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Sunday, 28 November 2021

A knitted celebration raising smiles at Christmas

It is very rare that we post any articles that are not directly related to Milford on Sea, but this Christmas idea deserves sharing.

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In Guildford, every year a group of volunteers knit Christmas characters and tie them to a railing with a laminated sign inviting people to help themselves.

This simple and generous idea creates a festive display, delights children, raises a smile and brightens many peoples day.

Wouldn't it be great to see something similar on the bridge in Sea Road or somewhere else suitable?

If anyone takes this concept on, please let me know at:

PS: We could also invite people to join a 'Knitting Ninja Group' if someone was happy to co-ordinate a group of festive knitters?

PPS: We might even be able to find a sponsor if buying the wool is an issue. If that's the case, let me know and we can see if we can find someone help.

PPPS: If you would like to sponsor the 'Knitting Ninja Group', please let me know.

Saturday, 27 November 2021

Santa is coming to town!

Santa Claus is coming to Milford on Sea on Wednesday 15th December.

The New Milton Round Table (which also has numerous members from Milford on Sea) will shortly be posting the area maps where Santa will be calling. 

To check when it comes online, please click here.

For Santa to visit your children  (or you!), you need to buy a 'Santa Stop Sign'
from New Milton Round Table. The ordering system will be online soon and we will let you know.

You must have a sign so Santa knows where to stop!

100% of the profits made on the night goes straight back into the local community.

click to watch Round Table video

*Do you have an elf at home aged 18-45 who could do with meeting up with some other elves for a pint or two twice a month? More elves on the team means we can do more areas over Christmas. We also arrange social events for ourselves such as golf, rock climbing and go-karting. Get in touch and we'll give that elf a home. 

Please contact the guys at New Milton Round Table by clicking here.

New Milton Round Table

La Perle Launch December & Christmas Menus

If you are looking for choices for dining out or dining at home, the new menus from La Perle in Milford on Sea high street are worth a look:

Chef's Midweek a la Carte Menu

Available on Tuesday to Thursday Evenings from 5.30pm until 16th December. Featuring favourite classics.

From delicious Double Baked Dorset Blue Vinney Soufflé, tasty Mussels to Chargrilled Aged Meadowbrook Steaks, Fillet of Loch Duart Salmon. or finish with Sam's spectacular Sticky Toffee Pudding.

To See the full Menu and reserve your table please click here.


Thursday Lunches: Continue during December on 2nd, 9th and 16th only.

Includes a 500ml Carafe of Red or White per couple. A great way to catch up with friends or family on the lead up to Christmas.

To See the full Menu and reserve your table please click here.


Chef’s Weekend Menu: Served on Friday and Saturday evenings until 18th, plus Monday 20th to Thursday 23rd December. 


  • La Perle Buttermilk Sourdough with Homemade Butter
  • New Forest Mushroom and Truffle Arancini with Roasted Garlic Mayonnaise

  • Loch Duart Smoked Salmon, Potato Pancake, Dressed Leaves, Dill Crème Fraîche, Pickled Cucumber, Caviar
  • Double Baked Dorset Blue Vinney Soufflé, Spring Onion Cream

  • Fillet of Wild Seabass, Crushed New Potatoes, Baby Spinach, Confit Tomatoes, Crayfish, Lymington Lobster Sauce
  • 24 hour Pork Belly, Crackling, Choucroute, Celeriac, Potatoes Savoyarde, Red Wine Sauce

  • Dark Chocolate Fondant, Roasted Pistachios, Chocolate Crumble, Blackcurrant Coulis, Pistachio Ice Cream
  • Apple Tarte Tatin, Vanilla Ice Cream, Salted Caramel Sauce, Crispy Almonds 
£44.95 per person

To reserve your table please click here.

Christmas and New Year's Eve Meals at Home

Take the stress out of cooking this year. Delivered chilled with easy to follow cooking instructions.

Limited capacity, so please place your orders early.

To See the full Menu and order your meal delivery please click here.

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

New Gym & Fitness Centre in the village

Well when I say new, according to their website The Unit (Fitness centre & gym) has actually been in the village since April 2021 - but I've only just heard about it!

The Unit is a boutique training facility in Laundry Lane, right in the heart of Milford on Sea.

The team are dedicated to developing the community’s fitness and they believe that everyone can be fitter, stronger and in turn happier through exercise. So, they have created a facility to turn that belief into reality.

All abilities are welcome. The trainers can tailor each session to an individuals level with the aim to gain improvement week on week.

Their Programmed Group Classes consist of a daily WOD (Workout of the day) inspired by cross training. You can expect ‘METCONs’ (Metabolic conditioning), ‘EMOMs’ (Every minute on the minute) and ‘AMRAPs’ (As many rounds as possible) as standard. These workouts combine high intensity training with strength movements. 

The Programmed Group Classes run from Monday to Friday starting at 6.30am or 7.30am and there are evening sessions at 5.30pm or 6.30pm.

On Sunday Morning at 8am they hold a Weekend Bootcamp.

They also offer Open Gym Sessions on selected dates for those happy to do their own training.

Pay as you go sessions are: £10 or if booked through the app; £40 for 5 sessions.

To find out more, please visit:

The Unit Fitness Centre
Unit 7, Laundry Lane, Milford on Sea, SO41 0WJ

Friday, 26 November 2021

Local Coop launches Mission Christmas

Our local Southern Co-op store in Milford on Sea are taking part in Mission Christmas.

The charity is run by radio station; Wave 105. The station's charity; “Cash for Kids” run this project every year to help disadvantaged children that without everyone’s help would not receive presents this Christmas.

The Co-op team in Milford are asking people to consider donating a gift in their in-store Mission Christmas Box which will then be collected & delivered to the families in need.

All gifts must be unused/new (preferably unwrapped so they can be distributed to the correct age groups/gender). 

All donations must be in by the 9th December and they will be very grateful for everything received. 

In addition to this, the Milford Co-op Team have created a local Christmas Raffle of luxury Christmas items for one lucky winner.

Tickets are £1 each or 5 for £4. All proceeds will be going towards Cash for Kids - so jump down to the store and potentially win yourself a treat as well as donating to an amazing cause.

 Your local Co-op team hope you all have a wonderful Christmas.

Bring Your Baby Exercise Class

There are new Bring Your Baby Exercise Classes coming to Milford on Sea.

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The class will be held at The Unit Fitness Centre & Gym in Laundry Lane.

Trial Sessions are on the 14th December with classes starting in January. (Date TBC). The classes cover babies from 3 months to 2 years old.

There are 6 mum and baby spaces available for each trial session, so you will need to book ahead as these will fill up fast!

To Book please contact Sophia by clicking here, or by sending a Facebook message.

The classes are run by Sophia Handscomb, a health coach & life coach who provides a variety of health support & advice through her business 'Trained by a Girl'. 

Sophia also offers a 4 Week Weight Loss Plan and 21 Day cleanses throughout the year. (More details can be found on her website, link below.)

Trained by a Girl
Instagram - @trainedbyagirl
Facebook Page

The Unit Fitness Centre
Unit 7, Laundry Lane, Milford on Sea, SO41 0WJ

Reflexology & Facial Reflexology at Home

Alison Jane has been a practising reflexologist for 20 years, specialising in general women's health, fertility and pregnancy (this doesn't exclude men's health). She is a Member of the Association of Reflexologists (MAR) and has worked with many conditions, symptoms and imbalances. 

Alison provides home visits in and around Milford on Sea with services including; Foot reflexology, facial reflexology and holistic therapeutic massage.

Facial Reflexology can also help stress and anxiety and is claimed to have the added benefit of reducing fine lines, puffiness and encouraging a healthy glow. Alison says that combined with Natural Facelift Massage, this is 100% natural & non-invasive.

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Prices are: £40 for foot reflexology, £45 for therapeutic body massage and facial reflexology, all in your own home.

Please contact Alison for further information by clicking here.

‘A Christmas To Remember’

The Community Centre is delighted to present a real treat for Christmas Eve.

Colin Judson is back for a Christmas Special together with two wonderful singers and accompanied by the brilliant Richard Black.

 Colin, as we all know (and love), is a Milford resident who so kindly brings his magic to the village and for this concert he is joined by mezzo soprano Helen Evora and soprano Claire Rutter, both of whom are delighted to celebrate Christmas Eve with us.

Helen completed her music studies at Trinity College of Music, London, and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where she received full scholarships.   Helen is a member of the Opera North Chorus, and has covered and performed numerous roles for the company. Most recently she played Countess Charlotte in A Little Night Music in the Opera North / Leeds Playhouse co-production; covered the role of Dinah in Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti and performed the role of Mercedes Carmen in Opera North's new production.  Her forthcoming performances include further appearances as Mercedes in Carmen early next year; and Flowermaiden Parsifal in June 2022. 

Renowned and critically acclaimed soprano Claire was born in South Shields, of Scottish Norwegian descent, and studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and National Opera Studio, sponsored by English National Opera. She won YCAT (Young Concert Artists’ Trust) among several other leading opera prizes. She has sung title and lead roles worldwide at esteemed opera houses including most recently at Sydney Opera House and Dallas Opera.

Following many cancellations last year due to Covid Claire looks forward to returning to the opera stage in February 2022 with Wagner’s Die Walküre for Icelandic Opera, and to the concert platform for concerts and recitals in the U.K. including Cheltenham Festival, Swindon Recital Series and the Sherborne Abbey Festival.

Colin Judson has a busy forthcoming year as one of the most sought after character tenors of his generation.  He is a regular at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, English National Opera, The Glyndebourne Festival, Glyndebourne on tour and Garsington opera.  

Next season Colin will travel to Opera Bastille, Paris, to sing the funeral director in Leonard Bernstein’s A Quiet Place. He will return to the Glyndebourne Festival and tour for The Marriage of Figaro, fly to Berlin for a recording of Tosca and then return to London for Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.

 ‘A Christmas To Remember’ is performing on Christmas Eve at 3pm.   

Tickets £25 to include Festive snacks and a sparkly glass.

Tickets from the Community Centre box office. Open Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm or online from  or reserve by phone 01590 644861 during box office opening times.

 'It will be all the music you hope at some point to hear during Christmas in one afternoon!

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Thursday, 25 November 2021

Christmas Lights & Carols on the Green

A forest of enchanted trees is set to spring up on the Milford on Sea village green next week, ahead of the official switching on of the festive lights. The Carols on the Green event returns this year on Friday 3rd December from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.  

Village Shops will remain open until 7.30pm that evening and refreshments will be available from local businesses. A road closure from 4.30pm to 7.30pm (High Street; Boots to the Coastal Bakery) will be in place, with Marshalls diverting traffic accordingly.

A live band will perform from 5.30pm, followed by festive songs and then the Traditional Carol Service featuring local churches with music courtesy of The Total Voice Choir, from 6pm to 6.30pm. 

To join in the carols please click here to download the Carol Song Sheet.

This year’s main sponsor; Suzie from The Smugglers Inn, will officially switch on the Christmas lights at around 5.30pm that evening.

This year’s seasonal illuminations have been masterminded by Christmas loving duo Tracy Haupt and Diana Brushwood, who have been busy transforming Milford on Sea's village green since 2019 with support from local artists, crafting groups and volunteers. 

This year Tracy and Diana have been working really hard to make sure the display is the most spectacular so far. The project has grown each year and is now a year round job, planning everything and getting organised for December. 

Last year people loved the small forest of trees, but asked to see even more trees and more lights, so this has been the main focus of the vision for 2021’s display.

A collection of bicycle wheel wreathes will again be used to decorate the Sea Road bridge and hand crafted decorations will feature on benches, poles, litter bin tops, post box and telephone box and bollards. 

Keen to add more to this year’s display, the ladies have added additional characters to the life-sized nativity scene with additional contributions from local artist Gillian Key and Richard Wadley another local artist, has kindly provided more of the hand-painted supersized greetings cards on The Smuggler’s Inn fence. 

A village wide Nativity Story Trail is also set to be launched with a number of shops and businesses taking part. Families are encouraged to sign up to receive a trail map, which will enable them to track down the various characters from the nativity story, for the chance to claim a gift at the Christmas Eve Crib service. To take part, participants must sign up and register at the All Saints Milford on Sea Facebook Page (click here) or by contacting the church office on 01590 644992. 

This year, Tracy and Diana have been thrilled to received such a great response from local businesses by way of sponsorship, and are grateful of the help from valuable volunteers. They send their thanks to everyone who has been involved.

Should anyone wish to make a donation, please visit the Milford Magical Christmas fundraising page: by clicking here. To date, donations are at £795 against a target of £1,000.

Enjoy a Magical Milford Christmas!

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Nativity Story Hunt in village

From Friday 3rd December until Christmas Eve, families and individuals are invited to track down various nativity characters and scenes set up around the village in the Nativity Story Hunt.

Participation is free and everyone is welcome, you just have to register by clicking here.

If you take part, you also have the opportunity to collect a small gift at the All Saints' Christmas Eve Crib Service. (Please remember to sign up here to attend the service).

PS: Friday 3rd December is also the evening of Late Night Shopping in Milford on Sea, and the turn on of the Village Christmas Lights alongside Carols on the Green.

Tuesday, 23 November 2021

Perfect Christmas Gifts at The Cave

Some people are very difficult to buy Christmas presents for, but a nice bottle of something to enjoy is always popular.

The Cave now have a stock of festive champagne, wine, presentation packs, port, sherry, gin & other spirits to suit all budgets and tastes.

For example, if you have someone special to buy for, why not check out this keepsake Wooden Chest, complete With 6 Bottles Of Rioja - perfect after dinner, or any time in fact!  - There is plenty more to see if you pop in.

Fizz & Port Tasting Evening7pm on Wednesday 1st December.

Last few tickets available.

As winter is coming thick and fast, the team at The Cave have decided to pick your spirits up with a Tutored Fizz & Port evening hosted by Maison, Marques et Domaine (MMD) in time for Christmas.

You will be treated to 2 sparkling wines, 1 champagne and 3 festive ports, accompanied by nibbles in the way of food pairings to the wines.

Tickets are £25 per person and sold on a first come basis. Limited spaces apply, and when they’re gone, they’re gone. 

Please contact The Cave on 01590 642195 to reserve your places. Payment will be taken upon booking.

The team look forward to seeing your smiling faces enjoying a evening at The Cave.

The Cave

2 Church Hill, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QH
01590 642195

WI to Host First Friday Lunch

Milford on Sea WI are organising the First Friday Lunch on Friday 3rd December.

The WI will be raising funds in aid of the local support group for those suffering from Motor Neurone Disease. 

Come along to enjoy a 2 course meal (Sausage casserole, jacket potatoes and mince pies) for just £6

There will also be a craft and produce table for Christmas goodies and a raffle, so come along and get into the spirit before the turn on of the wonderful Christmas lights and Carols on the Green evening in the village.

Village Pantomime Tickets on Sale from Monday

Tickets for the extremely popular Village Pantomime go on sale from Monday.

This sells out quickly, so get your tickets for Sleeping Beauty early.

Red Stripe Band & Folk Club

 Two nights of live music coming soon at the Community Centre.

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News from the Greening Campaign

Milford on Sea households will shortly receive a Greening Challenge Card which will be delivered with the Village Voice. 

To support our local Greening Campaign households are asked to commit to 5 of these challenges and display the logo side of the card in a window by the 10th December.

You can register to accept the challenges by using the QR code on the card or by dropping the card off at the Parish Council Office by the 21st January. The group can then calculate how much CO2 has been saved by the community.

Should you need them, more cards are available from the Parish Council Office.

Climate Change & Milford on Sea Meeting

The Milford on Sea Greening Campaign will also be hosting an open 'Climate Change & Milford on Sea' Meeting at 7pm on Wednesday 1st December at the Community Centre. 

The meeting will be discussing climate change and how it impacts on the village. There will also be more conversation about the Greening Campaign and how people can work together to make our community more sustainable for all generations.

Everyone is welcome to go along.

Poster Competition

The MoS Greening Campaign recently held a Poster Competition at Milford on Sea Primary School where the pupils were asked to draw their vision of what climate change means to them. 

There were over 30 entries and on the 19th November these were judged by Sir Desmond Swayne MP. Sir Desmond took away a number of cards written by the children to give to Boris Johnson. 

The winning poster is displayed across a number of shops and Notice Boards across the village.

Milford on Sea Greening Campaign

New Forest Big Band at South Lawn

The New Forest Big Band will be at South Lawn Hotel this Thursday 25th November at 8pm. 

Free entry.

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

Monday, 22 November 2021

The Wash House makes the Good Beer Guide

CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) have listed The Wash House in Milford on Sea in their The Good Beer Guide 2022.

So, if you are partial to a variety of quality real ale, you don't have far to go!

The Wash House Micro Ale Pub
27 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QF
01590 644665

Top Roast Dinners at South Lawn

Hampshire Live News have reported that the top restaurant on Trip Advisor for a roast beef is the Cedar Tree Restaurant at South Lawn Hotel. Their menu is a mix of traditional and international cuisine.

The Hampshire Live article reads: The restaurant offers three choices of roast meat: sirloin beef, chicken breast or pork loin. All come served with parsnips, roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, gravy and seasonal vegetables.

Not only is the food highly recommended, with one reviewer calling the roast beef "The best he has ever had", but it is reasonably priced too with a roast dinner coming in at £14.50 per head.

Christmas at South Lawn

The South Lawn team report that Christmas is looking great with plenty of pre-Christmas Celebrations booked. Luckily, they still have a few spaces for anyone still looking to organise a festive get together. 

*Note: South Lawn are fully booked for their Residential Christmas package and also for New Year.

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

South Lawn Extension well underway

The construction of 24 new rooms is well underway at South Lawn Hotel.

The ground floor construction is complete and the first floor is being built. It is hoped to have a roof, doors and windows by Christmas which will provide the builders, Tuakana with a good rum through to the spring to complete the interior and associated landscaping for an opening at the end of May.

William Reed a keen local photographer who grew up not far from South Lawn has been keeping a photographic record of progress, below are some of his pictures.

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

Jean Maye's books on sale in village

Local author, Jean Maye is delighted that village shops, Tradewinds and The Old Smithy in Milford on Sea High Street are now stocking her latest books, just in time for Christmas.

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What Living with Coronavirus Means to Me is an interactive workbook designed to help young children and young adults come to terms with their experiences of coping with the virus. It encourages talking to trusted adults about their feelings and seeking further help if needed.

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The Doll's House is a book for children aged 5 to 11 years. The story is an adventurous 8-year-old girl uncovers a dark mystery in her new adoptive home. Unable to ignore the spooky events that follow she takes on the investigation.

In a couple of weeks time, each shop will also have copies of The Magic Snowflake which is ideal for children aged 3 to 5 years.

This will be Jean's first children's picture book. The book has illustrations by Steve Ince, who is also an author of children's books.

As Jean lives in Milford on Sea, she is more than happy to sign copies of any book people buy as Christmas gifts. Jean can be contacted through her website at:


Prior to writing fiction Jean wrote non-fiction interactive workbooks for children and young adults which can be seen on her website.

Jean is an international best-selling author in this field and an earlier publication called; 'My life and Me' was even translated in Japanese and published in Japan. 

These earlier books had publishers when she was in social work and we’re specialist books to help looked after children, children who fostered and preparing children for adoption.

In 2021 Jean won the Best Script Award in the international Script Summit Screenplay Contest in Michigan, USA.

Jean Maye Author

Clean sweep for Milford-On-Sea Girls Cricket

At the recent Hampshire RPC (Regional Performance Centre) Trails, TEN Milford Girls, who were put forward by New Milton Falcons, performed outstandingly and were given places in either Hampshire West (U13's), Hampshire West (U11's) or Hampshire South (U10's) District Team.

Having only started cricket less than 2 years ago, this is an extraordinary achievement.

Huge Congratulations to:

U13's: Jasmine Wills

U11's: Georgia Barber, Maisie Barber, Millie Bence, Ellie Courts, Clover Dunn, Evie Hayward, Daisy Wills

U10's: Ellie Lane, Kayla Phillips

Live Jazz this Friday

 Jazz at the Community Centre this Friday.

Relax your mind with T’ai Chi

There are places available for T’ai Chi / Qigong classes in the studio at Milford Community Centre. Classes take place on Tuesdays from 8.50am and on Wednesdays from 10am.

The first practice is free.

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.

The classes are run by Petra Ramsden who is qualified as Yoga & T’ai Chi/Qigong teacher with Seasonal Yoga – Evolution for Everyone. She wants to share mindfulness, kindness and gratefulness to ourselves by connecting with nature and energy that surrounds us.

To contact Petra
, please click here or send her a message through Facebook by clicking here.

Tuesday, 16 November 2021

Local Artists Sale this weekend

Milford on Sea artists, Pauline Stephens and Maureen Tait are holding an Art Sale from 10am to 4pm this Thursday 18th until Sunday 21st November at Milford Community Centre.

They will be displaying an selling their original paintings .

All visitors are welcome whether to buy or just enjoy the artworks.

Pauline Stephens Artist
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Maureen Tait Artist
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