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Thursday, 17 June 2021

Ray's Italian launches Charcuterie & Picnic Menu

As well as offering delicious pizza and pasta at Ray's Italian Restaurant, the new on-site Ray's Deli in Milford on Sea high street is now offering a range of eat-in and takeaway sweet & savoury treats.

With the serious effects of the pandemic on the hospitality trade, Stacey has had to amended her offering from a full-time restaurant until things return closer to normal. 

Since the first lockdown she has not taken the crisis laying down, and she has created a Delicatessen which is open during the day, plus the restaurant serves early morning coffee and cake from 9am, Brunch from 10am, Lunch from 12noon and the Restaurant & Pizza & Pasta Takeaway is open in the evenings at the weekend. As things improve there are plans for the restaurant to again open weekday evening as well.

If you enjoy a luxury and delicious later breakfast or early lunch, check out Ray's Italian Brunch Menu, or simply pop in for a coffee. Click here to view.

Stacey's latest innovation is a 'Charcuterie & Cheese Platter' and 'Luxury Picnic' Menu. Both are perfect for entertaining, or simply giving yourself a treat!

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Charcuterie & Cheese Platter Menu

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Luxury Picnic Menu

To view all of the Ray's Italian Menus
, please click here.

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

First Aid Course for Children & more

We have read that some children's First Aid Workshops and Courses are being planned to run during the summer holidays.

The organisers are looking to find out how many children would like to take part.

If you have a child aged 5 to 11 years and would like to be considered for a place, please email: and quote: 'Super-medic Milford'.

The predicted cost is £15 per child for a 3 hour session. (This may go down but won't be more).

Other First Aid Courses: Should demand be sufficient, consideration is also being given to holding Adult, Paediatric or Parent Courses from birth upwards. If any of these would be of interest to you, please email: to state your interest.

New Swim Academy for Kids

Courtney Shannon (who also runs Sea Shannon Swimming) and Melissa Rayner have announced the opening of the New Forest Swim Academy. Both are both STA qualified swim teachers and open water swim coaches.

Lessons are for children and adults from non-swimmers to improvers and beyond, and all will be welcome to join the group sessions or private sessions (1 to 1 or 1 to 2).

The current swimming lessons will be pool based at Ballards School, New Milton. There may be an offer of group sea swimming for kids in future.

This could be an opportunity to get your kids competent with this vital survival skill and have fun whilst keeping fit and achieving swim awards.

To register your interest, please click here.

More information can be found on the website:

New Forest Swim Academy

Local fresh strawberries at South Lawn

South Lawn Hotel are once again selling fresh Lymington Strawberries from Goodalls Farm at their roadside pop up stall.

Delicious and only £3 a punnet or 2 for £5.

Also, if you fancy a takeaway Cream Tea with 2 Fruit Scones, Clotted Cream & Strawberry Jam, South Lawn have them for you at £4.50 each.

Don't you just love summer treats!

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

Father's Day Lunch delivered from La Perle

La Perle will be delivering a Father's Day Lunch this Sunday 20th June between 11am and midday fully prepared and chilled, with easy to follow cooking instructions.

The menu reflects everything dad's like to eat!


New Forest Mushroom & Truffle Arancini with Chive Mayo

La Perle Prawn Cocktail, Isle of Wight Cherry Tomato, Avocado, Gem Lettuce, Marie Rose Sauce, Brown Bread & Butter

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Photo by Jason Lam 

Free Range Chicken Kiev, Roasted Garlic Mash, Glazed Carrots, Peas & Mint

Classic Treacle Tart with Salted Caramel Sauce and Clotted Cream


Delivered to SO41 / BH25 or available for collection if out of area.

You can order your Father's Day lunch by clicking here.

To see all La Perle menus - Please click here

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

Group Sea Swim Sessions to start

Courtney Shannon of Sea Shannon Swimming is starting Wednesday Group Sea Swim Sessions from the 23rd June, meeting on the beach at Hordle Cliff, Milford on Sea.
  • 5:30pm: Swimming safely for leisure
  • 6:15pm: Stroke development
  • 7:00pm: Swimming for fitness
All sessions are just £8, and last 45 minutes.

Please contact Courtney to book your place.

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

'Slurp and Munch' Menu at Lazy Lion

The Lazy Lion in Milford on Sea high street is serving a new 'Slurp and Munch' menu. (Click here to see menu). 

Also worth checking out every Wednesday are the Homemade Pie and Pudding Days for just £13.50.

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The latest menu includes pub classics, chef specials and kids meals. There are also breakfast with a takeaway options.

The Lazy Lion also has a large sheltered garden with a children's play area. For those that wish to stay over their are also rooms.

You can book now by contacting: 
01590 641111 or drop a line to: 

About Your Landlord

The Landlord, Ian Robertson, has been working in the hospitality industry for 39 years. He’s been involved with major events, arranging catering at some of the most prestigious venues around the country and was part of the LOCOG catering planning team involved in the Olympic Games 2012 set-up. He brings that wealth of experience to welcome you to The Lazy Lion.

Previously, Iain enjoyed great success in setting up the Monkey House in Lymington before returning to Milford-on Sea to share some wholesome homegrown hospitality with you. When taking over what was The Red Lion, Iain and his wife Ruth set out to embrace the relaxed and friendly village vibe of Milford. They have created a welcoming inn, packed with all the character and charm you want from a proper country pub, plus some extra touches we’re sure you’ll love!

Monday, 14 June 2021

Ultrafast Broadband coming to Milford

Internet company Openreach plans to roll out faster full fibre Ultrafast Broadband to 22 rural locations in Hampshire, including Milford on Sea.

A significant recruitment drive is underway to provide the manpower required for this massive project and no deadline appears to be set for completion. 

It is sure that this cannot come fast enough for Milford on Sea, but at least it is on its way in the future!

To find out more, please click here

No64 Biscuit House up for an award

No64 Biscuit House have been nominated for Best Interiors Store and Best Gift Shop in the Muddy Stilettos Awards for Hampshire & the Isle of Wight.

Glenn comments: "Well, it’s been a rollercoaster year for everyone and thankfully No64 has survived, and we’re loving seeing you all again!

And there’s even more light at the end of the tunnel for us as No64 Biscuit House, your local independent interiors emporium and Annie Sloan chalk paint specialist, have been nominated for an award in not 1, but 2 categories of the Muddy Stilettos awards!

We’d be honoured if you would spend a few moments to vote for us, here’s what you do…..

1. Click here and enter your email address.

2. Click the 'Nominate Now' link on the email you'll receive, it will take you to the voting site, and then scroll to the categories we're nominated for, which are: Best Interiors Store and Best Gift Shop.

3. Click the 'Nominate' button under those categories, type in No64 Biscuit House, and click 'Submit Your Nomination'.

4. Done!

Voting closes on June 22nd, so not long, and then we find out if we're in the finals! We're very excited.....

If we make the final we'll let you know and you can then, hopefully, vote for us to become Best Interiors Store and/or Best Gift Shop in Hampshire & the Isle of Wight!

We would really appreciate your support, like I said it's been so tough and so even getting to the final of an award would make the struggle just that little more worthwhile.

Thank you so much for all of your support & take care,

Clare & Glenn

No64 Biscuit House
64 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QD
01590 643765

Dolphins off Milford on Sea Coast

The Bournemouth Echo ran a recent article about a family who had the thrilling experience of seeing a pod of at least ten dolphins as the crossed Christchurch Bay just off of Milford on Sea Beach.

Photo by Susie Dent

To read the article in full and to see a video, please click here.

Picnic goodies at Pickled Weasel

Everyone loves a picnic when the sun it out, and Pickled Weasel has lots of lovely savouries to enjoy.  Including a selection of homemade quiche and scotch eggs, filled deli rolls, salad boxes, local cheeses and olives.

Pack your blanket, choose your favourites and enjoy the sunshine whilst it is here!

Pickled Weasel
54 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QD
01590 641155

A Milford Gorilla on a Motorbike!

Michael Turner is a renowned Stainless steel sculptor and artist who lives in Milford on Sea.

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Photo by Milford on Sea Photographer
Carrie Bugg
From his studio in Lymington he creates magnificent and detailed bespoke sculptures as major statement pieces for gardens or smaller interior art for the home.

One of his latest and many extraordinary creations is the 'Gorilla on a Motorbike' which now proudly sits in the lucky owners garden.

You can see more of Michael's work by clicking here.

About Michael Turner
Since leaving school, the development of his creative and artistic skills, has led to recognition both within the UK and internationally.

During his formative years, his talent became apparent. He had an innate understanding and ability to capture the form and beauty of nature by creating bugs and insects, created simply from the most basic of materials including nuts, bolts and sheet metal found in his fathers’ garage. To read more, please click here.

Michael Turner Studios
Setters Farm, Mount Pleasant Lane, Lymington SO41 8LS

Carrie Bugg Photography

Friday, 11 June 2021

Vote for Saltwater Café

Saltwater Café in Milford on Sea high street are very excited to have been nominated for the 'Best Café in Hampshire' category of the Muddy Stilettos Awards.

You can vote for Saltwater Café by clicking here.

Better still, pop in and try the wide variety of goodies they offer!

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

Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Magical Milford at Christmas

We have had the message below from Tracy and Diana, the organisers of 'Magical Milford at Christmas'. Last year they did an excellent job in bringing a exciting festive feeling to the village which was enjoyed by many. Now to job starts again for next year!

Tracy and Diana write:

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on last years Christmas decorations.

Following the recent survey we have looked through all the comments and as a result, have plans to make it even better than last year! 

However to do this, we do need to raise a substantial amount of money.

If you would like to contribute to the fund we have an account with the Milford Charitable Trust and you can make donations to this via BACS to:
  • Sort code 40-30-36
  • Account number 11565532
  • Account name Milford on Sea Charitable Trust
…. marking your donation under the Reference as Magical Milford at Christmas (or Magical Milford if restricted with letters).

Cheques are also accepted - made payable to Milford on Sea Charitable Trust [on the reverse please mark it as Magical Milford at Christmas]

Cheques can be left at the parish office.

We will also take cash and again this can be left at the parish office in the collection bucket.

Thank you so much for your continued support.

Magical Milford at Christmas
Tracy and Diana

Monday, 7 June 2021

Splinters Art Group Summer Exhibition

Splinters Art Group will be holding their Summer Exhibition from August 21st to August 30th in The Dance Studio, Sea Road Car Park, Milford on Sea. (Rear of Community Centre.)

Splinters is a group of local artists who meet regularly to paint and exchange ideas.

The artists produce work in a variety of media and subject matter.

Artists include: Cathy Beggs, Jo Britton, Enid Freshwater, M’eudail Latham, Barbara Lathwell, Barbara Rousseau, Gill Stopher, Sheila Thompson.

Sunday, 6 June 2021

New Freelance Hairdresser

A new freelance hair business is now available in Milford on Sea.

Emma has founded Red Wren Hair Company and she has over 20 years hairdressing experience and specialises in cutting & styling. She is now looking for models for for the purpose of building a portfolio of wonderful images. 

The hair services and prices are detailed in the poster below as are her contact details. *Model prices for a limited time only.

Red Wren Hair Company

Friday, 4 June 2021

Milford on Sea Greening Campaign - Voting is now open

Milford on Sea’s Greening Campaign takes a step forward this month. 

This is part of a programme to tackle climate change by reducing carbon emissions in the village and making Milford on Sea a greener place to live. 

Voting has now opened for residents to vote for their Top 3 “Greening” challenges. Details of the challenges themselves can be found on the Milford on Sea Parish Council website by clicking here, or in the May issue of the Village Voice. 

Everyone is now asked to choose their Top 3 from the list. You can also vote by clicking here or alternatively by completing the slip on page 42 of the May Village Voice and dropping it off at the Parish Council Office.

Voting is open until the 17th July 2021. 

In September special Greening challenge cards will be delivered to every household in Milford on Sea Parish. The cards will show a list of the Top 8 challenges voted for by the Village and each household will be invited to commit to 5 of these over the period of the campaign. Further details of how this will work will be announced in September.

Thursday, 3 June 2021

Supermoon over The Needles

Local Milford on Sea resident and accomplished photographer, Graham Wiffen is well-know for capturing excellent images of Milford on Sea and the surrounding areas.

At the end of last month Graham caught on camera a spectacular photograph of the evening's Supermoon which is also called the Flower Moon. This is an occasion when a full moon comes closest to the earth in its elliptic orbit, resulting in the moon appearing 30% brighter and 14% bigger than normal.

There are two Supermoons in 2021, and the last Supermoon this year will occur on 24th June and will be a Super Strawberry Moon.

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To see more images of Milford on Sea please click here to visit Graham's Facebook Page.

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

The village defibrillator has been found

Update: 2nd June 2021:

The village defibrillator has been found. The machine was accessed for an emergency but arrived at the scene after the ambulance crew had got there. 

In consequence, the machine is understood to have been taken to the hospital with the patient, unused. It then remained on board the ambulance or at its base station. There are now plans to collect it from the Ambulance Station later today and if in good order with pads etc it will be restored to the cabinet for emergency use once again.


Have you seen the village defibrillator?

Last Thursday 27th May around 5.30pm the Southern Central Ambulance Service received a call to request the code to open and remove the defibrillator from its cabinet on the wall of the Coop in the village centre. 

Should it have been used in an emergency, we hope whoever needed it is OK. As yet, the user may not had an opportunity to return the defibrillator and efforts are underway to establish its location. 

The defibrillator was donated to the village in 2015 by a group of village organisations, including; Milford on Sea Food Week The WI, Parish Council, County Councillor and Milford on Sea Memorial Hospital League of Friends and the Coop kindly gave permission for it to be installed on their side wall. 

The Parish council became owners during 2020.

If you know where the defibrillator might be please contact:

Choosing where to eat in Milford on Sea

As the sun comes out to welcome summer to Milford on Sea the dilemma arrives of where to go to eat!

Naturally, as we have over 20 places to eat in the village, from fine restaurants to pubs and cafes, it is easy to forget somewhere you have always wanted to try.

Worry not! - The home page of the Milford on News website has a button (as indicated below), which takes you to comprehensive list of Milford on Sea eating places with links to all websites and even their Facebook Pages where you can see what is happening right now.

Enjoy picking your favourites, or simply try them all!

Place to Eat in Milford on Sea: please click here

Step Up, Safe Place Tabletop Event

Step up, Safe Space is a non-profit making community support company run by volunteers who support families in need in New Milton, Milford on Sea and surrounding areas:

They will be holding a Tabletop Event on Saturday 5th June at 2pm to 3pm at the rear of the All Saints Church Hall in Greenbanks Close, Milford on Sea, SO41 0SQ.

They will have children and adults clothes, school uniform, toys, baby and child items, bedding, plus small household items by arrangement.

The volunteers aim to work together to support each other and recycle as much as possible for local communities.

If there is anything you are particularly looking for please let them know by clicking here.

To provide the community support the organisation have several bills to pay each week/month, if you are able to contribute a small voluntary monetary donation it would be greatly appreciated. (No worries if you can’t.)

The usual drop off/collection point at New Milton library will be open from 10am to 11am on Saturday 5th June.

Step Up, Safe Place

Hurst Castle repairs commence

The 'Save Milford from the Sea!' Facebook Page has posted an interesting photo and update by Tony Graham.

Following the substantial collapse The castle’s Victorian east wing in February 2021, the photo showing initial work is underway.

There is a lot more to do, but it is nice to see something positive is now happening.

Graeme Blackwood has also produced an excellent video of the works from the air - To view video, please click here.

Graeme often posts a number of aerial views of Milford on Sea and you can see these by following him on his Facebook Page by clicking here.

To keep up to date with the progress at Hurst Castle you can follow:

Save Milford from the Sea!

Monday, 31 May 2021

The Good News Newsletter: No.34

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:

Sunday, 30 May 2021

A delightful video tour of Milford on Sea

Our Hampshire are a local collective of passionate filmmakers and photographers who love to showcase the County at its best through their film & photography.

Recently they featured Milford on Sea in a delightful video below which captures what is special about this wonderful village by the sea.

The video is featured on the Facebook page for 'Visit Milford on Sea'.

Visit Milford on Sea
Our Hampshire

Saturday, 29 May 2021

Spectacular seafront apartment goes on the market

You may recognise Marine House on Milford on Sea seafront which is home to The Lighthouse café/bar on the ground floor. What you might not know is that on the first floor there is now a luxury home which has recently gone on the market.

We of course do not advertise properties for sale, but when a luxury seafront apartment in a local landmark like this goes on the market we think it is local news!

Marine House is at the beginning of Hurst Spit and has spectacular views of Christchurch Bay, Sturt Pond Nature Reserve, Hurst Castle and the Isle of Wight.

The Marine House apartment has 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms and is offered at £895,000. This price is of course out of reach for most pockets, but for the lucky person that can afford the property, the location and outlook is truly spectacular and unique.

To find out more, please click here.

Estate Agent: Hayward Fox - 01590 287006 -

Friday, 28 May 2021

Salads, olives and antipasta at the Pickled Weasel

The Pickled Weasel is an independent hot & cold deli takeaway in the heart of Milford on Sea village offering a variety of tasty food.

As summer approaches they have added a new selection of house salads, and award winning olives and antipasti to their range for everyone to enjoy.

Pickled Weasel
54 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QD
01590 641155

Tudor Keep at Hurst Castle Reopens

The Hurst Castle team are are delighted that the Tudor keep at Hurst Castle will be reopening to the public from this Saturday, 29th May.

Henry VIII’s Tudor castle will be open daily for visitors to explore and refreshments will be available from outside the castle entrance. 
To book tickets, please click here.

The castle’s Victorian east and west wings remain closed whilst English Heritage’s conservation and repair project is ongoing, and the price of admission has been reduced accordingly.

English Heritage starts work on site this week on building new defences which will protect the castle, and facilitate better access to the damaged east wing.

Opening Times
29th May to 30th September (daily) - 10am to 5.30pm
1st October to 31st October  (daily) - 10am to 4pm
1st November to 31st March (winter weekend opening, weather permitting)

Adult: £4.00
Concession: £3.50
Child (5-17 yrs) £2.00
English Heritage members: Free
Children under 5: Free
A Local Resident Annual Pass is available for people living locally to Hurst Castle.

For further information please call 01590 642500 or email:

Thursday, 27 May 2021

Looking to meet new people?

If you would like to meet some new people, or simply new to the village, then a local Meetup Group in Milford on Sea called C.A.F.E. (The Coast and Forest Events group) might interest you.

As their website explains: 

This Meetup group is aimed at people who live in or around the southern, coastal part of the New Forest – hence the name. We aim to help each other perk up our social lives, by making the most of the excellent leisure facilities and venues we have here locally, right on our doorsteps! If you are “Mid-Life" (!), and maybe find yourself unexpectedly single, there are times when you probably feel like going out to see a film or play or to a comedy night, for a meal, for a walk, for a drink, or even just for a coffee. There's lots to do, but it's not so much fun on your own! This could be the group for you.

Post up here an event or activity you'd really like to go to, and find out if anyone else would like to go along too! We offer friendship and, mostly-inexpensive, local social activities (pub quizzes, meals, walks, live music, a drink at a country pub on a Sunday evening) - while also keeping an eye out for bigger local events, as well as those in Bournemouth, Southampton and beyond for when we feel like making the extra effort!

People of any age and location are welcome, but please bear in mind that most events may take place within an area roughly Lyndhurst to Lymington, Christchurch to Calshot, or close by, and that activities will be focused on the "mid-life" age range. While most members are single, the group is open to sociable singles and non singles alike, (and especially to those who want to actively contribute events to the group!) So, if you want to meet new people, please join! 

CAFE Meetup is exists solely to help its members have Fun! The organisers give their time voluntarily. Group running costs (website, admin etc) have mostly been covered by occasional small profits on events in the past, but an annual fee of £5 is now payable by new and existing members. 

You can contact the Organiser, David Hughes via the website link below.

Dogs on Walks
Please note, it is a policy of the group that dogs accompanying walkers must be on short leads at all times, unless express permission has been given by the walk leader that it can be let off, and there is no objection from any other walk participant.

This requirement is to ensure the comfort, convenience and safety of walk participants for whom the walk is primarily intended.

C.A.F.E. (The Coast and Forest Events group)

Launch of Tales of the Beach House and Beyond

A group of local authors have written a book entitled; 'Tales of the Beach House and Beyond'.

The launch takes place on the village green on Saturday 29th May between 10.30am to 4pm.

This was the great lockdown project for a writing group from Milford on Sea's U3A, whose nickname is The Scribe Tribe. 

The Editor, Anne Kelly says it was her salvation during the long days of the winter lockdown but that it was a group effort with everyone combing their various talents to reach a fantastic result.

She goes on to say that some time ago the group were given access to the Westover Hall archives and these inspired a number of fictional stories, loosely based on fact. (Westover Hall is now The Beach House on the cliff top.)

The book is published with the support of the U3A and all profits will go to Milford on Sea School to purchase books enabling a life long interest in reading.

The Scribe Tribe
Co-authors: Sonia Sewell, Anne Kelly, Catriona Coates Brown, June Cooper, Rosemary Marcuse and Cynthia Smith.

Rebrand at Saltwater Café

Saltwater Café in High Street, Milford on Sea have a new shop front and logo design.

The designs were created by Fiona of Kifi Design, a creative design and photography agency based in Milford on Sea. (

Fiona explains on her website how she went about the redesign project:

"I looked at hanging signage to lift the building from the side, and a new logo. I bounced around a few options for shells and colours. Although quite rustic inside, the client didn’t want it to look too beachy as it isn’t next to the beach. We ended up with quite a slick and simple design, incorporating a wonderful shell, in a very simple colour scheme.

The UK is open for business and so is Saltwater!

As soon as we had direction from the the UK government, that the 17th May would be a national opening for cafés and pubs, restaurants and shops, we joined the queue to get things installed.

The external refit, applying the final design, cost under £200.00, and took approximately 30 minutes to install!

My design time was slightly longer, as making these big image decisions always take time to process. We started this project back in February and finally three months later, here we are, project completed.

I used JJB signs to fit the graphics to the window and hang the final hanging sign. Here is his website:

The client is delighted with the end result and it’s already had such great feedback locally. It always seems like small amounts of design tweaks won’t make a difference, but when you see it all put together, you see how much it does! Here’s to growing businesses and not going back into lockdown again!"

Becca & Tony, owners at Saltwater Café commented; "Fiona (Kifi) was recommended to us by friends who had recently received the Kifi magic! Fiona is fun, creative, friendly and easy to work with.  She listened to what we wanted and she knew what we needed to do to promote our café.  She is full of ideas and is more then happy to help.

All this came together during Covid restrictions which made meeting difficult but we knew we could always ring or email Fiona with ideas and questions. We are over the moon with our new logo, which has also been made into classy window vinyls and a swing sign which hangs outside our café.  Our café now stands out to people passing by.

We’d totally recommend Kifi Creative!!"

Kifi Creative

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