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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Catch up with the village's past!

Milford on Sea's past is the key to understanding who we are and where we have come from and Milford-on-Sea Historical Record Society (MOSHRS) has launched its new website for you to discover more. 

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You can now browse the history pages to uncover Milford's past. 

You can also, search the catalogue to discover old records from the society's archives, check out the publications that you can purchase, and find out about the activities which MOSHRS is working on. 

This new website is part of the Bringing History Home initiative, largely funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Here you will find house histories, accounts of significant families and residents, how our schools and healthcare developed, find out about our many organisations and businesses, explore local history trails and much more. 

The website hosts the catalogue to the society's archive of historical records. Today it contains nearly a fifth of all of the MOSHRS records and more will be added throughout the summer. 

If you have documents, photographs or objects from the past and which have a connection to Milford then you can add them to the archive through the website.

You can explore the new website at, and if you would like to join MOSHRS then please click here.

Milford-on-Sea Historical Record Society (MOSHRS)

Coral Anniversary for Milford Floral Art Club

The Milford Floral Art Club is celebrating its Coral Anniversary (35th) this year and as part of the celebrations they had a very successful Open Meeting on the 14th June 2018.

The meeting was attended by members and guests numbering around 90 people, together with The National Demonstrator, Mrs Annette Urquhart, her talk title being 'The Sound of...…. Rhubarb'.

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The demonstration was followed by tea and cupcakes, with a large cupcake cut by the Area Chairman, Pauline Hurran, President Jan Marriott, Annette Urquhart herself and the club's Chairman Jackie Parker.

Milford Floral Art Club

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Apple Court Father's Day Offer

Apple Court Gardens are offering all Enjoy MoS News Bulletin readers a Fathers Day special - 25% off all plants for Dads brought to visit the gardens & nursery this weekend, as well as Annual Passes on sale for Dads for £10, instead of £12 - or simply take your Dad along to enjoy tea and cake whilst watching the koi carp in the Japanese Garden!

Apple Court Gardens is in nearby Hordle and they open 5 days a week. (Wednesday to Sunday - 10am to 4pm).

The nationally acclaimed Hampshire garden reopened in 2017 after 4 year closure and has gained fantastic feedback from locals and holidaymakers alike. 

It is great that we now have another lovely place to visit right on our doorstep.

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Featured in various international magazines, and Alan Titmarsh’s “Love Your Garden” on ITV, the garden is packed with unusual flowers, shrubs and trees from around the world. Visitors can enjoy an authentic Japanese Garden, a circular White Garden, sub tropical planting and famous collections of hostas and daylilies. 

Originally designed by renowned horticulturists, Emma and Gavin are gradually improving each area and planting new species.
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Tea, coffee and cakes are available to take to the lovely summer house or terrace.

Open 5 days a week, Wednesday to Sunday - 10am to 4pm. 

Visitors can also buy plants, many of which feature in the garden. Free entry to the nursery, £5 to the garden itself. 

If you have never visited I can vouch that it is a tranquil place and joy to see. Why not take a trip along to see for yourself.

Apple Court Garden
Hordle Lane, Lymington SO41 0HU
Instagram: @applecourtgarden

Contact Emma Taylor 07971 882317

Monday, 11 June 2018

Music to heal torture

Milford on Sea resident, Anthony Kirke has written regarding a charity he supports.

Anthony said: "There are many victims of torture who have escaped to the UK but who retain terrible psychological injuries. 'Freedom From Torture' is a UK charity which works effectively to heal these people.

Music has been found to be very helpful in this healing process. 

We have launched an appeal to buy them a sounding bowl which is a very simple, beautiful and easy to play musical instrument. 

Freedom From Torture’s music therapist said that he would be delighted to have such a fabulous simple instrument.

He would let his clients use it because they find music so calming and healing and without it some people may not recover at all.

We would be delighted if you would make a small contribution towards meeting our target of £2,000.

The maker of the bowl will be matching whatever contribution you make. So far we have more than a quarter of the funds we need.

If you would like to donate you can do so by clicking here - or send Judith and Anthony Kirke a cheque to 42 Keyhaven Road, Milford on sea, SO41 0QY 

More information on sounding bowls can be found at:

Sue on Wheels for Nightstop

On Sunday 24th June local Milford on Sea resident, sue Forward will be cycling a 50 mile trip starting at Ringwood on behalf of New Forest Nightstop. 

New Forest Nightstop provides emergency accommodation for homeless people aged 16+ in the homes of trained and approved host households around the New Forest. New Forest Nightstop was established in 2003 and is a team approach to homelessness. It is a voluntary service managed by Community First New Forest based at Ringwood and is affiliated to the national registered charity, Nightstop UK (

The primary aim of Nightstop is to enable homeless people to access safe, free, emergency accommodation in the host families at the beginning of a person’s homelessness, when need is most acute. Having worked with the homeless in Bournemouth and East Dorset Sue knows how important this support is, in order to improve people’s self-esteem and their life skills to work towards a more secure future. No person wakes up one morning and says “I know, I think I will be homeless today”. There is always a story to tell. 

If you would like to support her on the 24th June she would really love that. You can support Sue by clicking here.

New Forest Nightstop

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Volunteering at St Barbe Museum

St Barbe Museum in Lymington is currently looking to increase its band of volunteers.

They particularly need help in the Front of House teams at weekends, and with stewarding in the museum and art gallery.

There are already a number of volunteers from Milford, which is part of the area that is covered by the Museum's displays and collections. 

If you like working with people and would like to volunteer, you will find St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery in New Street, Lymington, SO41 9BH, simply call in for more information - or email: - phone: 01590 676969

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Volunteers needed for Music Festival

If you would like to support a wonderful annual village event, the Milford Music & Arts Festival would love you to volunteer during the weekend of the festivities. 

There are a range of duties from answering queries on the help desk, serving at the bar to manning barriers and they all need your help!

Why not donate a few hours to having fun whilst you help your local community. 

For more information, please email:

Or visit the volunteer website to sign up by clicking here.

Chalk Paint Workshops at No64 Biscuit House

Glenn Harrison from No64 Biscuit House in the High Street has been in touch to tell us that Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Workshops are coming to No64 Biscuit House from June.

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Glen said: "On April 25th we held our first Annie Sloan workshop here at No64 HQ, guest-presented by hugely experienced Annie Sloan regional manager Karen, for 6 of our lovely customers who had put them name down for the date/time when it was announced. It was so popular we could have filled the 6 space 3 times over! 

We're now fully accredited Annie Sloan Workshop Providers (see Glenn with Annie herself at Annie Sloan HQ recently) and this month we'll be launching our Workshop program with 'An Introduction to Annie Sloan Chalk Paints & Painting Techniques'. So whether you're a total novice, or a 'newbie' with questions, this workshop will teach you all of the basic techniques, and more, for up-cycling tired or reclaimed furniture, professionally, the Annie Sloan way! 

It's a 3 hour course and includes materials & refreshments, there are 6 places per course and all you need to bring is yourself, and an apron/clothes you don't mind potentially getting a splatter of paint on! 

Details will always be on our website - via the new Annie Sloan tab - which will be regularly updated with courses, dates & times, and where you'll be able to register your interest (or you can email us at Or, as many of you do, pop in regularly for an update, and to book your place (a course also makes a great gift for a friend or relative), and of course to buy your paints & accessories. 

We're so excited about this announcement, so let's get painting.....the Annie Sloan way!"

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Liz takes the The Longest Ride

It was during the dark days of the Second World War that a charity was established to help in cases of hardship among the thousands of volunteers enlisting in the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS). 

With Wrens serving their country with distinction at home and abroad – and in some cases losing their lives to enemy action – it was clear that a charity would be needed to support the women both during wartime and into the future. 

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Typical requests for assistance were from those with homes damaged by fire, billeting fees for evacuated children, medical expenses and unpaid leave to care for sick relatives and younger siblings. Immediately after the War the Trusts main work was to help secure employment for many hundreds of former Wrens. 

In 1942 The Women’s Royal Naval Service Benevolent Trust (WRNS BT) was formed and has been helping former Wrens ever since. 

Milford on Sea resident and Former Wren Liz Brown, joined the WRNS in March 1977 as a Wren TSA(Training Support Assistant), she left the full time service in September 1992 as a Petty Officer Wren ETS (Education and Training Support) and then served in the Royal Naval Reserve until 1994. After careers in both the IT industry and the NHS, Liz retired last year and returned to her hobby of cycling. 

Inspired by the events that took place during 2017 to celebrate the Centenary of the formation of the WRNS (WRNS 100). She has decided that 2018 will be her “Challenge Year” and intends to cycle 150 miles in one day, which is her “Longest Ride” (40 miles longer than her previous best), starting and finishing in Milford-on-Sea with a looped circuit around the New Forest. The ride will take place on the Longest Day, weather permitting. Liz hopes the local community will turn out to encourage her on the day. 

She is raising money for the WRNS BT and would like your support. You can donate by bank transfer to the WRNS BT: Sort Code 560064 83836594. Please quote your name as the reference for the payment. Or you can donate by post to the address below and please indicate if you are able to Gift Aid your donation. 

Over the past 76 years the WRNS BT has helped more that 12,300 former Wrens in the UK and abroad. Last year it helped support more than 250 women, and distributed a total of £300,000 in annual and one off grants. 

“We are here to help former Wrens of all ages,” says Sarah Ayton, the Trust’s General Secretary. “Some of our beneficiaries served during the war, but we also help ladies in their forties and lots in between.” 

143,000 women served in the WRNS between 1939 and 1993 and there are currently 40,000 former Wrens still alive today. All are members, irrespective of their age or position,” says Mrs Ayton. “We are often able to help supplement a former Wren’s weekly income with a small annuity and are sometimes able to assist their families with care and funeral costs.” 

To find out more about this event please contact: 

Liz Brown: - Tel; 07703 803914 

Sarah Ayton, WRNS BT: - Tel: 02392 655301 
Address: Castaway House, 311 Twyford Avenue, Portsmouth, PO2 8RN. 

Friday, 25 May 2018

Enter the Milford Flower and Produce Show

The Milford Flower and Produce Show is fast approaching and now is time to get your entries in.

This local village show has flower & produce displays with competitions for all to enjoy. 

There are categories for: Vegetables, Fruit, Flowers, Floral Art, Produce, Photography, Handcrafts, Children's classes and Scarecrow. Open to All, so just join in.

A full Schedule is available from: Community Centre, Village News, Milford News or Everton Nurseries, and entries can be made via The Village News at the foot of Milford on Sea village green, or Milford News at the other end of the village.

The Milford Flower and Produce Show takes place from 2.30pm to 4.30pm on Saturday 21st July 2018 at All Saints' Church Hall, Church Hill, Milford on Sea - Admission £1.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

The village Charity Shop is looking for volunteers

The village Charity Shop is looking for volunteers to help out on a part time basis.

This is a great way to meet people, enjoy the local community and help raise funds for the Community Centre.

If you are interested, please pop into the Charity Shop in Milford on Sea village centre (next to the Co-Op) for more information.

The Village Veg loves paper bags

A regular reader has dropped us a line to say... 

"I’m hoping you can give a plug in your newsletter about our village vegetable shop. There is so much written about the use of plastic and the harm it is doing to our environment, particularly the marine environment, I think we all need to try and use less.

Whereas in the supermarkets we buy fruit and vegetables wrapped in plastic, in our local vegetable shop there is hardly any plastic to be seen and goods are sold in paper bags. I’d like to encourage more people in Milford to know about this and use it!!"

Well said - paper is best!


Owner, Nick Munnik has run a successful greengrocers (Village Veg) in Brockenhurst for nine years, and  opened a fully refreshed and well-stocked shop in Milford on Sea village centre in July 2017, also named Village Veg.

The new shop is managed by Kirsty Munnick, and is located in the same premises of Milford's previous greengrocers, Marjorie's.

You can even order fruit and veg boxes online at:

(Sadly, they don't sell chocolate, but banana fritters are a treat worth having!) 

Village Veg
Church Hill, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QH‎

Beach Hut Owners Vertical Climb

An article appeared in the Daily Mail Online on the 16th May, showing Tracey Mead and her father, Graham Watling who are having to climb a vertical 12ft wall of pebbles to their £20,000 cabins after the council refuses to replenish shingle bank washed away by high tides.

Picture from Daily Mail - taken by Phil Yeomans BNPS
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Thursday, 17 May 2018

Milford on Sea Railway Station

Mark Clayson from the award winning The Bay Trees B&B in the village is involved with the New Forest Model Railway Society Annual Exhibition at the end of this month, and Mark has built his own version of what Milford on Sea station may have looked like if we had actually had one!

You can see this and lots more at the exhibition. Click here for more information.

The future of Milford War Memorial Hospital

A packed community centre listened attentively to the presentation by the director and deputy director of West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) on the future of Milford War Memorial Hospital. As part of the League of Hospital Friends’ AGM, the guest speakers were the highlight of the afternoon. 

Director Rachel King reviewed the history of the hospital and then spoke of future planning for it and for services in the wider area. 

The NHS owns the hospital and site though not the medical centre. While recognising the hospital is valued by the community, it is assessed as not fit for modern purpose, and does not comply with current legislation on access, corridors and other matters. A recent survey concluded £700,000 would be needed just to bring it up to an acceptable standard. The hospital is 10% utilised, meaning that the NHS/taxpayers fund the non-productive 90% . 

The CCG was impressed by the community’s strong response to their recent survey and open meetings. Currently, Milford at 31% has nearly twice the national average (17%) of residents aged over 65. The CCG strategy is for local services near home, though Lymington Hospital was a valuable resource, despite difficulties accessing it by public transport. Another problem is the difficulty people experience in affording to live in the district, and this impacts on availability of care support professionals. 

The hospital offers a clinic for leg ulcer care, some optical services, exercise classes, and accommodation for a dialysis service. It could provide short term “step up / step down” facilities - beds for 6 weeks, to relieve the problem of delayed transfer out of acute hospitals. End-of-life-care was another possibility. The pharmacy was much valued, and the return of a phlebotomy service would be welcomed, and also local podiatry. 

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The director envisaged the next steps would be to investigate needs; Hampshire County Council (HCC) was very interested in exploring with the CCG, and maybe Oakhaven, a care home facility on the site. 

There were other options, based on population needs, which would have to be processed in stages, and formal planning processes observed. Schemes would have to be tested for affordability. It was difficult to give a timescale but the CCG undertook to continue working with the community and League of Hospital Friends. 

Deputy director Catherine Bowell then reviewed current initiatives, including “Get Hampshire Walking”; “Time of Our Life” campaign, preparing for a heathy future; the new clinical pharmacist reviewing over 6,000 patients’ medication; the Frailty Support Team, and Dementia care. 

Questions from the floor were then invited. 

There was concern that the hospital building would continue to deteriorate before the 2021 start date for structural work, and there was a sense of disappointment that since 2005 nothing had really happened. It was hoped that there could be a plan of action for the near future, say the next 2-3 years. 

The director confirmed that there was no intention to withdraw present services; the building was being maintained and kept safe, although there would be no major expenditure on it. Keeping the actual fabric of the building would be dependent on the next steps. 

Strong feelings were expressed that there had been a lot of talk about processes but not much hope held out of a “date for first delivery”. The director said that there were several options to consider including working with HCC to develop a care home unit to address local needs. 

There being no other questions, chairman Mrs Julie Badham thanked the CCG for their presentation, and the meeting concluded with light refreshments.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Calling All Local Voluntary Organisations

The Milford on Sea Charitable Trust and Community Panel are inviting representatives of all Voluntary Organisations serving Milford, Everton and Keyhaven to join them for a coffee morning on Saturday 16th June between 10am and 12noon in the Community Centre, Sea Road, Milford on Sea. 

MoS Community Panel is a networking group attended by representatives of many local voluntary organisations. They meet once every two months to discuss the needs of residents, particularly those who may be vulnerable, and develop projects to meet those needs. Milford Befrienders is a good example of one of our initiatives. Another is the Seahorses parent and toddler group. 

Members of the Panel recently established a charity to support existing groups, and new projects which benefit people living in the parish of Milford on Sea. 

Active members of voluntary organisations often meet up at the Newcomers’ Supper, which over the years has given an opportunity for us to network. However, we feel we need a more targeted approach for those organisations who depend on volunteers, to get together to discuss how we recruit them, perhaps at a special event. The Panel are planning to launch “Community Information Points” and we would like your input on how best to do this. We do hope you will come along to discuss areas of mutual interest and how we can work together to better fulfil the varied needs of our community.

Please RSVP to Ruth Bufton: 01590 641875 

The Milford on Sea Charitable Trust is a registered charity no 1172750

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Phone Box & Family Fun from the Dementia Action Group

Have you been in the old phone box on the village green lately? - It no longer has a phone!

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During May, the Parish Council took over responsibility for the phone box to protect it for the village, and now they have allowed the Milford on Sea Dementia Action Group to fill it with information, as part of the national dementia awareness campaign.

The Milford on Sea Dementia Action Group is run by volunteers and does much valuable work across the village, and they would like to welcome the whole community to their Family Fun Afternoon on Sunday 13th May on the Village Green from 12noon to 4pm. 

Come along for afternoon tea with wonderful homemade cakes, raffle and tombola, arts, craft and plant stalls. For children there will be a toddlers’ play area, pottery, face painting, and baby chicks! 

Highlights of the afternoon will be an open air music class led by Professor Andrew Knights, a performance by the U3A Singing for Fun Group, a Zumba demonstration and a harmonica group. 

The MoS Dementia Action Group work to ensure that Milford is a Dementia Friendly Community. They offer awareness sessions for organisations, businesses, and small groups. However we recognise that people and their families also need support, so the group fundraise to help provide specialist activities, alongside other groups. 

Milford has four village groups: art, music, reminiscence and a monthly activity group, all held in the Community Centre. The Action Group provide the funding for the Reminiscence and Activity Groups, and will eventually take over the Music Group too. All four groups are highly successful. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers support each group. 

The Milford on Sea Dementia Action Group are supported by the Parish Council and the Community Centre, and we can all support them by visiting their Family Fun Afternoon on Sunday.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Discover Milford on a Guided Walk

Lymington Town Tours operate a number of interesting walking tours of Lymington and the surrounding area, this includes Milford on Sea and the tours below may be of interest:

Walk The Story of Milford

The old hamlet of Milford was mentioned in the Domesday Book: a few houses around a green and a watermill, having about 50 inhabitants. Nothing changed very much for centuries until the late Victorian age, when it decided to change its image.....

Stroll through the village of Milford-on-Sea and its lovely wooded Pleasure Grounds while your guide relates how the sleepy hamlet of Milford tried to live down its smuggling days and changed its name to try to rival genteel Eastbourne. Hear the story of the string of pearls seven yards long....

NOTE: This walk takes about 1¾ hours and includes some footpaths. The footpath by the Mill Pond and woods would be unsuitable for wheelchairs.

This walk starts on the Village Green and finishes on the cliff top at the Beach House.

7pm: 23rd May 2018 | Other dates available, please click here.

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Walk Milford - Voices from The Grave

So many interesting people are buried in Milford churchyard – far too many to include in our Story of Milford walk! So this walk gives us more time to tell you all about them.

Hear the stories of the Torpedo Man, the Battling Bishop, the Royal Scandal, the Murderous Pearl-Maker, and many more.

We will also look at the memorials inside the church if it is open.

Walk starts at the Lych-gate, All Saints Church, Milford-on-Sea, and explores the church and churchyard.

7pm: 30th May 2018 | Other dates available, please click here.

Please Note: All our guides are volunteers and Lymington Town Tours have no official financial backing, so they do welcome a realistic donation at the end of the walk to cover their running costs.

Lymington Town Tours

Successful Lonely Bouquet Day

The Milford Floral Art Club had a very successful day on Friday 4th May for the Lonely Bouquet Day. 

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In all the group made over 50 small posies, which were firstly arranged into the letters MFAC (Milford Floral Art Club) on the village green before distributing them around the village for people to pick up, take away and enjoy.

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Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Will raises funds for Oakhaven Hospice Trust

Over this May Bank Holiday weekend Will Ayling, (Son of Joy Ayling, former owner of Milford Models & Hobbies) completed the Isle of Wight Ultra Challenge 2018

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Over 1,600 adventurers walked, jogged and ran around the Island's stunning 106km coastal path.  

Will was fundraising for Oakhaven Hospice Trust in memory of his father Miles, and he has raised over an impressive £2,500 after originally setting himself a target of £1000.

Now in it's 5th year - the Isle of Wight Challenge raised over £500,000 for the fantastic Charities.

If you would like to increase Will's total you can do so by clicking here.