jo to enquire and book. If you’d like to book as a group of 3 to 4 people, a date can be tailored specifically for your group. 

Gift cards for a jewellery workshop day are also available to purchase. 

Contact Jo on: 
07947 648279
or via email at:

Jo also makes beautiful silver and gold bespoke jewellery on request – if you’re interested in commissioning a bespoke piece of jewellery, please contact Jo. 

A selection of Jo’s bespoke work is available to view at Alternatively, pop into Jabulani Gift Shop in the village to view her current collection. 

Jo Vane Designs

Cornwallis Remembered: Total Voice Chamber Choir to perform

The Total Voice Chamber Choir will be performing as part of the entertainment at the Cornwallis Remembered Weekend, which is a family friendly celebration on Milford on Sea village green on Friday 5th July 2019. Keep the date free!

For the occasion a new adaptation on the maritime song; Billy Blue has been written. The four part music was specifically composed by Peter Holgate for Victoria’s chamber choir who will have spent many hours practising for the performance.

Lyrics to Billy Blue (Recomposed)

It was just at break of day.
We were cruising in the Bay.
With Cornwallis in the Sov’reign in the van;
When a French Fleet bound for Brest,
From Belle Isle came heading west.
And so, my lads, the saucy game began.

Billy Blue, here’s to you. Billy Blue, here’s to you.

To the lads Cornwallis told,
Like some hero chief of old,
When he bade them from the quarterdeck, good luck.
‘To no foe upon the sea,
You may take it, men, from me,
Is the ensign of the Sov’reign to be struck!’

Billy Blue, here’s to you. Billy Blue, here’s to you.

‘Let the odds be what they will,
We just go on fighting still,
For the honour of the Sov’reign’s old renown.
And when, men, all is done,
As we fire our final gun,
With our colours flying still, we will go down.’

Billy Blue, here’s to you. Billy Blue, here’s to you.

Then they came on, looking slaughter,
Like to blow us from the water,
As they near’d to port and starboard and astern.
But we put in double shot,
And we paid them back so hot,
That they looked at one another with concern.

Billy Blue, here’s to you. Billy Blue, here’s to you.

Next the Triumph they attacked,
And the Mars got badly whacked,
‘Twas the Sov’reign with her broadsides beat them back.
Her three tiers all aflame,
Sweeping round the flagship came,
Leaving death and Frenchman’s wreckage in her track.

Billy Blue, here’s to you. Billy Blue, here’s to you.

So we close this gallant story,
Of a day to England’s glory,
Two hundred years ago, and twenty-four
‘Twere a pity to forget it,
And to slide forever let it,
Because the men that fought are here no more.

Billy Blue, here’s to you. Billy Blue, here’s to you.

Ay, Blue Billy, here’s to him, with three times three,
To the honour of his name upon the sea: 
‘He upheld Old England’s credit’ said the country in its pride.
‘Cornwallis’s Retreat’,
Greek Xenophon’s great feat.
In its spirit we may claim to set beside.

Billy Blue, here’s to you. Billy Blue, here’s to you.

About Total Voice Chamber Choir 

The Total Voice Chamber Choir was formed in 2012 and is made up of about thirty-six local singers. The choir’s aim is perform an eclectic range of choral music to an excellent standard. 

The choir has enjoyed many successful performances in venues ranging from Bournemouth Pavilion to Milford’s own village green and has taken part in several concerts with the New Forest and Westbourne Orchestras. 

With its focus firmly on singing for pleasure as well as striving for excellence, Total Voice Chamber Choir provides a place for keen singers to develop their vocal skills in a friendly and encouraging environment. 

Victoria Hopkins 

Victoria comes from a musical family and has been singing all her life. A hugely enjoyable career in the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus followed university, along with regular engagements as a mezzo-soprano soloist and a ‘day job’ as a lawyer. These days, Victoria divides her time between running Total Voice Chamber Choir and online business Community Choir Professionals, which trains and supports choir leaders world-wide. 

Peter Holgate 

Peter studied at The London College of Music under the watchful eye of William Lloyd Webber. 

He then spent 36 years as Director of Music in a large school in West Sussex, where he built up several choirs, instrumental and orchestral groups. 

He is a prolific composer and arranger and has many years of experience as a conductor and musical director. 

He has given performances at The Royal Albert Hall, Central Hall Westminster, The Fairfield Halls as well as countless regional theatres. He has performed alongside the Russian Army Band, United States Airforce Band and the Royal Marines . 

Since retiring to Milford on Sea he has done many arrangements and compositions for local vocal and instrumental groups.


To find our more about all of the Cornwallis Story and the Cornwallis Remembered celebrations, please click here.

Milford-on-Sea Historical Record Society:


Cornwallis Remembered Weekend: 

Friday 5th July 2019: includes a family friendly celebration on Milford on Sea village green and much more. Keep the date free!

Milford Hospital League of Friends’ AGM & Guest Speakers Review

Nearly 40 people attended the 69th AGM of Milford Hospital League of Friends. Chairman Mrs Julie Badham welcomed everyone and reported on a year of successful events raising funds for the medical needs of those in Milford and surrounding area. The leg ulcer clinic (centre of excellence) and medical centre benefited from the generous fund-raising of the league. The light exercise classes, and bathing, continued to offer much appreciated service to the community and the chairman thanked all volunteers for their hard work. 

Regular meetings had been held with representatives of West Hants Clinical Commissioning Group and there would be public consultation on any proposals for the future of the hospital. 

Main project of the year had been the purchase of equipment for the new Frailty Service Vehicle. The league had provided the necessary £16,000 and the chairman then introduced guest speaker Ms Bernie White, and Southern Health Frailty Practitioner Alison Linsley. Bernie is clinical commissioning manger in West Hants Clinical Commissioning Group and Alison is a registered nurse in acute medicine. 

The Frailty Service was started in 2016 as a pilot scheme to offer supportive primary care for older people focused on home triage and treatment, with local hospital admission if needed. The aim was to put patients on the road to recovery without the disruption of admission to far distant acute hospitals. 

Specialist community support vehicles were provided, and are now based in 3 locations: Fordingbridge for the Avon Valley area; Hythe, and Lymington for the New Forest. Six members of South Central Ambulance Service were seconded to the scheme, and in the case of Milford and the surrounding area, Milford Hospital League of Friends provided £16,000 to equip the vehicle with oxygen, ECG kit, observation kit, blood testing equipment and other items. 

Quick treatment and swift social re-enablement are key: 2 weeks of clinical input, and 6 weeks of support can produce good results for the patient and avoid “pyjama paralysis”. 

Referrals, 12-14 daily, come from GPs; the Frailty Team responds quickly and carries out clinical assessment at the patient’s home. The Team also visits Care Homes and can give guidance to their staff. Team members have a range of training, some in mental health care, occupational and physiotherapy, alongside “ambulance” skills. 

At present there is no national training programme for this service, and IT incompatibilities cause problems that have yet to be resolved. Where there is a rise in the level of serious conditions, those would be beyond the remit of this service. However, studies of the scheme show that “999” calls have dropped, “conveyance to hospital” has been reduced, and patients have been able to stay at, or near, home. 

Southern Health has won the team gold award for their work and is shortlisted for the national award.  

The afternoon ended with the chairman thanking Bernie and Alison for their presentation, and announcing that there will soon be the formal public handover of the league’s donation of £16,000 for the equipment in the Frailty Service Vehicle.