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Sunday, 31 May 2020

Village thanks NHS and Key Workers

Milford on Sea Mutual Aid group have set up a way for residents to be able say a big Thank You to those that work so hard to look after us in these difficult times, and also not forgetting to thank the businesses that support us.

The 'Give Back' scheme looks to give a reward to NHS Health Care Professionals who put their lives on the line for us and also to the many other unsung heroes that also deserve our thanks. 

Examples include the following however the list is not exhaustive:
  • NHS Staff – Health Care Professionals and Support Teams
  • Nursing Home staff
  • Post Office staff
  • Delivery drivers
  • Shop workers
  • Restaurants
  • NFDC – Refuse collection staff
If you would like to make a donation, or nominate a person that you feel deserves recognition that lives or works in our area (Milford on Sea, Keyhaven, Lymore, Everton and Downton) you can donate online by clicking here

Your gift will be anonymous, so the Thank You will come from the whole Community. If the nominee wishes they can publish their name on our website.

To find out more please click here.

Ray's Italian Kitchen launches Beach & Garden Menu

Ray's Italian Kitchen in Milford on Sea, have launched a Beach & Garden Menu to add their already extensive pizza and pasta takeaway menu.

There is a new Friday Lunchtime Menu with Flatbreads / Ploughman's boxes to takeaway eat on the beach or in your garden. You can also add fries, ice cream, ice lollies and even a bottle of wine. You can pre-order on Wednesday for pick up on Friday.

Ray's can also cater for you and your friends/family on Wednesday & Friday Evenings so you can concentrate on catching up. The comprehensive 'Social Distancing' menu will feed 6 people for £50.

They can even provide disposable cutlery. To find out more, please click the links below.

To see Ray's Beach & Garden Menu: please click here.

To see Ray's Take Away/Delivery Menu: please click here.

To see Ray's Over 70 & Vulnerable Menu: please click here.

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

Saturday, 30 May 2020

Funnies from the Past: No.29

Whilst we are all stuck indoors, I thought I would republish some old stories, that with a bit of luck will give you a smile.

Here we go again...

A Milford Bloke Trapped in Guildford click here to read.

Clowning at the Carnival - click here to read.

More coming next time.

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Catch Menu for this week

This week’s menu from Catch has all the fishcakes available. Where fresh stock is unavailable, we will supply the same product frozen. The lobsters were a huge success so after many requests they are on the menu again, along with the Salmon Supreme. Keeping everything lovely and summery for you. At the time of writing we do not know the market price of the lobsters. The price will be confirmed on ordering, but please assume it will be similar to last time - £22 for a half and £40 for a whole. We dare not remove fish soup right now, I think we are giving you a taste of a holiday in France that may have to wait until 2021.

The Crabbie delight this week is Crabbie Tarts – quiche for grown-ups. 

The feedback from mackerel fillets is that the beetroot remoulade is enough for 2 portions, so an extra fillet has been added for a light lunch / starter for 2 people. 

Local Watercress is still abundant, so fishcake specials are Salmon & Hampshire Watercress. 

We still have the same veggies and Jersey Royal potato salad for you. Anyone like any strawberries? Let us know.

​How to order 

email: to place your order. 

Please email your order over, no later than 5pm on Tuesday for a Friday delivery. 

Please complete order form on link above and copy and paste it into your email. Please do not call us as we are in the kitchen during the day, busily making more lovely fishcakes. 

We will telephone you on Wednesday afternoon to take payment, and confirm your delivery information. The order will be delivered Friday morning. 

Delivery is free for orders of £30 or more. For orders of less than £30 a small delivery charge of £5 is applied. 

For these local deliveries, we are switching away from our plastic packaging (it is fully recyclable I hasten to add) to our Kraft compostable packaging, which we use for our events. It goes in the freezer perfectly and will be fully labelled for you. 

Please feel free to email any questions to, or if you think we have missed anything. ​Please do bear with us at this busy time. We will respond to your emails in the order we receive them but there may be a slight delay at times. 

Hayley Elston -The Codmother

Friday, 29 May 2020

New flavour doughnuts

Robyn, owner of RED party supplies has updated her doughnut selection box to offer new flavours.

The Doughnut Boxes cost £15 and are available with free delivery or collection.

Each box contains:
  • 3 x Nutella iced ring doughnuts with sprinkles walnuts
  • 3 x Lotus caramelised biscoff ring doughnuts with extra biscoff biscuits on top
  • 3 x fresh strawberry glaze with a strawberry drizzle
  • 12 x cinnamon sugar balls. 

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To order or find out more, please contact Robyn below:
07502 268831

Also, check out 'Build your own’ home party with Ray's Italian Kitchen:

Doughnut/pizza making kit going out at £25 collection. Click here to find out more.

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The Good News Newsletter: No.10

To view of the latest edition of the The Good News Newsletter:

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, 27 May 2020

A Soapy Family Story

We have discovered this old article from August 2013

Dr Jenny Davies has dropped us a line to tell us about another notable grave in All Saints' Churchyard, Milford on Sea.
Jenny writes: "My grandfather, Walter Lee is buried in Milford on Sea churchyard. He was related to Lord Leverhulm of Sunlight Soap fame. 

My grandfather's father, Frederick Foxen Lee used to help Lord Leverhulm (William Lever) when he was a lad going round Bolton selling his grocery items from his barrow in the streets near to his fathers' grocery store. (all documented in William Lever's biography; The King of Sunlight).  We still have an original bar of sunlight soap! 

My great grandfather (Frederick Foxen Lee) had married Joanna Lever, so my grandfather was a relation of William Lever himself! 
My grandfather Walter Lee's great Aunt, Elizabeth Foxen (nee Lever) was tayloress to Queen Victoria. 

During WW1 my grandfather (Walter Lee) served in the Royal North Lancashire Regiment. He was a gunner, and I have a map of a farmhouse in Ypres which his unit had to capture. They tried, but he received bullet wounds, was taken to the field hospital. He was so badly wounded that he was going to die a painful death as the hospital had run low on medicines. 

The practise in the field hospitals was to use a pillow to smoother patients who were not going to recover. The concept was to humanely stop pain and help them to die.

My great grandfather, (his father, Frederick Foxen Lee), was a herbalist, and he went over to join my grandfather in the field hospital, where he then used leaches and herbs as medicines. Walter Lee recovered and they both came home to Bolton. My grandmother Lucy Lee (nee Hamer) had family who were killed in the Boer war. Her grandfather and great uncle were in the Lancashire Regiment who died in Boer campaigns." 

Other notable Graves at All Saints' Church: Identified by Jim Butterworth (MoS Historical Society) 
  • Sir Stephen Hope Carhill
  • Charles Dickens Granddaughter
  • Charles Augustus Lord, Officer of the Chinese Imperial Maritime Service
  • William Saville Kent. Suspected murderer, featured in book: The murder at Road Hill House.
  • Two brothers who drowned at Hurst Castle
  • Revd Willis, Bishop of Honolulu 1872-1902
  • Admiral Cornwallis & Family
  • and more... which I am sure the Milford on Sea Historical Record Society could tell you about.

Funnies from the Past: No.28

Whilst we are all stuck indoors, I thought I would republish some old stories, that with a bit of luck will give you a smile.

Here we go again...

Mole Men Claim more territory - click here to read.

Mole Men invade Village Green - click here to read.

Mole Men head for Whitby Road - click here to read.

More coming next time.

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Silver gents ring found on beach

A gents silver signet ring was found on Milford on Sea beach near the rocks yesterday, Tuesday 26th May 2020.

The ring has some initials. Please click here if it is yours, let us know the initials and we will let the finder know, they have kindly offered to post to whoever lost it.

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

The History of Milford on Sea Youth Group

The Barry Phillips Youth Trust was started in 2010 in memory of Barry, with a Declaration of Trust which was completed by village solicitor, Hugh Whitlock. The original trustees were Jenny Spenser (Barry's wife), Zena Gibson and Veronica Crowley.

Over ten years the trust ran successfully and awarded in excess of £11,000 to local children.

It was around 1970 when the Church had to abandon their youth fellowship because of a covenant on the new church hall which forbade youth activities. The old hall in Sea Road was then let to Barry Phillips (at the time, Jenny's husband to be) at a peppercorn rent to run as a youth club. 
When the church commissioners found they were not getting a good rent they offered it to the youth committee chaired by Barry, who managed to secure over £4000 through local fundraising to buy the site for the youth of Milford on Sea. 

Jenny joined the committee in 1980 and with Hampshire County Council supplying grants and wages for youth leaders, the club ran until 1995 when funding was withdrawn. 

Milford on Sea
Community Centre Site until Sept 2009
The youth group carried on with volunteers, but the maintenance of an old building was beyond the trusts resources, so in 1997 it was handed over to the Parish Council with a legal agreement that the site would become a Community Centre and Youth Club. 

The Parish, as an elected body, were unable to apply for lottery money, so a new body of trustees was set up and eventually after almost 10 years our present village Community Centre was opened.

Barry passed away in 2009 a month before the new Community Centre was opened in September 2010. 

To read more about the Barry Phillips’ Youth Trust; please click here.

To read more about the Trust and Olivia Inspires; please click here.

Do you need a temporary caring home for your dog?

Jennie Barnard and her husband have found themselves in lockdown at Shorefield Country Park, under normal circumstances they would be busy pet sitting for dogs and cats, while their owners went on holiday! 

Jennie says; "Without the company and unconditional love of our little fur babies, and being in lockdown, our lives are pretty empty.... So we thought we would like to help the community by offering our home and our love to a dog who finds him/herself without a carer at this time." 

Jennie says she has many references on the Trusted House Sitters website, they have members for over 5 years. 

If you know of anyone who is in need of a temporary home for their beloved four legged best friend, please send Jennie a message through Facebook by clicking here.

PS: Jennie is also a healer, she recently completed a certificated Reiki course and openly offers to send healing to all animals in need. You can find out more information here:

Funnies from the Past: No.27

Whilst we are all stuck indoors, I thought I would republish some old stories, that with a bit of luck will give you a smile.

Here we go again...

Another Live Bomb on Hurst Spit click here to read.

It's snowing again! click here to read.

More coming next time.

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Verveine launches kebabs

Verveine in Milford on Sea high street have launched kebabs! The new collection menu is available from this Friday and Saturday.


Lamb Adana (Like a kofte)
Organic salmon with sumac and pomegranate molasses
Crispy fried haloumi cheese with panko breadcrumbs

All come with homemade Greek yogurt flatbread, Pickles , salads , hummus and babaganoush with cumin & chilli fries.

One Kebab and fries £13.50


Homemade baklava £5


Grey goose vodka with homemade lemonade £7

Daiquiri £7

Estrella Damn inedit beers (750ml) £9

To Order 
Place order by Thursday each week and arrange a time and a date you’d like to pick up. Pick up will be from 5.30 to 8pm

Unfortunately Verveine cater for allergies or dietary requirements on these and it’s pick up only.

Call: 01590 642176 


The Verveine Fishmongers also offer:
  • Homemade bread and homemade pasta
  • Fish pies and nutritious meals
  • Fresh fish deliveries to Milford, Barton, New Milton, & Lymington
  • Vacuum pack fish to store in freezers
Call: 01590 642176 

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

Monday, 25 May 2020

Introducing: La Perle Deli

La Perle Deli in Milford on Sea high street are now serving a variety of freshly cooked hot food, salads, drinks, cakes, ice cream and other treats from the door from 11am every day. 

Kindly observe the 'new normal' social distancing when waiting to be served.

*Please note: Deli items are not available to order online for delivery.

The La Perle Online Delivery Service continues as normal with a delicious selection of Luxury Stir Fry Noodle Boxes, Gourmet Burgers, Sides, Desserts and Drinks.

Mondays are Fish & Chips Night with Beer Battered Sustainable Cod, Triple Cooked Chips, Homemade Tartare Sauce and Minted Mushy Peas for £12. Can be served Gluten Free.

Free Sticky Toffee Pudding tonight only! We you add your order to the basket, then at checkout enter the code FREEPUD25 it will be removed from your bill as a Bank Holiday Gift to You! One voucher code per order.

Place your order on the day you require delivery at


Opening Hours:
  • La Perle Home Delivery: Tuesdays to Saturdays from 4pm
  • Mondays from 4.30pm (Fish & Chips only)
  • La Perle Deli: Collection from 11am Daily 

To see La Perle's menu and order your dishes please click here.

Please Note:
  • Please order via the La Perle website
  • Delivery only service, no collections.
  • Please order in advance if possible and they will do their best to deliver at your preferred time.
  • Deliveries to the SO41 and BH25 areas. 
  • Minimum order for delivery £15, delivery charge £2.

La Perle
60 High Street, Milford on Sea
01590 643557

Village Supports Ray's Italian Kitchen

After the government's lockdown news on the 23rd March, and as the lockdown took hold, Stacey, owner at Ray's Italian Kitchen in Milford on Sea set about trying to find ways to save her business.

Ray's Italian Kitchen opened in December 2018 in memory of her father, Ray, who was one of her greatest supporters. Stacey said: "I have been a restaurateur in the New Forest for many years, but this place is a personal endeavour for me and something I am extremely proud of. The support from my team and customers over the last 16 months has been incredible."

As a first step to save her business she launched a takeaway service, cooking the menu herself with her partner Paul, doing the deliveries. At the same time she has had to balance the home schooling for her son, a tough ask as I am sure any parents with young children will appreciate.

Sadly, this would not be enough, so she launched a Crowdfunder page so that her customers who wanted to, could make a donation, or buy a gift voucher, to help Ray's survive the lockdown and beyond. 

The Local Enterprise Partnership offered a grant to match fund all the money raised by this appeal.

Astonishingly, Stacey's customers have been fabulously generous, and with three days to go she has raised £9,320 from loyal supporters in the village and beyond.

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Even in these tough times Stacey has thought of others, and every week she does a special menu for the vulnerable in the village where she delivers a tasty two course hot meal for £10 to over 70 elderly people in the village.

Naturally, Stacey is very thankful to everyone who has supported her and sends her warmest thanks from their support and kindness, and also says; "I am looking forward to seeing you all again in sunnier times."

If you would like to make a donation, or buy a voucher before the fundraiser ends; please click here.

To see Ray's full Take Away/Delivery Menu: please click here.

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

Joanne in The Big Solent Sing

Keith Metcalf of Milford on Sea conservation volunteers and former Parish Clerk, is a very proud father and grandfather and his day was made when he saw his daughter, Joanne Vezey featuring in the Sing Now Choir in The Big Solent Sing.

The choir's performance was flawless, inspiring and uplifting. 

The song was recorded at home in isolation, when 170 voices came together to spread a message of hope in these strange times.

You can watch the choir's performance by clicking the image below... Enjoy:

Funnies from the Past: No.26

Whilst we are all stuck indoors, I thought I would republish some old stories, that with a bit of luck will give you a smile.

Here we go again...

Sea Plane visits Westover Island click here to read.

Construction starts on Westover Island click here to read.

Local’s stake a claim to ‘Westover Island’- click here to read.

More coming next time.

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Sunday, 24 May 2020

Baby Owl spotted

Eagle-eyed (or should that be owl-eyed?) William on the 19th May, and Maggie last week, spotted a baby owl in Milford on Sea.

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The fluffy ball was sitting by a fence near Knowland Drive.

We are told that the beautiful baby owl was sunning himself on a wire attached to a fence and he appeared very relaxed and content. Many people came along to admire him and took  pictures.

During the early evening he was placed on the roof of a shed and when Maggie's husband went to check on him, he could hear mother owl calling her chick back home.

The nature on our doorstep is great isn't it!

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Can you join the sewing and knitting efforts?

The Milford on Sea Community Panel are requesting help in Sewing for the NHS. 

The Charitable Trust is responsible for the MoS Mutual Aid Group (covering Milford, Keyhaven, Lymore, Everton and Downton), which is organising volunteers to support all those people in our communities who are self isolating.

The MoS Mutual Aid Group now have over 170 volunteers, who are shopping, collecting prescriptions, walking dogs, and making friendly phone calls to keep people going. Our website, has lots of information about everything that is going on and how to get involved, or ask for support. 

Many in the village are already volunteering and our Parish Clerks are providing the telephone contact for residents, and generally supporting the efforts in other ways. 

The Churches and many of the local community organisations have been actively supporting people too, and many village groups have been working together.

The MoS Mutual Aid Group have been promoting the work of New Forest Sewing for the NHS. In Milford this is being led by the WI and others who have joined up with them. They have been doing an amazing job supplying Southampton and Lymington hospitals with gowns and scrubs, headbands, scrub bags, and knitted hearts. They have also been making masks for workers, and have now made them for our volunteers as well. 

As the village shops are becoming busier the team are hoping to also supply them too and other local workers. But more help is needed. 

Can you join the sewing and knitting efforts? Patterns and some material is supplied. If you would like to know more, please contact the organiser, Shelagh on

Milford on Sea Mutual Aid Group

Sausages & meat delivered to your home

If you love meat, or award winning sausages there are few better places to shop than The Butchers Shop in Church Hill, Milford on Sea.

The shop produce a unique, wide range of nationally recognised prize-winning sausages with a sausage to suit everyone's taste.

They also have grass fed free range New Forest beef from local farms, free range out-door reared pork and local Dorset and Hampshire lamb prepared on site by their skilled and friendly butchers.

The butchers are happy to cut and prepare your meat as you may like it.

Plus, home cured bacon for which they are currently the Hampshire Bacon Champion. It is dry cured on the premises and is offered as traditional, or with their own genuine hickory smoked flavour. 

The Butchers Shop can also supply plenty to compliment the meat products, such as; fresh cheeses, eggs, chutneys, pickles, mustards, and other trucklements & condiments.

For something sweet, there is a range of local types of honey. 

They offer free deliveries (locally) for your order. Just give them a call on 01590 642136.

If you don't already shop at The Butchers Shop why not give them a go and support those that are supporting us.

The Butchers Shop
3 Church Hill, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QH