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Thursday, 21 November 2019

Milford Cards & Occasions celebrate first year

Milford Cards & Occasions in Milford on Sea high street are celebrating their 1st year anniversary on the 24th November 2019.

The shop specialises in greeting cards and small gifts with something suitable for every occasion. They currently have a wide selection of Christmas cards and gifts available.

Owners, Sinan and Kayleigh Hisim has dropped us a line and said: "We would love the opportunity to thank everyone for welcoming us into the village and we are very grateful to all our customers for their support in the past year."

Milford Cards & Occasions
35 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QF

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Nordic Walking in Milford

Nordic Walking Brockenhurst have been operating in the Milford on Sea and surrounding areas for nearly six years now and have established a club which offers members a full body workout combined with a safe, green and extremely sociable environment.

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Members very quickly notice a change in their shape, increased stamina and love the fact that they see parts of the Forest and coastline that they didn't even realise existed! 

The walks cover an area from Brockenhurst, Sway and Lymington along the coast to Milford on Sea, Barton and Christchurch. 

What is Nordic Walking? 

It's an enhancement of ordinary walking - it makes something we learn to do as babies twice as effective! 

Nordic Walking uses poles in order to add two major benefits to walking: 

- The use of poles means the upper body muscles are used as well as the legs 

- The poles help to propel the walker along - this means he/she works harder than usual yet the support given by the poles makes it feel easier! 

Nordic Walking is a specific fitness technique and is not to be confused with trekking or hill walking as the poles are not planted in front of the walker but in a specific way that increases the use of the upper body. It can be done by anybody, anywhere and should be learned correctly if the participant is to get the most out of the activity. 

Benefits include: 
- more calories burned than ordinary walking 
- works the whole body and strengthens the core 
- is easy to learn 
- lessens the impact on joints 
- great for posture (neck, shoulders and backs) 
- embraces the great outdoors! 

Nordic Walking Brockenhurst do regular free taster sessions for anyone who'd like to find out for themselves what it's like - why not go along to Barton on Sea on 4 January at 12.00 to kick start a healthy New Year?!! 

For further information, please contact Suzanne on 07903 772181 or visit the website:

Nordic Walking Brockenhurst 
Suzanne Madden 
07903 772181 - 01590 622787 

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Paid vacancies at Dementia Action Group

The Miford on Sea Dementia Action Group have decided to appoint a Coordinator to support the activities for people affected by Dementia in the local area. They would also like to find someone to offer Admin Support. The two roles could be combined. 

Good organisational and IT skills are required for both roles and local knowledge is desirable. We would like to appoint during December. 

The Coordinator Role requires a background in the social care sector and knowledge of dementia. 

The role has two parts.
  • 1. To co-ordinate, organise and facilitate, in partnership with volunteers, the successful and safe provision of activities provided for people affected by dementia.
  • 2. To signpost people affected by dementia and/or their families/carers to the activities provided and to other opportunities for support and assistance. 
The Admin Role is to support the work of the committee. 

Both posts are hourly paid on a contracted service basis. 

Coordinator: 12 – 15 hours per month. £10.50 per hour 

Admin Support: 10 hours per month, on a flexible basis. £8.50 per hour 

If you are interested, please email Jenny for a job description:

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Armistice Day at Milford on Sea War Memorial Hospital

On the morning of 11 November a group of about 20 gathered around the War Memorial in the foyer of Milford on Sea War Memorial Hospital for a brief ceremony of remembrance, conducted by Canon Ray Hubble, and wreath-laying.

The ceremony takes place every year, however, in view of the current uncertainty about the future of Milford on Sea War Memorial Hospital, it remains unclear how this may continue in years to come.

Milford on Sea War Memorial Hospital was built thanks to generous donations from the local population and was opened on 7th May 1930 by Lady Powell. The hospital still serves as a war memorial to the 267 local men who served in the First World War, including 37 who lost their lives.

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Pictured are: Peter Gibbs, acting Chair, Milford on Sea Royal British Legion,
Gloria Grantham Hill, President, Milford on Sea Royal British Legion Womens’ Section
Col. John De Candole, President, Milford on Sea British Legion
Julia Badham, Chair, Milford on Sea Hospital League of Friends
Chris Hobby, representing Walter Hobby and Peter Woodd, who died in World War 1
David Graham, Milford on Sea Branch Standard Bearer
Karen Graham, Milford on Sea Branch Womens’ Section Standard Bearer

Photo: Bob Braid

Violet inspires poppy fundraising

Knitting two Remembrance Poppies, one each for herself and Violet her daughter led to a lot more knitting for Milford on Sea mum Kirsty Long.

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On being told of the significance of the Remembrance Poppy from her mum, Violet had the idea that maybe more Poppies could be made and donations requested for 'The War Men' as she touchingly described them. 

After much knitting, about sixty Poppies were produced, and in addition to advertising them on Facebook and taking orders, the Poppies were also available in Village News in Milford on Sea, where proprietor Mark and his customers are always very supportive of the Poppy Appeal. 

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Purple versions of the poppies, which commemorate the horses and other animals which died in war service were also available. 

Violet's idea has resulted in an extra £176 in donations for this years Poppy Appeal in Milford on Sea, so a big 'well done' and thank you is due to Violet and mum Kirsty. 

Violet is currently learning to knit, in time for next years Poppy Appeal!

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Magical Christmas decorations coming

The 'Making Milford More Magical at Christmas' project is about to see the results of the efforts of Tracy Haupt and Diana Brushwood (plus other volunteers and generous donators).

The new Christmas decorations will be going up in the village on 2.30pm on Sunday 1st December with Xmas wreaths, garlands and arrangements. 

This will be a truly community event with children from Sea Horses Play Group, Milford Explorers, Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Pre-School and Primary School, Youth Football Club, Youth Club and Beavers and Cubs who will arrive, to decorate their allocated tree. At dusk all Xmas lights will be switched on!

Do pop along to Milford on Sea village green and see your village being decorated (and if you can, perhaps lend a hand). 

Making Milford More Magical at Christmas - Fundraising

To date 80% (£1,202) of the £1,500 target has been raised on the Just Giving Page by 44 supporters.

Click here to read original article.

The Just Giving fundraising page closes on Sunday 17th November 2019, so if you want to contribute please do it now: Please click here to donate to Village Christmas Decorations.

Tracy and Diana would like to thank everyone for their support.

For more information, or to volunteer to help put up the decorations please contact:
Tracy Haupt -
Diana Brushwood -

Monday, 11 November 2019

Jabulani Gallery to close

Sally Hamilton of Jabulani Gallery in Milford on Sea high street has taken the decision to close her charming village shop to retire and focus on painting.

Sally writes...

Painting by Sally Hamilton
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It is with great sadness that I will be closing the doors on Jabulani gallery and gift shop at Christmas, as the time has come for me to retire and to put my focus on my painting. 

It has been a wonderful seventeen years for me where I have forged great friendships and enjoyed continued support from the villagers and visitors alike. I am particularly grateful to all who have supported my art during this time. I shall open on the odd occasion for private views when I have a body of work for exhibition, and I will always be available to anyone wishing to purchase prints and cards, so do please just knock and I'll be happy to oblige. 

Seventeen years is a long time in business during theses challenging times, but for me, whilst I have faced the usual trials and tribulations that come with running a business, the success of Jabulani has been down to all of you in the village, and I remain incredibly grateful.

Editors Note: Without doubt the closing of Jabulani Gallery will be a loss to the charm of the village. We are pleased to hear that Sally will still be painting as she is a talented artist. Along with many who have the pleasure to know her we wish her all the best in her retirement.

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Men meet at MenMeet

MenMeet is a place when men can meet in Milford on Sea.

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The group is open to all men in the village and the organisation is done by some friendly guys who happen to be from the local churches. The gatherings are of general interest, and you do not have to be a church goer to come and meet more local men.

MenMeet get together on the third 3rd Thursday in the month at 7:30pm (usually in The Beach House) where they can enjoy informal talks in a varied programme.

The next talk is on Thursday 21st November. All men in the village are welcome, so just pop along.

Friday, 8 November 2019

Christmas Shopping Event at Ray’s

Christmas is starting early at Ray’s Italian Kitchen as it hosts a Christmas shopping event with Stary Eyed, a boutique home and giftware company on Friday 15th November from 11am. 

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Shoppers will be treated to a complimentary glass of fizz whilst they browse a range of goodies, handpicked by the super stylish, Stary Eyed gals, Gemma and Claire. 

Why not stop for a bite of lunch after and try Ray’s Italian Kitchen’s new lighter lunch menu, starting at £5. It is advisable to book a table for what looks like a popular event. 

To book call 01590 645300.

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

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Thanks from Glenn at No64 Biscuit House

We have been sent the following piece by Glenn Harrison at No64 Biscuit House:

I’d like to say a few words many suggest are the hardest to say, ‘Thank you’ and ‘sorry’!

Thank you
Glenn - No64
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Thank you for coming to our Christmas Launch last night, it was an absolutely fabulous evening and we really hope you enjoyed yourselves.

Clare & I got up this morning to loads of email messages of thanks, what a lovely way to start our day, we truly didn’t expect such a lovely response, so personal too.

But it isn’t just 2 hours of us taking money from you (which wasn’t the idea at all)…..

So that 2 hours last night actually started almost 3 years ago when we first opened our doors when you, our lovely customers, friends & family started to come in, and I started to build our customer database.

Then there’s the advance planning for the event, seeing if suppliers will contribute to our goody-bags, getting the drinks and food organised, hiring the glasses, organising staff, ordering the Christmas stock and ensuring it arrives mid-October, Clare’s incredible styling, etc.

Clare has to, literally, strip the whole shop and completely re-style it over 3 days, she does this for 14+ hours a day for those 3 days and do you know what, we actually had a couple of ‘visitors’ to the shop complain that room 2 was closed while she styled it! Bizarre.

In the shop, to help Clare & I ensure your evening went as enjoyably as possible, we had the wonderful Jo and her daughter, our close village friend Monica, and the Wash House’s manager, Becca (yep, she loves our shop so much she came to work for us for the evening!!).

Behind the scenes we had Clare’s Mum, Jo, and Clare’s best friend Sharon making the Glögg, pouring the drinks, serving & topping up drinks and serving mince pies, keeping some form of order in our kitchen, and looking after Bailey, Ralph, Ester & Erik!!

Within your goody-bags, which we hope you all took away with you, you will have found a beautifully handmade chocolate from the amazing Miss Witt, our amazing New Forest chocolate maker.

We MUST support our local businesses / entrepreneurs and Kerry works tirelessly building her business and we were delighted to support her – if you don’t know her, or are having an event that could benefit from chocolate, have a look –

And did you have a mince pie? Again local catering business entrepreneur, Fiona Hill, of Real Food New Forest (@realfoodnewforest on Instagram) made them for you and I hope you’ll agree they were delicious. Fiona does all sorts of amazing catering and so if you’re having an event…

Now I’m going to swear as then there’s Brexit! 

80% of our stock, as most of you know, comes from EU countries, Denmark, Sweden & Belgium for example. And so Brexit is more than just an awful bore to us, it’s affected our business, and our lives frankly. We’ve had to plan for it, we’ve even got one supplier levying extra shipping costs on us already, and so it’s been no fun for us and will continue to be of concern until these buffoons we call MPs grow up, stop squabbling amongst themselves, and stop this uncertainly they’ve caused. Nuff said. 

To make a joke of it: of the 3 things happening last night, October 31st, namely Halloween, Brexit, and the No64 Christmas Launch, one was organised & delivered as promised, one was really scary and involved a bunch of children making fools of themselves, and the other was Halloween!! 


We’re sorry if it got a little busy last night, at times! The idea was absolutely not that you came and spent money, we merely wanted you to see our Christmas stock and we wanted to say ‘thank you’ (oops, there I go again!) for supporting us by way of inviting you along, providing Prosecco and Glögg (did you all try some?), providing you with a goody bag to take away with you (have you checked yours by the way as we’ve already had the Gold candle / £75 voucher winner in today, that means the Silver (£50) and Bronze (£25) candles are still out there somewhere), and to hopefully bringing you all together for a social event.

What I’m trying to say is yes, there were queues at the tills at times but you should still have been socialising, your glasses should have been topped up, and you were supposed to be feeling (just a little) festive, despite it only being October!

I’m sorry also if this is a little boring too but, as well as thanking them personally, we wanted tell you about, and thank our team publicly as, without them, we couldn’t have done it.

I’ll finish by saying that we love doing this and we love the village. I think you know now that, even after 3 years, when you come to No64 Biscuit House either Clare or I, or both of us, will always be there to serve and entertain you.

But we can’t do it forever and as quick as our first 3 years has gone, the next 3 will go just as quickly and we’re not getting any younger!!

So, we wish you all to have a great Christmas and we thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for your support. 

Glenn (& Clare) 

No64 Biscuit House
High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QD
01590 643765

Help the final efforts to raise funds for the Bus!

The Milford on Sea Charitable Trust hope to be able to buy the Community Minibus for all residents of Milford, Everton, Keyhaven, Downton and Lymore very soon. 

Many local groups and organisations are enthusiastic about using the bus. The charity are delighted to announce their sponsors. Everton Hyundai are going to help us choose a vehicle and look after it. South Lawn Hotel are offering both the venue and food for free at their fundraising event, and then offering ongoing support. 

They just need your more help to raise the final bit of funding! 

Could you make a small donation? Contact charity treasurer, John Whitley for details: 

Or why not buy a ticket for their fundraising event on Saturday 16th November? 

The Minibus Fun & Fundraising Event

An exciting & entertaining evening featuring The Rambling Men, Strumpets, Belly Dancers, Romeo Valente, Fourfold, and surprise guests! - Plus a Pie and Mash Supper.

Saturday 16th November 2019 at 7.30 p.m. 

South Lawn Hotel, Milford on Sea SO41 0RF
01590 643911 

Tickets £20 available at: The Community Centre Box Office, South Lawn Hotel or from Ivan Chandler 07915 662030.

Milford on Sea Charitable Trust is a registered charity 1172750

Friday, 1 November 2019

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Milford Student's Charity Launched

People from across the New Forest, educational, sporting and musical communities turned out to support the launch of a new charity ‘Olivia Inspires’ to enable the spirit of Olivia Burt to live on. 

Olivia, from Milford on Sea, was a gifted and beautiful young woman who inspired others. Only 20 years old, she was killed in February 2018 in a horrendous incident at Durham, where she was a first-year university student studying natural sciences.

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She was just embarking on a journey that would have doubtless seen her leaving a lasting mark on our world. But more than this, everyone who knew Olivia remembers her smile and her kindness, and how she inspired others.

Olivia Inspires aims to allow her spirit to live on by helping young people aged 11 to 18 years, whose families live in the New Forest District Council area and who are facing financial hardship. Grants will be provided to help them develop their potential in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), the arts and sport. 

The charity, set up by Olivia’s parents Nigel and Paula, was launched on Thursday (3 October 2019) at Lymington Town Sailing Club, where Olivia, who sailed for Great Britain, was a member. 

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The evening included speeches from Nigel in which he said: “I will finish with a thought from Charles Dickens that Olivia would have agreed with: The most important thing in life is to stop saying 'I wish' and start saying 'I will.' Consider nothing impossible, then treat possibilities as probabilities.” Nigel was followed by Olivia’s friend and British Sailing Team member, Sam Whaley. Sam recounted how Olivia had encouraged him to take the step from being a club sailor to competing nationally which has now led to him challenging for a place in the Olympics. The formal part of the launch concluded with Sarah Le May, the High Sheriff of Hampshire explaining just how important to the New Forest, Olivia Inspires will be. 

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The evening concluded with an auction of lots on the theme “Things Money Can’t Buy”. Lively bidding saw lots snapped up including: 
  • A tour of a nuclear submarine hosted by a serving Rear Admiral 
  • 3 paddock passes for the 2020 British Grand Prix
  • Dinner for 10 at Palace House Beaulieu 
  • A cricket bat signed by the England and Pakistan sides in 2019 
In total the evening raised in excess of £7000 for young people in the New Forest. 

Further fundraising events are planned, but the priority now is to get the message out to young people, that Olivia Inspires might be able to help them achieve their dreams. 

To find out more, apply for assistance or donate to the charity please visit:

You can follow them on Facebook @oliviainspires or Twitter @olivia_inspires. 

Olivia Inspires 
Nigel Burt 
07715 124946 

Monday, 28 October 2019

Fundraiser for The Big Learner Relay

Since 2014, local driving instructor Louise Walsh, and founder and organiser of The Big Learner Relay has raised an astonishing £400,000 for Children in Need - and the team are looking to make that half a million at least by the end of this year’s relay.

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Louise lives locally and is the daughter of Sue Whitlock who many at the Community Centre will know.

Fundraising is nationwide with many people involved. Milford on Sea will be involved when local musicians, GO GO 5 are having a Band Night Event on November 9th at the Community Centre in aid of Children in Need and The Big Learner Relay.

This is the sixth national relay that Louise and her sister Amy have organised. This year they start at Lands End on November 1st and will finish at the Leicester Space Centre on November 15th having covered the entire country right up to the north of Scotland transferring the Pudsey top box from one learner car to another. Look out for spotty cars!

A spotty car will be at Milford School at 3:15pm on Friday 8th November. The children will be able to sign and sponsor a spot for £1. 

Go Go 5 Band Night tickets are available from the Community Centre Box Office at £12.50 each. There will also be hot dogs available in the interval and Pudsey Bear will make an appearance. 

Well done Louise and everyone who got involved, the results all all the hard work are massively impressive.

Big Learner Relay

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Hone your cooking skills in Milford

Did you know that Milford on Sea has its own Cookery School?

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The Granary Kitchen is the brainchild of Christian Rivron who has spent many years working and training in a variety of different establishments including country parks, hotels, and restaurants in Lymington and the surrounding areas along the south coast. 

He has gained knowledge and experience of using the fresh, local and seasonal produce available in the New Forest, Hampshire and Dorset. Christian is now excited to share his passion, enthusiasm and creativity, to help people increase their confidence in entertaining guests in the comfort of their own homes.

The Granary Kitchen have launched their new 2019 Cookery Course dates which can be viewed or booked on: - or call 07886 241317 or 07977 786755.

The Granary Kitchen also offer Private Dining & Event Catering, Private Dining events, Private Cookery School, Corporate Team Building and Gift Vouchers, so take a look at the website to see how any of these might suit you.

The Granary Kitchen
Newlands Manor Farm
SO41 0JH
07886 241317 or 07977 786755

Thursday, 24 October 2019

The Poppy Appeal in Milford on Sea

The Royal British Legion 2019 Poppy Appeal begins in Milford on Sea on Saturday 26th October 2019. 

Although door to door collections no longer take place in all but a few roads in the village, there will once again be trays of poppies in most of the village shops, and volunteers doing street collections, at  hope, many times over the two week collection period. 

Please try and get your poppy in the village rather than in neighbouring places, it helps the village total and custom for the shops who make space for the boxes! 

Most boxes have some 2019 dated metal poppy pins in, and Mark at Village News will also have a supply of these available. 

If you would like to help with the Appeal in any way it's not to late to offer, or if you would like a poppy wreath, please contact: - 01590 642291

The various Remembrance Services in the village are listed below:

Sunday 10th November
  • 10.50am: St Mary's Everton 
  • 2pm: Remembrance Day Wreath laying at Keyhaven War Memorial followed by a Royal British Legion & local Scout Group Parade to:
  • 3pm: Remembrance Service at All Saints Parish Church
Monday 11th November
  • 10.50am: Remembrance Day Gathering & Service on the Milford Village Green, after which a wreath will be laid at Milford War Memorial Hospital.
  • 11am: Two minutes silence will be observed at  St Mary's Church Memorial Stone, Everton

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Imperial War Museum is looking for Eve

In November 2015 we published an article about a former Milford on Sea resident and author, Eve Warton who had published a new book entitles Brave Faces (under the pseudonym Mary Arden). Click here to read article

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We have recently been approached by Vikki Hawkins, a curator working on the redevelopment of Imperial War Museums’ new Second World War Galleries. Vikki has been doing some research on WRNS, looking for a personal story from the time, and came across our original article on Eve’s book. Vikki would like to get in touch with Eve to speak to her about including an image of her in IWM’s new galleries. 

If you know where Eve may be, or can help in any way please contact Vikki as below:

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Vikki Hawkins 
Curator, Second World War Galleries 

Imperial War Museum London
Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ
0207 416 5283 

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Making Milford more Magical this Xmas! - Update

In recent news articles we have written about a small group of enthusiastic people led by Tracy Haupt and Diana Brushwood who are determined to make Milford on Sea village centre magical this Christmas. Click here to read previous article

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The project has been progressing well, although the funds required are still £250 short of the £1000 target, and the online crowd funding ends next week on the 3rd November.

There is also a collection box in the Parish Council office in the High Street.

The organisers have asked us to pass on their thanks to all who have so generously donated so far.

To date, Tim and Nikki at South Lawn Hotel have generously agreed to fund the forest of trees on the green and at the moment there are 9 trees confirmed, but could have 10 in total. 

The U3A Craft Group, WI Craft Group, Flower Club, Gardening Club and various local residents, are all helping to create the decorations for the village, plus the organisers have met with an electrician who is lending them his lighting equipment to make the village green look more ‘magical’. So all is getting very exciting now. 

It is still not too late to donate on the Just Giving page (click here) a donation of any size is gratefully received.

It is also not too late for others to help the ladies out, so please contact Tracy (click here) if you can assist in any way.

Please click here to donate to Village Christmas Decorations  
Please note: The account will close for donations on the 3rd November 2019. 

Tracy and Diana would like to thank everyone for their support.

For more information, more ideas or to volunteer to help please contact:
Tracy Haupt -
Diana Brushwood -

Click here to read original article.

Editors Note: We have just heard that the Just Giving page deadline has been extended to until 17th November 2019.