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Friday, 9 November 2018

Bid for the White Horse Pub

The Parish Council has been notified by the District Council that the owners of the White Horse Pub in Keyhaven Road, Milford on Sea intend to sell it. 

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The pub is registered as an Asset of Community Value, which means that if any Community Interest Group would like to bid for it, they have until 17th December 2018 to do so. 

If you want to like to submit an expression of interest in the pub, contact the Parish Office on: 01590 644410 or email:

Fuel Hair Mechanics cutting edge barbers

Milford on Sea village has a new barbers, and it appears they have a modern twist and even look after the great beards that you see around these days.

The team of senior technicians at Fuel Hair Mechanics, Simon, Sammi and Ian, are now offering a full range of hair care services which include such names as The Chop, ZZ Top and Chop Full MOT, Down to the Bone, Bob's Buzz Cut... and more. All of the services are detailed on their website. so you can take a look by clicking here, or pop in to see what is happening.

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Fuel Hair Mechanics
61 High Street, Milford On Sea, SO41 0QG
01590 718992

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Stacey set to open new restaurant in the village

Local businesswoman, Stacey Crouch is embarking on her first solo project by opening a new Italian restaurant inspired by her late father, in the heart of Milford on Sea. 

The restaurant, whose name is yet to be revealed, will be serving Italian cuisine and small plates in a relaxed and friendly environment. 

Stacey Crouch
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Stacey will bring to this business a wealth of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry, including her recent position as General Manager at The Mill at Gordleton. 

Stacey said: “I have been looking to buy a business in Milford for some time now so this is the perfect opportunity for me to return to what I love doing the most – running my own restaurant – with a fantastic, experienced team to support me. 

“My Dad was one of my greatest supporters and would have been delighted to learn that I am taking on this new venture.” 

The new restaurant will open on Thursday 6th December and be located at 11 High Street, Milford on Sea.

Advanced bookings can be made by calling 01590 645300.

Lisa's Larder goes Online with Farmer's Choice

After months of planning, Lisa's Larder our local farm shop at Aubrey Farm near Keyhaven, are very excited to introduce 'Lisa's Larder at Farmer's Choice' a new unique collaboration with this highly regarded home delivery specialist who share their passion to bring the very best local produce direct to your door.

Here is how it is going to work: 

When you click here follow the link and it will take you to a Lisa's Larder home page within the Farmer's Choice website. Here you will see some Shop Now buttons for Keyhaven Lamb etc. There is also a list of the Lisa's Larder favourites some that you may be familiar with and some new products which you can add to your basket.

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You will also see there are some other tabs at the top of the page including Christmas. Farmer's Choice have a huge range of products which you can access, all are locally sourced wherever possible and of excellent quality so you can add veg, eggs even milk. 

When you check out you will be asked to register and your transaction and payment is securely made directly to Farmer's Choice. You will be given some information on the Farmer's Choice Family Membership scheme. If you wish to become a regular shopper you can pay a monthly amount towards your shop and get cashback vouchers to spend, or you can just pay as you go. 

Deliveries to the South of England are made via their own delivery drivers using their own fleet of vans. Lisa's Larder were very impressed with the communication, recyclable packaging and very personal service that we received. If you are out of area a national next day courier service is available. 

Deliveries to the New Forest are on a Thursday. You have until midnight Tuesday to place your order. Deliveries required on other days may be possible by courier. 

Minimum order is just £10 and Delivery is free on orders over £80. 

Most of your items will be delivered frozen with the exception of dairy, veg etc. Look out for the symbols for frozen and fresh next to the product description so you know how to expect your purchases. 

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Lisa appreciates that this will be a convenient way to shop for local produce and of course get a regular supply of Keyhaven Lamb. Lisa's Larder are also considering a click and collect option weekly from the farm once they get things up and running.

Finally, it is very important when you register for your first order that you please put the code LISAM8JLWM7 so Farmer's Choice know you are a Lisa's Larder customer.

Now sit back, and in true Lisa's Larder style, have a large glass of something in one hand and get shopping!!

To visit Lisa's Larder at Farmer's Choice: please click here.

Lisa's Larder
Aubrey Farm, Milford on Sea, SO41 0TH

Ellie's golfing exploits continue

Milford on Sea village schoolgirl, Ellie Mans (13) certainly enjoyed her half term holidays on the fairways. 

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She won Dorset Girl’s Crane Valley Peter Alliss Trophy (Oct 21st) with 43 points, the following day she finished 3rd in her final outing for Hampshire U18 Girls at Cams Hall with 38 points. 

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Two days later Ellie won the Autumn Trophy at Brokenhurst Manor Golf Club with 39 Pts. 

Due to these quality performances Ellie’s handicap has tumbled to 10.0. 

She is a member of the Barton Golf Club Junior Academy and is coached by Barton Golf Club Head Pro, Pete Rodgers. 

Ellie is also the 2018 Hampshire County Champion for her age group and a member of the Dorset U18 First Team.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Visit or have stall at New Milton Christmas Festival

The New Milton Town Partnership have contacted us to give details for their major Christmas events.

The New Milton Town Partnership Christmas Festival is the big Christmas celebration in New Milton with a Craft Fayre at the Memorial Centre on Saturday 17th November.

A week later on the 24th November, the New Milton Annual Festival is in Station Road. There will be stalls, live entertainment, fun fair, and ending with the Lions Christmas Parade, this year with a Disney theme, and finally the switching on of New Milton’s Christmas Lights.

If anyone is interested in having a stall there are a few remaining pitches for either or both events. The cost to stallholders is Craft Fayre £25, Festival on Station Road £35 and Charitable Organisations £15 for either. Please e-mail for details and book your pitch. Public Liability Insurance is required and, if you do not have it, can be provided for £10 per event.

Sunday, 28 October 2018

Rock Anthem for the Village

When jazz, blues and rock musician Ivan Chandler moved to Milford on Sea in April 2016, he thought it was the place to be. He loved the people, the pubs, the shops, the village green, the sea and the beach so much he decided it was something to sing about.

He was sitting in the Needles Eye Cafe one day when something caught his eye. It was a tea towel displayed on the wall that said, quite simply, 'Milford on Sea - The Place To Be.'

The words kept going over and over in his mind and soon he’d formed a tune for a rock anthem called 'Milford on Sea – Place To Be'! 

The foot-stomping song mentions many of the local shops, businesses and attractions. Its catchy chorus will soon have listeners singing along, it’s very rock’n roll. 

Ivan “Chuck” Chandler
Keyboard player Ivan recorded the song with his band, The Go Go Five, at Sunshine Corner Studios in Fleet. The CD is due to be released on 1st November 2018 and will include a bonus karaoke version, the lyrics of the song as well as a Milford on Sea map showing the locations of the places mentioned. It will be on sale for £3 cash in the local shops and via the band's website - a share of profits will be donated to local charities. 

Says Ivan “I used to be a radio promotions manager for record companies so I think I know what makes good airplay – and 'Milford on Sea – The Place To Be' seems to be just perfect!” 

About Ivan: Ivan “Chuck” Chandler started piano lessons when he was 8. By the time he was 18, he was playing keyboards for Dusty Springfield, Lulu, Cat Stevens and was musical director for Kiki Dee. 

He went on to hold senior management positions in the music industry at Motown International, Elton John’s Rocket Music company and Paramount Pictures publishing company. He formed his own Music Copyright & Licensing Consultancy company, Musicalities Ltd in 1994. 

The Go Go Five are playing live at The Red Lion in Milford on Sea on Saturday 3rd November. Showtime is 8.30pm, copies of the CD will be on sale – so don’t hesitate to turn up! 

About The Go Go Five: The band was formed in 2003 in Camberley, Surrey featuring a mix of Motown, ‘60s Soul, Jazz, Rock and Blues and plays regular gigs in many venues, including Milford on Sea! Check out: for more info. 

The Go Go Five opened the Milford on Sea Music & Arts Festival this July where they first performed 'Milford on Sea – The Place To Be', the audience were soon singing along to the chorus! 

The band’s co-founder Jonathan MacDonald has played guitar for the Brand New Heavies, Jamiroquai and Madness. Jonathan is also one of the world’s most highly rated inspirational speakers and the author of “Powered by Change”, a Sunday Times Bestseller 2018. 

For more information, call or text Ivan on 07915 662030. 

If you’d like to simply buy one of the limited edition 500 CDs, you can obtain a copy in the village shops from the 1st November 2018. 

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Chris Packham backs village housing protest

The local A&T newspaper has reported that TV Naturalist Chris Packham is supporting SLAM, the Milford on Sea group opposing the new MOS1 housing development in the village. The article can be read below.

The SLAM School Lane & Manor Road group are also organising a Banner Photo Shoot with a press photographer from the New Milton Advertiser on Saturday 3rd November at 10.30am.

You can find out more by contacting:

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SLAM group

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Lunch for The Big Learner Relay

This November 2018 will be The Big Learner Relay’s 5th year.

In that time it has become a significant and important fundraiser for Children in Need and is the brainchild and organised by Louise Walsh, a Milford on Sea resident.

Please see below on how you can enjoy a lunch and get involved for just £6.

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The Big Learner Relay

Monday, 22 October 2018

Milford on Sea Beach Huts Win Climate Resilience Project Award

Milford on Sea Beach Huts have won the Climate Resilience Project Award 2018 which is presented by the British Construction Industry Awards.

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Friday, 19 October 2018

Milford Explorers get a good Ofsted Report

Following on from their last Ofsted Inspection in October 2017 Milford Explorers Day Nursery & Pre School had a further inspection in September 2018 and are delighted with the report.

To download a copy of the full Ofsted Report please click here.

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Milford Explorers Day Nursery & Pre School
The Old Bank House, 5 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QF
07927 717018

Ellie wins another golf competition

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Local village girl, Ellie Mans (13) & her good friend Emma Appleby (14) partnered up as an “All Girl” team on Saturday 29th September in the Clive Cargill 4BBB Stableford Men, Ladies & Juniors at Brokenhurst Manor Golf Club.

With a better ball score of 9 under par (45 points) they won this prestigious competition.

Their Names will now appear on the Honours Board at the club along side Justin Rose, who broke the course record there in 1996 and Emma’s Mother and father who won this same competition in 2001. 
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Thursday, 18 October 2018

Prestigious Award for The Bay Trees

Mark and Sarah Clayson, owners of The Bay Trees situated in the pretty village of Milford on Sea, are delighted to have been awarded the coveted 2018 VisitEngland Rose Award  in Recognition Of Service Excellence. 

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This VisitEngland award is given annually to just 100 VisitEngland quality assessed accommodation businesses that go the extra mile in order to provide excellent customer service. This award that can only be won once. 

Nominations for this award are made following the annual VisitEngland quality assessment and the observations of the assessor. Other evidence, including online customer reviews, is taken into account. The final judging panel also look for innovation that sets the business apart. This includes facilities or services offered to make the guest’s stay really special. 

The awards were announced today at the Independent Hotel Show taking place at Olympia. 

The Bay Trees, an elegant house, which dates back to the 17th century, is steeped in history; over the years the former village “Poor House” has been home to a number of owners and trades including a drapers shop, lodgings, guest house, bank, restaurant and latterly a successful B&B. 

Mark and Sarah moved to the iconic Bay Trees in August 2011 and have worked hard to achieve the top commendation from Visit England – Five Stars, Gold Award and Breakfast Award – The only B&B in the New Forest to attain these awards. They are also listed in the esteemed Alistair Sawday guide, 'Special Places to Stay'. 

Sarah, who was born in Lymington, said "We are really passionate about our business and want our guests to have a great stay. This award is really exciting for us, great for the Village and for all our visitors.” 

To find out more about The Bay Trees and see pictures of the rooms and gardens please visit their website

The Bay Trees 
Mark and Sarah Clayson 
8 High Street 
Milford on Sea 
SO41 0QD 

Tel: 01590 642186 

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Michael Turner's latest sculpture

Local Milford on Sea resident and extraordinary sculptor, Michael Turner has revealed his latest work entitled; Gorilla 'Just Cruising'.

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The silverback Gorilla has all the attitude needed to stop you in your tracks. The motorbike, based on a vintage Harley Davidson, has been painstakingly hand crafted by Michael, who is always keen to get every detail and aspect right.

All of Michael's sculptures are hand crafted and each individual piece is totally unique. Michael uses high grade 316 marine stainless steel for all of his sculptures, these are able to withstand the most harshest of weather elements, making the sculptures perfect for your garden.

To see more of Michael's fabulous creations please click here.

If you would like any more information on the Gorilla or to commission a piece similar to this, then please do get in touch with Michael.

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Michael Turner Stainless Steel Sculpture
07773 220186 / 07976 7138126

Friday, 12 October 2018

Nights Out with the Milford Festival

Due to a love of a night out, the Milford Festival is putting on a few special events in the next couple of months to help to make this already fabulous village a tiny bit more brilliant.

Starting with another comedy night on the 21st of Nov 2018 which will feature all new stand up acts. 

Then, on the 1st Dec 2018 they will have a wonderful Tenor Andrew Morris and guitarist Will Scott who will light up the All Saints Church with a wonderful set of classics and some truly moving less known gems. 

You can book tickets today via the Milford on Sea Community Centre Box Office.

Milford Festival
01590 642020

SLAM School Lane & Manor Road-Part 2

Following on from our recent article about SLAM School Lane & Manor Road (click here to read) we have been asked to publish below:
MOS1: Appeal by the Developer, Pennyfarthing

Pennyfarthing have made an appeal against the NFDC’s Planning Committee’s decision to refuse their planning application, 17/10606, to build 42 homes on the land north of School Lane.

Appelant’s Name: Mr Holmes - Pennyfarthing Homes
Appeal Reference: APP/B1740/W/18/3209706
Appeal Start Date: 07/09/18
Deadline for Representations: 19/10/18

If you wish to make new comments online (if, for example, you did not post an objection to planning application 17/10606), or amend or withdraw comments you have already made, you can do so at:

You can access the appeal by entering the last 7 digits of the Appeal Reference; 3209706, which then eventually leads you to a form where you can enter and send your comments online.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Help out with Poppy Appeal

Jan England is again organising the Milford on Sea village Poppy Appeal and she needs a hand from existing and new volunteers.

If you might like to help with the Poppy Appeal by offering to do an hour or so doing a street collection in the village centre (not house to house unless you would prefer that) she would love to hear from you.

Jan has also had a computer problem and lost all of her usual volunteer email addresses, so if you have helped before, can you please get in touch with Jan.

If you can help out, please contact Jan on:

One for the diary:
Remembrance Concert by the Bournemouth Male Voice Choir on Friday 9th November at 7pm at All Saints' Church. 

Free Entry with Retiring Collection for Poppy Appeal at door.

Around the Green Photo wins competition

'Around The Green’ by John Wilson
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The Intermediate Class of a photographic competition by Ludshott Photo Club saw the top image being awarded to ‘Around The Green’ by John Wilson. 

Mr Wilson’s image was of the village green at Milford-on-Sea, taken as a 360° panorama using software that produced a perfectly circular picture. 

For more information, visit

Free to Learn and Explore at Milford-on-Sea Primary School

At Milford-on-Sea Primary School they have a ‘Classroom without Walls’ approach to their learning and embrace the great outdoors as part of the rich and exciting curriculum. 

The school provides Forest Schools for all children from Reception to Year 4. The forest school philosophy is to encourage and inspire positive outdoor experiences and we provide this through our very own ‘Little Wood’ in the grounds of the school. Children have the opportunity to learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and most importantly to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others. 

Younger students get creative
in MoS School ‘Little Wood’.
A typical afternoon in the ‘Little Wood’ might see children whittling wood, making miniature animal creatures out of clay, role playing in the ‘mud kitchen’, climbing trees, building dens and enjoying a hot chocolate by the campfire. It is no wonder that they wanted to extend this exciting curriculum and philosophy by offering Beach School to older pupils. 

Year 5 and 6 enjoy a
blindfolded sensory experience
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Every week at Beach School, a group off Year 5 and Year 6 students spend their afternoon studying the coast, marine life and conservation. They are also able to link activities to curriculum areas like literacy, art, science and geography. Children enjoy paddling in the sea, creating sculptures from driftwood and foraging for interesting materials. Children have even started to make a ‘Beach School Museum’ collecting all the weird and wonderful things they find at MoS beach – which is serving to highlight the increasing problem of plastic pollution and waste in our oceans. An important part of the beach school philosophy is about sustainability and looking after our coastline. 

Children are taught to treat the beach environment with respect and to leave the beach as they find it. Each session always finishes with a litter pick to ensure that the children are giving something back to the community for their time on the beach. Beach schools is all about exploring and gives children freedom to learn in a wonderfully, stimulating environment. The fresh sea air and exercise has a positive effect on children’s well-being and self- esteem. The teachers often see a completely different child down on the beach, to how they are in the classroom. Beach school gives children the opportunity to be independent and assess risks for themselves. It is fantastic to hear children sharing advice on how to stay safe before embarking on activities, instilling them with the necessary resilience and skills to take on risk and challenge in their future lives. 

The school has been incredibly lucky with some fantastic weather so far this year but autumn is well on the way and the wind and rain is around the corner. You can be sure to still see the enthusiastic students in waterproofs and wellies, ready to embrace the ever changing beauty of our great outdoors! 

Beach School is looking for volunteers

If you have a free afternoon and would like to offer your time please contact: or call the school on 01590 642945.

SLAM School Lane & Manor Road

We have been contacted by a local group, SLAM who are proposing an alternative plan for how affordable housing could be built in Milford on Sea without concreting over the Green Belt as is currently planned in MOS1 and MOS2. 

They have infomred us that their is a deadline for people to make comments to the Government Inspector on Pennyfarthing's appeal against NFDC's refusal of their planning application for MOS1. 

The deadline is next Fri 19th October

The SLAM group has sent below message to more than 100 local residents who object to MOS1 to try and maximise the number of comments sent to the Government Inspector. 

From: SLAM School Lane & Manor Road
Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2018 at 15:48
Subject: MOS1. Time for Action!! Deadline Fri 19th October

"Hi, there is only just over a week left to let the Government Inspector know what you think about Pennyfarthing's appeal against NFDC's decision to refuse their planning application, 17/10606, to build 42 homes on the land north of School Lane. 

If you have not yet sent your comments to the Government Inspector and wish to do so, please see in attached message detail of how to do this and some suggestions on the issues you might want to raise. 

Time is running out!! Act now to help Milford on Sea's future. 

Can We Help? If you need any support or advice, please send an email to and we will do our best to help." 

Best regards 

Andrew, Monica, Maggie, John, Anna, Luca 

SLAM group

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Freedom to Learn seeks new Treasurer

You may know of Freedom to Learn, an education charity based in Milford on Sea that is working to improve access to and quality of education for some of the most marginalised and vulnerable children in rural Nepal. 

The board of trustees is looking for a new Treasurer as their long standing Treasurer is standing down this month. The role will require someone who has great organisation skills, and experience in dealing with financial management as they will be overseeing the financial administration of our organisation. They would also need to attend 3 Trustee meetings year. All in all it will take an average of around 3 hours of volunteering per month.

The role of Treasurer is vital to Freedom to Learn's success as a charity in supporting some fantastic teachers and students in Nepal. Please do get in touch if you are interested. 

You can find out more about the work at, email at: or call Joey Owen 01590 644961

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Freedom to Learn
Joey Owen, UK Project Manager


Monday, 1 October 2018

Spectacular Verveine Cook Book launched

David Wykes, patron/chef of the excellent Verveine Restaurant in Milford on Sea High Street has launched his own cook book entitled 'Verveine'.

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The book is packed full of amazing recipes, flavour guides and incredible photography. 

It is unlikely that we can all have the pleasure of eating at Verveine daily, so it is great that everyone can now enjoy Dave's passion and talents in pictures. The food at Verveine is art without a doubt.

It has long been Dave's dream to create a cook book, and it is a pleasure to see his dream realised, particularly as he has created this whilst being full-time in his restaurant kitchen delighting diners on a daily basis.

If you are looking to cook something wonderful at home, or to create a dish to impress friends at a dinner party, then look no further.

It would also make a great Christmas Present!

Dave can deliver the book anywhere in the UK for a total price of £40. Just give them a call to order your copy today on 01590 642176. 

The book is a must for any keen cook, food or photography lover. 

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98 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QE
01590 642176

La Perle opens a new Cocktail Bar

The Team at La Perle is excited to have opened a new Cocktail Bar in their Restaurant. You are now welcome to enjoy an aperitif prior to eating, or to round off your meal with a coffee or digestif in the bar area. 

La Perle has also launched a new Grill Menu with a selection of starters, steaks, burgers, fish, sharing platters and tasty nibbles. There's is something for everyone as a snack or meal.

You can take a look at the new menus on the La Perle website. Please click here to see new menus.

You can also take advantage of La Perle's Happy Hour between 5pm and 7pm Tuesdays to Thursdays when you can 'Buy 1 Get 1 Free' on Cocktails, Beers and Wine by the Glass! 

La Perle 
60 High Street 
Milford on Sea 
01590 643557 

Hattie is off on her bike

Last Saturday Hattie's Soup Lunch event went really well even though it was a very wet Saturday - but then again, perfect for a warm bowl of soup.

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Hattie and her mum Rachel, were hugely grateful to the Village Veg (greengrocer in village) for super quality vegetables and to everyone who attended and was so helpful and supportive. They are now thinking of holding another Soup Saturday in January 2019.

In the meantime Hattie carries on at a pace with her fundraising to secure her place on the African Adventures trip to help a Kenyan childrens' charity.

She is next undertaking the round the Isle of Wight cycle route (70 miles) on Saturday 13th October 2018.  Training has been going well in the Forest but she knows after riding on the flat, how challenging the hills will be on the Island.

If you would like to sponsor Hattie you can do so by clicking here.

Peter publishes new Railway Cranes Book

Peter Tatlow, an author and resident of Milford on Sea has published another book entitled: Railway Cranes, Volume 3, hand, steam and diesel rail-mounted travelling cranes of Great Britain.

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As a sequel to his two previously published volumes on Railway Breakdown Cranes, Peter Tatlow’s new book looks at the smaller cranes used by the engineers’ and other departments mostly on trackwork, though sometimes they operated at stations on other duties. Peter’s background as a professional engineer lent considerable weight to these works, both of the earlier ones having received unqualified praise from reviewers. 

The book is in A4, with 224 pages and priced at £35 £22.75 on Amazon. click here for more information

In series with his two earlier volumes, the book’s detailed text is accompanied by numerous colour and monochrome illustrations and the author’s meticulous drawings mostly reproduced to 4mm to 1-foot scale making them ideal for the modeller. The narrative transcends BR region and railway company boundaries and records the history of these smaller cranes from the earliest days up to the huge self-propelled machine of the present. 

Like the two previous Railway Breakdown Cranes volumes, this new book covers a subject never before tackled and so will be welcome by railway enthusiasts, historians and modellers across the board.

Friday, 28 September 2018

Bringing More History Home

The Milford on Sea Historical Record Society (MOSHRS) website (click here) has more new material and here's how to find it. 

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On the home page you see an new section called Memory Lane have a look at the photos and memories of Milford-on-Sea many years ago. Click here.

These have been sent in by visitors to the site. If you have any photos and memories which you wish to share follow this link

More house histories have been added including a fascinating account of the Everton Grange Estate. Click here.

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Several former residents of Everton Grange have been added to our People and Families section. 

More records have been added to the online catalogue which now has nearly 2,000 for you to search. Click here.

You can also check out our events section at the bottom of the Home page and make a note of the date of MOSHRS AGM. Click here.

If you have any photos or digital records that you would like to add the village archive you can do so by clicking here

The Milford on Sea Historical Record Society is all about our village history so please help them in Bringing History Home if you can, or simply enjoy the website and discover more about this historical seaside village.

Milford on Sea Historical Record Society (MOSHRS)

Cat hit by car on Tuesday

We have been informed that a car hit a young black cat on Tuesday evening (25th September) around 6.10pm on Park Lane just before the Kivernell Road and Westover Road junction. 

Sadly, the cat was killed instantly and two kind ladies wrapped the cat up and took it to Forest Lodge vets. 

We do not like being the bearers of bad news, but if the owners don't know it may just put their minds at rest.

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Quality Shines through at The Bay Trees

The Bay Trees were delighted to discover that after their annual assessment visit from the Visit England Assessor last week and the inspector confirmed that they had maintained their 5 star rating and Breakfast Award – the only Visit England 5 Star B&B in the new Forest Area. 

Then today they received unexpected extra news – the rating had been upgraded to a ‘Gold Award’ - this is given for “exceptional quality of accommodation and customer service”. 

The Gold Award is positive recognition of our endeavours running The Bay Trees and how their guests value staying with them.

Congratulations to Mark & Sarah. 

The Bay Trees 
8 High Street 
Milford on Sea 
SO41 0QD

Monday, 10 September 2018

Wildfire; The latest in The Hurst Chronicles

Local author, Robin Crumby has publish the third book in his series 'The Hurst Chronicles', a post-apocalyptic series set at Hurst Castle in the aftermath of a flu pandemic. 

Since reading John Wyndham's Day of the Triffids as a child, Robin became fascinated fascinated by end of the world dystopian literature.

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His latest volume tells the tale of an unstoppable virus. Humanity’s last stand has failed.

The book is described as; "Mad Max meets The Day of the Triffids" "Terrifyingly realistic." "A perfect blend of science fiction, history and social commentary."
'Wildfire' is now on sale on Amazon please click here to discover more.

Robin Crumby (Author)

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Hattie's Soup Saturday

Local schoolgirl, Harriet (Hattie) Foster is planning a volunteering trip to Nakuru, Kenya next year, along with a group of her school-friends. 

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While there, they will be building and teaching at a school which provides an education for children in deprived areas, working alongside a community project organised through the charity African Adventures.

Hattie is now in the process of fundraising for the trip, and one event she has organised is a 'Soup Saturday' on Saturday 22nd September 2018. There will also be a vegetable-themed raffle.

She has already has support from our local greengrocers, Village Veg to kick her fundraising off, and if you can pop down to All Saints' Church Hall on the 22nd September between 12noon and 2pm you can enjoy a tasty bowl of soup with crusty bread all for any donation you wish to give, anything given will help Hattie towards hitting her target.

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Why ‘Men’s Shed’ is great for men

At the County Council, Cllr Fran Carpenter (Chair, Men’s Shed Steering Group & Hampshire County Councillor for New Milton North, Milford & Hordle) is a member of the select committee that looks at Public Health and she recently received a presentation about ‘Men’s Sheds'. 

Fran said: “I have to say that at first I was rather puzzled about the general idea, but the more I learned about it the more it occurred to me that a Men’s Shed would be incredibly valuable in the area. Hence the beginning of a local project which I hope will be a success. So, what does a messy old shed full of workshop tools have to do with men’s health? 

The health of men, particularly that of single men, or those who may have lost loved ones and find themselves alone in later life, has been identified as a huge concern in communities all over the country. Not only the physical health of men but also their mental health. Isolation and lack of contact with the outside world is one of the biggest causes of depression, and particularly so in men of all ages. That is not to say that women do not suffer from loneliness. But women often find it easier to initiate going out for a coffee with friends or to join clubs such as the WI, Zumba or even Weight Watchers, where they can chat and have fun together. It has been found that many men find socialising much harder.” 

A Men’s Shed is one way that men can find friendship and camaraderie amongst other like-minded people. Men working together on projects, learning new skills, sharing ideas and successes, helps general well-being and encourages a more active and fulfilling lifestyle. Sheds also offer a place to put the world to rights, to laugh and relax with other people. 

There is a national Men’s Shed Association ( and there are now close to 40 Men’s Sheds in Hampshire alone, all run by the Shedders who use them. If you would like to become part of the ‘Men’s Shed brigade’ in this area, and help to get a new Shed started, please get in touch with Fran (contact details below). 

On Thursday 20th September, there is a public meeting about the project at New Milton Memorial Centre, Whitefield Road, in that evening at 7pm where they will have speakers from existing Men’s Sheds. Do come along and find out more. (NB: Women also welcome - if you enjoy a bit of DIY!) 

Cllr Fran Carpenter 
Chair, Men’s Shed Steering Group & Hampshire County Councillor for New Milton North, Milford & Hordle

Friday, 31 August 2018

Water levels being electronically monitored at Keyhaven

Vision Link have installed some electronic monitoring to measure the water levels at Salt Grass Lane inner marsh in Keyhaven. 

The Environment Agency, Local Flood Group, Natural England and Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust are carrying out an experiment on how much fresh water (rain) is affecting the Salt Marsh versus the sea water, and the Vision Link team have lent them some of their award wining technology and produced some web pages so that the levels can be easily monitored. 

You can see what is happening in real time by visiting the two web site links below:

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Keyhaven 1 - click here

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Calling All Village Clubs & Associations

The Village Exhibition and Newcomers Supper takes place on the 13th October 2018 and there is still room for a few more Village Clubs and Associations - If you would like to take part in the special annual village event, please contact:
Ruth Bufton on: or 01590 641875.


The ‘Newcomers Supper’ is held to welcome all newcomers to the village in All Saints Church Hall in Milford on Sea.

Anyone that was new to the village during the year are able to apply for an invitation, - and the event is entirely free.

This informal evening is great to meet other new people to the village & a selection of village people. (That's residents, not the old pop group!)

The Milford on Sea Newcomers Supper evening consists of two parts: 

Village clubs & Associations Exhibition where you can wander around informally meeting representatives from the many clubs, associations & organisations in the village. They can tell you anything you want to know, and if you fancy getting involved you can.

Free Sit Down Supper with the chance to meet new people and have a bit of fun.

If you are a newcomer to the village, come and enjoy a free drink and supper meal, together with entertainment, lots of fun and laughter, and which ends with the Milford song!

Most years the event has over a hundred people attending, and it is a great way to meet new people, and to get a warm welcome to your new home. The village is full of friendly people and the ‘Newcomers Supper’ is a fast-track way of getting to know all about our village life.

The ‘Newcomers Supper’ is funded and hosted by all of the churches in the village & tirelessly organised by Ruth Bufton.

The event is by invitation only, so if you are new to the village this year and would like to come along (Adults only), all you need to do is to contact: Ruth Bufton on: or 01590 641875.

Time for Flu Vaccination

Remember to book a Flu Vaccination at Milford Medical Centre.

This year there are different vaccines for those 65 and over and those under 65. Because of this the Saturday clinic will be for the over 65 only. 

Flu Vaccination Saturday Clinic - Over 65’s Only
  • Saturday 15th September 2018 (appointment required) 
Those under 65 in at risk groups e.g. asthma, COPD and diabetes can be seen on other dates including: 
  • Tuesday 18th September at Milford Medical Centre - 5pm to 7pm 
  • Thursday 4th October at Milford Medical Centre - 4pm to 7pm 
Help protect yourself, your family and the local community by getting your vaccination as early as possible 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 
01590 643022

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Learn to Lip Read

The village is having a Lip Reading Course to help the 1 in 6 who suffer from hearing loss.

The first course earlier in the year was appreciated so much, that there will be a second course in the Autumn. 

With the guidance of a lively tutor whose motto is "No-one can fail a Lip Reading Course". People who attended last time were by the end more confident in asking people to speak more slowly or look at them and help them to hear in other ways (in this way reducing their sense of isolation). They also learned not to apologise for their hearing loss and most importantly, to develop skills in interpreting/understanding what people might be saying. 

This course is highly recommended for those living with hearing loss, and it is also helpful for couples to learn together. 

The 8 week course will be held from 10 am to 12 noon on Friday mornings in All Saints Church Hall starting on 12th October 2018. 

There will also be a “Taster Session” there on Friday 14th September, for those who would like to meet the tutor. The charge for that day will be £5.

Further information from Christine Luxon at 01590 719286.

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Be in next year's Village Pantomime

Ever fancied putting on the grease paint and treading the boards?

Well, now is your chance.

Open auditions for the Village Pantomime take place on Sunday the 16th September, and if you fancy being in the limelight or behind the scenes, simply register to go along.

Everyone is welcome. Oh no they're not, oh yes they are!

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