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Saturday, 30 April 2016

Village Picnic for Queen's Birthday

The Food Week Team are organising a fun afternoon for friends and families to get together to celebrate the Queen's 90th Birthday.

Everyone is invited to the Queen's Birthday Village Picnic which will be held on the Milford on Sea village green between 12noon and 4pm on Saturday 11th June 2016.

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To support local business, there will be a full range of Pre-Prepared Picnics you can pre-order (These will be advertised across the village as we get closer to the event), - or of course you can make and bring your own home-made picnic - all we would ask is that the contents are bought from the village shops please.

To keep everyone entertained there will also be live music from a whole host of musicians from the village.

So, put the date in your diary, - and then bring along a picnic, sit back and enjoy the good company and music as a memorable afternoon passes by.


Please Note: This is a community event organised by the community, for the community. Everyone coming are responsible for their own safety, kids and property. Please take all you litter home with you, or a small group of people are lumbered with clearing up!

Strong Currents on Beach

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Local coastguard services have been warning of the strong currants on Milford on Sea seafront.

Please be careful when venturing onto the beach.


Monday, 25 April 2016

Climb for Nepal raises over £1500

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Last Saturday many local children enjoyed the climbing wall on Milford on Sea Village green, and the 'Climb for Nepal' event raised well over £1500 with sponsorships still coming in.

The money raised will go towards a new library for Kushadevi School which is Milford’s sister school in Nepal.

Around 60 young climbers from Milford on Sea took part, and they collectively managed well over the height of Ben Nevis - a whopping 1785 metres!

Sister events had 140 climbing mount Nagi in Nepal, and PHASE Nepal’s team had 150 climbers on Mount Snowdon. 

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There were live updates from both of the other climbs, although Snowdon’s signal proved a little tricky, but luckily mount Nagi has a mobile phone mast on the very top!

There is now talk of going for the equivalent of Everest next year which will be a 24 hour climb on the Village Green!

The whole event was put together by a group of sterling workers all aged under 11 (under the guidence of Joey Owen) - this was a big achievement for them, as it not always easy to pull these things off and they did it - so big shout out to them, everyone deserves to be very proud.

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The whole event was organised by a local Milford on Sea based charity helping children in Nepal:

Freedom to Learn 
Joey Owen 


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Monday, 18 April 2016

Meet the Team at Daniel James

Daniel James Coast & Country Homes opened in Milford on Sea last year and we wanted to take this opportunity to meet the team.

This new residential Estate Agency is owned by Daniel Wale, and run together with his team of Ben Chambers and Jackie Chambers.

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This business is named after Daniel's two first names; 'Daniel James'. He has 4 children and a step daughter and is 37, although looking in his twenties!

Daniel has lived locally his whole life, and first came to the village as a chef 21 years ago aged 16 working at a quality French restaurant called Rochers, which is now the Zaika Indian Restaurant a few doors up from his new office. He started as an estate agent in new Milton and gained experience working in Christchurch, Highcliffe, Bransgore and now here in Milford.

As a director and partner of the business Daniel brings around 16 years estate agency experience to the team. His infectious enthusiasm and dedication in going the extra mile for clients has brought him numerous glowing testimonials from buyers and sellers over the years.

Ben has recently left university where he gained a 2:1 BA Honours in business and management, and he is now engaged in a business which he feels passionately about.

Ben is a local lad himself and In his spare time likes to spend time at the beach and enjoys walking his dog Stan. He also played football for Hordle FC and made his own long board, which he falls off it a lot! 

Jackie (Ben's mum) is the key to ensuring the office runs smoothly aiming for a high level of service for clients at all times. Outside of work Jackie loves to spend time with her family, cycling and walking in the New Forest.

This independent estate agency services the village and also has an online presence covering Everton, Hordle, Lymington, Pennington, Barton on Sea, New Milton and the surrounding areas.

Daniel said; "Being  new business in the village we are aware we need to justify your faith in us, we are embracing village life by doing all we can to help enhance any community good causes."

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Most recently the guys not only put up their own signs to publicise Milford on Sea Food Week, they also joined the 'Food Week Erection Team', helping out to put up promotional signage around the village.

Daniel James are also going to be the Main Sponsor for the Milford on Sea May Fayre on Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May. On the day there will be a car full of balloons so kids can play ‘guess how many balloons in the car’ with a prize to be won. 

They will also be giving balloons out on the day and presenting the May Princess with her trophy.

(Editor's Notes: I will of course be trying yet again to becoming the May Princess, having been disqualified for being too hairy for the past 10 years. A few hours of pain in The Retreat should do the trick this year!)


Daniel James Coast & Country Homes
61 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QG - 01590 641111
enquiries@danieljameshomes.co.uk


Other Milford on Sea Estate Agents

Collins & Butler
57 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QG - 01590 643033
post@collinsandbutler.co.uk
www.collinsandbutler.co.uk

Hayward Fox
9 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QF - 01590 644933

Phoebe wins Yes Chef Competition

We have received a really nice message from Toby and Mitzi Collins who wanted to acknowledge the fantastic community spirit offered by Sam and his staff at La Perle for a fellow Milford on Sea resident.

Toby and Mitzi felt that Sam and her team were the perfect mentors for daughter, Phoebe as she went on to win the Yes Chef competition in Bournemouth organised by the Enterprise and Skills Company and sponsored by Harvest Fine Foods. 

The Yes Chef Competition started with 150 students and was whittled down to four finalists at The Sandbanks Hotel in Poole.

The finalists worked in a professional kitchen and produced their dishes for guests including the Mayor of Bournemouth, Dr Karen Arnold, Queens Award for Enterprise and Richard Strongman, Managing Director of Harvest Fine Foods.

Phoebe who is in Year 9 at Bournemouth School for girls contacted Sam owner of La Perle restaurant in Milford on Sea for some tips on her dishes and he very kindly met with her and invited her in to practise her dishes with himself and Jo.

Phoebe was so thrilled with the interest they took in her competition and the knowledge and generosity of time they gave.

Phoebe's prize was a set of professional knives, an opportunity to open the Bournemouth Food Festival (while possibly demonstrating one of her dishes) and all four finalists have been invited to provide afternoon tea for local dignitaries in the Mayor of Bournemouth's parlour.

Well done Phoebe, another excellent chef in the making in Milford on Sea - there will also be a slot available to you in the Food Week Cookery Theatre in 2018!

Sam Hughes-La Perle
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La Perle
60 High Street, Milford on Sea SO41 0QD
01590 643557
www.laperle.co.uk

From Milford to Uganda

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Sue Forward, a resident of Milford on Sea and her granddaughter Ellie (Aged 17), recently visited the Ray of Hope School and the slum community of Namuwongo, Kampala, Uganda.

Friends of Ray of Hope is a small Milford on Sea Charity which supports Ugandan children.

Enjoy reading about this visit in Ellie's own word: -

My Gran, Sue Forward, and I left the small sleepy seaside village of Milford-on-Sea, temperature of four degrees. We stepped outside Entebbe airport, 12 hours later, temperature of 35 degrees!! The humidity, the smells, the madness of traffic and motorbikes – there were so many people!! So many stalls along the side of the road with people trying to sell items to get money to pay their rent.

Matthew and Nicola were there to meet us and we went by taxi to meet Emily, the director of Ray of Hope, and her family. Their home was very simple and we were made to feel so welcome – her husband Richard had been given a large rocking horse from his son-in-law and he was very proud of this. From there we walked down into the slum community – so many children everywhere! We were heading for the church which was a shack type “thing” with a metal roof. We were surrounded by really happy people who then greeted us. People really welcomed us, introduced themselves and were really happy to see us. It made me feel I was already part of the community. The heat inside the shack was overwhelming after a long flight and no sleep but the service was very lively, with loud music and everyone was very energetic – singing, dancing and Praising God. All the children did their dances and singing, even the Pastor danced and got “stuck in” giving thanks and praise.

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The next day we were introduced to all the teachers and the social workers at the Ray of Hope school – they were so happy to see us!! Some of the ladies were there making bags to sell. Some children were there and they loved to have their photo taken and liked being read to. The shack where we bought food – beans and like a maize because rice is too expensive – to take to the families in the slum community was very small and I realised how much I took for granted. Giving the children one small toy made them happy. The homes we visited were very very cramped - new born babies were just lying on the stone floor – we took blankets the next day. When the rain comes these homes flood. We prayed for the families and everyone clapped. Emily came with us and spoke, usually to the Mum, to find out what she and her family needed most. This was sometimes a bag of charcoal or potatoes to sell to get money for rent or maybe to pay the rent for a month. There were sometimes 6/7 people sleeping and living in the shacks and it was so hot.

I hadn’t known what to expect but I will continue now to support Ray of Hope in any way I can. And I have learnt so much. All the money that is raised through Ray of Hope Friends goes directly to the school and the children – Steve and Liz Jennings were amazing to start this charity. I would like always to make a difference – the people I met have made a difference to me forever."


Steve Jennings
Founder of Friends of Ray of Hope
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Friends of Ray of Hope
A Milford on Sea Charity which supports Ugandan children
www.friendsofrayofhope.com

*If you would like to support this small charity run by local people, you can do so by donating on the website above.

Little Wrens coming to Milford

A new childrens' pre-school and nursery will be opening in Milford on Sea in June. 

Little Wrens will be based at The Old Bank House, 5 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QF, previously the home for JW Hair & Beauty Salon.

Little Wrens are a small, friendly childcare provider offering fun, friendly care and education for young children from 2 to 5 years, generally the ratio of staff to children is 1:4 (ages 2-3) and 1:8 (ages 3-5).

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This new venture will be run by Sarah Renyeard who comes from a childcare and managerial background and has studied in level 3 CYPW & Level 3 Institute of Leadership and Management. 

Sarah has 3 children of her own & has lived in Lymington for 23 years, she also has an established Little Wrens in Pennington.

Little Wrens
Sarah Reynard
07885 252175
www.littlewrensgroup.co.uk
sarahjanewrens@hotmail.co.uk


Other Childcare Service in Milford on Sea

Milford on Sea Pre-School: 
Tina Lang - milfordpreschool@aol.com - 01590 644684 - www.milfordpreschoolplus.co.uk 

Little Poppins: 
Lisa Lynk - lisalynk@littlepoppinschildcare.co.uk - 01590 642925 / 07710 174869 - 
www.littlepoppinschildcare.co.uk

Seahorses Stay and Play Group: 
Jenny Whitley - jenny@whitleyonsea.net - 01590 644039 

Twinklers Toddler Group (All Saints' Church):
Sheila Hopkins - office@allsaintsmilford.co.uk - 01590 644992 - www.allsaintsmilford.co.uk

Daddysaurus Club (All Saints' Church):
Sheila Hopkins - office@allsaintsmilford.co.uk - 01590 644992 - www.allsaintsmilford.co.uk

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Hand-Diving Fishing in Milford on Sea

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Can't believe what I caught when I tried fishing by hand-diving today.

I wonder if Mr Pink's fancies putting it on his menu? ...Would need some really big chips though!

Friday, 15 April 2016

Blue Tides Performing Tomorrow

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If you like to hear a really good band, then tomorrow night may be for you.

The Blue Tides, which includes Friend of Food Week, Anthony Climpson, will debuting their new show at the Forest Arts Centre in New Milton on Saturday 16 April. (doors open 7pm).

If you enjoy soulful jazz, blues and reggae reworked then the 7 piece Blue Tides will give you a fun night. 

Highlights include a medley featuring the “Magnificent 7” theme tune, Arthur Conley’s “Sweet Soul Music” and Joe Tex’s Northern Soul hit “Show Me”, along with a reggae version of the Burt Bacharach classic “Walk on By” , Mose Alison’s “Swinging Machine” and “Soul Bossa” – the Austin Powers theme tune.

Tickets are £11 or £10 for concessions and if you produce your current Brand New Forest Card you’ll get a free CD!

Click here for more information and to book .

SUP Club for Local Paddlers

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The New Forest Paddle Sport Company based in the High Street, had Alexis Green from the BBC come down for some paddle boarding and they have put together a fun short film. click here to view video

Sean has also now launched a SUP Club for local paddlers where people can meet and paddle together.

The "Club" sessions are every other Sunday starting on 17th April at 10am at Keyhaven and paddling to Hurst Castle. (The location and times may vary for each session due to tide.)

Sean is happy if you have a spot you enjoy paddling and want to share with others let him know and he will organise a session there.

If you have your own kit please feel free just to go along and join in there is no charge for going out with the group. If you need to borrow equipment, Sean offers a discounted hire rate for club paddlers of £15 on 3 hour hires.

Paddling sessions will not be instructional and all paddlers are advised to have 3rd party insurance which is part of a BSUPA membership which you can get by clicking here, to hold relevant launching license's and be proficient paddlers before coming along.

Tips and techniques will obviously be available but this is not a teaching session you are responsible for yourself when out on the water.

For more information please click here to contact Sean


Paddle Boarding Taster Day at Hurst Castle

If you fancy giving it a go there is another another £5 for 30 minutes at Hurst Castle on Sunday 5th June 2016.

The previous Taster Day which was a great success with 70+ people taking to the water to try Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Kayaking at Hurst Castle.

For more information please check out:
www.thenewforestpaddlesportcompany.co.uk or visit the shop.

Editors Note: Please do not make the mistake I made. After several hours of covering myself in goose fat, then shaving in places a razor should not go, and finally spending 20 minutes squeezing into a 20 year old pair of Speedo's, (which had obviously shrunk) - I made my way to the first Taster Session. On arrival I was informed that a dry-suit would be more suitable, and more alarmingly, that if I did not leave immediately they would call the River Warden as I was scaring the wildlife and several normal adults.

It was slightly maddening that my wife said this would happen as I left the house in my resplendent glory, I just caught her sweet and dulcet tones as I was padding down the path in flippers and wearing a snorkel. Don't you just hate it when your wife is right.


The New Forest Paddle Sport Company Ltd
46 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QD
01590 645270
info@thenewforestpaddlesportcompany.co.uk
www.thenewforestpaddlesportcompany.co.uk

Someone Stole My Trumpet

Local resident, Alex Hall has had his trumpet nicked! - Here is story in his own words:

On 2nd April 2016, I had my trumpet stolen from right under my nose outside a cafe in the Soho area of London. This person has prevented me practising and gigging - part of my livelihood - but also took something away from me which had huge sentimental value. The trumpet has a value of £502. There was a practice mute inside the case worth £113.

I have managed to claim back a reasonable amount of insurance money to buy a replacement, and have a temporary horn at the moment - but being a not so well off musician and desperately needing to make up the difference to buy a new one (and a new practise mute - so my neighbours don't kill me) - I really needed your support in helping get a lovely replacement instrument. Nothing would feel better than having an instrument (and hopefully this time for life) bought out of the love and generosity of kind people!

What will you get back in return? Well - to celebrate your kindness, I will be warmly hosting and inviting you for an evening of FREE music showcasing and performing some incredibly talented friends. There will be all sorts of different music for some out-of-town and more local acts for everyone to enjoy for one evening only in Milford on Sea at the end of April/start of May. The location and the artists will very soon to be revealed. There is a Facebook page, and also a Crowdfunding page if you want to give Alex a hand to get blowing again - click here.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Food Week Cake Decorating Fun

We had this interesting and slightly embarrassing review from Kate Wall who was taking part in Milford on Sea Food Week for the first time this year:

"As a newcomer to Milford-on-Sea I soon realised it was a very active community. I met Ruth Bufton (my new neighbour) early on who invited me to the Newcomer’s Supper and told me about Food Week. She suggested I contact David Long and get involved.

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Having discovered the Milford newsletter and webpages I registered, contacted David and within a couple of hours found I’d agreed to deliver a Hands-On Decorating Class, a Cake Decorating Demonstration and had a table booked at CakeFest. Both were in aid of in aid of Marie Curie. I was well and truly involved!

Ten willing ladies arrived for the hands on cake decorating session at which I showed them how to ice and decorate a cake. We had a great time with lots of laughs and ended up with ten ladies plus ten decorated cakes – success all round! Feedback was very positive with comments like: “So well organised – brilliant afternoon of fun – much enjoyed. Thank you so much”. A great day.
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The next day I returned to the South Lawn Cookery Theatre for my demonstration. Time was limited but I managed to create a handbag shaped cake which was auctioned at the end of the session to raise funds for Marie Curie. 
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David Long was commandeered to be our auctioneer and was not too pleased to see his wife join us and make the successful bid of £25, which David had to pay for – sorry David!  Editors note: Just about sums up my life!

After clearing up, the Longs then generously donated the cake back to raise more money at Cake Fest. So, back home for yet more baking before setting off for the Community Centre and CakeFest. 

Our table of goodies included the handbag cake in centre place and we asked the visitors to guess the weight of the cake plus the board. When David arrived I asked him to have a go and try to win the cake again but he surprisingly declined! However it proved very successful and the cake was won by a young lady called Tabitha who collected her prize with her mum. We were delighted she had won it as she told us her great grandma is in Oakhaven and had
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recently lost her husband so they were going to share it with her to cheer her up – what a lovely outcome!

Overall, it was a great week and it looks like I may be running more cake decorating sessions during the year, so watch this space if you’re interested. During the whole process I learnt several things about Milford-on-Sea:

• David Long and his long suffering wife are amazing people who work tirelessly for the village.

• Milford Food Week has nothing short of a whole army of volunteers and supporters without whom the week could not be achieved.

• If you want to get involved and make new friends then get stuck in – I’ve found everyone to be very friendly and welcoming.

So to David, Ella and all the Milford villagers I have met so far – it’s a huge thumbs up and many thanks from me!"

Kate Wall

Editors Note: Thanks for the kind words Kate, we can only do it because of the enthusiasm of the individual people, organisations and local businesses who get so involved in making the events happens, and a village load of foodies who come along to all of the events! - it is they who deserve the biggest thanks.

Winner of 'The Voice' coming to Milford

If you watched the final of the BBC series The Voice, you will have seen the show being won by Kevin Simm, (former Liberty X singer), who was clearly a fabulous singer.

Miflord on Sea Club have announced the Kevin will be appearing at the club in November.

Not sure how the club pulled that one off, it was either great foresight or contacts, but either way this looks a show definately worth seeing!

Keep an eye on www.milfordonseacalendar.org for dates of the show.   

Tickets will be on sale soon and everyone is welcome.

Milford on Sea Club
67 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QG
Tel: 01590 643209
mifordonsea@yahoo.com
www.mosclub.org

Friday, 8 April 2016

Food Week Wrapped Up

Founded in 2010, the fifth Milford on Sea Food Week held in 2016 was the biggest and best ever. We estimate over 15,000 people visited the 150+ events held across the village throughout the entire week, possibly making Milford on Sea Food Week one of the largest foodie events in the UK - Not bad for a small foodie village by the sea with an impressive 20 places to eat and only 5000 residents!

The aim of Food Week is to boost and promote village trade, and to entertain, inform and educate the local community and visitors on anything related to food.
With a good number of people visiting Milford on Sea for the first time, we also hope they will have enjoyed the village so much that they will soon be back to the benefit of all village traders.

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As you may know, Food Week is totally community run, and over 300 generous people make everything happen.

This includes our wonderful volunteers, the village restaurants, pubs and café who work so hard to create special events throughout Food Week, the Cookery Theatre demonstrations by village home cooks and local professionals, the Lambing Live team at Aubrey Farm, local shops and businesses running themed events, and the many local organisations, clubs and village charities who organised events for Food Week. A massive thank you goes to them all! - Big thanks also go to everyone that attended any events, Food Week cannot be successful without you coming!

Milford on Sea Food Week is a not for profit community event, and very proud that it is entirely coordinated by a small dedicated group of volunteers who provide their expertise and time for free.

Whilst not a charitable event, Food Week has this year made some profit, so, some of this will be held as a fighting fund for forthcoming events and community ideas we have, and we are delighted to have made donations to:

Food Week Donations 2016
  • New Flower Bed outside Tu Sui Bella in Park Road: £600
  • Community Centre: £500 - Plus, additional Window Display: £116
  • MoS Primary School & PFA: £500
  • MoS Dementia Action Group: £250
  • Friends of Ray of Hope: £250
  • Milford & Keyhaven Sea Scouts: £250
  • MoS Girl Guides/Brownies: £250
  • MoS Pre-School: £250
  • Scarf (New Forest): £250 
  • Milford United Charities: £250 
  • Milford Hospital League of Friends: £250 
  • Total Voice Choir: £250
  • Climbing for Nepal: £100
  • First Friday Lunch: £50
  • Someone Stole My Trumpet: £25
In addition to the Donations of around £4500+ made by Food Week, we were delighted to hear that the charity run events during Food Week also additionally raised in excess of £4700 for their own causes.

Milford Primary School also designed, made & sold 350 bottles of 'School Ketchup' across the village. All of the stock was sold out by 1pm at the CakeFest on Saturday!, and the project raised £600 for the school.

Since Food Week started in 2010, over £30,000 has been distributed across many village good causes.

The biggest thrill for us all behind the scenes in Food Week, is seeing people really enjoying themselves and meeting new people, together with the special pleasure of creating warm memories for our village kids.

We will be doing it all again from Easter Bank Holiday Monday 2nd April 2018, - please get the date in your diary so you don't miss it!


Milford on Sea Food Week
Bank Holiday Monday 28th March to Sunday 3rd April 2016
If you love food, you will love Food Week!

Want to know more about Food Week? - please click here

Announcing Milford on Sea Diet Week


Following the excesses of Food Week, - Milford on Sea Diet Week started on Monday 4th April 2016.

The village food stores will feature on healthy food, and whilst this has no flavour or taste, it can help you shift those additional pounds gained during Food Week.

The village restaurants were reluctant to discuss removing the nice bits from their menus, but they are supporting Milford on Sea Diet Week by providing every dinner with a Ryvita biscuit at the end of every meal instead of chocolates. Salads will also be on special offer, but any tasty salad dressing will be charged at double the price.

Keep Fit, Zumba and Belly Dancing classes are full to bursting. (That is the attendance, not the costumes.)

Our local pubs have removed the pork scratchings from display for the week, and are running special offers on still or sparkling water, and our cafés have range a low fat options on the menu, which in my world means the taste has been removed.

On Saturday there will be a 'Community Weigh In' on the village green, when warm applause will be given to all who have lost weight, and anyone having gained weight will be given a 'piggy mask' and asked to run to the seafront and back.

Anyone losing 10% or more of their starting weight from Monday will be given a voucher to buy sweets from The Village Newsagent the week after.

There will also be a prize for the person who has eaten the most fruit and salad during Milford on Sea Diet Week, this presentation will be made in Sea Road Car Park just in case that person needs the public conveniences rather quickly.

Enjoy getting the pounds off!

Best wishes,

Skinny McSkinnyFace (Organiser)

PS: I am leaving the village for a week, - dieting is not for me!


Thursday, 7 April 2016

Food Week in Pictures

Wow, what a Food Week - foodies everywhere!

To see many of the events in actionplease click here - or if you can't access that page, please click here.

Food Week Culinary MasterClass
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Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Rosemary Shrager Food Week Recipes

Anyone who attend the Afternoon with Rosemary Shrager last Friday cannot help but have been enthralled, impressed and delighted by her friendly and exuberant personality.

Rosemary Shrager with
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We promised to share Rosemary's Food Week Recipes, and we are pleased that any one who could not make the show can now also now have a good time trying Rosemary's delicious food at home. Enjoy!

Rosemary Shrager Food Week Menu
  • Wheaten bread
  • Asparagus & pea pearl barley risotto
  • Duck breast with a Pomegranate Glaze
  • Rhubarb and apple gratin
  • Smoked haddock scotch egg with curry mayonnaise
To view and download Rosemary's Recipes, please click here.


20th Anniversary for Pop-In Coffee Morning

The POP-IN Coffee Morning was extra colourful and noisy last week.

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Twenty years ago, Jo Alltree wanted to have a place for people who would enjoy the opportunity to meet others. Her idea was taken up and all the Milford churches joined in and arranged teams for each Thursday morning of the month.  So the POP-IN was born, and since then, in the Village Hall, coffee or tea offered by welcomers for people to meet their new neighbours or just come for a drink and a chat.

Originally the rotas were organised by Gillian Peard then soon taken over by Sonia Collyer.

The Anniversary Party was organised by Sonia and helpers and on the 20th anniversary exactly, she was able to welcome both Gillian and three of the helpers who had been there on the opening day.

Filling the room were former helpers, current regulars, people who had found new friends when they came as newcomers themselves, Gloria Grantham Smith from the Village Hall Trustees, a librarian and helpers from the new Library service who are now a welcome addition to each POP-IN.

Most appropriately three new visitors came for the first time and promised to return - despite being warned that there would not be balloons, decorations and cakes next week!

Warm thanks were expressed to Gillian and Sonia, to the Village Hall for their support, and to all the faithful helpers, then voices were lifted lustily singing old favourites and guests departed after a very happy morning.

The POP-IN Coffee Morning organising team of volunteers open the doors every Thursday between 10.30am to 12noon when the kettle is on, so why not come along. Look out for the sign on the Green.

Andy's 'Can't Cook-Yes You Can!' Recipes

Andy & Jane Joseph at Food Week
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Last Saturday, village resident and home cook, Andy Joseph demonstrated some easy to cook recipes along with the assistance of his wife Jane.

The main course meals are ideal for new or reluctant cooks, and also aimed at non-cooks who would like to have a go and maybe younger people who would like to help Mum or prepare for life at Uni.

The linguine and salmon recipe is the easiest and quickest of them all and from start to finish should take no more than 15 minutes and it tastes good too!

Andy's 'Can't Cook-Yes You Can!' demonstration was in the professional Cookery Theatre at South Lawn, where he showed how easy is was to create his tasty menu below: 

Andy's Menu 
  • Fish Pie
  • Roasted Salmon Pasta
  • Chilli Con Carne
  • Chinese style Chicken & Vegetable Noodles

To see Andy's Recipes: please click here.

Friday, 1 April 2016

Learn How to Make Cats Milk Cheese in Food Week

Discover how to make cheese from the milk of your own pet cat on Friday at Food Week. 

Professor Joe Kerr, from the Feline Dairy Research Department based at Southampton University will reveal his delicious Catzarella Cheese discovery.

This will be followed by his colleague Dr Oh Ubinad providing you with a taste, and showing you how to make this unique cats milk cheese at home.
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Free Event - Don't come along! 

Date & Venue: 1st April 2016 - Up until 12 noon in Phantom Hall

When asked whether he would be stocking the Catzarella Cheese, Paul Holland our excellent local village grocer of Hollands of Milford said: "Will you stop coming into my shop, you and your stupid ideas are driving me insane."