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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Duality at The Beach House

Many in the village will know Christine Mulgrew, founder of Total Voice Choir. Christine herself is a very accomplished and talented singer, and she has now joined forces with her friend and amazing pianist Rebecca Presland to form a performance duo called Duality .

Christine's local performances are always popular, and Duality will next be performing at The Beach House at 7pm on Sunday 16th October.

The Beach House 
Park Lane, Milford on Sea, SO41 0PT
01590 643044

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Help a Lost Racing Pigeon

For the last week there has been a lost racing pigeon in and around a garden in Milford on Sea. 

The bird has tags on both feet and does not seem willing to fly away but just walks around looking for food. 

If anyone who has an interest or knowledge in racing pigeons, or birds in general can you please help to rescue it.

Please contact Rosemary Phillips on 01590 641332. 

New Organic Health Products in Milford

Local resident, Gina Maziere has enbarked on a new business venture promoting an extensive range of health benefiting products, and she the only representative in this area.

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The unique organic health and beauty products have been developed by teams of experts, and they have not been in the UK for long, although they have been used all over America and the range is known for its quality.

To find out more please click on links below, or contact Gina directly.

Gina Maziere - 07748 845889

Superfast Broadband: Registered Your Interest

You may recall that in June this year we ran an article entitled: Superfast Broadband: Milford Update which featured Alexandra Paton, Marketing Officer at Hampshire Superfast Broadband Programme.

In the article Alexandra said; “A further 7 cabinets will be upgraded under wave 2 of our programme, between July 2017 and June 2018. These upgrades will cover a further 700 premises.”

Shorefield Country Park have recently initiated a CFP (Community Fibre Partnership) with BT to understand the funding needs behind putting Fibre into these cabinets that don’t have it. They have been contacted by BT and are currently building a list of names, addresses, landlines and cabinet details from people in the local area.

Shorefield's would like to put Wi-Fi across their Lytton Lawn park as soon as possible, and it is likely that a number of residents and businesses want fibre broadband now, and not between 2017 and 2018. 

Once Shorefield's have built a substantial list, they aim to send this to BT to move onto the next step of the CFP, which will mean receiving rough pricing for installing the fibre infrastructure. 

It would be an extreme help to Sam at Shorefield Country Park if anyone is interested in getting Fibre into these cabinets to add their details by clicking here.

If you need any further information please don’t hesitate to contact: Sam Turner at Shorefield Country Park | - Direct Tel: 01590 648 379 - Head Office Number: 01590 648 300

It's going to be Wicked!

Some of you may remember the vocal talents of Emily-Jane Slade who sang with her mum, Joanne at the village's Queen's Birthday Picnic. Her grandfather is Keith Metcalf, former Milford on Sea Parish Clerk.

If you would like to hear Emily sing again, she is in the cast of an exciting show called The Wizard is Wicked which is coming to the New Forest Arts Centre in New Milton on the the 4th & 5th November.

Please click on the image of the poster for more information.

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It is never too soon to get your tickets!

Saving the Admiral Cornwallis Gravestone

A famous ex-resident of Milford on Sea is Admiral William Cornwallis and 2019 sees the bicentenary of his death. 

Experts and enthusiasts in the navy of Nelson’s time are of the opinion that Cornwallis is hugely under-recognised for his contribution to the wars with France in the final years of the 18th and the early 19th centuries. Had he not commanded the blockade of the French channel ports with such efficiency, it is unlikely that Nelson would have been able to engage in, much less win, the Battle of Trafalgar.

His grave ledger has deteriorated. It is broken in two, the inscription is almost illegible and it has extensive lichen growth. It is in danger of further deterioration from ground moisture and mowing operations. 

Conservation and repair of the ledger will cost in the region of £3,000, including VAT. In addition, it is proposed that interpretation and information material be produced detailing Cornwallis’s naval career and achievements, his connection with Milford alongside those of John Whitby, Whitby’s widow and Admirals John Peyton and Robert Mann who are also buried in Milford on Sea.

It is anticipated that, in 2019, some form of rededication ceremony will be arranged with significant naval presence and media coverage. The Museum of Army Chaplaincy holds a set of memorial communion plate given by the Whitby’s daughter in memory of Admiral Cornwallis and it is hoped that this will be made available for display at the service.

The Milford on Sea Historical Record Society is therefore raising funds for the restoration of the Cornwallis and Peyton Memorials at All Saints Church, Milford on Sea.

People, Places and Things is a A talk by Chris Hobby and Bob Braid about Milford on Sea, which will be held on Saturday 22nd October at 7.30pm, at All Saints Church Hall, Milford on Sea.

Tickets are £5 (to include a drink and nibbles). Tickets available from The Village News, High Street, Milford on Sea, from Chris Hobby (01590 645164,, and on the door.

Pick the Hordle Token at Tesco

Sarah Pitt, Milford on Sea's Assistant Parish Clerk, who is also a school governor, has dropped us a line to let us know that Hordle (CE) Primary School has been shortlisted to receive a grant from Tesco to make major improvements to the nature area of the school so it can be transformed into a wildlife garden. The whole community will be able to access the garden, to enjoy and learn about nature and the importance of conservation and sustainability.

Every time you shop in Tesco, Caird Avenue, New Milton between 26th September and 9th October you will receive a token from the checkout. Sarah and all Hordle (CE) Primary School would be so grateful if you could please place it in the Hordle Primary School slot on your way out of the store, and also vote for them to win up to £12,000 for this exciting and important project. 

Please spread the word to your friends and family too!

Thank you on behalf of all the pupils, staff and wider community of Hordle.

Friday, 16 September 2016

New Development Near Village Green

It is likely that few people will be aware that there is a large empty house (Named Merlin) with a significant amount of land which lies up the gravel drive of Oasis Dental practice, and spreads across to Barnes Lane. 

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Development of this plot will be discussed at the Parish Council Meeting on Monday 19th September 2016. (6.30pm in the Village Hall/Library)

We understand that a chartered Surveyor will be at that meeting ascertaining public opinion for the developers who are preparing plans. 

If you would like to express your opinion, or if you are simply interested in hearing the discussion, please go along to the meeting.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Watch New Beach Huts Being Built

The rebuilding of the Milford on Sea beach huts is underway following the devastating storms on Valentine's Day 2014.

Thanks to company called Vision Link' you can now watch the building progress through a camera located on the sea front promenade overlooking the new beach hut. the construction is being carried out by Raymond Brown Construction Ltd.

The camera operates from Dawn to Dusk, 7 days a week, and updates its images every hour. The tecnology is 100% solar powered and uses a 3G data network connection for transmitting images. 

To see the beach hut camera: Please click here.

There is also a Twitter account for the camera which you can visit by clicking here.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Anyone for Tennis?

Tucked away in a quiet corner of the village is the Milford Tennis & Squash Club which has around 700 members. Newcomers are always warmly welcomed, and you can pop along to visit any time to meet the friendly club members and to see the impressive facilities. 

The club are now starting their Autumn Tennis Programme, and if you fancy getting involved with any of the activities below, please get in touch.

Adult Coaching Programme: click here
Junior Coaching Programme: click here
Cardio Tennis Course: click here

The Tennis section has 7 all weather courts (5 with floodlights) with both adult and junior members. Full adult tennis and junior tennis programmes are run throughout the year. 

The Squash section enjoys two heated courts, with around 80 members playing social and competitive games.

To complete the services offered, the club also provides a full range of other activities, including a social activities programme, an art group, bridge, table tennis and mah jong.

To find out more, please contact:

Russell May  Head Professional @ Milford Tennis
Director of RMAcademy
T: 07793 539 275

Milford on Sea Tennis & Squash Club
Lucerne Road, Milford on Sea, SO41 0PL

Friday, 9 September 2016

Birding for Beginners with the MCV 'Birding Team'

Did you know that Over 120 species of birds have been seen at the Sturt Pond Bird Hide since February 2009?

Would you like to learn about our local feather wildlife, and help in identifying the local birds at Sturt Pond?

If you would, you can now meet the MCV 'Birding Team' at the bird hide every Saturday morning in September between 10am and 11am. (Starting this Saturday 10th September 2016.)

Experienced bird watchers will be on hand each week and visitors will have free use of binoculars, telescopes and identification books. There will also be sound recording of most of the birds likely to be encountered and the team can explain some simple techniques to help identify the birds you are likely to see along our coastline.

Youngsters under 18 years old are welcome but need to be accompanied by a responsible adult. A small donation to the MCV can be made by placing coins in the security donations box in the Bird Hide.

Venue: Bird Hide - Gate is in car park next to The Marine/The Raft on seafront in Hurst Road, .

Milford Conservation Volunteers (MCV)
Contact: Keith Metcalf – Conservation Officer
Tel: 01590 643400 or E-mail:

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Nominate Sean in the New Forest Business Awards

Our exciting water sports business in Milford on Sea high street has had an excellent summer, and their service have been regularly used by locals and visitors alike.

So pleased were some customers that they have nominated Sean's business in the New Forest Business Awards.

If would of course be nice for them to win an award for the village, so if you would like to also nominate them you can do so by using the information and link below.

Company Name: The New Forest Paddle Sport Company
Tel No: 01590 645270
Category: New Business

The New Forest Paddle Sport Company
46 High Street, Milford On Sea, SO41 0QD
Tel: 01590 645270

Enjoy Facebook? - Help the Befrienders!

A new 'Befriending Scheme' is currently being set up in Milford on Sea Village, and things are going well.

Steve Anderton, has recently joined as the team co-ordinator and there are 5+ potential 'Befrienders' in line for induction training etc.

The team are now looking to set up a Facebook page and are looking for someone to maintain this in the future and keep it updated with various materials. (Other community organisations looking for similar.)

If you would enjoy being on Facebook for half an hour or so a week for a very good cause, please drop Amanda Tanner an e-mail at:

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Fancy some Art Classes?

Local artist, Helen Theobald has been running successful art classes for several years in Milford on Sea, with a new term about to start, Helen has a few spaces left to fill on a ten week course on Thursday mornings at Keyhaven, starting on 22nd September 2016.

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If you have ever fancied trying painting with acrylic paints now is your chance!

Acrylic is a great medium to use - for beginners or anyone who likes to experiment with paint. It dries quickly, so it takes no time to build up different layers of paint and textures. If you feel your painting has failed, you just paint over it and reuse the paper! It is possible to paint on paper, board or canvas and is very durable.

Acrylic paint is very versatile and much easier to use than watercolour because you can paint over your mistakes! It can also be used with oil pastels, collage, charcoal etc to create exciting mixed media paintings.

You can see examples of Helen's own work at

To find out more about the art course, please contact Helen at:

Friday, 2 September 2016

La Perle in Good Food Guide

Sam Hughes, chef/patron at La Perle in Milford on Sea High Street has once again received an accolade for the wonderful food he serves.

La Perle are to be featured in the Good Food Guide 2017 sponsored by Waitrose, and the guide will be published on the 5th September 2016.

We hope Sam's entry in this prestidious guide will attract diners from far and wide to try his wonderful dishes, - and also discover the other great places we have to eat in the village!

La Perle
60 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QD
01590 643557

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Fire at Mr Pink's

Lovers of the Great British classic fish & chips meal will be disappointed when they discover that Mr Pink's in Milford on Sea has had a fire and is going to be closed for the foreseeable few weeks.

As the chip shop team prepared to open for the evening on Wednesday 24th August 2016 the oil in one of the chip pan vats caught fire. Taking place at the height of the holiday season, and with the village hostelries and holiday parks full of families, means lots of disappointed customers and of course a significant loss of trade for our local chippy business.

Fortunately no one was hurt in the incident, although there was substantial internal damage including to the ceiling.

The Fire Service were quickly on the scene with five crews attending from Lymington, New Milton and Brockenhurst. The crews used breathing apparatus to go inside to gain control of the blaze and to minimise damage or spread to neighbouring buildings.

A sign now sits in the shop door window informing customers the chip shop will be 'Closed until further notice.' We hope that they will reopen soon - Milford on Sea without its chippy just doesn't feel right!

Monday, 22 August 2016

Sue on her bike from London to Windsor

Local Milford on Sea resident, Sue Forward is embarking on a 29 mile cycling challenge from London to Windsor in aid of Oakhaven Hospice Trust on 4th September 2016.

Lymington's Oakhaven Hospice offers loving support to so many, and Sue is aiming to raise money in the memory of Robin Murray-Walker a wise and supportive true gentleman.

If you would like to sponsor Sue, please click here.

Friday, 19 August 2016

A Pink Place Lunch

Milford on Sea is of course as good a place as you can get to live, but sadly this does not make people immune from personal tragedy. 

Sonia Sewell, a stalwart volunteer for several causes and events in Milford on Sea, is also very close to The Pink Palace, a Hampshire based breast cancer charity set up by her daughter, Julia Dingwall. Tragically Julia was taken by this awful condition, but thankfully the good work of her charity carries on. 

To continue to raise funds for this very worthy cause, Sonia will be running a Charity Lunch in aid of The Pink Place on Friday 2nd September at 1pm at the Community Centre. The lunch cost £5pp.

Please wear something pink!

The lunch is the latest in the First Friday Lunch programme which runs regularly at the Community Centre. At each lunch a local charity or good cause is invited to be the hosts and beneficiaries, and over the years many thousands of pounds have been raised.

Go on, give it a try, eating and doing good is just my type of charity work!

The Pink Place

Milford Artists by the Sea

In the late nineteenth century Newlyn and St Ives in Cornwall became famous for attracting artists who enjoyed painting in the  impressionistic style on subject matter drawn from scenes of local life.

Today it appears Milford on Sea attracts and inspires many artist who record the beautiful area we  are so fortunate to live in.

If you would like to see their work, then you can meet many of them when The Hampshire Open Studios runs, once again, from Saturday August 20th through to Bank Holiday Monday 29th August 2016. This is an annual art trail where local residents and visitors can meet the artists in their homes, studios, local halls and galleries. Milford on Sea and Keyhaven has 8 venues:

Eileen and Peter Sey are exhibiting from ‘Coppins’ in Barnes Lane, Jules Carpenter and Guests from Downlea at 23 Downton Lane, Mary Williams, Christine Calder and Joyce Grainger in All Saints Church Hall, George Woodford at 14 Champion Close, the Splinters group at the Community Centre whilst Kate and Laura Danby are at Church Hill Studio, Old Walls, Church Hill.

There is also Christina Young at Creek End on Saltgrass Lane, Keyhaven and Keyhaven Artists are at the Scout Hut Hall.

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Kate Danby’s paintings are dominated by local landscapes mainly worked in acrylic and mixed media. Prints and cards are also available. Laura is a printmaker inspired by iconic Scandinavian design and the bold colours of the 1950’s. You will find a unique selection of bright cards, gifts, colourful animal illustrations and acrylic animal jewellery. Church Hill Studio is open 11am to 5 pm.

Full details are available at: or pick up a brochure in one of the participating venues.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Dancing Cows on TV with Pig the Dog!

Milford on Sea resident and local master brewer, Richard Baker had a surprise visit to his Dancing Cows brewery/distillery on Wednesday last week.

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Unannounced, they were invaded by a television crew filming actress Sarah Parish walking along the coastal path between Lymington and Keyhaven with her dog called Pig.

After a friendly welcome, they all picked some angelica on Lower Pennington Lane, tasted the botanicals going into the new foraged rowan berry and oat gin and then sampled a few measures of different spirits….and all before 10am!

The Channel 4 TV programme is called ‘Coastal Walks with my Dog’ featuring a different celebrity each week with technological highpoints including a ‘dog-cam’ to show the walk from the pooch’s perspective.

It is not very known when the programme will be screened, but we will let you know when we find out.

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Dancing Cows
make a full range of tasty craft beers and their really popular Lymington Gin which is distilled to 43% with juniper, coriander seeds, angelica root and seeds, orris root, bitter orange peel, cardamom, fresh lemon zest and sweet almonds. The finished gin is then infused with hops to give a heady aroma, increased texture and a flavour that really goes well with lime.

If you would like to find our more about Dancing Cows beer or spirits, please contact Richard Baker below:

Dancing Cows Ltd.
Sadlers Farm Workshops, Lower Pennington Lane, Lymington.
07952 639465

Dancing Cows Brewery/Distillery
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