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Thursday, 24 February 2011

Milford on Sea Music Festival Saved

As you may have read here in recent months, the future of Milford on Sea Music & Arts Festival has been under threat. Over the past ten years a dedicated small group of volunteers have done a fantastic job building the festival to what we have all come to love & enjoy. However, changing circumstances and commitments has meant that a number of important volunteer organisers were moving on and there was insufficient new blood to maintain the annual event as we know it.

The great news is that following appeals in these pages and elsewhere locally, sufficient volunteers have come forward to make the necessary additions to the remaining committee. Our supportive community never ceases to amaze me, and once again people have pulled together, sacrificing their own time to create enjoyment for others. Well done to you all, I know it is appreciated by many.

I am delighted to say that the 10th Anniversary Milford on Sea Music Festival 2011 will run from the 7th to 10th July with events on the first two evening & full day and evening performances on the Saturday & Sunday. If you have never been before, this is a very special weekend where you can enjoy rock bands, folk groups, swing bands, classical music, opera, dance groups, local talent, youth bands and lots more. The village green becomes alive with the main stage and various off-stage entertainment such as variety entertainers, stalls and local food. Unbelievably, the event has no official funding and yet the whole event is free to all visitors. All costs are covered by local fundraising and most importantly from programme sales. So please buy a programme, as the money helps keep the festival going.

If anybody would like to support the festival, the committee have launched a ‘Friends of the festival’ campaign, and any donation is welcomed. For those in a position to make a larger financial commitment they are also seeking ‘Sponsors’ for all aspects of the event.

The committee as pleased to say that they now have a solid team, but of course there is always room for new faces & pairs of hands, so if you have ‘administrative skills’, or would simply like to just help out on the day you would be warmly welcomed.

For further details on becoming a volunteer, ‘friend of the festival’ or sponsoring the event - please contact Pamela Allen at:

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Milford Tennis Club Re-Opens on Saturday

Milford Tennis and Squash Club will officially re-open their new clubhouse in Lucerne Road next Saturday (Feb 26th). Former Great Britain Davis Cup finalist Mark Cox will formally open the new facility at 1pm before playing a number of exhibition matches against selected Milford players throughout the afternoon. Club chairman, Ken Burbidge commented: “Saturday the 26th will be a very important day in our 82 year history. We are delighted to welcome Mark Cox to open our new clubhouse. We are now fully functioning and anyone interested in joining any of our sections would be very welcome to come along and watch the tennis from 1:45pm."

The original building, parts of which were 80 years old, was destroyed in a fire on Boxing Day 2009 and after a year of rebuilding the new clubhouse is finally up and running. The club's tennis and squash members have continued to play throughout the rebuild, making use of the indoor areas saved by swift action of the fire service and a small marquee has also been used for club business. The bridge, art and mah jong sections have had to find alternative premises for over a year but will now be welcomed back.

Monday, 21 February 2011

Village News turns into a banana

Having spotted that The Village News in Milford on Sea High Street had turned into a banana colour I thought I would see if Mark was now also doing greengrocery. Happy to find out he was leaving selling fruit & veg to Marjories, I discovered the outside makeover was courtesy of the Daily Mail. Mark’s shop has been recognised as a significant newspaper distributor and has been be upgraded to also distribute the regular free gifts given with newspapers. (Such as CDs etc.) So, people no longer have to leave Milford on Sea to get the free gifts.

Mark (now minus the sailors beard which appeared on his face a few weeks ago) also has a great display of the ‘Food Week Goodies’ range and programmes, and I was pleased to hear they are already selling well It seems lots of people are, quite rightly, getting ready to make the most of Food Week!

Newcomers welcomed to Milford

On Saturday night anyone new to the village in the past year was invited to a free supper at the All Saints Church Hall in Milford on Sea.  Prior to eating, the guests were able to attend a ‘mini exhibition’ of the clubs, associations & services in the village.  Over 40 representatives met & greeted the newcomers, explaining the offerings they had for them. 

Not being new to the village I had wangled an invitation on the basis of being an organiser of Food Week.  It wasn’t long before I was back into the patter I had once used at Petticoat Lane & the Ideal Home Exhibition many years ago.  No one was going to get past without hearing about the special event the village will be enjoying in April.  It was fun jumping out & scaring people, before explaining about this website, & our new village 'foodie' event just before Easter. 

It was enjoyable to hear how everyone I met was so delighted to be now living in the village & they were astounded at all that was available to participate in.  Most places I know are wary of newcomers, but our special little place goes out of its way to welcome them with a warm heart. 

The ‘mini exhibition’ was followed with a sit down meal for the newcomers.  Now at this stage I should have gone home, but I decided to put on an apron to pretend I was working with the girls in the kitchen.  This enabled me to see what happened next.  All of the 120+ guests were the welcomed by various notaries from the village, each giving a little speech.  My favourite was Rev Barbara Jefferies, she had a warm smile & excellent sense of humour.   As the meals were about to leave the kitchen, I disrobed from my apron (just in case I had to do any work) & suddenly felt hungry, so I made for an empty space on the packed tables. 

We were informed that the main meal & salads were done by the teams from the Methodists & CofE and the puddings done by the catholics.  Seconds were even available if you wanted, guess who accepted the offer! It was close, but the cathollics just won it for me!  The evening then ended with some entertainment from our local music masters. Full to the brim, I then left for home to check if my wife had noticed I had gone out.  This evening will leave a special memory for many who attended & it was predominately the work of one lady, supported by an enthusastic team of volunteers.  Ruth Bufton & your helpers please stand up & take a bow, you deserve it!

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Cook with The Chef

Next Tuesday provides an opportunity for local cooking enthusiasts to enjoy a 'Cooking Day' at Verveine Fishmarket restaurant in Milford on Sea.  As you can see below it sounds pretty exciting.

Since opening fourteen month's ago, the restaurant has built a spectacular reputations with contast glowing reviews from diners, and they really do create 'Theatre on a plate!'

Full details of the event are below, and if you fancy this, Ii suggest booking quick as I know it is nearly sold out.

Tel: 01590 642176 |


We have had an e-mail last week informing us that a competition is currently underway to name the Wind Park proposed south of Milford on Sea. Last year Eneco held exhibitions in the area to present their proposals on the project.

The naming competition is now gathering pace, and one of our own has made the shortlist. David Godfroy’s suggestion was ‘Vectis-Zephyrus’. He idea is based on the Roman name for the area which was ‘Vectis’ and ‘Zephyrus’ was the Roman name for west wind. (Clever eh!) There are other names on the shortlist such as: Knollsea, Jurassic Coast, Wessex Array, Wight Wind, Jurassic Array, Solent Breeze, Navitus Bay, Jurassic Future, Wind Needles.

My own suggestion of ‘Eyesore’ or ‘One Good Turn Deserves Another’ for some reason did not make the shortlist.

If you would like to support David’s suggested name you can vote by advising your preference by email at or using Freephone 0800 848 8464

Sunday, 13 February 2011

New Pet Shop in village

Jaws, Paws & Claws opens it doors this Saturday and welcomes all our furry friends & their owners!  The new shop in Church Hill, Milford on Sea is next to HSBC Bank and where 'Allure' once traded.

Our new village Pet Shop will provide Pet Supplies, Food, Toys and Accessories. The pet food range includes many major brands and now provides a local supply in the village. So if you are looking for anything relating to your dog, cat, fish, rabbit or horse why not pop down & take a look.

This new venture is owned by Nici & Lionel Illgner, who also own 'Hardware@Milford' in Keyhaven Road.

If you would like to know more you can pop in, or contact Nici or Lionel below:

Tel: 01590 641684 | E-Mail:

Jack Boothroyd Memorial Competition starts soon

The world record attempt football tournament being organised in memory of Jack Boothroyd is fast approaching. There is still time to get involved and just by entering you'll be helping to raise money for Wave 105 Cash for Kids.

The competition is being run for schools up to adults, each within their own category. So whether you're a 5-a-side team or just want to get your friends or work colleagues together for a football tournament then register now... Ladies teams are welcome too!!

They also still need volunteers for refereeing and marshalling for the 26th, 27th February and 5th March at Priestlands School.

To get involved please visit:

There are also sponsorship opportiniunities at the event. 2m x 1m banners around the event with company logo's combined with event logo are from £60 (£30 goes to Cash for Kids). Please contact: Mark Ketchen: - 07967 547639

Milford on Sea Club is also holding a fundraising 'Auction & Prize Giving Night' starting at 7.30pm on Saturday 5th March.

The evening will  feature entertainment from 'Frank Sinatra' and members and guests can bid in the auction for an England Ashes 2010 cricket bat signed by the whole team, a Southampton FC signed shirts, Chewton Glen Spa Day, Holiday in France, Exercise bikes and lots more.


Jack Boothroyd

Jack was a popular Milford on Sea teenager who tragically passed away in October. He attended Priestlands School and was a regular member of Milford Youth Club.

Mark Ketchen and Richard Millbery are organising the Jack Boothroyd Memorial Competition on behalf of Milford on Sea Club. The competition will be a Guinness World Record Attempt to achieve the Largest 5-a-Side Football Tournament. Pre-final matches will start soon and can take place anywhere. A comprehensive guide pack will be issued to all teams that enter. Mark & Richard also hope to raise money for a children’s charity, and they are using all schools in the area to increase the number of participants. The competition can have many categories, so more teams, and volunteers old or young are needed. The competition will be in a mini league format with finals to take place at Priestlands School during February half term.

If you would like to take part or help out please contact:
Mark Ketchen: - 07967 547639
or Richard Millbery: 01590 643209

Milford on Sea Club, 67 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QG

Food Week Programme & Goodies now in shops

The Milford on Sea Food Week Programme is now on sale in several village shops, and is still being ditributed far & wide. The programme contains the full listing of the 100+ events taking place throughout the week, and information on the many events taking place in the 'Cookery Theatre'.  Tickets for the major events are now on sale click here, or you can just pop into Gwen's.

We hope you enjoy the events planned!

This year we also have a range of ‘Food Week Goodies’, these are now in stock at ‘The Village News’ newsagent. The jute shopping bag is eco-friendly, and is already proving very popular.

I actually treated myself to a 'Food Week Cooks Apron', and looked magnificent as I supervised my wife cooking my dinner last night!

PS: We are pleased to say that the Food Week programme is also being sold by the Visitor Centre's in Lyndhurst, Lymington & Christchurch.  If you have a local business & would have like to lend us a hand by selling a few programmes to your customers please let us know & we will drop some round.

Les to ride the British Coast

Local Milford on Sea classic motor cycle enthusiast Les Spicer, is taking a break from his Applecrust B&B at September Cottage, to complete a motorbike ride for charity.

Les had planned to do this last year, but a broken shoulder put paid to his plans.  However, Les is now back in the saddle and ready to start his epic trip on 4th April 2011.

Les will be riding his classic 1968 Triumph Tiger 100 (500cc), He plans to travel 3200 miles around the coast of Britain over the next month. His ride will also raise funds for the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, a valuable local emergency service which depends entirely on voluntary contributions.  

During his ride Les will where possible stay with friends & relatives, at other times he has a tent in his kit to spend the night at one with nature. Enjoy the ride Les!

If you would like to support Les with a donation please visit his charity website:

Inger-Lise's launch Cake Pop's

Inger-Lise's, our village coffee bar at the Keyhaven Road end of the High Street, has launched a new 'sweet treat'.  The Cake Pop in a delicious mini cake on a lolly stick.  They are now available to enjoy in Inger-Lise's.  They would also make a fun addition to a childrens birthday party.

Christine also now has a delightful range of gift wrapped homemade cup cakes at just £1, and boxed handmade chocolates from the Beaulieu Chocolate Studio for £1.75.

During February half term Inger-Lise's will be welcoming children and families with plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained. It will also be a good time to try a 'Cake Pop!'

Youth Group restarts

The Milford on Sea Youth Group is soon to restart at the Community Centre.  The relaunched two Youth Group's will cater for all 11 to 14 years plus.

The meetings for those aged 14 years and above will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6.30 to 7.30pm starting from 2nd March 2011.

On Wednesday February 16th 2011 there will be a 'Meet & Greet' Open Evening where the 14 years+ can meet the new leaders and they can meet you.  Everyone welcome to come along.

Tuesday evenings will be for the 11 to 13 year Youth Group, which starts at 6.30 to 7.30pm starting from 12th April 2011.

On Tuesday April 5th there will be a 'Meet & Greet' Open Evening for the 11 to 13 years to meet your new leaders and for them to meet you. You do have to be member to attend.
The Youth Group evenings are led by qualified Youth Leaders, who are supported by volunteers. Any young person living in the Parish is entitled to belong and is made very welcome.

The meetings are held in the purpose built Youth Room and activities include: Creative art, table tennis, pool, cookery and more... In addition you have visits by outside agencies for fun ideas such as circus skills and t-shirt printing. Alongside this specialists in heath education work with small groups on subjects ranging from drug awareness to sex education.

The room is equipped with 3 computers, a film projector and sound system as well as facilities for hot and cold drinks and snacks.

Full members of the club can have subsidised coaching at the local Tennis Club.

The 'Meet & Greet Evenings' are free ot attend, so why not go along nad meet everyone.

Entrance on club nights is 50p at the door.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

NFDC Public Consultation in Village tomorrow

The NFDC are holding a Public Consultation at the Milford on Sea Community Centre tomorrow (Thursday 3rd February) between 3 & 9pm.

Here you will be able to view the ‘Sites and Development Management Development Plan’ (DPD) document. (Snappy title eh!!)

Here are some of the issues being considered in the document, upon which Milford parish residents will have a view and may want to have their say:
1. Two sites are being considered for Affordable Housing (only one site is likely to be adopted)
2. Additional children's play space
3. Additional public sports pitches
4. The provision of 5 full size allotment areas
5. The provision of a safe 'pick-up/drop-off' area for Milford Primary School
6. The provision of a footpath on the eastern side of Carrington Lane
7. Cycle routes: Manor Road to Milford Crescent (via Chaucer Drive, Keats Avenue, Wolsey Way and Knowland Drive), Milford-on-Sea to Downton via Blackbush Road and Milford Primary School to Keyhaven Road via Lyndale Close and Carrington Lane.
8. Amended green belt boundary to reflect development allocations (Re 1. above)

NFDC Officers will be on hand to answer questions. The DPD covers a wide range of subjects, many of which are planning related, such as transport schemes, cycle routes, footpath provision, affordable housing, Coastal Change Management Areas, open space provision, recreational playing fields, children's play space, allotments, vehicular access, school pick-up & drop-off points, enhancing biodiversity, green-belt, green infrastructure, coastal erosion, shopping frontages, Sites of Importance for for Nature Conservation and Local Nature Reserve's.

Although Thursday's Public Meeting is important, residents will still have until the 11th March in which to respond, but in our opinion, there is insufficient public notice being given, so if you are interested attending the Public Consultation could prove worthwhile.

Apparently, this is the most important local consultation document to come out from the District for many years and it is extremely important that as many residents as possible have the opportunity to look at the plans and ideas that are to be considered as, whatever is eventually adopted by NFDC will serve to guide Milford-on-Sea parish in planning terms until the year 2026.

The NFDC Public Consultation period starts tomorrow, 28th January and lasts for six weeks, ending on 11th March.
The Document and relevant background information are all available to view on the Council’s web-site at the following link:

French conversation at Belle Epoque

From the beginning of February the team at Belle Epoque, our local wine bar & café, will be holding ‘Informal French Conversations’ on every Wednesday, Thursday & Friday mornings between 10am & 12noon. Everyone is welcome to drop in for just ten minutes, or a whole morning for a ‘le conversation (Real French, impressive!) with Patrice, Sarah or Marie. I am not sure if Mike will be speaking in French, or just using a funny accent?! In addition to taking the opportunity to improve your vocabulary, there will also be French newspapers, French books and magazines to browse through as you chat in ‘français’. Those that haven’t met Patrice, Belle Epoque’s manager, will not be surprised to know that he is a real ‘Frenchmen’ when you find out his full name is ‘Patrice Bieuy Pargue’. If you fancy some refreshments, there will be coffee, croissants, and gateaux all available for £5.

So, if you like the idea of improving or brushing up on your French this could be fun. I may well pop in, but our regular readers will know I need no improvement to my French language skills, having once emigrated to France. Mon épouse continues to insist that six weeks in France is not ‘emigration’ but a ‘holiday. She also insists that wearing a beret and drinking Pastis every day does not mean that I now half French, however the Gauloises I now smoke I think proves that indeed I am!

PS: If you have any no longer wanted French reading material, please drop them in for our local francophiles to enjoy!

Milford Croft win Five Stars & Gold Award

One of our village self catering holiday bungalows have once again been awarded the ‘VisitBritain Five Star rating & Gold Award’. This is the highest self catering accreditation awarded by VisitBritain, and was decided following an annual inspection and assessment.

So, not only is Milford on Sea one of the best places to visit in the country, Colin & Tricia also have one of the best places to stay! If you fancy seeing their property or availability please visit: