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Monday, 8 March 2021

Ray's Italian Kitchen prepares to reopen courtyard garden

Stacey at Ray's Italian Kitchen in Milford on Sea High Street is making plans for the future, having had to modify her business a number of times over the past twelve months in order for the restaurant to survive the pandemic.

The pop-up shop, Ray's Kitchen Larder has gone well, but in order to prepare the restaurant to reopen, she needs some of the space back.

So, from the 20th March another change will take place, with the pop up shop changing to become a small deli counter at the front of the restaurant. The delicatessen will have lots of  Italian and Mediterranean influences.

Plus, from the 13th April Ray's Italian Kitchen courtyard garden will be open for coffee, cake and light lunches.


Ray's Kitchen Larder is Open:
Tuesday to Friday: 9am till 3pm
Saturday mornings: 9am until 1.30pm.
Free Local deliveries available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
Minimum order of £30

Cook At Home 3 Course Menu:
Order by email or phone by Thursday noon, to collect on Friday /Saturday

Please contact Stacey to place your order at

Ray’s Italian Kitchen & Kitchen Larder
11 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QF
01590 645300

The Gun Inn is recruiting

Pelican Taverns, the new owners at The Gun Inn in Keyhaven are currently recruiting for bar staff in preparation for reopening.

If you have a positive, friendly and fun attitude, with loads of enthusiasm and all the attributes necessary to consistently deliver high quality food & drinks, excellent customer service and maintain a friendly welcoming environment and have a passion for the hospitality industry.

You will be expected to serve and present beverages quickly and efficiently and are able to adapt to meet our standards/methods, assist in keeping the bar, front-of-house, cellar and toilets clean and tidy at all times. maintain a high standard of dress and personal grooming, cope with high pressure situations and manage customers and orders appropriately, all the while maintaining excellent levels of service.
You should have excellent time management skills, are well mannered and polite, respect colleagues; actively willing to work in a team. Strive to complete all tasks together and willing to share resources to benefit the team.

Acknowledgement to guest’s needs are first in every aspect of your work and understanding all aspects of the required service criteria. Consistently exceed guest’s expectations and look at further opportunities to improve their experience with us.

Experience is preferred but not essential as full training will be provided.

You should be able to commute easily to work and be able to get home at night.

Must be over 18.

If you feel you fit the criteria then please get in touch with your CV.

We also spotted this message currently on the Gun Inn website:

Dear Locals,

I’m pleased to say that with the extra time given to us by Boris, we are now in good shape to open as and when it becomes possible.

The first phase kitchen has been installed, the decoration is almost complete and the new beer management and taps have been installed. It’s really beginning to look like the old local.

Once again I want to thank all the wonderful local trades who have continued to support our endeavors and look forward to pulling a few pints in celebration of their efforts, just as soon as we are able.

I’d also like to continue to thank all the friendly passers by for your encouragement. We have met so many inquisitive folk and cant wait to share some hospitality with you. We are grateful as ever, for your patience and understanding.

Fingers crossed that the Covid vaccine cracks the deadlock and that we are all able to live our lives more normally soon.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year.

Yours sincerely

Pete, Jim, Paul and the rest of the new team at The Gun Inn.

The Gun Inn

Thursday, 4 March 2021

Milford on Sea Christmas Decorations update

The organisers of the village Christmas decorations, Tracey Haupt and Diana Brushwood have now reviewed the results of their survey relating to this year's festive village decorations.

They thank the 130 people who took the time to answer the 3 questions and therefore help to plan for this year's Christmas displays.

Tracey said; "It’s interesting how many of you would like to see the shop windows even more festive (this last year was an improvement on previous years) and all the traders trees adorned with lights (preferably of the same colour), so I’m wondering if any of the shops would be prepared to form a small working group to try and make this happen? Get in touch with me if you think you can help us."

To read further comments: please click here.

Cakes galore in Milford on Sea

If you don't like tasty cakes then this article might not be for you. But, if you do it is your lucky day!

Did you know that Milford on Sea has numerous cake makers who create bespoke hand-made baked goodies for everyday treats, special occasions - and of course Mother's Day?

So whether you fancy some brownies, cup cakes, or a celebration cake they can all be made for you within the village - and at great value too.

Liz Hines of Cakes on Sea recently published a photo on Facebook of a a special cake she made that reflected the lucky person's love of gardening. The pretty flowerpot cake has a lemon curd filled sponge cake inside and there are sugar roses and sugar trowel nestling in the chocolate earth. Brilliant!

If you need a cake (and who doesn't?!), please take a look at the list of bakers in Milford on Sea below, and if you click on the links you can see the creations they make and how to contact them.

I wonder how many you look at before you lick your lips?!

SWEET TREATS - from across the village

Elmsleigh Cakes 

The Little Cake Company 
01590 719869  or 07809 280178

Hello Cheesecake
07713 570551

Coastal Bakery
25 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QF
07809 280178

Plus of course, our village Cafes and Coffee Shops have cakes for you to enjoy eating in or out.

Monday, 1 March 2021

Virtual Birdwatching Tour of Hurst Spit with Bird Aware

Bird Aware Solent raise awareness of internationally-protected birds. Each ranger has selected one of their favourite sites from around the Solent coast to show in a virtual tour.

Ranger Julie explores Hurst Spit, Sturt Pond and the surrounding Milford on Sea area and shows some of the amazing birds who call this special place home.

click here to view tour
About Bird Aware Solent

Bird Aware Rangers engage with communities along the coast, particularly over winter, to protect the special areas of the Solent and their wildlife.

The Solent is of worldwide importance for birds. Bird Aware Solent raise awareness of internationally-protected birds that overwinter on our coast, and help people enjoy our special coastline responsibly.

The coastline of the Solent stretches from Hurst Spit to West Wittering, and includes the northern shore of the Isle of Wight, more than 225km in total. It is an extremely busy area for commerce, shipping, recreation and leisure.

It is internationally important for wildlife, with a number of protection designations, including three Special Protection Areas (SPAs). These are part of a Europe-wide network of sites for nature conservation.

Every winter thousands of birds take refuge in the Solent to feed and rest, including 90,000 waders and over 10 per cent of the global population of Brent Geese. Many come from areas high in the Arctic.

Many birds can only find the food they need on the foreshore at low tide. During winter the few hours of daylight limit time available for feeding. Bad weather also has an impact on foraging.

People visiting the coast often unintentionally disturb feeding and roosting birds. This reduces their precious feeding time further, and can use up energy supplies if the birds need to fly away. If disturbed too often birds may not survive the winter or make the journey back to breeding grounds in the spring.

Sunday, 28 February 2021

Milford Community Care Group looking for volunteers

The organisers and volunteer team at the Milford Community Care Group are looking forward to resuming their service, hopefully in late summer.

The Milford Community Care Group provide a valuable service to anyone in the village who needs transport to medical appointments, near and far.

The group are in touch with the Community Centre in Sea Road about their re-opening, and soon after that, they hope to have our own office up and running for the co-ordinators to take your bookings.

Anyone wishing to volunteer either as a co-ordinator in the office, or as a driver, please contact Valerie Newell on 01590 645948.

This is a great way to help the community whilst also meeting new people.

Friday, 26 February 2021

Hurst Castle wall collapses

Hurst Castle experienced a partial collapse of an outer wall today. 

In recent years, the castle's owner, English Heritage have carried out work to reinforce the sea defences and stabilise the foundations of a different part of the castle, the west wing.

The collapse occurred at East Wing Battery where the sea had weakened the foundations. Structural engineers were in the process of assessing the damage and planning remedial works, although it was thought that 'there is no immediate risk to Hurst Castle.'

The Advertiser & Times wrote about the threat only 2 days before the collapse. Please click here to read the article.

Sadly, the worst fears of some who warned this could happened has come true.

The Advertiser & Times also published a video showing the destruction from the seaward side. Please click here to view the video.

Picture taken by James Brooke on BBC Article
click here to read

The two dramatic pictures below were captured by Helen Renouf, New Forest based professional photographer.

Renouf Design

Hurst Castle

Hurst Castle was built by Henry VIII at the seaward end of a coastal spit, it was one of the most advanced artillery fortresses in England. Commanding the narrow entrance to the Solent, it offers stunning panoramic views.

The castle was used as a prison for eminent 17th century captives, including Charles I. It was later strengthened during the 19th and 20th centuries and played a role in defending the western Solent from invasion threats from the Napoleonic Wars to the Second World War.

Hurst Castle is managed on behalf of English Heritage by Hurst Marine.

Thursday, 25 February 2021

Have a giggle next Thursday

Comedy is back in Milford next week.

Laughs were hard to come by last year, so the Community Centre are delighted to welcome back Stephen Grant to host a second online Comedy Club Quiz Evening via Zoom next Thursday 4th March at 8pm

The evening is Free to join - although donations are of course really welcome

To register please click here.

There are places for up to 250 households, and after registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Fingers crossed for a comedy night at the Community Centre in July.

New Milford Website supports staycation boom

Two local Milford on Sea residents look set to put this seaside village on the map as the go-to staycation destination with the launch of a new website.

The website – – is to drive tourism to this lively village known for its events such as the Milford Music Festival and to boost the local economy that has suffered like many in the recent pandemic.

Behind the website are marketing consultants and Milford on Sea residents, Rachel Lewis and Linda Scott, who have created a new brand identity for the village as part of its drive to increase visitor numbers.

Rachel said: “The website is all about creating a one stop shop for visitors, newcomers and locals to get all the information they need about this amazing village, whilst giving it a fresh, modern look.”

The website will be supported by its own social media channels that will encourage user-generated content to market the village and will support local businesses by promoting its activities.

Linda added: “Now more than ever the demand for domestic holidays is soaring and the launch of our new website is timely in positioning Milford on Sea as a top choice in the UK holiday market.

“Our local businesses have suffered huge losses by the pandemic and a bumper season is needed to get them back on track.”

Rachel Lewis and Linda Scott

The website will go live on the 1st April and if any businesses are interested in becoming a member (fee applies) then please email for more information.

Latest Milford on Sea Unsung Lockdown Heroes

Over the past 3 weeks we have been receiving nominations for Milford on Sea 'Unsung Lockdown Heroes', these are people who have helped others with acts of kindness however large or small. 

This could be local people who do anything from supporting a neighbour by getting their shopping or prescriptions, it could be friends who have kept your spirits up, a kind stranger who has lent a helping hand, or people volunteering to help other people in the community in any way. It could also be a village business or organisation who are going that extra mile to get the community through this crisis.

To view the latest Milford on Sea 'Unsung Lockdown Heroes', please click here.

We will continue to add nominations, so please keep sending them in to:

The Good News Newsletter: No.31

To view of the latest edition of The Good News Newsletter: please click here.

To subscribe to get a regular copy please email:

About The Good News Newsletter

An enterprising group of local people have put together a 'Good News Newsletter' with the aim of keeping everyone informed and amused during this difficult time.

The Good News Newsletter has been created by Milford Library, Milford Mutual Aid Group, The Village Voice and MoS News Bulletin.

We will be publishing a copy of each edition here online and for those in the village who do not use digital communication, the Parish Council are printing some paper copies which will be available in some village shops and some distributed by volunteers.

To subscribe to get a regular copy please email:


Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Guess who is baking Pecan Biscotti?

Who can resist delicious Pecan Biscotti fresh out of the oven, or would like to try Duck Fat Oat Cakes, Rum Canelés or Cinnamon Madeleines.

Well, you can probably guess that it is David Wykes at Verveine who has been creating baked treats like no other!

All of the above are now for sale in his shop, alongside tasty fish pies, bespoke chocolate bars, ice cream with crazy flavours and more.

Not to forget, there are also takeaway Kebabs to enjoy at the weekend!

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

Milford Boots supporting The Hygiene Bank

An announcement on the 'Positively Milford on Sea Facebook Page' informs everyone that Boots in Milford on Sea is now working with The Hygiene Bank and are becoming an official drop off point. 

The Hygiene Bank is a charity fighting hygiene poverty.

All donations will be shared with people locally through official charities, helping to ease the pressure on those who need support. 

So, you can donate any new products through the Boots store in the high street; this could be from shampoo & conditioner to toothpaste & toothbrushes, or hygiene products for women, men or children. 

Hygiene poverty is a problem that we can help solve together. Anyone in store will help you with any products you'd like to donate. 

About The Hygiene Bank (From their website)

At The Hygiene Bank, we believe it is not right that feeling clean should be a luxury or a privilege for anyone in our society, yet many are living in poverty and cannot afford to stay clean. That is why our network of projects exists – to give people access to the basics they need.

We are a grassroots, people-powered charity and social movement, grounded in community. Our passion stems from the injustice that people may be unable to fully participate in society due to hygiene poverty. This is why we work to inspire social change.

To find out more; please click here

To visit the 'Positively Milford on Sea Facebook Page'
; please click here.

New Forest Paddle Sport Company bookings open

Sean at The New Forest Paddle Sport Company in Milford on Sea high street was pleased to hear that following the Prime Minister's national Coronavirus announcement on Monday that, all being well, they will be able to reopen for on-water activities from 29th March.

Sean said; "Last year when we reopened we booked up fast so we recommend pre-booking for all our on water sessions for Easter 2021 and beyond to avoid disappointment. We look forward to seeing you on the water soon."

You can book online or contact Sean by email. 

All are dates and sessions are online to book at:

The New Forest Paddle Sports Company
46 High Street, Milford On Sea, SO41 0QD
01590 645270 

Monday, 22 February 2021

Mediterranean Kebab Wednesday at La Perle

 La Perle have launched a new menu for Mediterranean Kebabs which is available on Wednesdays.

All Mediterranean Kebab Meals are served with a luxury Greek Pitta, your choice of homemade sauce and two sides.

Chargrilled Tiger Prawn Skewers
Marinated in Chilli, Garlic & Lime
Price includes 2 Prawn Skewers, a Luxury Greek Pitta, your choice of 2 Sides and a Sauce - £16.95

Chargrilled Free Range Chicken Breast Skewers
Marinated in Lemon Zest, Garlic & Thyme
Price includes 2 Chicken Skewers, a Luxury Greek Pitta, your choice of 2 Sides and a Sauce - £15.95

Chargrilled Lamb Rump Skewers
Marinated in Blood Orange, Garlic, Chilli, Rosemary & Black Pepper
(Price includes 2 Lamb Rump Skewers, a Luxury Greek Pitta, your choice of 2 Sides and a Sauce - £17.95

Click here to see all La Perle delivery menus

La Perle
60 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QD
01590 643557


Brownies now available at Saltwater

If you love a brownie, then we hear you will not be disappointed by the tasty Saltwater Café Brownies.

These are not bite size, they are big chunky slices and come in 6 delicious flavours:
  • Milk chocolate
  • Salted caramel
  • Milk and white chocolate marble
  • White chocolate and blueberries
  • Chocolate orange
  • Dark chocolate

Orders of any combination taken, minimum order 4 brownies.

The brownies can also be sent by post for next day delivery. 

To order for collection, or to find out more about brownie deliveries, please phone 01590 634518 (and leave a message) or click here to send a message to book or ask any questions.

Saltwater Café
106 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QE
01590 643518

Sunday, 21 February 2021

Seals at Hurst Castle

Even though Hurst Castle is still closed for the lockdown, nature continues and the seals keep visiting!

The Hurst Castle Team said; "It’s nice to see our regulars checking in! If you’ve seen them, from a safe distance, we’d love to see your photos too!" Click here to send any pictures.

click image to view video

Hurst Castle

League of Hospital Friends Fundraising

Despite lockdown restrictions caused by the Covid pandemic which halted our normal fund-raising events, Milford Hospital League of Friends has continued to make substantial contributions in equipment and medical supplies for local medical services. In the last few years they have donated over £24,000.

The money went to the Milford on Sea Medical Centre for diagnostic equipment and other essential items, and also paid for all the medical equipment inside the new frailty service vehicle.

We thank our members, helpers and supporters, together with the generous donors in the wider community.

We continue to welcome new members and donations, all of which will help us maintain the medical services in our community .

If you wish to become a member of the League of Hospital Friends, or to donate, please contact : Mrs Jill Reid on 01590 644641.

Knitted from the heart

In January Becton Rotary Club resurrected the knitted hearts project with a view to meeting demand from local hospitals for fresh supplies.

Following publicity describing the initiative they received a very warm response from the public stating a great sense of purpose of wanting to help.

The end result was quite overwhelming with the following numbers of knitted hearts;

710 Knitted Hearts in total comprising;
  • Milford on Sea WI - 216
  • Rotary - 118
  • Friends - 376
A special mention must be given to 4 ladies, Christine, Kay, Judith and Penny who between them knitted over 200 hearts.

To date 400 hearts have been bagged into pairs and distributed to Southampton General Hospital, Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Lymington Hospital and Oakhaven hospice. The response expressed by the NHS for the delivery of these hearts has been very gratifying all stating what a vital contribution the Rotary have made in keeping patients hopes and love alive.

Saturday, 20 February 2021

Verveine launch handmade chocolate bars

Don't you just love the entrepreneurial spirit in the village.

Whilst the restaurant is closed the fish mongers has remained open. However, David Wykes is not letting his cooking skills go to waste as he is cooking kebabs at the weekend, fish pies during the week, and he has now added some handmade chocolate bars to their offering.

There is a morish pecan and fudge or Iranian pistachio and candid orange. Both bars made with delicious Valrhona fair trade milk chocolate and cost £2 each.

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

Friday, 19 February 2021

Milford on Sea Unsung Lockdown Heroes in Person

We will continue to add nominations, so please keep sending them in to:

Throughout this pandemic Milford on Sea has had many 'Unsung Lockdown Heroes', these are people who have helped others with acts of kindness however large or small. 

Below are the individuals and local businesses who have been nominated so far for a thank you by friends and customers who appreciate all these people do for others:

Stacey at Ray's Italian
I would like to nominate Stacey at Ray's Italian. She has been delivering hot meals to the vulnerable in the village throughout all 3 lockdowns, and outside of the lockdown too (to keep the vulnerable safe) on Wednesday and Fridays. She has also kept her restaurant takeaway service and new delicatessen business going through hard work, determination and growing to provide what the village needs throughout such difficult times. Stacey has worked nights and days to ensure that she can provide all of her loyal customers with something to look forward to! She has been a part of this village for many years and is, in part responsible for why this village has such a fantastic vibe and sense of community. She is kind, considerate and so caring. She has done all of this whilst looking after her family and friends.

Stuart O'brien
Stuart is consistently litter picking on the spit and keeping Milford on Sea tidy. He is very passionate about keeping the sea clean for us all. 

Sarah Rix
Sarah is the manager of Milford Pre-School Plus and throughout the lockdowns she has worked throughout. Even when the school was closed she worked producing daily videos with exciting things for parents and kids to do to maintain learning and to help parents keep the kids occupied and engaged. She even borrowed our dog to go on colour hunting walks around the Danestream. She spent many hours planning, sourcing items, researching activities. In addition to this each parent and child received personalised emails to see how they were and to give them ideas of things to see and do.
Now that pre-schools are staying open she is diligently at work, keeping the kids out in the open as much as possible and making learning outdoors so much fun for them. I know she adores her job and I also know that the kids love her. 

Her son Benjamin is now part of the metropolitan police force so he’s out there on the front line, her dedication and kindness has obviously passed on down the generations.

She will kill me for sending you this, but I guess you can see I’m very proud of my mate.

Michael Stockting who works for the NHS in AMU (Acute medical unit) at Poole Hospital.

Mark at The Village News
Mark has kept his business as normal as possible for the community and keep everything cheery for customers. He also volunteered to take an elderly resident, who has no local family, to get his jab otherwise they would have had no way of getting there.

Personally he has kept me sane, and supported me during the days I struggled, due my shop being closed. He really is my hero.

Amanda Maidment
Amanda is a great friend and always so busy looking after other people. She supports and looks after her friends, her elderly neighbour, and all her other neighbours. She also volunteers to shop for vulnerable people, - all whilst running The Coastal Bakery in the village, which she opened during the pandemic! 

During previous lockdowns she held a pop up bakery on her drive which was a highlight to some during such hard times, and she and her husband delivered afternoon teas all over the New Forest all whilst looking after a young family of their own.

Amanda is Chair of the PFA so is also spending many hours on top of her already busy schedule raising much needed money for Milford on Sea Primary School & this takes up more time than anyone knows! 

She also (out of her own pocket) supplied and held cake sales to help Sean Wilson raise £10,000 for his Channel Swim! In addition to all of this, she has been supporting the Olivia inspires charity.

She is a true hero and deserves this! 

Milford on Sea Girlguiding & Scout leaders and helpers (
Lindsay Ratcliffe, Pippa Tate, Jane Etheridge, Sean Reeves, Gill Maclean-Arnold) have all done so much to try and create a 'normal' for our children. Most hold down full-time key worker jobs as well as giving so so much of their time. Their efforts are over and well above. Thank you!

Milford on Sea Women's Institute

Di Cobbett and her Team at The Milford on Sea Women's' Institute (WI) have given unstinting support to Becton Rotary Club in their support of the New Forest Sewing for the NHS & the Local Community project to provide PPE for the NHS, and lately the Rotary Hearts project where they have been a major contributor to an activity that has brought so much comfort to patients and families suffering separation due to Covid 19 infection. Heroes all, thank you from Becton Rotary.

Ross Walgar who is working on the frontline as an Ambulance Paramedic.

Christians Together in Milford on Sea and Everton
The Christians Together group in Milford on Sea and Everton wish to express its thanks to all the people who have helped us all cope during the pandemic.

To see their extensive list, please click here.

Other People in our Community Nominated with comments sent in:

I would like to nominate all the staff at Holland’s especially Clair and Amy who have kept the shop up and running with smiles on their faces throughout the pandemic.

Village Postman in George Road area of the village, who works tirelessly delivering joy (and some bills...!). He has even been known to assist with home security when someone may have inadvertently left a door open upon leaving the house  - we don’t know his name but we love him!

Our postman, Jordan Ainsworth who has delivered post with a smile a throughout these difficult times and in all weather!

David our postman in Keyhaven. - Don't know if same one - but Postman Dave! Although let's be honest - they're all doing a stellar job!

Stacey from Rays Italian Restaurant, she has been so kind and caring to me during this lockdown I would like to thank her.

All the teachers at Milford on Sea School who have turned their front rooms into classrooms for online teaching or are still within the school working with the children that are still attending.

Kate Crawford, Headteacher and the amazing teachers and teaching assistants at the village school who are keeping our little people going with their structure and routine. They have also been there to offer support to the many parents who are completely stumped at ks2 maths! They are all worthy of a huge thanks.

My lockdown hero is my son Harry Smith. Harry was diagnosed with colitis just before Christmas and has been so poorly with it, but he still managed to go to work at Tesco and also do shopping for shielding neighbours. Added to this, he still manages to make us laugh.... he’s my hero.

Jenny Whitley who founded Milford on Sea Covid 19 Mutual Aid and established a group of village volunteers to help the vulnerable.

Every brilliant Mum and Grandmothers who are home schooling around work and personal time and Dads and Grandads too, of course.

The South Lawn Team who have gone way beyond their obligations to serve the community. In addition to delivering meals & groceries, the team have delivered a few of their regular customers for their vaccination jab at the medical centre and are providing a parking base for the Community First New Forest Mini Bus.

All the people who work in the village shops and delivering to their shielding customers.

All the refuse collectors.

All the carers, and anyone that works within the GP surgeries.

Needles Eye Café, exceptional quality service, even in the current 'Beast from the East', which they have to face head on. Staff always charming and helpful. 10/10

My fiancée Steve Ray he works for Pennington pharmacy, has worked all the way through all 3 lockdowns, he delivers much needed medicines all over the New Forest, to the vulnerable, to hospitals, care homes and shielding people. He brings a lot of cheer into a lot of people's lives in these hard times. 

Everyone at St. George’s Nursing Home who have been working through the pandemic keeping everyone safe.

Care workers in Milford on Sea and NHS Staff too.

All the staff at Wistaria & Milford Surgeries.

The volunteers across the village that have helped the vulnerable in the community with shopping, prescriptions etc. I know lots are still doing this a year on.

All the wonderful Mutual Aid volunteers in Milford, Everton and Keyhaven. 200 people volunteered in the first wave and many have continued offering support ever since. Also our pharmacists at Milford pharmacy and Boots, and Our Parish Clerks, who have worked continuously, in cooperation with the volunteer teams. It has been an amazing team effort.

I would like to thank all the staff at Holland’s who have been taking my weekly order for nearly a year, and particularly Holly who has cheerfully delivered it to my doorstep without fail.

Do you have someone you know to add? - If so, please see below...



Throughout this pandemic Milford on Sea must have had many 'Unsung Lockdown Heroes' who deserve a thank you. People who have helped others with acts of kindness however large or small. 

This could be local people who do anything from supporting a neighbour by getting their shopping or prescriptions, it could be friends who have kept your spirits up, a kind stranger who has lent a helping hand, or people volunteering to help other people in the community in any way. It could also be a village business or organisation who are going that extra mile to get the community through this crisis.

There must be a lot of people out there who deserve a thank youso please don't be shy or hesitant in sending us the information. Nothing would give us more pleasure than to give some small recognition to those that are helping others and keeping our community together.

To let us know about your 'Unsung Lockdown Hero' please send us:
  1. The Name of the Unsung Lockdown Hero.
  2. A brief sentence of what they have done or are doing.
  3. A photo of the hero. (Please ensure you have their permission to publish.)
  4. Send all to:

We will then let you know the 'Unsung Lockdown Heroes' we hear of each week. It will be a pleasure to say thank you to them.

Boaty McBoatface at Hurst Castle

Two local photographers, Paul Christopher White and Graham Wiffen have captured images of the polar scientific research vessel RRS Sir David Attenborough as it passed through Milford on Sea. 

The pictures were published on the 'We Love Milford on Sea' Facebook Page. Click here to visit.

RS Sir David Attenborough at Hurst Castle
Photo by Paul Christopher White

RS Sir David Attenborough at The Needles
Photo by Graham Wiffen

In March 2016 a 'Name Our Ship' online poll was carried out to name a new polar research ship and 'Boaty McBoatface' was the most popular suggestion much to the amusement of many. The 'Boaty McBoatface' name had been suggested by former BBC Radio Jersey presenter James Hand and the name caught the imagination of the British public making the naming a national story.

It is possible that the funny name may have been a homage to Hooty McOwlface, an owl named through an 'Adopt-a-Bird' programme in 2012.

In 2017 a Swedish train company ran a similar 'naming poll', this time they accepted the most popular name, which was 'Trainy McTrainface'!

The powers that be ultimately decided to name the new research ship the 'Sir David Attenborough'.

However, the story doesn't end there, as the name 'Boaty McBoatface' does exist onboard the ship, is the name of the lead boat in a fleet of three robotic submersibles.

Don't you just love the British humour, long live 'Boaty McBoatface'!

Thursday, 18 February 2021

Beach Warning for Dog Owners

New Forest District Council have announced that they are inspecting coastal areas in the district after reports of palm oil being washed up on neighbouring beaches. This would include Milford on Sea Beach and dog owners are advised to keep their dogs on leads.

Palm oil is toxic to dogs and if ingested can cause a fatal reaction. (The images below show what it looks like.)

The NFDC coastal manager advises, “Dog owners walking on or near the beaches should keep an eye out for any palm oil deposits and if they see any keep their pets off the beach.”

“If we find any palm oil, we will remove it but it is possible that more could come ashore.”

Members of the public can report sightings of palm oil to:

Posh Brunch from La Perle

Sam at La Perle is doing a Posh Brunch, delivered with simple instructions for assembly in your kitchen - the sort of meal that you probably wouldn't be bothered to prepare at home. 

For example, you could enjoy Eggs Benedict with a Bloody Mary, made with homemade black pepper and horseradish vodka. 

You can even add a bottle of Champagne or Prosecco to your order to make it a special occasion.

Not a bad start to the weekend!

The restaurant will deliver in the village, or you can collect from the front door from 11am on Saturday and Sunday. 

All the details and the booking form can be found by clicking here.

Click here to see all La Perle delivery menus

La Perle
60 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QD
01590 643557