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Saturday, 13 October 2018

Michael Turner's latest sculpture

Local Milford on Sea resident and extraordinary sculptor, Michael Turner has revealed his latest work entitled; Gorilla 'Just Cruising'.

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The silverback Gorilla has all the attitude needed to stop you in your tracks. The motorbike, based on a vintage Harley Davidson, has been painstakingly hand crafted by Michael, who is always keen to get every detail and aspect right.

All of Michael's sculptures are hand crafted and each individual piece is totally unique. Michael uses high grade 316 marine stainless steel for all of his sculptures, these are able to withstand the most harshest of weather elements, making the sculptures perfect for your garden.

To see more of Michael's fabulous creations please click here.

If you would like any more information on the Gorilla or to commission a piece similar to this, then please do get in touch with Michael.

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Michael Turner Stainless Steel Sculpture
07773 220186 / 07976 7138126

Friday, 12 October 2018

Nights Out with the Milford Festival

Due to a love of a night out the Milford Festival is putting on a few special events in the next couple of months to help to make this already fabulous village a tiny bit more brilliant.

Starting with another comedy night on the 21st of Nov 2018 which will feature all new stand up acts. 

Then, on the 1st Dec 2018 they will have a wonderful Tenor Andrew Morris and guitarist Will Scott who will light up the All Saints Church with a wonderful set of classics and some truly moving less known gems. 

You can book tickets today via the Milford on Sea Community Centre Box Office.

Milford Festival
01590 642020

SLAM School Lane & Manor Road-Part 2

Following on from our recent article about SLAM School Lane & Manor Road (click here to read) we have been asked to publish below:
MOS1: Appeal by the Developer, Pennyfarthing

Pennyfarthing have made an appeal against the NFDC’s Planning Committee’s decision to refuse their planning application, 17/10606, to build 42 homes on the land north of School Lane.

Appelant’s Name: Mr Holmes - Pennyfarthing Homes
Appeal Reference: APP/B1740/W/18/3209706
Appeal Start Date: 07/09/18
Deadline for Representations: 19/10/18

If you wish to make new comments online (if, for example, you did not post an objection to planning application 17/10606), or amend or withdraw comments you have already made, you can do so at:

You can access the appeal by entering the last 7 digits of the Appeal Reference; 3209706, which then eventually leads you to a form where you can enter and send your comments online.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Help out with Poppy Appeal

Jan England is again organising the Milford on Sea village Poppy Appeal and she needs a hand from existing and new volunteers.

If you might like to help with the Poppy Appeal by offering to do an hour or so doing a street collection in the village centre (not house to house unless you would prefer that) she would love to hear from you.

Jan has also had a computer problem and lost all of her usual volunteer email addresses, so if you have helped before, can you please get in touch with Jan.

If you can help out, please contact Jan on:

One for the diary:
Remembrance Concert by the Bournemouth Male Voice Choir on Friday 9th November at 7pm at All Saints' Church. 

Free Entry with Retiring Collection for Poppy Appeal at door.

Around the Green Photo wins competition

'Around The Green’ by John Wilson
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The Intermediate Class of a photographic competition by Ludshott Photo Club saw the top image being awarded to ‘Around The Green’ by John Wilson. 

Mr Wilson’s image was of the village green at Milford-on-Sea, taken as a 360° panorama using software that produced a perfectly circular picture. 

For more information, visit

Free to Learn and Explore at Milford-on-Sea Primary School

At Milford-on-Sea Primary School they have a ‘Classroom without Walls’ approach to their learning and embrace the great outdoors as part of the rich and exciting curriculum. 

The school provides Forest Schools for all children from Reception to Year 4. The forest school philosophy is to encourage and inspire positive outdoor experiences and we provide this through our very own ‘Little Wood’ in the grounds of the school. Children have the opportunity to learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and most importantly to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others. 

Younger students get creative
in MoS School ‘Little Wood’.
A typical afternoon in the ‘Little Wood’ might see children whittling wood, making miniature animal creatures out of clay, role playing in the ‘mud kitchen’, climbing trees, building dens and enjoying a hot chocolate by the campfire. It is no wonder that they wanted to extend this exciting curriculum and philosophy by offering Beach School to older pupils. 

Year 5 and 6 enjoy a
blindfolded sensory experience
on a blustery Milford Beach
Every week at Beach School, a group off Year 5 and Year 6 students spend their afternoon studying the coast, marine life and conservation. They are also able to link activities to curriculum areas like literacy, art, science and geography. Children enjoy paddling in the sea, creating sculptures from driftwood and foraging for interesting materials. Children have even started to make a ‘Beach School Museum’ collecting all the weird and wonderful things they find at MoS beach – which is serving to highlight the increasing problem of plastic pollution and waste in our oceans. An important part of the beach school philosophy is about sustainability and looking after our coastline. 

Children are taught to treat the beach environment with respect and to leave the beach as they find it. Each session always finishes with a litter pick to ensure that the children are giving something back to the community for their time on the beach. Beach schools is all about exploring and gives children freedom to learn in a wonderfully, stimulating environment. The fresh sea air and exercise has a positive effect on children’s well-being and self- esteem. The teachers often see a completely different child down on the beach, to how they are in the classroom. Beach school gives children the opportunity to be independent and assess risks for themselves. It is fantastic to hear children sharing advice on how to stay safe before embarking on activities, instilling them with the necessary resilience and skills to take on risk and challenge in their future lives. 

The school has been incredibly lucky with some fantastic weather so far this year but autumn is well on the way and the wind and rain is around the corner. You can be sure to still see the enthusiastic students in waterproofs and wellies, ready to embrace the ever changing beauty of our great outdoors! 

Beach School is looking for volunteers

If you have a free afternoon and would like to offer your time please contact: or call the school on 01590 642945.

SLAM School Lane & Manor Road

We have been contacted by a local group, SLAM who are proposing an alternative plan for how affordable housing could be built in Milford on Sea without concreting over the Green Belt as is currently planned in MOS1 and MOS2. 

They have infomred us that their is a deadline for people to make comments to the Government Inspector on Pennyfarthing's appeal against NFDC's refusal of their planning application for MOS1. 

The deadline is next Fri 19th October

The SLAM group has sent below message to more than 100 local residents who object to MOS1 to try and maximise the number of comments sent to the Government Inspector. 

From: SLAM School Lane & Manor Road
Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2018 at 15:48
Subject: MOS1. Time for Action!! Deadline Fri 19th October

"Hi, there is only just over a week left to let the Government Inspector know what you think about Pennyfarthing's appeal against NFDC's decision to refuse their planning application, 17/10606, to build 42 homes on the land north of School Lane. 

If you have not yet sent your comments to the Government Inspector and wish to do so, please see in attached message detail of how to do this and some suggestions on the issues you might want to raise. 

Time is running out!! Act now to help Milford on Sea's future. 

Can We Help? If you need any support or advice, please send an email to and we will do our best to help." 

Best regards 

Andrew, Monica, Maggie, John, Anna, Luca 

SLAM group

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Freedom to Learn seeks new Treasurer

You may know of Freedom to Learn, an education charity based in Milford on Sea that is working to improve access to and quality of education for some of the most marginalised and vulnerable children in rural Nepal. 

The board of trustees is looking for a new Treasurer as their long standing Treasurer is standing down this month. The role will require someone who has great organisation skills, and experience in dealing with financial management as they will be overseeing the financial administration of our organisation. They would also need to attend 3 Trustee meetings year. All in all it will take an average of around 3 hours of volunteering per month.

The role of Treasurer is vital to Freedom to Learn's success as a charity in supporting some fantastic teachers and students in Nepal. Please do get in touch if you are interested. 

You can find out more about the work at, email at: or call Joey Owen 01590 644961

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Freedom to Learn
Joey Owen, UK Project Manager


Monday, 1 October 2018

Spectacular Verveine Cook Book launched

David Wykes, patron/chef of the excellent Verveine Restaurant in Milford on Sea High Street has launched his own cook book entitled 'Verveine'.

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The book is packed full of amazing recipes, flavour guides and incredible photography. 

It is unlikely that we can all have the pleasure of eating at Verveine daily, so it is great that everyone can now enjoy Dave's passion and talents in pictures. The food at Verveine is art without a doubt.

It has long been Dave's dream to create a cook book, and it is a pleasure to see his dream realised, particularly as he has created this whilst being full-time in his restaurant kitchen delighting diners on a daily basis.

If you are looking to cook something wonderful at home, or to create a dish to impress friends at a dinner party, then look no further.

It would also make a great Christmas Present!

Dave can deliver the book anywhere in the UK for a total price of £40. Just give them a call to order your copy today on 01590 642176. 

The book is a must for any keen cook, food or photography lover. 

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

La Perle opens a new Cocktail Bar

The Team at La Perle is excited to have opened a new Cocktail Bar in their Restaurant. You are now welcome to enjoy an aperitif prior to eating, or to round off your meal with a coffee or digestif in the bar area. 

La Perle has also launched a new Grill Menu with a selection of starters, steaks, burgers, fish, sharing platters and tasty nibbles. There's is something for everyone as a snack or meal.

You can take a look at the new menus on the La Perle website. Please click here to see new menus.

You can also take advantage of La Perle's Happy Hour between 5pm and 7pm Tuesdays to Thursdays when you can 'Buy 1 Get 1 Free' on Cocktails, Beers and Wine by the Glass! 

La Perle 
60 High Street 
Milford on Sea 
01590 643557 

Hattie is off on her bike

Last Saturday Hattie's Soup Lunch event went really well even though it was a very wet Saturday - but then again, perfect for a warm bowl of soup.

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Hattie and her mum Rachel, were hugely grateful to the Village Veg (greengrocer in village) for super quality vegetables and to everyone who attended and was so helpful and supportive. They are now thinking of holding another Soup Saturday in January 2019.

In the meantime Hattie carries on at a pace with her fundraising to secure her place on the African Adventures trip to help a Kenyan childrens' charity.

She is next undertaking the round the Isle of Wight cycle route (70 miles) on Saturday 13th October 2018.  Training has been going well in the Forest but she knows after riding on the flat, how challenging the hills will be on the Island.

If you would like to sponsor Hattie you can do so by clicking here.

Peter publishes new Railway Cranes Book

Peter Tatlow, an author and resident of Milford on Sea has published another book entitled: Railway Cranes, Volume 3, hand, steam and diesel rail-mounted travelling cranes of Great Britain.

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As a sequel to his two previously published volumes on Railway Breakdown Cranes, Peter Tatlow’s new book looks at the smaller cranes used by the engineers’ and other departments mostly on trackwork, though sometimes they operated at stations on other duties. Peter’s background as a professional engineer lent considerable weight to these works, both of the earlier ones having received unqualified praise from reviewers. 

The book is in A4, with 224 pages and priced at £35 £22.75 on Amazon. click here for more information

In series with his two earlier volumes, the book’s detailed text is accompanied by numerous colour and monochrome illustrations and the author’s meticulous drawings mostly reproduced to 4mm to 1-foot scale making them ideal for the modeller. The narrative transcends BR region and railway company boundaries and records the history of these smaller cranes from the earliest days up to the huge self-propelled machine of the present. 

Like the two previous Railway Breakdown Cranes volumes, this new book covers a subject never before tackled and so will be welcome by railway enthusiasts, historians and modellers across the board.

Friday, 28 September 2018

Bringing More History Home

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

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On the home page you see an new section called Memory Lane have a look at the photos and memories of Milford-on-Sea many years ago. Click here.

These have been sent in by visitors to the site. If you have any photos and memories which you wish to share follow this link

More house histories have been added including a fascinating account of the Everton Grange Estate. Click here.

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Several former residents of Everton Grange have been added to our People and Families section. 

More records have been added to the online catalogue which now has nearly 2,000 for you to search. Click here.

You can also check out our events section at the bottom of the Home page and make a note of the date of MOSHRS AGM. Click 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

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)

Cat hit by car on Tuesday

We have been informed that a car hit a young black cat on Tuesday evening (25th September) around 6.10pm on Park Lane just before the Kivernell Road and Westover Road junction. 

Sadly, the cat was killed instantly and two kind ladies wrapped the cat up and took it to Forest Lodge vets. 

We do not like being the bearers of bad news, but if the owners don't know it may just put their minds at rest.

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