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Friday, 29 August 2014

New Collection for Moss on the Green

New Collection
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Moss on the Green Boutique & Gallery are having a promotional weekend to launch their new Autumn / Winter fashion collections.

Trish Ray
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Since opening the shop on 28th June, owner Trish Ray is delighted things have gone so well, even having to make a mad dash to London to top up her summer stock, as the hot weather continued to grow demand.

Now the weather is starting to change and the evenings becoming more autumnal, Trish has the warmer fashions arriving at the shop, from brands such as Adini, Marble, Bianca and Peruzzi. 

The new ranges with be unveiled at the New Collection Launch from 10am to 5pm on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th September, everyone is welcome to come along.

The boutique & gallery also carries a lovely range of accessories, scarves and fashion jewellery, together with artwork pieces painted by Trish herself.

 Moss on the Green
1 Church Hill, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QH
01590 643867
info@mossonthegreen.com
www.mossonthegreen.com

Open: Tuesday to Saturday - 10am to 5pm



Cleaning Job Available

The Beach House at Westover is looking for somebody who might want to help them out during the week by doing a few cleaning / housekeeping hours.

If you, or anyone you know may be interested please contact Marina on 01590 643044. 


The Beach House at Westover
Park Lane, Milford on Sea, SO41 0PT
01590 643044
www.beachhousemilfordonsea.co.uk

Charity Coffee Morning at The Beach House

The team at The Beach House at Westover are taking part in the World's Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support on the 26th September 10:30am to 12 noon. 

If people want to bake cakes and bring them with them that would be great so we have more to sell for charity! 

There will also be a raffle for a 2 night bed and breakfast break at this rather special hotel. Raffle tickets will be £1 each, and all money raised from the cakes and raffle will be going to the charity.

The Beach House at Westover
Park Lane, Milford on Sea, SO41 0PT
01590 643044
www.beachhousemilfordonsea.co.uk


Battle to Save Library

The battle to save Milford on Sea Library continues.

The Milford on Sea Village Association (as the Landlords to Hampshire County Council Library Service) thanks everyone who attended the meeting in the Village Hall on Wednesday 27th August regarding volunteers and the future of Milford Library. 

Gloria Grantham-Hill, Trustee and Chairman of Milford Village Association said; "We were greatly honoured by the attendance of the Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Roy Perry and County Councillor Alan Rice TD who both made very helpful contributions to the debate."

At the meeting very strong feelings were voiced regarding keeping the status quo and with the apparent small savings that may be made by introducing a voluntary service, it proved to be 'lively meeting' with a packed house!

Anyone wishing to make their views known before Hampshire County Council makes the momentous decision on the fate of Milford Library, please send them (within the next 10 days) to:

Councillor Keith Chapman, Bracken Lodge, The Glen, Pamber Heath, Tadley. RG26 3DY

Please also send a copy to: M.V.A. Trustees, c/o Milford Village Hall, 2 Park Road, Milford-on-Sea.

The more Milford protests, the more chance of saving the library for the many local people that use it.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

High Street Shop to Let

It was sad to see Milford Model & Hobbies shop close their doors last week, and we look forward to seeing Nigel & Victoria re-inventing their business nearby soon.


This has of course now left a prime position shop to let in Milford on Sea High Street. Owner, Joy Ayling is keen to hear from anyone interested in renting the shop and can be contacted below.

Whilst a new permanent shop keeper is found, Joy intend to open the shop as Milford Collectables on a part-time basis.

Joy had previous run Milford Model & Hobbies and has always continued to sell an extensive range of teddy bears for gifts or collectors including Steiff, Merrythought & more. Milford Curio's are also expected to stock a range of other interesting gift ideas.

Milford Collectables - Opens on 6th September at 10am until 2pm

Opening Hours: To be announced on opening day, and can then be found on shop door.

Shop to Let: 48 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QF
Contact: Joy Ayling
mmh1@dsl.pipex.com
01590 645029 | 07533 854889

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Artistic Scenes of Milford

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Local creative photographer, Adam Lynk is now displaying a range of spectacular limited edition Milford on Sea seascapes, scenes and sunsets for sale in his high street gallery.

The compositions are not something from a camera phone or box brownie, but artist and atmospheric images from our fabulous seaside   

Adam also offers family and children portraits, the pictures can be either taken in his high street studio or on location, he is also happy to do commissions and business photography shoots.

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If you are looking for an impressive piece for your wall, or a present for someone special, it is certainly worth going to take a look.

Opening Hours: Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 2pm until the end of September and other times by appointment.

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Lynk Photography Studio
25 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QF
01590 642925 | 07590 333313



Babes in Business

Two local Milford on Sea women with small businesses have founded Babes in Business to provide group support, networking and development.  

Babes in Business is an informal, independent ladies networking group for those who live in and around the New Forest, who are running a part-time business alongside their ‘day job’. Your goal is for your part time business, to become your sole income!

The meetings are relaxed and friendly, and they are very welcoming towards first time visitors and guests. 

The Babes in Business ethos; is informal and informative. They aim to allow like-minded business women the chance to introduce themselves and their part time business, to the group. It is an opportunity to share contacts, local events, tips and experiences, lend each other any personal development books/cd’s, request a particular subject to be presented by a volunteer or guest or to bounce ideas and to generally provide a support network and have some fun along the way; it’s as simple as that!

Babes in Business also have a dedicated, closed group, Facebook page; where you can place ideas, tips, post your events and be updated about meetings.

There is no joining fee; all you have to do is complete a member request form. You will then be contacted to discuss your part-time business to ensure that there is no conflict within the group. We would ask for your commitment to meet up each month to ensure we maximise the group’s input and support.

Babes in Business meet on the first Tuesday of every month, between 8pm and 9.30pm at The Monkey House, Southampton Road, Lymington, SO41 9HA. 

If you would like to come along or speak to us, feel free to call Ellie Whitehall: 07712 484852 or Clare: 07778 209670.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Local Tennis Finalist!

Local girl Ellen Mans was Runner Up in the U9’s Hampshire & IOW Junior County Championships 2014 at Winchester Racquets and Fitness on Sunday 24th August. 

Ellen had been unseeded in the tournament, but triumphed through three rounds to reach the final where she finally was beaten 4-7 5-7 by Kirsty Da Silva. Kirsty is a Hampshire County player and was the number one seed for the tournament. 

Ellen plays tennis locally at Lymington Tennis Club, and only turned nine on 4th August. We look forward to seeing Ellen win many trophy's as her career develops.

Left: Ellen Mans- Runner Up (Milford on Sea) and Kirsty Da Silva- Winner (Basingstoke)
Right Top: Tournament Group players
Right Bottom: Ellen receiving her Runner’s Up medal from Jenny Savage - LTA Event Organiser 


Friday, 22 August 2014

Last places on Great Dining Bus

The next Milford on Sea GREAT DINING BUS is already half full for lunchtime on Saturday 27th September 2014 

The unique dining tour will take happy dinners to enjoy 4 Courses in 4 different restaurants, and as they get to know each other, they will experience four of the excellent restaurants Milford on Sea has to offer.

The tour starts at The Raft for canapés and a welcome drink, then goes to La Perle for the starter, then to The Marine for the main course, & finally dessert is served at Verveine, Plus, each course includes a house paired or non-alcoholic drink.

Since the launch of GREAT DINING BUS it has captured the imagination of foodies, attracting both locals and people from far afield to dine in Milford on Sea.

It is not too late to book, and at just £37.50 the Dining Bus Tour offers excellent value as well as a great experience, there are also Strolling Tours starting from £26.

If you are looking for a birthday or Christmas present with a difference, or simply want to treat yourself, your partner or just have a great day out with friends, this is the thing to do!

Buy Great Dining Bus Tickets here: www.greatdiningbus.ticketsource.co.uk

Find out more about the Great Dining Bus Tours: www.greatdiningbus.co.uk


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About the Great Dining Bus

Milford on Sea runs what is believed to be the first & only Dining Bus Event in the UK.

The Great Dining Bus is perfect as a treat, a gift, for spending time with friends, special celebrations, anniversaries, birthdays, or just a great excuse to enjoy a unique dining experience whilst savouring great food in excellent restaurants.

The first Great Dining Bus ran very successfully at MoS Food Week 2012, and the Food Week team now operate the Great Dining Bus as a regular and permanent event in the Milford on Sea village calendar.

The Great Dining Bus is for the pleasure of village foodies and people from outside of Milford on Sea, with the added benefit of bringing trade to various businesses in the village. Your can even have your own bespoke 'Private Party Dining Tour'.

On the Great Dining Bus diners are driven to enjoy a different course in a selection of four Milford on Sea restaurants. Also, as the village is fortunate to have great restaurants close to the village green there is also the 'Strolling Dining Tour', which enables people to take a leisurely stroll the short distances between courses, for a different type of dining experience. 

The village has a multi-award winning fish restaurant, French restaurant, cosmopolitan bistro, seafront British restaurant, and you can even enjoy authentic regional Indian & Thai food, and whichever way you arrive to dine, each restaurant will delight in showcasing a taste of their food offering and service.

If you love food and great company, a lunch on the Great Dining Bus in Milford on Sea is for you. Simply book and ‘Jump On’ one of the various Dining Tour options to enjoy each course in a different village restaurant.

The Great Dining Bus is designed for diners to experience our excellent village restaurants, and as the concept is so unique, we hope to attract local and national exposure, and to put Milford on Sea on the map as a 'Foodie Heaven'!, whilst becoming recognised as the 'South coast destination for great dining'.

Milford on Sea also has much more to offer; being blessed with a spectacular coastline, quaint seaside village & great places to stay, eat & shop. To go with our excellent restaurants, pubs & cafés, the village also has B&B's, hotels, self-catering, caravans & camping, in fact something to suit every taste and budget.

The Great Dining Bus is also encouraging people to come and ‘Stay & Dine’, which is great for the visitors' experience and for local businesses.

If you have any queries at all, please contact: info@greatdiningbus.co.uk

To find out more please visit: www.greatdiningbus.co.uk - www.ticketsource.co.uk/greatdiningbus

Friday, 15 August 2014

Shaun's Book Launch

Local village artist, Shaun Stevens, has the launch of her new book 'Hurst Castle-An Artist's View' at Waterstone's in Lymington next Saturday 23rd August between 12 noon and 1pm.

At the same time Shaun will also be launching her new 'Hurst Castle Notebook', which is a A6 notebook illustrated with paintings of Hurst Castle, local boats, sailing clubs and views. 

The 'Hurst Castle-An Artist's View' book is full of Shaun's paintings of Hurst, includes some historical background, paintings of the local views, Keyhaven, bird life, boats and the sailing clubs.

Also included are illustrated guidance notes on how to paint some of the pictures together with a walking guide to the Castle.

Copies of 'Hurst Castle-An Artist's View' and 'Hurst Castle Notebook' are available at the new Hurst Castle Shop in the High Street Milford on Sea, at Hurst Castle and St Barbe Museum in Lymington at £8.50.

There are some delightful images to enjoy, so why not take a look.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Ship Runs Aground on Spit

Alarms were raised about 5pm on Saturday evening when a cruise liner ran aground on Hurst Spit.

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P&O Oceana?
As the coastguard was called, Jason and the team from Hurst Castle were first on the scene.

First reports indicated that the ship had become entangled in a fisherman’s line and dragged to shore. The shocked fisherman said; “I thought I had hooked a big one, but I didn’t realise how big!”

As the crowds gathered, Jason tethered the ship to his Land Rover, and after three attempts, managed to pull the ship free. After which, the happy passengers were able to continue their cruise to Fantasy Island.

None of this is of course true. However, thanks to Frances, a regular reader, we have these two pictures of medium sized cruise liners passing through the West Solent exit, along the Needles Passage, past The Needles and out across Christchurch Bay.

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Cunard Queen Victoria?
In the past, it was a regular sight to see cruise liners coming & going, but this has declined significantly in recent years. The only cruise line that appeared to regularly use this way in to & out from Southampton was Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, who’s ships were generally smaller than most of today’s international cruise fleet.

In the past few days, our eagled eyed photographer captured these two ships passing. We suspect the first one may be the P&O Oceana? and just above, probably Cunard's Queen Victoria?

There is little doubt that seeing magnificent ships against the backdrop of the Isle of Wight is a great sight. From some it may just be a nice thing to watch, for others it may get them wondering what it may be like to on-board and cruising to a foreign shore, and for previous cruisers it is most lightly to rekindle great memories of time at sea and the thought of sitting in a floating bar, cocktail in hand, literally watching the world go by.

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We always assumed that the declined in cruise ships passing this way was due to the potential shallow water and significant & moving sand banks. The cruise liners being spotted are certainly not the largest afloat, but they are still massive floating hotels with up to something like 2000 passengers on-board, plus around 900 crew. (The current largest cruise liner is the Royal Caribbean International Oasis The Seas and the Allure of The Seas both carry up to 6,296 passengers & 2,384 crew!)

It would be interesting to know why more cruise liners are now passing near Milford on Sea?

If you have any answers or ideas, please click link below to Post a Comment.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

50 B4 50-La Gavroche

Le Gavroche

At last we were to visit a restaurant we had wanted to dine in for many years. 

Having booked several months in advanced my wife, our hollow legged friends J&S and me arrived at at Waterloo. J. was feeling a little under the weather, but the poor little soldier soon perked up after a quick pre-dinner drink in The Cabin before we took a taxi ride to Mayfair for the experience to start.

We had a friendly greeting as the door was opened for us, then we were taken through the plush bar, and down the stairs to the restaurant. The sumptuous dining room has a classical decoration with deep reds and golds.

The tables are well spaced and elaborately decorated with a silver table centre piece, 'Le Gavroche' moulded into the cutlery and fine china. (We were to discover that 'Le Gavroche' was the young street urchin from Les Miserables) The chairs were large and comfortable, just perfect for the four hours we were about to spend there.

Le Gavroche has become an iconic dining venue since it opened in 1967, and in 1974 attained its first Michelin Star, in 1977 it achieved its second. In 1982 it was the first Restaurant in Britain to received the maximum 3 Michelin Stars. In 2004 it reverted to 2 Michelin Stars, and a host of other awards have continued almost annually.

To get the full Le Gavroche experience we decided to have the nine course Menu Exceptionnel. Before the meal began, we were brought a selection of breads to choose from, along with some canapés.

Being a wine buff, J. was give control of the wine list. A slightly dangerous move, as it was quite possible the drink bill could have been four or five times the food! He sat with a warm satisfaction as he read the substantial wine list for about fifteen minutes. We just ignored him as he mused about his memories or knowledge of this vineyard and that. Having ordered a bottle of red, one white, a half bottle of port and some dessert wine he returned to conversation around the table, and we were to later discover that he chosen well, and that we did not have to pawn any jewellery or heirlooms to cover the bill. 

We started our extravagant meal with the 'Le Gavroche signature dish'; the Soufflé Suissesse. What a delight! The cheese soufflé was double baked in double cream, lighter than air, fluffy and an explosion of cheese-fest flavour. It would take something simply amazing for any starter to beat this.

Next came the foie gras terrine, soon to be followed by the delicious Seared Langoustines in a Pea and Spring Onion sauce.

As we sat chatting, my wife slowly slipped from her chair to the floor. It was then we realised Michel Roux was visiting our table for a chat. My wife & S. became all starry eyed as they babbled asking for a selfie. I of course, being part French, engaged Michel in conversation in our native tongue. It must have been some time since he was in France, as he did not appear to understand what I was saying.

The dishes just kept coming, but somehow they managed to space the courses perfectly for us to all chat and digest this marathon feast.

Next we had Stone Bass with Arabian Spices, Red Rice and Meat Jus. As a fish dish it was pretty 'meaty' with lots of flavours going on. 

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The service was relaxed and ultra efficient. All of our wines has been decanted after the bottle shown to and tasted by J. at the table. From then on, each glass was never empty as an invisible ninja appeared to ensure constant refills. The same ninja tactics somehow constantly replaced the cutlery without being noticed.

Still feeling very content, the two meat courses were to follow next. The Braised and Smoked Pork Cheek, Crispy Belly Ravioli with Red Cabbage Condiment also had a piece of crispy pig's ear crackling. Not one for the vegetarians, but a joy for carnivores who like to eat fat in various ways. 

The only course that did not blow me away was the Squab Pigeon with Corn Waffle and Sweet Blackcurrant Sauce. The only reason being, I not a big one for rare meats, everyone else was very happy though.

As is par for the course with J&S, the nonsense content in our conversations significantly increased relative to the alcoholic intake. True to form, we were now talking a good deal of rubbish.

The cheese trolley then trundled its way to our table, laden with a vast array of the delicious cow and goats products. What to choose was almost impossible as the waiter went through the soft, hard, blue and smelly selection. The cheeses were served with melba toast, chutney and a tasty quince jelly. The port accompaniment made everything in the world perfect at that moment.

A perfect meal of course always ends in chocolate, and if things go well, I also get my wife's (as it is too sweet, she's too full, watching her weight etc, etc.) The Bitter Chocolate Truffle, Sorbet and Cherries was an ideal end to an fabulous meal. My enjoyment was slightly hindered as I spotted my wife moving her spoon to her dish. Thankfully though our perfect day out was not spoiled, as she tried a small bit and then passed her plate to me.

After coffee & petit fours, we made our way around the corner to the Red Bar in the Grosvenor House Hotel for a final drink before the train home.

As we chatted, we all agreed that Le Gavroche had proved well worth the wait to experience. Only trouble is, we will all need to substantially replenish our wallets before we can make the next visit we would all like! 

Menu Exceptionnel
  • Soufflé Suissesse (Cheese Souffle Cooked on Double Cream)
  • Terrine Marbree de Foie Gras aux Epices, Gelee au Madere et Croque aux Champignons (Spice Crusted Foie Gras Terrine, Madeira Jelly and Mushroom Toast)
  • Langoustines Poelees, Petits Pois, Cebette et Jambon de Bayonne (Seared Langoustines with Peas, Spring Onions and Air Dried Bayonne Ham)
  • Filet de Maigre Parfume au Ras-el-Hanout Fenouil et Riz Rouge de Camargue (Stone Bass and Pastilla scented with Arabian Spices, Fennel, Red Rice and Meat Jus
  • Joue de Porc Braisee et Fumee, Cromesquis de Couennes (Braised and Smoked Pork Cheek, Crispy Belly Ravioli, Red Cabbage Condiment)
  • Supreme de Pigeon, Gaufres au Mais et Sauce aux Cassis (Squab Pigeon, Kohnrabi, Chantenay Carrot, Corn Waffle and Sweet Blackcurrant Sauce)
  • Le Plateau de Fromages Affines (Selection of French and British Farmhouse Cheese)
  • Truffle Chocolate or Noir et Sorbet, Cerise Pochees et a l’Eau de Vie (Bitter Chocolate Truffle, Sorbet and Cherries)
  • Café et Petits Fours

La Gavroche
www.le-gavroche.co.uk

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50 B4 50-DINING CHALLENGE



Michelin Stars Collected So Far: 36


3 Michelin Star
London: Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
Berkshire-Bray: The Waterside Inn

2 Michelin Star
London: La Gavroche, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Hibiscus, Pied a Terre
Berkshire: The Latymer (Penny Hill Park Hotel),
Buckinghamshire: Hand & Flowers (*3 Times!)
France-Paris: Georges V Hotel

1 Michelin Star
London: Benares, L’Autre Pied, Quilon, Social Eating House (*Twice!), Veeraswamy, The Savoy Grill, L’Escargot
Hampshire: Terrace Restaurant (Montague Arms), Vetiver (Chewton Glen Hotel), JSW.
Sussex: Ockenden Manor

*To read the review on any of the above restaurants, put 'restaurant name' in this blog's search box.

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No Michelin Stars, but restaurants visited since July 2013 that are worth a mention:

Milford on Sea | Verveine Fishmarket Restaurantwww.verveine.co.uk
London | Franco's www.francoslondon.com
Milford on Sea | La Perle - www.laperlemilford.co.uk
Mudeford | The Jetty - www.thejetty.co.uk
Yarmouth, IoW | The George - www.thegeorge.co.uk
London | Dishoom - www.dishoom.co.uk
London | J Sheeky Oyster Bar - www.jsheekeyoysterbar.co.uk
Lymington | The Elderflower - www.elderflowerrestaurant.co.uk
London | The Ivy - www.the-ivy.co.uk
Lymington | The Haven - www.havenrestaurant.co.uk
Devon | River Cottage HQ - www.rivercottage.net/hq 


Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Milford Models on the Move

The only little change to your story for the blog, is perhaps not to mention that we will hopefully be returning to a different location within the village, as we are finding it very difficult to find a suitable location at a reasonable price locally. We don't want to get anyone's hopes up, only to disappoint. However, we will keep looking!

We were particularly disappointed to hear the news that Nigel & Victoria are to close their Milford Models & Hobbies shop. Sadly, it has been difficult to maintain this charming traditional shop with the continued increase in online spending, tough economic climate and a pending rent rise. The door will be reluctantly closed on 21st August 2014. They do however have plans to continue trading from a new location in the village, and their large selection of railway models, Oxford Diecast models and Victoria’s excellent bespoke ‘Crafty Cushions’ range will continue to be available from their website.

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The Milford Models & Hobbies shop has been a feature of the High Street in Milford on Sea for many years, and one which has contributed to giving the village its unique and quaint character. If you are a man of a certain age, on entering the shop you are immediately transported back to your childhood by the railway sets and model cars from yesteryear. Over the years, many children must has been entranced by the train set running across the window and into the shop, but sadly, the train will only be trundling around the window for a little while longer.

Since arriving in the village, both Nigel & Victoria have fully immersed themselves in the community, and in addition to running the shop and being a popular couple, Nigel is also our local scout leader.

The good news is that, if they can find suitable premises (which is tricky), Nigel is looking to re-invent the shop elsewhere close by. Whilst it is unlikely to be on the high street, and may not happen too quickly, he hoping that it will be somewhere easily accessible for everyone. He also intends to expand the laser cutting side of his business at the same time.

If you know of any suitable premises, or wish to speak to Nigel, his Tel No. will continue to be: 01590 642112. 

After five years working against the tide, the family and dog now intend to take a well-earned weeks holiday, and we hope they have a great time before starting their new venture. 

Milford Models & Hobbies
01590 642112

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Studland Common Update Report

The ten-year Scrub Management and Grassland Restoration Project (for Studland Common) is being funded by Natural England until 2022. Most recently capital funding has been provided to re-fence much of the Common, which is divided into two grazing compartments: the Meadow and the Common. 

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A comprehensive Update Report (August 2014) has been jointly published by the Milford on Sea Parish Council and Milford Conservation Volunteers. Not only does the report detail activities that have taken place, it also gives an update on wildlife activities, The Orchard project and more. 

To read the full Studland Common report, please click here.


Parish Council 

Milford Conservation Volunteers

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

MCV: August Newsletter

Wild flowers at home…

This is a time of year to enjoy your garden. There are yellow gifts from nowhere. My beds are benefiting from plenty of tall and shapely fennel which is very popular this time of year with lots of different kinds of wild 

bees and wasps and other insects whose names I don't know. I am very grateful to wild fleabane which flew in a few years ago and is now spreading. The same applies to evening primrose. It helps to memorise what the spring showings of these look like so you don't weed them. These three plants perk up the beds when so much is already over.

Marjoram is coming into its own, another plant very popular with insects, requiring no work except protection from clumsy weeding. Its colours are subtle (aka a little restrained) but the bees don't mind.

My viper's bugloss, such a winner for insects during June and July, is nearly over (early this year?) so I have cut them right down in hope of some late flowering shoots. Again, keep the trowel away from very young plants, which look rather like young evening primrose. Leave both!

Do you have grandchildren coming during the holidays? Take them on a creepy crawly hunt in your garden. Dragon and damsel flies, maybe a toad, the small brown butterflies whose names I haven't learnt. You might find some nests. Dig up a couple of superfluous 'weeds' such as the ones mentioned above for them to take home and plant in their own bit of their parents' garden.

How about taking part in the Big Butterfly Count?  Click here to visit the website which will give you help with identification and if you want to take part in the survey you can.

Enjoy your garden!

To find out more about Milford Conservation Volunteers, please visit;

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Our Village Library Needs Help

Many villagers have great concern that Milford on Sea is in danger of losing its library on Park Road. 

The library has been part of village life for many years and is particularly appreciated by elderly residents unable to travel to Lymington or New Milton libraries.

Present Hampshire County Council proposals are to either supply a mobile library for one half day per week, providing parking can be found, or to oversee a service run by volunteers.

If the second proposal is agreed, would you be prepared to volunteer help run a library session for a few hours per week - or a fortnight? If you wish to volunteer please telephone Elizabeth Everard, Secretary and Trustee, Milford Village Association on 01590 645429 and leave a message if she is not available.

More details will be given regarding the future of the library on Wednesday 27th. August at 7.30pm at a public meeting in the village hall when Mr Alec Kennedy, Hampshire County Councils Head of Operations - Libraries and Information will be attending, together with Ms Jane Selby, Manager Hampshire Libraries and Ms Sharon Rhymes who leads the current community libraries.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

The Man Behind the Music

The 2014 Milford on Sea Arts & Music Festival has been another huge success. We've enjoyed excellent music, theatre, workshops and activities, and all in glorious sunshine.

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Everyone who attends and benefits from the festival will appreciate that a huge amount of work goes into planning and running the event. Over the last five years, the linchpin of that effort has been the outgoing Chairman, Sean Reeves. He has kept the festival on track through thick and thin and put in hundreds of hours of work, all the while building a successful career as a solicitor. 

The 2014 Festival Committee said; "Thank you Sean, for everything you have done for the Festival. There will always be a place behind the bar for you!" 

No doubt those thanks are echoed by the many who enjoyed yet another excellent Festival.