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Friday, 16 November 2018

Stacey reveals new restaurant name

Ray’s Italian Kitchen has been revealed as the new name for Milford on Sea’s latest restaurant, lovingly named after owner, Stacey’s father. 

The restaurant, set to open on Thursday 6th December will offer carefully selected dishes, big on flavour and taste, plus the option of a ‘Small Plate’ grazing menu for sharing. 

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Stacey said: “It’s been quite an emotional ride for me these last few weeks with buying the business and then to see my dad’s name incorporated into the restaurant’s logo, I couldn’t be happier. 

“My dad had such a big impact on my life and I know he would have been excited and proud of me for returning to what I love the most – running my own restaurant.” 

Ray’s Italian Kitchen will be open every Tuesday to Saturday with coffee & cake, lunch menu and evening service from Thursday 6th December 2018.

Advanced bookings are recommended and can be made by contacting: 01590 645300 or

Ray’s Italian Kitchen
11 High Street 
Milford on Sea 
SO41 0QF

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Centre Administrator sought for Community Centre

Centre Administrator 

The Community Centre Trustees are seeking to recruit an Administrator to help with the smooth day to day running of Milford on Sea Village Community Centre, which provides a vital role in the village offering a wide range of activities, social support and information. 

The Administrator will be the main point of contact for the public and users of the Centre and will require experience in general office administration with good IT skills. Should also have experience in: management of bookings, preparation of invoices and maintenance of diary and petty cash records together with handling enquiries from the public and engaging with users of the Centre as well as supporting the Trustees’ activities. 

This is a part time permanent position of 20 hours per week with hours to be worked mainly Monday – Friday 10am to 2pm. Some flexibility on these times may be required. 

Salary range will be between £10,000 and £13,000 commensurate with experience. 

If you feel you are the right person for this role & can respond to what is needed please apply by sending your CV to

Choir thrill at Remembrance Concert

Milford on Sea Village Royal British Legion fundraiser, Jan England is delighted to announce that last Fridays 'Immortal Heroes' Remembrance Concert by the Bournemouth Male Voice Choir at All Saints' Church was a great success and very well attended.

The performance was a fusion of music, narrated history of particular WW1 events and some of the poetry written at the time.

Entry to the concert was free and the church was full despite the weather. Jan said; "The standing ovation at the end of the concert was the first I've seen in the church and great to see." She also sends her thanks to all that supported the event.

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On leaving the concert there was a retiring collection for the Poppy Appeal which raised an impressive £1220.

Friday, 9 November 2018

Bid for the White Horse Pub

The Parish Council has been notified by the District Council that the owners of the White Horse Pub in Keyhaven Road, Milford on Sea intend to sell it. 

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The pub is registered as an Asset of Community Value, which means that if any Community Interest Group would like to bid for it, they have until 17th December 2018 to do so. 

If you want to like to submit an expression of interest in the pub, contact the Parish Office on: 01590 644410 or email:

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Fuel Hair Mechanics cutting edge barbers

Milford on Sea village has a new barbers, and it appears they have a modern twist and even look after the great beards that you see around these days.

The team of senior technicians at Fuel Hair Mechanics, Simon, Sammi and Ian, are now offering a full range of hair care services which include such names as The Chop, ZZ Top and Chop Full MOT, Down to the Bone, Bob's Buzz Cut... and more. All of the services are detailed on their website. so you can take a look by clicking here, or pop in to see what is happening.

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Fuel Hair Mechanics
61 High Street, Milford On Sea, SO41 0QG
01590 718992

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Stacey set to open new restaurant in the village

Local businesswoman, Stacey Crouch is embarking on her first solo project by opening a new Italian restaurant inspired by her late father, in the heart of Milford on Sea. 

The restaurant, whose name is yet to be revealed, will be serving Italian cuisine and small plates in a relaxed and friendly environment. 

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Stacey will bring to this business a wealth of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry, including her recent position as General Manager at The Mill at Gordleton. 

Stacey said: “I have been looking to buy a business in Milford for some time now so this is the perfect opportunity for me to return to what I love doing the most – running my own restaurant – with a fantastic, experienced team to support me. 

“My Dad was one of my greatest supporters and would have been delighted to learn that I am taking on this new venture.” 

The new restaurant will open on Thursday 6th December and be located at 11 High Street, Milford on Sea.

Advanced bookings can be made by calling 01590 645300.

Lisa's Larder goes Online with Farmer's Choice

After months of planning, Lisa's Larder our local farm shop at Aubrey Farm near Keyhaven, are very excited to introduce 'Lisa's Larder at Farmer's Choice' a new unique collaboration with this highly regarded home delivery specialist who share their passion to bring the very best local produce direct to your door.

Here is how it is going to work: 

When you click here follow the link and it will take you to a Lisa's Larder home page within the Farmer's Choice website. Here you will see some Shop Now buttons for Keyhaven Lamb etc. There is also a list of the Lisa's Larder favourites some that you may be familiar with and some new products which you can add to your basket.

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You will also see there are some other tabs at the top of the page including Christmas. Farmer's Choice have a huge range of products which you can access, all are locally sourced wherever possible and of excellent quality so you can add veg, eggs even milk. 

When you check out you will be asked to register and your transaction and payment is securely made directly to Farmer's Choice. You will be given some information on the Farmer's Choice Family Membership scheme. If you wish to become a regular shopper you can pay a monthly amount towards your shop and get cashback vouchers to spend, or you can just pay as you go. 

Deliveries to the South of England are made via their own delivery drivers using their own fleet of vans. Lisa's Larder were very impressed with the communication, recyclable packaging and very personal service that we received. If you are out of area a national next day courier service is available. 

Deliveries to the New Forest are on a Thursday. You have until midnight Tuesday to place your order. Deliveries required on other days may be possible by courier. 

Minimum order is just £10 and Delivery is free on orders over £80. 

Most of your items will be delivered frozen with the exception of dairy, veg etc. Look out for the symbols for frozen and fresh next to the product description so you know how to expect your purchases. 

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Lisa appreciates that this will be a convenient way to shop for local produce and of course get a regular supply of Keyhaven Lamb. Lisa's Larder are also considering a click and collect option weekly from the farm once they get things up and running.

Finally, it is very important when you register for your first order that you please put the code LISAM8JLWM7 so Farmer's Choice know you are a Lisa's Larder customer.

Now sit back, and in true Lisa's Larder style, have a large glass of something in one hand and get shopping!!

To visit Lisa's Larder at Farmer's Choice: please click here.

Lisa's Larder
Aubrey Farm, Milford on Sea, SO41 0TH

Ellie's golfing exploits continue

Milford on Sea village schoolgirl, Ellie Mans (13) certainly enjoyed her half term holidays on the fairways. 

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She won Dorset Girl’s Crane Valley Peter Alliss Trophy (Oct 21st) with 43 points, the following day she finished 3rd in her final outing for Hampshire U18 Girls at Cams Hall with 38 points. 

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Two days later Ellie won the Autumn Trophy at Brokenhurst Manor Golf Club with 39 Pts. 

Due to these quality performances Ellie’s handicap has tumbled to 10.0. 

She is a member of the Barton Golf Club Junior Academy and is coached by Barton Golf Club Head Pro, Pete Rodgers. 

Ellie is also the 2018 Hampshire County Champion for her age group and a member of the Dorset U18 First Team.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Visit or have stall at New Milton Christmas Festival

The New Milton Town Partnership have contacted us to give details for their major Christmas events.

The New Milton Town Partnership Christmas Festival is the big Christmas celebration in New Milton with a Craft Fayre at the Memorial Centre on Saturday 17th November.

A week later on the 24th November, the New Milton Annual Festival is in Station Road. There will be stalls, live entertainment, fun fair, and ending with the Lions Christmas Parade, this year with a Disney theme, and finally the switching on of New Milton’s Christmas Lights.

If anyone is interested in having a stall there are a few remaining pitches for either or both events. The cost to stallholders is Craft Fayre £25, Festival on Station Road £35 and Charitable Organisations £15 for either. Please e-mail for details and book your pitch. Public Liability Insurance is required and, if you do not have it, can be provided for £10 per event.

Sunday, 28 October 2018

Rock Anthem for the Village

When jazz, blues and rock musician Ivan Chandler moved to Milford on Sea in April 2016, he thought it was the place to be. He loved the people, the pubs, the shops, the village green, the sea and the beach so much he decided it was something to sing about.

He was sitting in the Needles Eye Cafe one day when something caught his eye. It was a tea towel displayed on the wall that said, quite simply, 'Milford on Sea - The Place To Be.'

The words kept going over and over in his mind and soon he’d formed a tune for a rock anthem called 'Milford on Sea – Place To Be'! 

The foot-stomping song mentions many of the local shops, businesses and attractions. Its catchy chorus will soon have listeners singing along, it’s very rock’n roll. 

Ivan “Chuck” Chandler
Keyboard player Ivan recorded the song with his band, The Go Go Five, at Sunshine Corner Studios in Fleet. The CD is due to be released on 1st November 2018 and will include a bonus karaoke version, the lyrics of the song as well as a Milford on Sea map showing the locations of the places mentioned. It will be on sale for £3 cash in the local shops and via the band's website - a share of profits will be donated to local charities. 

Says Ivan “I used to be a radio promotions manager for record companies so I think I know what makes good airplay – and 'Milford on Sea – The Place To Be' seems to be just perfect!” 

About Ivan: Ivan “Chuck” Chandler started piano lessons when he was 8. By the time he was 18, he was playing keyboards for Dusty Springfield, Lulu, Cat Stevens and was musical director for Kiki Dee. 

He went on to hold senior management positions in the music industry at Motown International, Elton John’s Rocket Music company and Paramount Pictures publishing company. He formed his own Music Copyright & Licensing Consultancy company, Musicalities Ltd in 1994. 

The Go Go Five are playing live at The Red Lion in Milford on Sea on Saturday 3rd November. Showtime is 8.30pm, copies of the CD will be on sale – so don’t hesitate to turn up! 

About The Go Go Five: The band was formed in 2003 in Camberley, Surrey featuring a mix of Motown, ‘60s Soul, Jazz, Rock and Blues and plays regular gigs in many venues, including Milford on Sea! Check out: for more info. 

The Go Go Five opened the Milford on Sea Music & Arts Festival this July where they first performed 'Milford on Sea – The Place To Be', the audience were soon singing along to the chorus! 

The band’s co-founder Jonathan MacDonald has played guitar for the Brand New Heavies, Jamiroquai and Madness. Jonathan is also one of the world’s most highly rated inspirational speakers and the author of “Powered by Change”, a Sunday Times Bestseller 2018. 

For more information, call or text Ivan on 07915 662030. 

If you’d like to simply buy one of the limited edition 500 CDs, you can obtain a copy in the village shops from the 1st November 2018. 

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Chris Packham backs village housing protest

The local A&T newspaper has reported that TV Naturalist Chris Packham is supporting SLAM, the Milford on Sea group opposing the new MOS1 housing development in the village. The article can be read below.

The SLAM School Lane & Manor Road group are also organising a Banner Photo Shoot with a press photographer from the New Milton Advertiser on Saturday 3rd November at 10.30am.

You can find out more by contacting:

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SLAM group

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Lunch for The Big Learner Relay

This November 2018 will be The Big Learner Relay’s 5th year.

In that time it has become a significant and important fundraiser for Children in Need and is the brainchild and organised by Louise Walsh, a Milford on Sea resident.

Please see below on how you can enjoy a lunch and get involved for just £6.

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The Big Learner Relay

Monday, 22 October 2018

Milford on Sea Beach Huts Win Climate Resilience Project Award

Milford on Sea Beach Huts have won the Climate Resilience Project Award 2018 which is presented by the British Construction Industry Awards.

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Friday, 19 October 2018

Milford Explorers get a good Ofsted Report

Following on from their last Ofsted Inspection in October 2017 Milford Explorers Day Nursery & Pre School had a further inspection in September 2018 and are delighted with the report.

To download a copy of the full Ofsted Report please click here.

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Milford Explorers Day Nursery & Pre School
The Old Bank House, 5 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QF
07927 717018

Ellie wins another golf competition

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Local village girl, Ellie Mans (13) & her good friend Emma Appleby (14) partnered up as an “All Girl” team on Saturday 29th September in the Clive Cargill 4BBB Stableford Men, Ladies & Juniors at Brokenhurst Manor Golf Club.

With a better ball score of 9 under par (45 points) they won this prestigious competition.

Their Names will now appear on the Honours Board at the club along side Justin Rose, who broke the course record there in 1996 and Emma’s Mother and father who won this same competition in 2001. 
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Thursday, 18 October 2018

Prestigious Award for The Bay Trees

Mark and Sarah Clayson, owners of The Bay Trees situated in the pretty village of Milford on Sea, are delighted to have been awarded the coveted 2018 VisitEngland Rose Award  in Recognition Of Service Excellence. 

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This VisitEngland award is given annually to just 100 VisitEngland quality assessed accommodation businesses that go the extra mile in order to provide excellent customer service. This award that can only be won once. 

Nominations for this award are made following the annual VisitEngland quality assessment and the observations of the assessor. Other evidence, including online customer reviews, is taken into account. The final judging panel also look for innovation that sets the business apart. This includes facilities or services offered to make the guest’s stay really special. 

The awards were announced today at the Independent Hotel Show taking place at Olympia. 

The Bay Trees, an elegant house, which dates back to the 17th century, is steeped in history; over the years the former village “Poor House” has been home to a number of owners and trades including a drapers shop, lodgings, guest house, bank, restaurant and latterly a successful B&B. 

Mark and Sarah moved to the iconic Bay Trees in August 2011 and have worked hard to achieve the top commendation from Visit England – Five Stars, Gold Award and Breakfast Award – The only B&B in the New Forest to attain these awards. They are also listed in the esteemed Alistair Sawday guide, 'Special Places to Stay'. 

Sarah, who was born in Lymington, said "We are really passionate about our business and want our guests to have a great stay. This award is really exciting for us, great for the Village and for all our visitors.” 

To find out more about The Bay Trees and see pictures of the rooms and gardens please visit their website

The Bay Trees 
Mark and Sarah Clayson 
8 High Street 
Milford on Sea 
SO41 0QD 

Tel: 01590 642186 

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.