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Sunday, 23 September 2018

Quality Shines through at The Bay Trees

The Bay Trees were delighted to discover that after their annual assessment visit from the Visit England Assessor last week and the inspector confirmed that they had maintained their 5 star rating and Breakfast Award – the only Visit England 5 Star B&B in the new Forest Area. 

Then today they received unexpected extra news – the rating had been upgraded to a ‘Gold Award’ - this is given for “exceptional quality of accommodation and customer service”. 

The Gold Award is positive recognition of our endeavours running The Bay Trees and how their guests value staying with them.

Congratulations to Mark & Sarah. 

The Bay Trees 
8 High Street 
Milford on Sea 
SO41 0QD

Monday, 10 September 2018

Wildfire; The latest in The Hurst Chronicles

Local author, Robin Crumby has publish the third book in his series 'The Hurst Chronicles', a post-apocalyptic series set at Hurst Castle in the aftermath of a flu pandemic. 

Since reading John Wyndham's Day of the Triffids as a child, Robin became fascinated fascinated by end of the world dystopian literature.

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His latest volume tells the tale of an unstoppable virus. Humanity’s last stand has failed.

The book is described as; "Mad Max meets The Day of the Triffids" "Terrifyingly realistic." "A perfect blend of science fiction, history and social commentary."
'Wildfire' is now on sale on Amazon please click here to discover more.

Robin Crumby (Author)

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Hattie's Soup Saturday

Local schoolgirl, Harriet (Hattie) Foster is planning a volunteering trip to Nakuru, Kenya next year, along with a group of her school-friends. 

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While there, they will be building and teaching at a school which provides an education for children in deprived areas, working alongside a community project organised through the charity African Adventures.

Hattie is now in the process of fundraising for the trip, and one event she has organised is a 'Soup Saturday' on Saturday 22nd September 2018. There will also be a vegetable-themed raffle.

She has already has support from our local greengrocers, Village Veg to kick her fundraising off, and if you can pop down to All Saints' Church Hall on the 22nd September between 12noon and 2pm you can enjoy a tasty bowl of soup with crusty bread all for any donation you wish to give, anything given will help Hattie towards hitting her target.

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Why ‘Men’s Shed’ is great for men

At the County Council, Cllr Fran Carpenter (Chair, Men’s Shed Steering Group & Hampshire County Councillor for New Milton North, Milford & Hordle) is a member of the select committee that looks at Public Health and she recently received a presentation about ‘Men’s Sheds'. 

Fran said: “I have to say that at first I was rather puzzled about the general idea, but the more I learned about it the more it occurred to me that a Men’s Shed would be incredibly valuable in the area. Hence the beginning of a local project which I hope will be a success. So, what does a messy old shed full of workshop tools have to do with men’s health? 

The health of men, particularly that of single men, or those who may have lost loved ones and find themselves alone in later life, has been identified as a huge concern in communities all over the country. Not only the physical health of men but also their mental health. Isolation and lack of contact with the outside world is one of the biggest causes of depression, and particularly so in men of all ages. That is not to say that women do not suffer from loneliness. But women often find it easier to initiate going out for a coffee with friends or to join clubs such as the WI, Zumba or even Weight Watchers, where they can chat and have fun together. It has been found that many men find socialising much harder.” 

A Men’s Shed is one way that men can find friendship and camaraderie amongst other like-minded people. Men working together on projects, learning new skills, sharing ideas and successes, helps general well-being and encourages a more active and fulfilling lifestyle. Sheds also offer a place to put the world to rights, to laugh and relax with other people. 

There is a national Men’s Shed Association ( and there are now close to 40 Men’s Sheds in Hampshire alone, all run by the Shedders who use them. If you would like to become part of the ‘Men’s Shed brigade’ in this area, and help to get a new Shed started, please get in touch with Fran (contact details below). 

On Thursday 20th September, there is a public meeting about the project at New Milton Memorial Centre, Whitefield Road, in that evening at 7pm where they will have speakers from existing Men’s Sheds. Do come along and find out more. (NB: Women also welcome - if you enjoy a bit of DIY!) 

Cllr Fran Carpenter 
Chair, Men’s Shed Steering Group & Hampshire County Councillor for New Milton North, Milford & Hordle

Friday, 31 August 2018

Water levels being electronically monitored at Keyhaven

Vision Link have installed some electronic monitoring to measure the water levels at Salt Grass Lane inner marsh in Keyhaven. 

The Environment Agency, Local Flood Group, Natural England and Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust are carrying out an experiment on how much fresh water (rain) is affecting the Salt Marsh versus the sea water, and the Vision Link team have lent them some of their award wining technology and produced some web pages so that the levels can be easily monitored. 

You can see what is happening in real time by visiting the two web site links below:

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Keyhaven 1 - click here

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Calling All Village Clubs & Associations

The Village Exhibition and Newcomers Supper takes place on the 13th October 2018 and there is still room for a few more Village Clubs and Associations - If you would like to take part in the special annual village event, please contact:
Ruth Bufton on: or 01590 641875.


The ‘Newcomers Supper’ is held to welcome all newcomers to the village in All Saints Church Hall in Milford on Sea.

Anyone that was new to the village during the year are able to apply for an invitation, - and the event is entirely free.

This informal evening is great to meet other new people to the village & a selection of village people. (That's residents, not the old pop group!)

The Milford on Sea Newcomers Supper evening consists of two parts: 

Village clubs & Associations Exhibition where you can wander around informally meeting representatives from the many clubs, associations & organisations in the village. They can tell you anything you want to know, and if you fancy getting involved you can.

Free Sit Down Supper with the chance to meet new people and have a bit of fun.

If you are a newcomer to the village, come and enjoy a free drink and supper meal, together with entertainment, lots of fun and laughter, and which ends with the Milford song!

Most years the event has over a hundred people attending, and it is a great way to meet new people, and to get a warm welcome to your new home. The village is full of friendly people and the ‘Newcomers Supper’ is a fast-track way of getting to know all about our village life.

The ‘Newcomers Supper’ is funded and hosted by all of the churches in the village & tirelessly organised by Ruth Bufton.

The event is by invitation only, so if you are new to the village this year and would like to come along (Adults only), all you need to do is to contact: Ruth Bufton on: or 01590 641875.

Time for Flu Vaccination

Remember to book a Flu Vaccination at Milford Medical Centre.

This year there are different vaccines for those 65 and over and those under 65. Because of this the Saturday clinic will be for the over 65 only. 

Flu Vaccination Saturday Clinic - Over 65’s Only
  • Saturday 15th September 2018 (appointment required) 
Those under 65 in at risk groups e.g. asthma, COPD and diabetes can be seen on other dates including: 
  • Tuesday 18th September at Milford Medical Centre - 5pm to 7pm 
  • Thursday 4th October at Milford Medical Centre - 4pm to 7pm 
Help protect yourself, your family and the local community by getting your vaccination as early as possible by getting your vaccination at the surgery (rather than at a pharmacy) you are helping to support the future of your local practice. 

Various other dates are available. 

Milford Medical Centre 
01590 643022

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Learn to Lip Read

The village is having a Lip Reading Course to help the 1 in 6 who suffer from hearing loss.

The first course earlier in the year was appreciated so much, that there will be a second course in the Autumn. 

With the guidance of a lively tutor whose motto is "No-one can fail a Lip Reading Course". People who attended last time were by the end more confident in asking people to speak more slowly or look at them and help them to hear in other ways (in this way reducing their sense of isolation). They also learned not to apologise for their hearing loss and most importantly, to develop skills in interpreting/understanding what people might be saying. 

This course is highly recommended for those living with hearing loss, and it is also helpful for couples to learn together. 

The 8 week course will be held from 10 am to 12 noon on Friday mornings in All Saints Church Hall starting on 12th October 2018. 

There will also be a “Taster Session” there on Friday 14th September, for those who would like to meet the tutor. The charge for that day will be £5.

Further information from Christine Luxon at 01590 719286.

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Be in next year's Village Pantomime

Ever fancied putting on the grease paint and treading the boards?

Well, now is your chance.

Open auditions for the Village Pantomime take place on Sunday the 16th September, and if you fancy being in the limelight or behind the scenes, simply register to go along.

Everyone is welcome. Oh no they're not, oh yes they are!

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Thursday, 16 August 2018

Discover more of Milford's History

The Milford on Sea Historical Record Society (MOSHRS) website at now has more new content and here's how to find it. 

Stan Hobby
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On the home page scroll down to the bottom and you will see that several new pages have been added.

There is also a new audio clip featuring Stan Hobby in 1993 sharing his memories of Milford. You can listen by clicking here.

How can you help? If anyone has an old audio recording about the village and would like to add it to our records please contact us by clicking here.

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In July, the society received their first historical record through our website.

Thanks go to Roger Quilter who has kindly uploaded a photograph and account of the wreck of MV Lamorna in November 1951. You can find some details here

If you have any photos or digital records that you would like to add the village archive you can do so by clicking here

In July MOSHRS added more records to their catalogue, which you can see by clicking here.  

The Milford on Sea Historical Record Society is all about our village history so please help them in Bringing History Home if you can, or simply enjoy the website and discover more about this historical seaside village. 

Milford on Sea Historical Record Society (MOSHRS) 

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Missing Burmese Cat named Noah

Has anyone seen missing Noah?

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He is a lilac Burmese cat and should be living in Solent Way, which is where he was last seen 10 days ago. He is chipped. 

Please could you check your garage, outhouse and anywhere you think he could be, possibly shut in.

Any news would be wonderful please call: 01590 643376.

Men's Shed - Help to get group going!

Do you like spending time pottering about in a shed. If you area bloke it is likely you do!

As you can see from the poster below a new 'Men's Shed group is being formed, initially New Milton are getting involved, but all from Milford on Sea are invited, and a local group may also be set up.

Why not pop along to the meeting below next month.

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Friends' have successful Summer Garden Party

Over £1,200 was raised by the Milford Hospital League of Friends’ Summer Garden Party in the grounds of Milford War Memorial Hospital on 4th August. 

The money will help to buy items needed in clinics at the hospital, the medical centre, and by the community nurses, which are not available through the NHS. 

More than 200 people came to the Garden Party on a scorching hot day – the ice cream sales did very well this year ! Thanks to the generosity of New Forest Fruit Company donating many punnets of strawberries, and to free pots of jam from “Tiptree”, the cream tea sales totalled £300, making the hard work of the volunteers in the (very) hot kitchen well worth-while ! 

Generous village traders and other local supporters donated raffle prizes, so the £280 raised on that stall channelled yet more money into the funds, for the support of local community needs. 

The beautiful plants, donated by Double H Nursery, also added to overall profits, as did the generous donations from people coming to the event. 

The afternoon was made even more enjoyable by the singing of Joanne and Emily, and by the lively music of the duo “Mike & I”, which helped to entertain guests and stall-workers alike. 

The War Memorial Hospital is entering an exciting phase in its long history, as West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group consults on its future, so the League’s Membership Secretary on 01590 641910 would be very happy to hear from many keen new volunteers! 

Further information about the Hospital, and the League’s work, can be found at

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Hurst Castle Summer Fun

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Milford Artists in open studios

The Hampshire Open Studios is now underway and being, or to be held at various studio locations across Milford on Sea & the New Forest.

You can follow the road signs to find all of the local artists exhibiting in our village & nearby. The artist studios include art in many forms including: paintings, sculpture, wood work, jewellery and pottery.

You can also find the Milford on Sea artists by clicking here or visiting: 

Old Walls Studio Exhibition 

Milford artist Kate Danby is being joined by her daughter Laura and are again participating in Hampshire Open Studios from 11 am to 5 pm on August 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th and 27th at Old Walls, Church Hill, Milford on sea. SO41 0QJ 

All are welcome and expect dramatic, colourful landscapes, prints, and amusing cards, both plain and special occasion, as well as animal print tote bags, glittery purses, fun acrylic jewellery, children’s craft kits and cool letters all designed with a touch of Scandi and a pop of colour. 


Milford Artists in Open Studios

Joyce Grainger, Mary Williams, Christine Calder, Janet Wheat and Barbara Jones are Milford Artists in Open Studios. (Venue 66 in the Open Studio booklet.)

Their artwork covers a range of styles and media and will be on show at All Saints Church Hall. Follow the signs to the Norman Church at the top of Church Hill. 

Open Saturday 18th to Bank Holiday Monday 27th August 10am to 5pm. 

Tea and homemade cake in aid of charity. Ample parking and wheelchair access.


Keyhaven Artists Exhibition
Featuring Shaun Stevens - well known local artist, Graham Turner - wood turning and pyrography, Martine Mercy, paintings, scarves, jewellery, Tessa van Hasselt, paintings and greetings cards.

Venue: Keyhaven Scout Hut, Keyhaven, SO41 0TP (Opposite the Gun Inn and next to sailing club.)


Milford Art Group Exhibition of Paintings
28th July to 11th August, 2018

Open Daily: 10am to 5.30pm
Sunday: 11am to 5.30pm
Last Saturday: 10am to 4pm

Admission and parking free.

Venue: All Saints Church Hall, Church Hill, Milford SO41 0SQ


Hampshire Open Studios takes place during August with some 256 participants this year. In Milford and Keyhaven there are six premises that have opened their doors involving more than 20 artists. So enjoy a day out visiting the many studios!

To view Full Programme of Open Studios (All Free Entry) in and near Milford on Sea:

Hampshire Open Studios

Milford on Sea Calendar

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Fantastic Music Festival!

If you missed last weeks Milford on Sea Music & Arts Festival, you missed something very special.

As one of our readers put it:

"WOW! How fantastic was that?

The Music and Arts Festival was bigger than ever. 

The range of venues across the village made the Festival more accessible to more people, so much so that choosing was very difficult!

The range of music from classical through folk to rock to avant-garde was brilliant.

The range of arts from the poetry readings to the poignant “Remembered” - very moving.

Well done and a very big "Thank You!" to Nova and her team!"

I am sure many of us with add to those congratulations.

If you would like to see some picture from this excellent event: please click here.

Ellie wins Junior County Handicap Championship

Congratulations to Milford on Sea’s Ellie Mans (12), who is now the 2018 HLCGA Junior County Handicap Champion.

Ellie putting for birdie on Needles 9th
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It might have been the final day of the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie last Sunday but Barton on Sea links course invited the creme de la creme of Hampshire girl golfers for their annual Championship.

A slight breeze in the morning challenged some of the girls and with a lot of run on the ball it was easy to find the occasional bunker or long rough. At the half way point Ellen recorded a strong nett 70, and lay in 2nd place, by just 1 shot. 

However with another 18 to go anything could happen. As anticipated, the breeze did pick up in the afternoon making conditions quite different and arguably trickier.

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Ellen clawed back the 1 shot deficit to lift the trophy with a nett 75 & a combined 145.  

Ellen is a member of the U18 Hampshire Performance Team and is under the tutelage of BOSGC Head Pro - Pete Rodgers.

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Milford Flower & Produce Show Review

The Milford Flower & Produce Show took place on 21st July and featured a particularly impressive input from local children's groups who produced very realistic plates of clay vegetables and beautiful miniature gardens.

There were also exceptional successes for Hilary Sullivan in the fruit and vegetable sections and Alison Abrams in floral art. This year's newcomer's award was won by Angela Hockham.

Despite the prolonged hot and dry weather, which particularly affected floral entries, exhibitors provided an impressive range of quality produce. 

Full list of award winners:- 
  • Challenge Cup (most points in show) - Hilary Sullivan 
  • Weatherhead Cup (most points in vegetable classes) - Hilary Sullivan 
  • Joanne Weatherhead Cup (best entry in vegetable classes) - Brian Kesby 
  • Polson Cup (most points in fruit classes) - Hilary Sullivan 
  • Jim Asher Cup (best entry in fruit classes) - Hilary Sullivan 
  • Liz Jones Cup (best entry by a newcomer) - Angela Hockham 
  • Margaret King Cup (best entry in rose classes) - Dennis Eason 
  • Fairbairn Rose Plate (best entry in specimen rose class) - Carol Dickman
  • Presidents Cup (best entry annuals grown from seed) - Christine Twyford 
  • Dorothy Nightingale Cup (best entry in remaining flower classes) - Dennis Eason 
  • Lucey Bowl (floral art arrangement 'all things bright and beautiful') - Alison Abrams 
  • Molly Miller Cup (floral art 'by the sea shore') - Alison Abrams 
  • Danby Cup (floral art 'enchanted reflections') - Alison Abrams 
  • Paterson Produce Cup (most points in produce section) - Diana Cobbett
  • Helen Cookson Cup (most points by a children's group) - Milford Brownies Pixies
  • John Pither Cup (most points in handicrafts section) - Joyce Grainger 
  • George Dowland Cup (most points by an individual child) - Lilly Smith 
  • The Photography Frame (most points in photographic section) - John Brooks

Monday, 23 July 2018

Missing Engagement Ring

We have been contacted by a reader whose friend has this weekend lost her engagement ring in Milford on Sea, either in the Needles Eye Car Park, the Café or on the promenade between the car park and the pill box by The White House.

It is a yellow Gold (18 Carat) diamond solitaire. It is 40 years old and obviously has a lot of sentimental value. 

If you can help please contact David on and we will let them know.

Friday, 20 July 2018

Milford Explorers head for the beach

Milford Explorers children's nursery (Little Wrens) in the High Street, Milford on Sea are soon to be beach school accredited so that they can teach under 5’s on the beach.

The children get to learn all sorts of things including details about the environment and how to look after it. They also will learn about weather, tides, sea animals and the land.

Eventually, Milford Explorers would like regular access to a beach hut if anyone has one available too!

Milford Explorers are currently open for summer camps including adhoc childcare of spaces available.

Milford Explorers is a small, friendly childcare provider offering fun, friendly care and education for young children. Situated in Milford, the nursery is easily accessible from Lymington, Pennington and surrounding areas, including Sway, Everton, New Milton and Milford on Sea.

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You can find out more at: 

Milford Explorers
5 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 OQF