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Friday, 15 October 2021

Skincare Treatments from Botanical Notes

Milford on Sea resident Ellie Whitehall runs Botanical Notes which provide skincare treatments to help you solve skincare issues, and to embrace your natural beauty and feel confident in your own skin.

Ellie is based in Tu Sei Bella at 47 High Street, Milford on Sea on Saturday mornings and Monday evenings.

She is also is currently running a Special Autumn Offer: with 75 minutes of relaxation. Available until 29th November.

This is a complete Autumn Holistic Mind, Body, Soul treatment aimed at feeling the stress and anxiety reduce as you are enveloped in the beautiful fragrance of essential oils.

The treatment includes:
  • Back, neck and shoulder massage
  • Back exfoliation
  • Organic facial with replenishing mask
  •  Eye treatment
  •  Hand and arm massage
  •  Scalp massage
Your treatment will end with time to just relax with a cup of herbal tea. Plus you receive a free gift worth £25. All for just £65.

To Book: Please contact Ellie by clicking here or through a Facebook message on the link below.

Botanical Notes
Facebook Page: click here.

Wednesday, 13 October 2021

Free Hearing Test in the village

Solent Hearing are a Local friendly independent hearing clinic and they are offering free wax checks and hearing screens at Milford on Sea Community Centre every Wednesday from 11am to 1pm. 

No booking required, this is a local drop in service.

The tests are carried out using the latest digital technology and they are able to supply the latest invisible digital hearing aids, catering for all your hearing needs.

Solent Hearing 
01590 643347 

Support MoS School at First Friday Lunch

Why not take the opportunity to support Milford on Sea Primary School and enjoy a tasty lunch, entertainment and raffle at the same time?

Friday 5th of November at Milford on Sea Community Centre. Just £6 per person and all proceeds raised on the day go to Milford on Sea Primary School.

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Ivan publishes 'Rights of Way'

Milford on Sea resident and musician, Ivan Chandler has written and published an upbeat new song entitled; Rights of Way.

The accompanying video feature local scenes and may inspire you to put on your walking shoes and get out in the fresh air.

Ivan is a keyboard player and TV & film music licensing & copyright consultant, also he is a volunteer path warden and helps to keep the rights of way and footpaths clear.

The idea for the song came to him during his first path warden training session when the term “Rights Of Way” really resonated with him.

Ivan recorded the track with help from his band, The Go Go Five, who often play in venues in Milford on Sea.

Photograph courtesy of Graham Zebedee
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Ivan hopes the song will become a walking anthem and encourage people to enjoy the local footpaths - he finds walking really is good for the soul.

Rights of Way is now available on YouTube with a fun video produced in conjunction with Film Expo South.

To see the video and listen to 'Rights of Way', please click here.

Discover Tradewinds Gallery in Milford on Sea

Tradewinds is a family run gallery here in Milford on Sea and they like to support and promote emerging and established artisans, potters, painters, jewellery makers and the like. The small gallery has an eclectic collection from Cornwall and the south coast area but also artists local to the New Forest area as we have such a lot of very talented people locally!

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Being at the far end of the High Street towards Keyhaven, they often miss the normal foot fall in the village unless people know they are there, but they are worth a visit for gifts or art pieces for friends or your own home.

Owner Gail Steggell explains; "Our gallery is full of exciting artwork by artists well known and emerging.

Tradewinds is a family run gallery featuring a wonderfully curated collection of exciting work by artists, well known and emerging. 

We bring together an eclectic collection of work from all over the UK, we try to promote artists local to the gallery; all true craftspeople who are inspired and also inspire.

We hope that you find something you love, and if there is anything we can help you with just let us know."

Tradewinds Gallery
96 High Street, Milford On Sea, SO41 0QE
01590 619180

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Half Term Tennis Camp for Kids

Milford on Sea Tennis & Squash Club are running half term fun coaching sessions for children focusing on the fundamentals of tennis.

The camps are great for all levels of play and the sessions cover age groups from 5 years old up to 14 years. Limited number of spaces available.

Dates available from 25th to 27th October 2021.

For more information please contact head Coach, Dan Hitchins by clicking here.

Milford Tennis & Squash Club
Lucerne Road, Milford-on-Sea, SO41 0PL

See 'United Kingdom' at Milford Movies

Thursday 21st October from 7pm to 9.30pm

A romantic true story from our dowdy postwar past told with terrific warmth and idealism, and irresistible storytelling. It’s a tale of star-crossed lovers, a bigoted British government, a story of imperialism, bulling, and Westminster functionaries passing off their taboo horror of inter-racial marrying as a matter of realism and political expediency.

All the movies and screenings in the Community Centre have 60 comfortable seats arranged cabaret style around small tables – this makes sure everyone has a good view and a place to put their drinks. Bar Open. 

Book early to avoid disappointment – sadly seats cannot be guaranteed if you just turn up on the door. 

For more information and to book seats pop along to the Box Office at the Centre in Sea Road (or telephone (01590) 644861 or visit website:

Milford on Sea Community Centre
Sea Road, Milford on Sea, Lymington, SO41 0PH

Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Would you like a stall at the PFA Christmas Fair?

The Milford on Sea Primary School PFA are currently in the process of organising this year's Christmas Fair, which (all being well) will go ahead on Saturday 11th December at the school from 12pm to 4pm.

If you are interested in having a stall or would like to support their raffle, please drop them a message by email at:

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Milford on Sea Primary School PFA 

Dine-In is back at La Perle

The La Perle team are delighted to have returned to serving customers inside the newly refurbished restaurant on Friday & Saturday evenings, and they have a delicious new Autumn Menu and Vegetarian Menu.

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In addition to this, they also offer dine-in French Thursday Lunches and their renowned Sunday Lunches.

To book your table; please click here.

Home Deliveries continue on Tuesdays to Thursdays from 5pm to 8.30pm as do Sunday Lunch deliveries, simply order online.

To see all La Perle menus - Please click here.

La Perle

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

Thanks for helping the people of Afghanistan

Many thanks to the generous people of Milford on Sea!

On Saturday 2nd October (a very wet and windy day!) Christians Together and Milford Action for Refugees had a collection on Milford on Sea village green to help local people, and the people of Afghanistan, where they face a humanitarian crisis. 

An impressive fourteen crates of food and £269 was donated by local people for Basics Bank and £986 was collected for the Red Cross Afghanistan Crisis Appeal.

Afghanistan Crisis Appeal

On 16th October at Milford Baptist Church from 10am to 4pm there will be a collection of clean, good quality Winter coats and warm sweaters for people of all ages.

Any support would be gratefully received.
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Monday, 4 October 2021

Come along to Milford on Sea Folk Club

 The Milford on Sea Folk Club is on next Thursday.

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Harfield's becomes 'The Garage'

We have received the message below from Jane Andrews, with the good news that the garage services at Harfield Motor Services are to continue under new owners:

Jane said: "We are the new owners of Harfield Motor Services and took over on Thursday 30th September 2021. 

We already own and run a successful family garage - Downton Service Station Ltd, which we have been running since 1996, and will continue to run this alongside Milford.

We intend to run our new garage with the same attention to detail and the quality of service that it is known for - we will be changing the name to “The Garage - Milford on Sea”. We will also be retaining all the existing staff.

At the moment we cannot be contacted on the old telephone number so have a temporary number, which is 01590 641497. We can be contacted on this or people are welcome to pop in. Alternatively we can be contacted on the Downton Service Station number - 01590 644910, or Downton Service Station Website - We hope to have the old number back shortly.

We are excited to be taking over this garage which has a long history in the village and look forward to serving all customers old and new.

Please feel free to pop in and meet Stephen and Jack Andrews if you have any concerns or requirements for your car.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish Gill all the best for her new life and retirement, but in the meantime we look forward to meeting you all in the near future.”

The Garage - Milford on Sea in Milford on Sea high street provide car repairs, maintenance services and MOTs.

To make an appointment please call: Temporary No. 01590 641497 or 01590 644910

The Garage - Milford on Sea
7 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QF
01590 642261
Temporary No. 01590 641497 or 01590 644910

Christopher Gee at Community Centre

A night of fun and laughs is coming to the Community Centre. Enjoy a night out including a two course meal for just £20.

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Do you fancy trying T’ai Chi?

If you have ever wondered about T'ai Chi now is your chance to try it out.

From Tuesday 5th October at 9am, and then every Tuesday, Petra Ramsden is running a class entitled: Sea Earth & Sky – T’ai Chi/Qigong with Petra. If there is space you can join anytime and drop-ins are welcome when there is space.

The class will be held in the Studio at Milford on Sea Community Centre.

Petra explains; "Whatever your age or ability, T’ai Chi / Qigong moves your body with seasonal Qi (Life Force/ Energy) to nourish, replenish and balance & refine your body, mind & soul in harmony with nature, ourselves & others."

Nothing is needed – no mat, no props, just come and be good to yourself.

‘Practising Qigong is so simple and so powerful. You cannot do it wrong’. – Chunyi Lin, Qigong Master.

Petra recently qualified as a Yoga & T’ai Chi/Qigong teacher with Seasonal Yoga – Evolution for Everyone over the Covid times and wants to share mindfulness, kindness and gratefulness to ourselves by connecting with nature and energy that surrounds us.

For more information, please click here.

Please book in advance.
Classes limited to 6 due to Covid requirements.

Family Scarecrow Trail in Milford on Sea

A free Family Scarecrow Trail is taking place in All Saints' Churchyard, Milford on Sea from 10:30am - 11:30am on Tuesday, 26th October 2021

This outdoor family trail will have an Autumnal theme and is suitable for families with children of all ages.

To find out more, please click here.

Please pre-book to give organisers an idea of numbers.

Friday, 1 October 2021

A close shave whilst Boots raise money for MacMillian

Boots in Milford on Sea high street had a fun day whilst raising valuable funds for MacMillan Cancer Support on Sunday 24th September.

Store Manager, Charlotte Whiteside said: ''We had a fabulous day, lots of people came out to enjoy the fun and we raised £2,331. £430 of that alone came from the cakes and jams and chutneys that the local WI sold! The local WI, lead by Di Cobbett always support any fundraising we do and we are so grateful for the time and energy they put in to helping us."

Andrew Akroyd, Relief Pharmacist from Boots, who works regularly at Boots within Waitrose in Lymington had his head shaved by Charlotte for Brave The Shave, and Andrew has so far raised £1,545 via his Just Giving page, an absolutely incredible amount. I had great fun shaving his head ha ha !!

Charlotte explained; "Simon Digweed of Fuel Hair Mechanics in the village did a great job watching over me to make sure Andrew looked decent after I removed his hair, beard and ‘tash. Simon gave up his time and offered his experience to make sure it was a success."

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The day went really smoothly, lovely locals turned up with gazebo's for us to borrow and even erected them for us. We were all ready to go by 9am, in time for the first set of musicians, Reeds in Harmony, to start playing and volunteers at the ready to sell raffle tickets. We had already raised £500 in raffle ticket sales in the last two weeks, just in case it was rained off. I always like to have a Plan B!

Drastic Measures
local barbers shop quartet
 and local musicians, Mike & Ivan
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We received raffle prizes from many local businesses, The Retreat, Coastal Bakery, No 64 The Biscuit House, Hurst Castle, Pizza Express in Christchurch, Innocent Drinks and many local people also donated wonderful gifts.

I couldn't have done it without my local volunteers, they were fantastic!

Once I had introduced the barber to Andrew, we got set up, ready to go and shaved his head, much to the crowds delight with whoops and cheers aplenty.

We finished at 12 noon after music from Drastic Measures, a local barbers shop quartet and two local musicians, Mike & Ivan playing on the guitar and keys, who very kindly offered up their time to help us.

We were exceptionally lucky with the weather, it was a beautiful sunny day and so warm that everyone was in a great mood and ready for cake and fun.

I was amazed when I turned around and there stood Esther Rantzan from ‘Thats Life’ & ‘Childline’, chatting with one of my regulars!

I seized the opportunity and went over and we had a good chat, I explained what we were doing and why. Esther loved it and thought it was a brilliant idea, she had some cake and a cuppa, gave me a donation and off she went.

All in all, it really couldn't have gone better and we all loved every second of it and I so enjoyed organising it all.

Macmillan is very close to my heart as they were fantastic when my Grandpa was dying of cancer when I was 14, I have never forgotten how they lightened the load for my family during such a dreadful time.

We do have some paintings left over from the art sale and Gail from Tradewinds in Milford is going to display them for us and once sold, will give us all of the money for Macmillan.

Milford on Sea isn't like any other village I have ever visited or worked in, people are so very generous with their time and are always happy to support a good cause. ''

Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Beauty Salon in Laundry Lane

Did you know that there is a beauty salon in Laundry Lane Trading Estate, Milford on Sea?

Karlie-Ann Birtchnell is a local beautician who owns and runs Beauty Queen Milford. Her services include; lash extensions, lash lifting, waxing, intimate waxing, microblading and Permanent Make-up Brows.

She entered the beauty industry in 2016, originally starting out as a mobile lash and nail technician. 

After moving locally from Buckinghamshire in 2017 she started up The Lash Lady Lymington working mobile in lashes, lash lifts and brows. Karlie retook her waxing qualifications in 2019 followed closely by her intimate waxing qualifications and this side of her business has really taken off through her fantastic reputation and great reviews. She has since gained 2 extra qualifications for intimate waxing and as this is her most popular treatment it is the treatment she has chosen to specialise in.

In early 2019 she opened up her studio and has since changed to Beauty Queen Milford.

Karlie is an award winning lash lift technician, a master lash extension artist, highly qualified brow technician and has advanced certification in waxing and intimate waxing. She was also recently made a finalist in the Hair and Beauty awards lash extension stylist of the year award. Has recently been shortlisted as the British Beauty Awards Waxing Specialist of the year and took 3rd place master lash lift in the Jade Jones lockdown competition.

Most of all though she just loves and has a massive passion for her work, enjoys learning each treatment she takes on as thoroughly as possible and having a laugh.

Karlie-Ann is currently running an offer on PMU Brows, so if you are interested please click here to find out more.

Read about the Elmsleigh Cakes journey

Mandy Black is well-known cake maker in Milford on Sea and to recognise her talents the national cake organisation, CakeFlix have run a comprehensive article on Mandy and her cake journey.

Local Author wins Screenwriting Award

Local Author, Jean Maye has won an international Screenwriting Award.

Jean's latest screenwriting award for 'Best Script' was from the I AM Film Festival, which is based in London but it is an international festival so she was competing with entries from all over the world. 

Sadly, her trophy has gone missing in the post and she is currently trying to track it down.

If you would like to know more about her latest book, The Doll's House: Children's Fantasy Please click here for more information.

Jean Maye

The Doll's House: Children's Fantasy Book

Mobile Post Office in Sea Road

If you missed the first announcement, and have not yet used the services of the Mobile Post office, the details are repeated below:

The Post Office have introduced a Mobile Service with 2 visits a week to Milford on Sea.

This new 2 hour service will be in car park to the rear of the Village Community Centre in Sea Road each Friday from 2.15pm to 4.15pm and on Saturdays from 11.45am to 1.45pm.

The service will be reviewed for each timed stop, based on customer levels, in approx. 3 to 6 months’ time.

Paul and his son Miraj (he usually operates the van) are looking forward to coming to Milford and it is hoped that the community will support them in making good use of the new mobile service.

It is asked that all customers using the service, wear face masks when inside the van and respect the social distancing guidelines when queuing.

Tuesday, 28 September 2021

League of Friends hold 70th AGM

Milford Hospital League of Friends held their 70th Annual General Meeting on Monday 2th7 September 2021

Vice Chairman Don Waite opened the Meeting at the Community Centre in the absence of the Chairman Julie Badham and welcomed 31 members of the League and one visitor, and thanked them for their support. Apologies were received from 15 members.

The Minutes of the Annual General General Meeting held in May 2019 were approved.

Don read the Chairman's report which highlighted the problems being encountered during the Covid pandemic. Julie reported on changes in the Committee and recorded her thanks to its members.

In stating that she was standing down as Chairman due to a proposed move away from the area, she reviewed the highs and lows of being a Committee Member, and volunteer at the War Memorial Hospital. Thankfully the hospital was being well used now as a Covid vaccination centre, but it seemed that its future was still in some jeopardy, if the Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) was to have its way. She called on everyone to support the League of Friends

Treasurer Barry Caddick reported on 2019 + 2020. The lack of activities due to Covid had a major impact on funds, with reserves in 2019 falling to £101,000 and even lower to £97,500 in 2020.

The Report was accepted, as was his proposal to move from an external audit to an inspection of accounts, with a saving of some £600 per annum.

Following the re-election of the existing Committee, two new members were appointed, and Don Waite confirmed as Chairman.

Angela Eldridge
receiving 20 year certificate

After expressing his thanks to the meeting for his appointment, the new Chairman proceeded to present long service awards for 10 years’ service to Jean Halliday, Helen Lister and Josie Warren; and a 20 year certificate to Angela Eldridge.

The Chairman expressed his thanks to Julie Badham for all of her years of service and dedication to the League of Friends and also outlined in broad terms his intentions regarding contact with the CCG and Milford Medical Centre.

There followed a lively discussion ranging from the League’s exercise classes, what might happen to the hospital, its War Memorial status, the possible PR benefit of a change of the League’s name, and future fund-raising plans.

The Chairman closed the meeting with thanks to all attendees.

Sea swimming with Milford Bluetits

Milford on Sea Bluetits are a social group of local sea swimmers.

As their Facebook page explains:

No club fees, registration, rules, requirements, expectations. We are an informal group of mixed gender people who just like to swim together. Some carry on throughout the winter months, some don’t. Some enter swimming events, some swim across the Channel, some meet every morning same time, same place and swim chat their way through the water. Others swim ice miles, some meet for coffee and cake, and maybe a swim or even a paddle. 

Our link to each other initially is the joy of challenging ourselves to potter in and around open water together throughout the year in swimsuits.

If you would like to find out more about the group, planned swims or anything else; please visit their Facebook page on the link below.

Milford on Sea Bluetits

Disco time at the Community Centre

 Re-live the 70's & 80's again with a disco at the Community Centre.

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South Lawn expansion on schedule

South Lawn Hotel are delighted to announce that they are scheduled to commence their 24 bedroom extension early next month.

They are excited to have teamed up with New Forest Builders, Tuakana as the main contractor for this exciting project. It is good news that they are working with an excellent local building company. 

Work is scheduled to be completed in May 2022.

As the extension building work is at the rear of the hotel, Tim & his team are pleased to be able to trade through the build period with little disruption to customers.

The hotel and restaurant remains open and looks forward to welcoming you.

To read the original article, please click here.

The South Lawn Hotel 
& Cedar Tree Restaurant
Lymington Road, Milford on Sea, SO41 0RF
01590 643911

Get ready for a Barn Dance at the Community Centre

Time for a hoe-down at the Community Centre! 

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Monday, 27 September 2021

Community Centre seeks a leader for communications and events

Milford on Sea Community Centre are looking for a volunteer to lead on communications and events strategy. For more information please see below:

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Kombucha Workshop at Saltwater Café

Saltwater Café are hosting a Kombucha Workshop on Sunday 3rd October from 11.30am to 1pm.

For more information, please see below or contact Nikki on

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

Table Top Sale on Sunday

A Table Top Sale will be held at the Milford on Sea Community Centre between 10am to 1pm this coming Sunday 3rd October.

Sunday, 26 September 2021

Vacancy for Assistant Parish Clerk


Assistant Parish Clerk

Part Time 15 hours per week. Flexible Working

Salary: £24,982 - £27,741 (Pro rata)

Milford-on-Sea Parish Council is seeking an enthusiastic and motivated person to join our team.

Reporting to the Clerk and Council, responsibilities include: clerking the monthly Planning Committee (producing agendas, minutes and research), updating the Councils website and social media, production of printed reports, leaflets and posters, administration of memorial bench contracts and booking village green events.

This is a customer facing position, so excellent communication and people skills are essential

This is an interesting and varied position in the thriving community of Milford-on-Sea.

Benefits will include: pension, 20 days holiday + bank holidays.

A full job description, person spec and details of how to apply can be seen on our website:

or by sending your CV together with a covering letter to:

or by post to: 22 High Street, Milford-on-Sea SO41 0QD

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 29th September 2021.

Ray's Italian extends Takeaway Nights

Ray’s Italian Kitchen are now offering takeaway collections for pizza's and pasta's from Wednesday to Saturday evenings from 5.30pm to 8.30pm. Call to order before 7pm on the night: 01590 645300.

To view the takeaway menu
, and everything else they can offer; please click here.

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

Harfield Motor Services changes hands

Having operated in Milford on Sea for the past 36 years, and following the death of Mike Harfield in 2020, Harfield Motor Services Ltd’s final day of the family owning the business will be 30th September 2021.

Gill Harfield said: "We are pleased to announce that the business will continue to serve Milford on Sea customers in the future and we wish the new owners all the best in their new venture at these premises.

I would like to thank you for your custom, support and friendship over these years and wish you and your motors every happiness in the future."

Harfield Motor Services in Milford on Sea high street provide car repairs, maintenance services and MOTs.

To make an appointment please call: 01590 642261

Harfield Motor Services
7 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QF
01590 642261

Milford looking to help the people of Afghanistan

Message from Liz Jennings: I'm sure our hearts go out to the people of Afghanistan. We fear for those who remain in such a troubled country and want to show practical compassion to all who have been evacuated, leaving behind loved ones and all they possess. The Milford Action for Refugees group (MAR) which is part of 'Christians Together' is holding two events. Your support would be much appreciated. Thanks.

Saturday 2nd October from 10am to 1pm on Milford on Sea Village Green
, you are invited to help both neighbours and strangers. There will be the opportunity to give urgently needed money to the Red Cross Afghanistan Crisis Appeal, alongside Basics Banks (also part of 'Christians Together') who will collect food for local people in the New Forest area who are in need. 

The morning also includes, music by Windmill (the local Jazz and Swing group) and cake, sold in aid of the Red Cross, which will make it an enjoyable way to spend the early part of your day.

Saturday 16th October from 10am to 4pm at Milford Baptist Church
 in Barnes Lane there will be a collection of warm winter coats and sweater for all ages. Please bring only these items, which must be clean and in good condition.

These will be distributed by Community First to evacuees from Afghanistan. For more information, please call Chris Steadman on 01590 645253.

Food Bank collections on Village Green this Saturday

New Forest Basics Bank, our local food bank (in association with Christians Together) are holding a Collection Event on Milford on Sea Village Green on Saturday 2nd October 10am to 1pm.

The event is taking place because the demand for  food parcels remains very high locally.

You can bring you gifts of non-perishable food and essential toiletries to the stall on Saturday.

Gifts of cash, cheques or standing orders are also  very welcome and they would be used to buy essential items for those in need.

The past and future generosity of local people is always appreciated.

New Forest Basics Bank

Home Energy Solutions panel & discussion

On Thursday 7th October at Milford on Sea Community Centre a panel with personal and professional experiences will share their experiences of retrofitting their homes with various energy and money saving solutions.

The Energy Panel includes: 
Andy Brennan, Paul Frampton, Cathy Cook, Fiona Rogers, Gary Lawrence and Henry Mellor.

The Bar will be open from 6.30pm with the Panel discussion to start around 7.30pm.

Suggested donation £3 per person. Everyone is invited.

For more information; please click here.

Job opportunities at South Lawn & Needles Eye

South Lawn Hotel are looking to add to their team. Front of House, Kitchen & Housekeeping vacancies are available with attractive rates of pay, plus a New Starter Loyalty Scheme. Live in positions available. 

If you are interested please call Nikki on 01590 643911 or drop an email to:

The South Lawn Hotel 
& Cedar Tree Restaurant
Lymington Road, Milford on Sea, SO41 0RF
01590 643911


Needles Eye Café are looking for cooks and kitchen help as they prepare to reopen fully.

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To apply please email:

Needles Eye Café 
Hurst Road, Milford on Sea, SO41 0PY