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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Have Your Say about the Future of Milford War Memorial Hospital

The NHS is planning the future use of Milford on Sea War Memorial Hospital in Sea Road, and they would like your views.

The hospital was built by residents as a War Memorial to commemorate the village fallen in World War One, it also houses our Village War Memorial. So, this is not a simple decision about an NHS facility, if the hospital cannot be justified on the services it provides, then it is feared that decision could be made which could affect this historic building in Milford on Sea.

It seems clear that we need a great idea to secure the future of this important local landmark. 

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You will be able to discuss the future of services at Milford Hospital directly with NHS staff from West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group at 'Drop In Meetings' on the dates below.

There will be no formal presentation, and you are welcome to drop in at any time during the sessions.
  • Milford Community Centre, SO41 0PH - Tuesday 31st October 2017: At any time between 1pm - 6pm
  • All Saints Church Hall, SO41 0SQ - Wednesday 8th November 2017: At any time between 6pm - 8pm
The hospital building itself is owned by NHS Property Services with the majority of services at the site provided by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust and commissioned by West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group.


About Milford on Sea War Memorial Hospital

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On Friday 24 July 2015 an official Blue Plaque was unveiled at Milford War Memorial Hospital by Milford Hospital League of Friends to commemorate  that: 'Milford on Sea War Memorial Hospital, opened in 1930, was built with public subscription by the families and friends of those who died in World War I. Registered War Memorial No 59027.'

The Blue Plaque was installed to remind people of the sacrifice of those who lost their lives and the families and villagers who contributed to build the hospital on its present site.

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The Historical Record Society’s research, and persistence with official bodies, including the Imperial War Museum over some years, resulted in the Hospital being formally registered, and the Blue Plaque is now a permanent emblem of the Hospital’s importance as the village’s chosen way of honouring its War Dead.

The War Memorial Hospital also houses the Village War Memorial, and poppy wreaths are laid here every Armistice Day in November.

So, any decisions made about the future of the building are not simply about an NHS hospital, this building and its contents are enshrined in the fabric of our village history.

Whatever the future, why and how Milford on Sea Memorial Hospital was built must not be lost or forgotten.

Story of the Village War Memorial: click here to read.






Thursday, 12 October 2017

Bomb on Hurst Spit

Last Sunday the bomb disposal unit was called to Hurst Spit to deal with a shell found on the beach.

A controlled explosion was completed by the emergency teams.

It is a common occurrence that WW2 bombs are washed up on the shore. Apparently, there was a test firing range on the Isle of Wight close to The Needles during the war, - hence there are a vast quantity of shells in the sea and some of these are washed up sporadically with the tide.

Garry Staincliffe captured some atmospheric photographs that we are happy to share below.

Picture by Garry Staincliffe
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Picture by Garry Staincliffe
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Friday, 6 October 2017

Inger Lise's Coffee Shop becomes Salt Water Cafe

On the 6th October last year (2016) Tony Michael became the new proprietor of Inger Lise's Coffee Bar in Milford on Sea high street.

One year on and Tony is reinventing his offering and has changed the name to Saltwater Cafe.

Saltwater Cafe can also now be found on Facebook and Instagram.

Tony has also added some different dishes, and is working on some more. We hope plenty of people pop in to give them a try.



Salt Water Cafe
106 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QE
01590 643518

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Watch Out for Portuguese Men O'War

Reports have been made of dangerous Portuguese Men O'War "jellyfish" washing up in UK, including Milford on Sea. 

It appears that beaches across the South coast are being invaded by the biggest concentration of deadly jellyfish in 15 years following hurricanes and extreme weather conditions.

Pockets numbering in their hundreds were reported initially on beaches across Cornwall with further instances in Dorset, Devon and Wales and sightings still occurring regularly as far east as Milford on Sea in Hampshire.

Swimmers off the South coast are being advised to wear full body suits to protect themselves, while parents taking children to the beach have been warned to exercise "extreme caution".

The fish, which have tentacles which can deliver painful and even fatal stings, appear like deflated balloons on sand and in shallow water.

Portuguese man-of-war, usually found in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, have purple tentacles which can reach up to fifty meters below the ocean's surface. 

According to the Marine Conservation Society, this year the number reported by members of the public since early September are in excess of 2000, eclipsing the annual average which ranges from 1000 to 1500.

The Marine Conservation Society encourages members of the public to continue reporting any sightings via their website at www.mcsuk.org


Monday, 2 October 2017

Milford Artist at Royal West Academy Exhibition

Local Milford on Sea artist Mary Williams has achieved success in having two paintings selected for a major art exhibition, The Royal West Academy 165th Annual Open Exhibition.

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Mary's paintings entitled “The Clearing” and “Entering the Enclosure” have been chosen from entries within the UK and beyond, and will appear alongside those of leading artists. Mary will be attending the Varnishing Lunch which originally was a day when exhibiting artists would add the final touches to their works within the galleries. However, it is now a celebration for the selected artists to meet prior to the private view.

The RWA Open Exhibition takes place in Bristol from 1st October until 3rd December 2017. www.rwa.org.uk

The inspiration for Mary's paintings comes from the forest landscapes and the magical reaction of watercolour or ink to the paper.

Mary's paintings have been previously selected for exhibitions at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, The Red House Museum in Christchurch and Forest Arts Centre in New Milton. She also shows her work through the Hampshire Open Studios event, Royal Lymington Yacht Club Art and Milford Art Group exhibitions and is a member of local art groups in both Milford and Lymington.


Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Milford on Sea Food Week Postponed

It is with a tinge of regret that Milford on Sea Food Week will not be taking place in April 2018.

However, Food Week is not dead, it is just resting!

To explain, planning for Food Week starts around 6 months in advance and takes up around 3 full days a week to put everything in place.

For a number of years I had been 'semi-retired', which provided the time to enjoy putting together this fun event.

Last year my chief executive moved on to pastures new, so I stepped back into my company on a temporary basis.

That temporary basis has now become full-time again, as the company is growing in all areas; from our industry business management software to our online sourcing subscription services. Added to this we have created two new major industry events to take place this September and then in February 2018, plus we are building an exciting new industry data sharing product for launch early in the new year.

The village businesses, clubs and residents, plus the fabulous volunteers, have all been so supportive over the years, I thank you all for that, and I am sorry to disappoint anyone. But as you may imagine it is difficult to devote the necessary time right now.

(The weekly village newsletter is not in danger, I can still fit that in!)

Food Week will be back, just don't know when at the moment!

PS: The silly stories about my weird life and experiences are few at present. Not because of a short supply material (I still get in trouble with my wife on a regular basis), but because of the time needed to write them - they will also be back at some time!

If you would like to read some of the more ridiculous stories published in the past, please click here.

Milford did have a Jewellers


Having be asked last week whether Milford on Sea ever had a jewellers were were interested to hear these replies:

No.1: Yes, there was a jewellers/watch repair shop in the village, I think it was "F Carter"? It was the shop just to left (Keyhaven side) of Monks, opposite "Telford Stone" and "Brooms" shops? I don't recall a fire but I moved out of village in the 70's after being born there in '53.

No.2: I think the lady must mean Carter's, who were both a watchmaker and had some jewellry - or that is as I remember the shop. Hugh Carter, who worked with his father, sadly died last autumn having fallen from his yacht moored at the end of the Keyhaven River. Their shop was in the row between Monks Fish shop and an old lady at the end who sold antiques, books etc. There was also a hairdresser.
The Cullinan Diamond
No.3: The Cullinan Diamond, the world's largest gem-quality rough diamond was discovered in South Africa and bought to Milford on Sea to be cut into smaller gems by a cousin of the diamonds discoverer.

No.4: Hugh Carter did have a fire at the shop. A heater was to blame I believe, and dear "old Hughie" suffered some burns.

No.5: David, Milford certainly had a watch repairer near Chris Monk our greatly respected fishmonger, when I arrived in 1984. It was at about 100 High Street. No impressive window display but I remember two elderly (male) sales staff and a pretty empty counter. They repaired a watch for me and also replaced a battery on another occasion. I do not remember any fire there. I think that like so many of our considerable number of shops in the past and also old soldiers, after reaching retirement age and no young willing to take over, the owners just "faded away".

PS: As you may guess, No.3 is complete nonsense and made up for no particular reason!

Fancy organising a bit of Hula Hooping?

We have been asked whether there is, or is there a demand for, a hoola hoop class in Milford on Sea?

If so, a coach/teacher is needed!

Apparently, it is a great exercise for waists, legs, arms and low impact, good fun and social. It is also an ideal way of keeping winter weight to a minimum and lookin’ good at party time as the festive season approaches. 

If you know of any classes, or would like to organise some, please add a comment below or email me at: david@milfordonsea.org


PS: As you can see in the picture, I have had a go at it on the village green, and I have to say I was pretty good at it.


Saturday, 23 September 2017

Did Milford on Sea have a Jewellers?

We have had the interesting letter below, which someone may be able to help resolve:

Dear David, 

I grew up in the village, went to the local school, Priestlands comprehensive and Brockenhurst college. I moved away in my twenties and now live in Cardiff. My mum still lives in the village. We were just talking and I remember that there used to be a jewellery shop in the village, on the row of shops where Monks fishmongers used to be (and where Vervenine is now). I thought that the shop had a fire in it, but mum said that the jewellers never did have a fire. Can you solve our argument?

I of course struggle to remember what day it is, so am unable to help - But If you can resolve this family conundrum please post your thoughts by hitting the 'Comments text' below.

Do You Need a Dog Walker?

Kaits Canine Care, founded by by Kait Houching, started a dog walking service in Milford on Sea a year ago.

Animal lover Kait is also currently studying a BA Course in Aanimal Anatomy, which in due course will lead her (forgive the pun!) to being able to offer dog massage.

Kait herself has 2 cavaliers, Alfie and Amber, and with her business expanding so fast, she has now teamed up with fellow animal lover and dog walker in the village, Ruth Elrington-Brown.

Kait says, "We offer a dog walking service in Milford on Sea, and surrounding areas. We can do up to 3 visits a day for dogs, hour long walks, half hour walks, cat visits including feeding and litter tray changing, reptile feeding, house sitting including taking in mail, checking over the home, watering plants and feeding of wild birds. We are so excited about our growing business, and we look forward to meeting local people and their lovely pets"

Kaits also explained that Kaits Canine Care is fully insured and police checked, and references can be provided if required.

If you would like to find out more about Kait & Ruth's services, please contact her below:

Kaits Canine Care
01590 719406 / 07799 947718

Discovering Admiral John Peyton

This week we had the following letter from Wendy:

Being clueless myself, I passed the question on to Bob Braid of Milford on Sea Historical Record Society - and as always, he came up with a brilliantly detailed answer. 

Dear David 

I very much enjoyed reading your blog and in particular your article about Admiral John Peyton as he was my Great (x5) Grandfather.

Unfortunately because of ill health in recent times I had not been able to pursue my research into this particular ancestor but finally managed to visit All Saints Church today and found it very moving when I located his memorial adjacent to the organ. Whilst I'd not previously been aware of the fund raising efforts to restore the memorial, may I I take this opportunity to thank those responsible. I did however make a donation in the church today.

What I have been unable to find out is where Admiral Peyton is laid to rest and wondered if you could offer me any information?

Many thanks in anticipation.

Wendy
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Dear Wendy,

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Please see attached photo (359). The brass plate is on the left hand side (viewed from the tower end) of the nave towards the back of the church. Also attached are a photo of the memorial in its current position and a ‘mock-up’ of where we intend to have it replaced after conservation (north wall of the chancel at the end of the choir stalls).

Most interested to hear of your relationship. As part of the Faculty application to carry out the work, we were required to make efforts to contact any descendants. As far as we were able to determine, Peyton had no children; he had a stepdaughter from his wife’s first marriage (Mary Anne Gurnell) who married into the Armstrong family. Our synopsis provided with the Faculty application is below:

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Admiral Peyton married in 1799 Susannah Gurnell, widow; they had no children, but Susannah had a daughter, Mary Anne, from her previous marriage. With no heir, in his will (transcript available), Peyton left his property to his brother and nephew, but with the proviso that his widow could remain in his house for her life with adequate financial provision. 

He also made a substantial financial bequest to Mary Anne (referred to in the will as his daughter in law) who had married a John Armstrong. Their eldest son married a daughter of Col. John Scobell of Nancealverne House near Penzance. She later inherited the house from her half brother and the house has passed down through the Armstrong family [the line of descent can be seen by clicking here. Armstrong family of Nancealverne at the bottom of the entry]. 

A number of Admiral Peyton’s effects ended up at the house and remain in the possession of the current owner who is a direct descendant of Admiral Peyton’s step-
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daughter. Crucially, one of the artefacts in his possession is the hand-written draft of the inscription on the memorial to the admiral in All Saints Church, Milford on Sea. He has been contacted and is fully supportive of the proposal to repair and relocate the memorial.

Are you aware of this connection and could you please let us have some further details of your line of descent? We are planning a double rededication with the grave of Admiral Cornwallis to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the Admiral’s death in 2019 and will keep your details so that we can keep you advised of arrangements.

Best wishes

Bob Braid
Milford on Sea Historical Record Society

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Belle Epoque now on Facebook

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The re-opened Belle Epoque in Milford on Sea High Street now has a Facebook page.

The bistro is once again serving good value food, and is open from Midday on Thursdays through to Sunday Afternoon. They also offer a tasty Sunday lunch for just £9.95 between 1.30pm until 3.30pm. (Booking advisable)

You can keep in touch with what is happening at Belle Epoque, or add your own comments by clicking here.


Belle Epoque 

11 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QF
01590 645300

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Remember to book a Flu Vaccination

We have been contacted by Milford Medical Centre to advise all over 65's of their Flu Vaccination program?

The centre will be operating their normal Saturday Flu Clinic on October 7th (appointment required) - and also have various other dates available.

Key Points:
  • Remember to book a Flu Vaccination at Milford Medical Centre 
  • Advised for all those aged 65 and over and at any age in other at risk groups e.g. asthma and diabetes 
  • Help protect yourself, your family and the local community 
  • By getting your vaccination at the surgery (rather than at a pharmacy) you are helping to support the future of your local practice 
  • Various other dates are available

Milford Medical Centre
www.milfordmedicalcentre.com

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

No64 Biscuit House in Country Homes & Interiors

No64 Biscuit House, the delightful interior design shop in Milford on Sea high street have a full page in the October issue of 'Country Homes & Interiors' magazine, as their 'Favourite Shop for Scandi Style'! 

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This is a big hitting monthly interiors magazine from the Time Inc. Group, subscribers will have this issue already (they have already had 3 customers through the door because they read the article) and it hits the shelves in a few weeks time for non-subscribers.

Clare said; "Obviously we're thrilled and delighted that little old No64 Biscuit House in tiny Milford on Sea, after just 6 months, have been featured in such a prestigious magazine, and with such an accolade as their 'Favourite Shop for Scandi Style'." 

No64 Biscuit House

The Future of MoS War Memorial Hospital

Local people are being asked their views on how Milford on Sea War Memorial Hospital should be used in the future. 

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The hospital was opened in 1930 and is now used for local clinics including leg ulcers, iTalk, rheumatology and Parkinson’s.

However its clinical rooms and facilities do not meet modern healthcare standards. 

NHS West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is reviewing the services provided at Milford and is asking local people to tell them what services they use.

Chief Officer Heather Hauschild said: “Bearing in mind Lymington New Forest Hospital is only five miles away, we would also like to know what health and care services are important to local people.”

The CCG has opened an online survey to gather people’s views – paper copies are available at Milford Hospital.

The survey will be open until 31 October. 

To complete the survey, please visit: www.westhampshireccg.nhs.uk or click here.

Mini Bus for Local Residents

The Milford-on-Sea Charitable Trust has been offered the use of an 8-seater minibus several times a week. This is the first step to establishing a full time service with a larger minibus in the future. It is for the use of local residents on a non-profit basis.

The minibus can be used for various purposes such as a shopping trip; visit to the post office; going somewhere for coffee and there is no requirement to fill the minibus. There are some volunteer drivers but we could do with more. We hope people will take the opportunity to organise some trips so if you are interested in using this service, please contact Tony Harrison on 01590 645404 or milfordonseava@ageconcernhampshire.org.uk

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Toad's Hole Found

Last week we published the article below looking to find the location of a painting believed to be from the local area.

We were fortunate to hear from Bob Braid of the Milford on Sea Historical Record Society, and it looks as if he may have identified the location of the painting, as it looks very similar to an old photo his archives held of Cliff Walk, Barton on Sea. Bob also found an interesting birds eye view of Taddiford Gap & Keyhaven on YouTube.

Only guessing, but on the painting in last week's article there was what looked like a hole in the foreground, that may just be 'Toad's Hole'?

Other readers have also suggested that Toad's Hole is possibly a reference to Taddiford Gap (Toad Ford) although the cliff has eroded so much it might be difficult to place exactly.

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Taddiford Gap & Keyhaven Drone
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Last Week's Article:

We have been contacted by an art dealer who is trying to identify the location of the painting below. The painting has a reference to Toad's Hole (Milford on Sea and Hordle.)

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Can anyone throw any light on where this might be?  Doesn't seems to be a view that I recognise.

*Hit the 'No Comments/Comments' text below to add your thoughts.

Holly Gardens Macmillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning

Once again, Nev & Jean Wood, together with the 15 other families in Holly Gardens, will be supporting the Macmillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning by opening their lovely communal garden on Friday 29th September 2017 from 9.30am to 1pm.

This is a true community effort to make a special morning, and everyone is welcome to come along.

At the coffee morning there will be coffee or tea, some fine cakes. Book stall, plant stall, Bric a Brac Raffle etc.

In previous years, Jean Wood & Diana Barker-Benfield did all the organising & the men just lifted heavy weights & ate the cakes! 

Over the years they have raised an impressive amount to donate to this worthwhile charity. Nice work guys!

Friday, 8 September 2017

Thorny Questions for Milford Gardeners'

The Milford on Sea Gardeners' Club have a rather special guest for their September meeting.

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Helen Yemm, a regular journalist for the Telegraph Saturday supplement is coming to talk to the Club at 2.30pm on Saturday 16th September at All Saints Church Hall. 

Helen's writes the 'Thorny Questions' newspaper column in which she answers gardening questions in her informative and quirky way. She will be talking at the meeting about a very topical subject of late summer colour.

Doors open at 2pm with tickets are at the door £1 for members of the Club and £4 for visitors which includes tea and biscuits.


Milford on Sea Gardeners' Club
www.milfordgardenersclub.co.uk


Thursday, 7 September 2017

Anyone Heard of 'Toad's Hole'?

We have been contacted by an art dealer who is trying to identify the location of the painting below.

The painting has a reference to Toad's Hole (Milford on Sea and Hordle.)

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Can anyone throw any light on where this might be?  Doesn't seems to be a view that I recognise.

*Hit the 'No Comments/Comments' text below to add your thoughts.