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Wednesday, 28 August 2019

The White Horse for sale by auction

The Bournemouth Echo has reported that The White Horse in Milford on Sea is a lot being sold by Clive Emson auctioneers.

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Rob Marchant, auctioneer, said: “This is a well-known pub on an extensive plot of 0.17 hectares (0.43 acres) including a beer garden, play area and car park. There may be scope for alternative use, subject to the necessary consents.”

The White Horse, with a guided freehold at £390,000 to £410,000, is being auctioned jointly with Savills of Southampton.



Sunday, 25 August 2019

White-tailed Eagles being reintroduced

Under the government’s twenty five year environment plan, Natural England has licensed the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation and Forestry England to reintroduce White-tailed Eagles onto the Isle of Wight.  The project was also approved by Scottish Natural Heritage on condition that juvenile birds are only taken from nests containing two or more eaglets. 

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White-tailed Eagle fishing

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The first six juvenile eagles arrived on the Isle of Wight some weeks ago and have recently been released into the wild.  It is likely that these birds will initially stay close to their release site, where food parcels will be provided until the birds are ready for wider natural dispersal.   These young eagles are expected to visit suitable sites along the Solent coastline and will eventually forage along our shores and most probably visit the New Forest.

Several public meetings were held on the Island to speak to interested parties, including farmers, wildlife groups and members of the public.  Keith Metcalf, Conservation Officer of the local Milford Conservation Volunteers (MCV), thought that while there had been extensive consultation on the Island, no arrangements had been made for people on the mainland to find out about the reintroduction programme.  Keith told us that “If the Island programme is successful, people in coastal locations on the mainland are eventually likely to encounter these birds”.  It was with this in mind that Keith asked the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation if they would like some help in organising public meetings on this side of the Solent.

Photo of juvenile eagle
at site of release pen

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Roy Dennis and Tim Mackrill have both been extensively involved in reintroduction programmes with eagles in Scotland and Ospreys at Rutland Water and more recently in Poole Harbour.  They agreed to support MCV’s mainland initiative.  

Keith said: “The RSPB has licensed MCV to show a film made about the White-tailed Eagle reintroduction on the Isle of Rum nearly 20 years ago. He said; “Richard Coomber, one of our MCV members was involved with the earlier Rum reintroduction programme and in April 1983 became the first person to see a White-tailed Eagle turning its egg on a nest since they became extinct!  Richard also told us that; “The RSPB  film crew and nest guardians used to come to his guest house once a week for meals and a bath”.  Richard still has an eagle feather given to him by the RSPB when he and his wife Julia finally left Mull in 1985.  

Another MCV member Peter Ryley, was one of seven RSPB photographers who helped film ‘The Eagle Odyssey on Mull.  Keith said that; “MCV had sold out of tickets for the film show within 24 hours of sending out invitations to our members.  We have now booked a second showing of the film for Saturday 5th October at 7pm in the Milford-on-Sea Community Centre in Sea Road”.

In addition to the 50 minute film show, the recently appointed Project Officer for the programme, Steve Egerton-Read, has agreed to come over from the Island to explain more about what we are likely to see around our shores and in the New Forest.  He will tell us how the birds were selected from nests in Scotland, flown south and how they were settled into their new home in Forestry England woodland.  Each bird will be satellite tagged so that the bird’s movements can be monitored.  A monitoring programme is being set up along the south coast and MCV members will be on hand to watch and record the birds which arrive along our section of coastline between Milford-on-Sea and Lymington.
    
For this second film show event, an invitation is extended to all who might be interested.  Keith said; “A ticket donation of £5 (or more) is suggested which will be used to help sponsor a tag for one of the birds”.

For further information contact Keith at:

Milford Conservation Volunteers
www.milfordcv.org


Saturday, 24 August 2019

Cornwallis Remembered appears in The Glazier

Following on from the Cornwallis Remembered celebrations in All Saints' Church and on Milford on Sea village green the article below has recently been published in The Glazier:

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Thursday, 22 August 2019

Let's make Milford more Magical this Christmas

You may have read in previous issues, that local residents Tracy Haupt and Diana Brushwood, supported by the Parish Council and other volunteers, are looking to take the Christmas decorations in the village to another level this year. Click here to read original article.

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From the results of a recent survey, they are hoping to have a forest of Christmas trees on the village green (in addition to the main tree) and the village centre decorated too.

Of course, the ladies will need some donations to cover the costs of additional trees, new lights and decorating materials, so in addition to a donation box in the Parish Council office, they have recently set up a JustGiving Crowdfunding Page. Should you be willing to make a donation, of any amount:

Please click here to donate to Village Christmas Decorations  
Please note: The account will close for donations on the 3rd November 2019. 

Tracy and Diana would like to thank everyone for their support.


For more information, more ideas or to volunteer to help please contact:
Tracy Haupt - tracyhaupt01@aol.com
Diana Brushwood - dianabrushwood@gmail.com


Calling Village Clubs and Associations for Newcomers Supper

The Village Exhibition and Newcomers Supper takes place on the 12th October 2019 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: ruth.bufton@btinternet.com or 01590 641875.

Places will be allocated by ‘first come first chooses’ so apply as soon as possible.
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The ‘Newcomers Supper’ is held annually 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: ruth.bufton@btinternet.com or 01590 641875.

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Success for First Wellness Walk

The first local 'Walk for Wellness' took place last Monday (19th August) and it was a great success, so much so that Melissa is going to make it a regular event.

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About 10 people turned up to walk and an extra 2 came to say they couldn’t walk today but were very interested in coming another time. To start there was a brief introduction and everyone introduced themselves. Then, after some gentle mobilisation exercises the group went to Keyhaven Harbour and returned back to Community Centre Community Cafe via Sturt pond. People went at different paces and many did a few stretches of fast walking to get heart rates up (some even jogged).

To finish there was some post walk stretches with almost everyone staying after for some coffee and chat. 

The purpose of the regular free sessions is 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. 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. 

The actual walks/jogs run for about an hour (covering approx. 3 miles for the walkers). All abilities and beginners welcome and those that want to try to jog will be given some targets to reach. 

There was a keen interest to run sessions regularly and Melissa now plans to lead:
  • 10am Mondays: Walk for Wellness and
  • 10am Wednesdays: Jog for Joy
Meet outside Needles Eye Cafe (Beach side) - (Walkers and runners are welcome to both.) 
These new sessions start from Wednesday 28th August. (No walk on BH Monday 26th August.).


About Melissa

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. 

More Information

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 pagetwo@hotmail.co.uk or call 07712 164310.

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: volunteer.rect@stbarbe-museum.org.uk



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 pagetwo@hotmail.co.uk 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

CLOSING DATE MONDAY AUGUST 12TH 2019

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