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Tuesday, 13 August 2019

League of Friends’ Summer Garden Party & Cream Tea

Milford Hospital League of Friends’ held Summer Garden Party & Strawberry Cream Tea last weekend.

The event raised the astonishing sum of £1,760 in the grounds of Milford War Memorial Hospital on the first Saturday in August. 

The sum raised was over double that of some previous years, and the community of Milford on Sea are to be thanked for their generous support in helping to raise funds for use by the community nurses, medical centre and of course the new Frailty Service, whose vehicle for this area has been fitted out with medical equipment purchased with the £16,000 donated by the League of Friends.

Over 200 people enjoyed the strawberry cream tea afternoon, and spent generously on buying gifts, toys, books and cakes, and trying the tombola and raffle. The kids’ games, and ice creams, also drew generous customers. 

Generous too were the important event sponsors; Faros Restaurant, and New Forest Fruit Company of Beaulieu who donated the strawberries, Rodda’s who donated the Cornish clotted cream, and Tiptree who gave the jams.

The cream teas fairly flew out of the kitchen into the gardens, and people were able to enjoy an afternoon of lovely live music by the Two Mikes, and also the beautiful duet singing of mother-and-daughter duo The Jems.

The weather kept fine, and the volunteers kept working, and a thoroughly happy and the productive afternoon closed with League of Friends’ chairman Julie Badham appealing for continuing support from the community for the much-valued War Memorial Hospital. 

She said it was only through community support that the League was able to raise the funds, and so provide help back into the community : “local services for local people”.

Volunteering at St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery

St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery are looking for volunteers.

Do you have a spare morning or afternoon? then you could join the team as a volunteer!

The museum and art gallery offers an enjoyable experience of:

  • Giving back to your local community and being an ambassador for St Barbe
  • Being part of a team with regular social events
  • Helping visitors to Lymington and St Barbe to make the most of their time in our area
  • Helping visitors to enjoy their exhibitions
For more information about volunteering with us, just ask at the reception desk or email:

St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery
New Street, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 9BH

Monday, 5 August 2019

Join in a Local Walk for Wellness

Melissa Page moved to Milford on Sea village in May last year and she has been regularly volunteering in the Community Centre Café. She would now like to use her particular skills in doing more for people in the village.

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Melissa was a lawyer for 20 years before deciding to follow her passion for fitness and retrain as an accredited personal trainer. As a fairly inactive child and young adult Melissa, in an attempt to lose weight for her wedding, took up running and quickly became a dedicated gym bunny. She has run 4 marathons, the last of which she finished in 3 hours 37 minutes (coming 10th in her age group). Before moving to Milford she used to train people privately although she hasn’t done this since moving here. 

On arrival in Milford she completed her charitable fund raising commitment to run 50 kilometres every week for 50 weeks despite a prolonged knee injury. Over the last year Melissa realised how important running was, not only to her physical, but also her mental, health. At 51 she remains relatively fit and loves exercise, running & walking regularly with her husband. She is not intending to carry on with her personal training business for income but would love to help others in the community benefit both physically and mentally from regular outdoor activity and to enjoy some good company and chats with a group of like-minded people. 

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So if anyone is interested in Walking for Wellness or Jogging for Joy Melissa is planning to run regular free sessions to help people of any age keep fit, as well as to have some fun social interaction doing what is generally acknowledged as a very effective health improver. The plan is to start easy, do some warm up exercises and a good stretch at the end. While the group is exercising there will be the opportunity to pick Melissa’s brains and to discuss health generally, nutrition and exercise – and of course just have a good old natter and some socialising. Followed always by a celebratory coffee at the end of the session! 

Initially the group will be mainly for general walking although there will be the opportunity to incorporate some jogging for those that wish to try and if there is enough interest the groups may be split into runners and walkers. 

The first session will be on Monday 19 August meeting outside The Needles cafe at 10am. The actual walk/jog will run for about an hour (covering approx. 3 miles for the walkers) with coffee and a well-earned cake and chat at the community centre afterwards. Beginners welcome and those that want to try to jog will be given some targets to reach. 

Please do remember that Melissa is doing this entirely on a voluntary basis to facilitate people coming together and any participation is at people’s own risk. 

For more information on the sessions of future dates please contact: Melissa Page on or call 07712 164310.

£1.5m Expansion Aim for South Lawn Hotel

South Lawn Hotel is proposing to undergo a £1.5m Expansion by adding an extra storey to provide an additional 18 bedrooms.

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This major investment by Tim Wedgewood, owner/manager would create a number of job for people in and close to Milford on Sea.

The hotel currently has 26 bedrooms and struggles to meet current demand. The plan is that a large flat roof will be developed to provide extra accommodation without the need to increase the footprint.

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The design and concept appears to have local support and if approved will increase tourism to the village for the benefit of local shops, restaurants and bars.

An Ice Cream Van and more...!

Debbie Head is the owner of the ice cream van that trades from the crabbing bridge at Sturt Pond on Hurst Spit out to Hurst Castle, Milford on Sea.

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As you may expect, Debbie sells some wonderful ice cream for a day by the seaside, but less expected would be that she also has specialist ice cream for dogs, as well as crabbing lines for little (and big) kids!

Everything you need for perfect day out!

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Debbie also has an Instagram account of 'Milfordonice' if you fancy checking it out.

Charity Shop seeks Part-Time Supervisor

Milford on Sea Community Centre are looking for a:

Part time Charity Shop Supervisor 

The Milford on Sea Community Centre is seeking a part-time Shop Supervisor to assist in operating our lively and friendly Village Charity Shop. 

Daily hours are 9.40am to 5pm, working 2 to 3 days per week, including frequent Saturday working. Flexibility in hours and days worked an advantage. 

Applications in writing to:
 Linda Bagnall (Trustee) at the Community Centre, Sea Lane, Milford on Sea, SO41 0PH


Where else can you build your own battleship?

Whilst the successful Cornwallis Remembered celebration were a month ago in the village, the the final month of the ‘Command of the Seas: the Navy and the New Forest against Napoleon’ at the St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington.

The exhibition has caught the public imagination. Here are some of the comments received: 
  • “One of the very best exhibitions I’ve been to in the past 10 years - Cornwallis is as great a naval leader as Nelson (but sadly not as famous).” 
  • “Wow Cool!!” 
  • “Learnt lots! Why oak is used for ship-building, why seamen ate 5,000 calories a day, and why Cornwallis joined the navy aged 11!” 
  • “Amazed at the high standard of presentation. The National Gallery would be pleased to have such an exhibition.” 
  • “Where else can you build your own battleship?” 
  • “Fantastic exhibition which brings history alive. Worth a second and third visit.” 
Napoleon’s army is poised to invade England, only the Channel Fleet commanded by Admiral William Cornwallis opposes them. This unique exhibition shows the role played by the Navy and the New Forest during the French Wars from 1793-1815. 

Make sure you don’t miss this “brilliant exhibition” – ends 1st September. 

St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery 
New Street, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 9BH 
Tel: 01590 676969

Open Daily Mon-Sat 10am-5pm | Sun 10am-4pm 

Sunday, 4 August 2019

Everton Hyundai Bowls Competition Winners

Congratulations to the 2 Milford on Sea Bowls Club teams who made it to the finals in this years Everton Hyundai Competition. The Winners were David Hall, Trevor Rock with guest Brian Jones and Garry Barnett, June Didlick & Fred Avery as runners up.

Great Day was had by all and thanks to all competitors and all who helped to once again make this a special day for Milford.

Top: Runners Up - Garry, Fred and June
Bottom: Winners - Brian, Trevor and David
 presentation by club president Rob Perkins
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Milford on Sea Bowls Club