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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Beach Hut Design Moves Forward

The plans for the replacement Milford on Sea Beach Huts has taken as further step forward, and the recommended designs below will be considered by New Forest District Council’s cabinet on 7th October 2015.

The new contemporary designs and repositioning will no doubt please many, and disturb others. 

A little bird has suggested that some beach hut owners may be unhappy if their modest sized huts are made narrower in order to squeeze 119 huts into a smaller area. (Due to the removal of the block in front of the Needles Eye Cafe). On the other hand, the fabulous sea views in front of the Needles Eye Cafe will become unobstructed.

There will also be only two access points between the beach huts to the lower promenade, however, the news ones are not far apart, so it is debatable whether that is an issue.  

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You can read the full NFDC press release below.

Council’s cabinet to consider Milford seafront designs
The outline design and layout of 119 replacement beach huts at Milford-on-Sea will be considered by New Forest District Council’s cabinet on 7 October. Recommendations have been made to cabinet by the Beach Hut Project Board, which is made up of council officers, representatives of Milford Parish Council and the New Forest Beach Hut Owners Association, and chaired by the council’s portfolio holder for the environment, Councillor Sophie Beeton. 

The proposals being put forward would see the rebuilt huts being set back into the upper promenade, enabling the lower promenade to be widened and reducing their exposure to the elements. The upper promenade would be extended out over the hut roofs, widening it and improving the views. This would also remove the hazardous gap which previously existed between the rear of the huts and the upper promenade. The privacy of the beach huts would be maintained by positioning a balustrade some way back from the edge of the extended upper promenade and the roofs of the beach huts would be thoroughly sound-proofed. A stainless steel wire balustrade is proposed to ensure views from local houses are preserved. 

The recommendations would see the beach huts clustered in three terraces, allowing all huts to be removed from the eastern, most exposed end of the lower promenade and increasing the uninterrupted sea views from the upper promenade around the Needles Eye café. They would be built in concrete with coloured wooden doors. A new curved access ramp would be developed for the western end of the site to improve access to the lower prom. Portfolio holder for the environment, Councillor Sophie Beeton said “I am pleased to recommend to cabinet what I believe to be an innovative design that will enhance Milford seafront. We have worked very hard with the design team to come up with a viable solution which takes account of the challenging coastal environment and the preferences of local residents and the beach hut license holders.” She continued, “I would like to take the opportunity to thank all those who attended the public event on the design options and who gave us their views via the questionnaire.” 

Around 600 people attended a public event in Milford on 14 August where a number of design options were displayed. The public could also view the designs online and complete a questionnaire indicating their preferences. The council received 355 responses, of which 114 were beach hut license holders and almost 70% lived in Milford. The majority of respondents selected the inhabited roof design (with the beach huts set back into the upper promenade) as their favourite option for the form of the roofs. 

When asked about construction materials, most people favoured concrete with coloured doors. Respondents were asked to consider the design of a new access ramp at the western end of the promenade. The majority chose a curved ramp design around the existing pill box structure. All of these preferences are being recommended to cabinet. Most respondents preferred a layout in which the beach huts were arranged in four terraces starting at the eastern end of the promenade below the Needles Eye café, with larger gaps between the terraces. The beach hut board will not be recommending this option because beach huts located at the eastern end of the promenade would be at much greater risk of wave impact damage. Analysis of the Valentine’s Day storm of 2014, during which many of the old huts were severely damaged, confirmed that the wave forces hitting the beach huts at the eastern end were almost four times those hitting the huts at the western end. Cabinet will be asked to agree to the board’s recommendation to cluster the beach huts into three terraces further to the west. Priorities which emerged from respondents’ comments included a wish to see improved disabled access along the lower promenade, the need for safety measures on the upper promenade and soundproofing of the huts if the inhabited roofs option were developed. The design team will be working to address all these issues. 

If cabinet agree to the proposals on 7 October consultant engineers Ramboll UK Ltd and Snug Architects will develop detailed designs to be submitted as a planning application by the end of the year. There will be a formal consultation process as part of the planning application.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Milford Behaving Badly on TV

It will come as no surprise to hear that Milford on Sea contains many characters, and on Tuesday 6th October at 10pm you can meet some of them in a new BBC4 TV programme entitled 'Close to the Edge'.

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The new series is a scripted reality show, similar to existing hits like; Made in Chelsea and The Only Way is Essex. Close to the Edge is set in Bournemouth and follows the lives and loves of a group of real-life friends (rather than actors) in their 60s, 70s and 80s.

The cast includes "a business entrepreneur, a comedian dating again for the first time in 40 years, and a political activist".  A little bird has told us that the show will also include Milford on Sea residents; Dee Major and Ann Bovingdon. 

The pre-show publicity says that: 'Later-life romance will pay a part in the drama, but the show will also examine issues such as loneliness, and how to rejuvenate a career. Impending death will also be a theme. According to the BBC, the show will look at how its cast feel about approaching "the end that will eventually greet us all". The cast are complex, funny and outspoken – and like most things in life, get better with age.”

Sounds like compulsive viewing to us!

A New Shop for Splashing About

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It is great to see a new shop open opposite The Post Office in Milford on Sea high street.

The New Forest Paddle Sport Company is a kayak and stand up paddles board hire and sales shop owned by Sean Scott and Claire Hanscombe-Vinton.

Not many of you will know, but looking so good in a wet suit (albeit creating very strange shapes), my wife often encourages me onto the water, and she has suggested I hire a kayak to see how long it would take me to get to Cherbourg. I popped into the shop to ask how long the crossing might take, but apparently 'kayaks are not suitable for this type of journey'. 

Something tells me that my wife's suggestions was a subtle hint wrapped in warped humour, but being a bloke I have no idea what the hint might be...

The vibrant new shop will be open for half term week and weekends till March next year, and then we will be open 6 days a week.

The New Forest Paddle Sport Company will offer local and visitors to opportunity to explore the scenic coast line of the New Forest in a Sit On Top Kayak, Fishing Kayak or Stand Up Paddle Board. They have a wide range of new and well maintained equipment to suit every paddler aged from 6 and beyond!

They also offer trolleys, inflatable boards and inflatable roof rack systems allowing you to take the kit away for a day or even a weekend, and happily sell you new and used equipment from boards - wetsuits - accessories. Everything you need for your paddling experience!

Half Day hire is 3 hours and Full Day is 6 hours, with Summer Evening Sessions also available for 2 Hours.

We are not sure if they offer discounts for the over 80's, but it is suggestion that we plan to make.

See you on the water! (I'll be the big bloke struggling to breathe in a rubber cocoon!)

Tenuous Footnote: Milford on Sea also has a connection with a famous face from the Kiteboard world; Mark Shinn. Mark was born in the village, is the former 2002 Professional Kiteboard Riders' Association world champion and the 2002 Kiteboard Pro World Tour champion. He was a former pupil of Milford Primary and Arnewood Schools. Today he is a partner in Nobile Kiteboards and has his own kite centre on Tenerife, where he now lives.


The New Forest Paddle Sport Company
46 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 1QD

It's All Going Potty

As most of the country remains gripped by one of the following: Great British Bake Off, Strictly Come Dancing, Great British Menu or X-Factor, another show is soon to be on the scene.
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BBC2 will soon unveil the Great British Pottery Throw Down, in which presenter Sara Cox will lead the search for Britain's best potter.

A little bird has told us to keep an eye on the series, as David Rogers, our very own village potter at Vinegar Hill Pottery will be in one episode when one of his basins is used as the expert example.

This new show is made by the team behind The Great British Bake Off, and is described as 'Bake Off’s messier cousin'.

Some may remember that fifty years ago, the BBC used a four-minute film, The Potter’s Wheel, as a soothing test-card.

Others will have their imagination sparked by the  infamous “erotic pottery” scene in the 1990 film, Ghost. Not sure the programme will have scenes like this though!

To see trailer of the show, please click here.

Vinegar Hill Pottery
David Rogers
Mockbeggars, Vinegar Hill, Milford on Sea, SO41 0RZ

Friday, 18 September 2015

Classic Pictures of Classic Porsches

Last weekend's Classic Porsche Rally in Milford on Sea have been captured magnificently on film by local village photographer, Adam Lynk.

Adam used every vantage point available to create some exciting shots of this unique gathering on the village green.

To view to Classic Porsche Gallery please click here.

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If you need any photography, you can contact Adam below:

Adam Lynk
Tel: 07894 037689
www.adamlynk.com

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About the Classic Porsche Rally

Milford on Sea Village green saw a magnificent collection of classic and rare Porsche cars on Friday. 

The international gathering was hosted by Amanda & John from Harvest House B&B, who had invited friends and enthusiast owners of this classic marque.

Amanda & John are real Porsche enthusiasts and they have bought many rare and historic Porsches from across the globe, restoring each one to their magnificent former glory.

The visiting group exclusively consists of classic Porsche cars and around 29 cars are expected to join the Milford on Sea rally, including many owners of the iconic 1955 Porsche 356. Their itinerary included a visit to show their historic machines at the Goodwood Revival, which runs from the 11th to 13th September 2015.

The cars are also expected to meet again in Milford on Sea before the end of the weekend is out, so you may just get to see this multi-million collection of iconic and historic sports cars.

Foraging with The Wildcook

A great new book 'The Wildcook - Ceps, Shrubs and Rock’n’Roll' has been launched by forager extraordinaire, and Milford on Sea resident, Garry Eveleigh.

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As well as telling Garry's foraging story, it includes a dish of each of the 50 or so ingredients from the incomparable James Golding, Chef Director of THE PIG Hotels group. James lives locally, and is also the chef ambassador for Dorset Food & Drink and The New Forest Marque.

Garry's book featured earlier in the week on Rebecca Parker's ‘The Goodlife’ programme on BBC Solent.

If you would like to see more, you can flick through the book preview by clicking here, which we hope not only makes you hungry but encourages you to own this fantastic book. 

For more details, please go to www.wildcook.co.uk.

Changes at Milford on Sea Club

Milford on Sea Club has undergone a number of changes over the past few weeks, and after a brief closure for refurbishment of the bar, the club re-opened with a full house last Saturday, as an enthusiastic crowd came along to see Anthony Adams who entertained all ages with his excellent Frank Sinatra Tribute Act.

The Milford on Sea Club is now under new management, and the committee and members send a warm welcome to new Bar Manager, Mandy Pedder. 

Mandy and her team are looking to offer great customer service and the vibe is all about fun family nights and entertainment.  She has over 14 years experience hosting at both Milford and Pennington Club and has huge support from the members and committee alike.

This Saturday night the club welcome DJ Smith, an Ibiza regular..... from 8.30pm.

Plus, all of the regulars events are still in play, like; Bingo Nights, Pool and Snooker Nights, Darts, Poker on Tuesdays, and the Meat Draw on Fridays!

The club is also a comfortable way to watch the Rugby World Cup, major football matches and important sporting events on Sky TV and BT Sports.

There are plenty of Entertainment Nights being planned, so look out for some great acts to come each month. Entry is free to members, and guests are welcome for the price of a ticket.

Milford on Sea Club have always been keen to support charity, in particular the Royal British Legion. 

The club are currently looking forward to their annual Poppy Appeal Charity Night. Last year the night included some fabulous entertainment from the retro act, The Diamonds and a great Dad's Army Tribute from the members. The evening boosted the RBL Poppy Appeal by the good people of Milford on Sea to a level which hit the local press!

Milford on Sea Club also hosted The Royal British Legion VE Day Event earlier this year.

With so many social clubs and good pubs across the country under threat of closure, Milford on Sea Club continues to thrive due the commitment and enthusiasm of it's members, staff and committee. 

If you haven't been inside the club before, why not pop in and say hello, we are sure you will get a warm welcome.


MoS Club
67 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QG
www.mosclub.org

Friday, 11 September 2015

Porsche on the Village Green

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Milford on Sea Village green saw a magnificent collection of classic and rare Porsche cars on Friday. 

The international gathering was hosted by Amanda & John from Harvest House B&B, who had invited friends and enthusiast owners of this classic marque.

Amanda & John are real Porsche enthusiasts and they have bought many rare and historic Porsches from across the globe, restoring each one to their magnificent former glory.

The visiting group exclusively consists of classic Porsche cars and around 29 cars are expected to join the Milford on Sea rally, including many owners of the iconic 1955 Porsche 356. Their itinerary includes a visit to show their historic machines at the Goodwood Revival, which runs from the 11th to 13th September 2015.

The cars are also expected to meet again in Milford on Sea before the end of the weekend is out, so you may just get to see this multi-million collection of iconic and historic sports cars.

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Performing Arts at Hurst Castle

Jennifer Essex at Hurst Castle
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As part of the Fleetwood Initiative, Hurst Castle have welcomed their the resident artists, Jennifer Essex & Harry Man until 13th September 2015.

Jennifer is a dancer & dancemaker, and her partner, Harry Man is a poet.

Before arriving they have been researching the castle's history and making work that responds to the architecture and stories that surround us.

Jennifer Essex in
The Needles Lighthouse
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You can see more of the work they have been doing by clicking here, - or of course pop to the castle to see them.

Jennifer Essex
Fleetwood Initiative
Hurst Castle

Changing Times at The White Horse

Rumours abound about the future of The White Horse in Milford on Sea.

We understand the pub closed it's doors on the 7th September 2015, but it is unclear if this will be temporary or permanent.

There is local speculation about changes in ownership, lease renewals and redevelopment of the site. 

It would be of little surprise if the copious land behind the pub was to be developed into prime location housing. (A hotel has even been speculated.) Whether any development will encompass the pub remains to be seen.

We are led to believe that former landlords Benjamin and Vicky have moved on to other business ventures.

The White Horse Inn, (and The Red Lion and The Gun) are pubs that are Grade II listed buildings in the village, and we are aware that South Hants CAMRA, the local branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, being a permitted body, are currently submitting an ACV application to have The White Horse listed as an Asset of Community Value, which gives it some protection from development and a breathing space for someone to make a go of running it as a going concern.

As with our usual standard of journalism, we have no idea what the facts are!

We do however wish Benjamin and Vikki, the friendly team behind the bar, and the team in the kitchen, all the best for whatever the future holds.

When we discover more we will let you know.

The White Horse
16 Keyhaven Road, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QY
www.whitehorsemilfordonsea.co.uk - which no longer works.