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Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Working for the Milford Youth

I am sure many of us see young faces around Milford on Sea, and will be pleased to know that there is a very active Milford on Sea Youth Club.
The Youth groups meet in the dedicated youth room at the Village Community Centre. This is a very important part of the work of the Community Centre and is a resource for all young people in the village and the surrounding area.
The youth groups, which are for young people aged between 10 and 18, meet on two evenings every week throughout the year.
They are grouped according to age with years 6 and 7 meeting from 4pm to 6pm on a Monday; Year 7s upwards from 5.45pm to 7.45pm on a Tuesday. The older group meet on a Monday from 7pm to 9pm.
There are lots of activities, like pool, table tennis, cooking, arts and sports. The young people at the club agree that; ‘The youth club is a great place to come and meet with our friends. It’s a safe place to come with lots to do and we get to meet new people.’
On Monday 3rd September the youth workers are holding an open session from 4pm until 6pm, all young people are invited to come along to find out how they can enjoy the club. So, please encourage any youngsters you know to come along and get involved!
The youth workers are paid for through a donation from the Parish Council, and fundraising events at the Community Centre. And they are always very appreciative of any donations from local businesses.
If any of your young at heart readers are interested in supporting young people in their community, they are looking for new members for the youth committee, and they are always keen to hear from anyone who would like to work as a volunteer alongside our qualified youth workers.
If you are interested in joining in with the helpers please contact: Jenny Whitley at:

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

40 B4 40-Vesuvio

No. 18: Vesuvio Italian Restaurant, Bournemouth

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We really enjoyed the last Bank Holiday weekend of the year.  My brother and sister in law came to stay for a few nights, and as usual there was no shortage of village entertainment, as we visited the Milford on Sea Carnival, watched the start of the Needles to Torquay Powerboat Race, and the RNLI Search & Rescue exercise on the beach.
My brother is an excellent cook, just as I am a pretty good diner, and naturally food was central during the weekend.  So, Saturday night was a special visit to Verveine, and as always the food was superb and the dining experience pure theatre.  Sunday afternoon we had afternoon tea in The Marine in a slighty larger group that anticipated.
To explain, Peter & Nicola’s newly married daughter & husband were staying with Nicola’s mum in Ringwood.  Knowing they were all eating at Versuvio’s in Alum Chine on Sunday evening, a surprise was planned for them, as we made a covert call to the restaurant to increase the booking from 3 to 7.
What came as a bigger surprise, was when my niece & her new husband called saying they wanted to see us all, and asked if they could pop over with Marion on Sunday afternoon.  Nicola wanted to think quickly on her feet, but instead descended into a panic and hung up.  After exploring a number feasible excuses, Nicola called back, forgot them all, and said; "Yes, come on over”.
So, with all of us having spent the Sunday afternoon together, they headed home, and we got ready to arrive at the restaurant early for what was now a slightly strange surprise.  Over a beer, and plenty of peeping, they turned up and they were as shocked as we had been when they had asked to come over earlier.
Vesuvio is an Italian Restaurant positioned right on the beach at Alum Chine in Bournemouth.   First impressions were good, the interior was modern and with an air of quality in the design and fittings.  In the corner a duo were playing soothing background jazz, which gave the place a nice atmosphere.
The menu reflected the head chef’s respect of the traditions of Italian cuisine, with fresh meat and seafood locally sourced and delivered daily, as well as homemade pastas and classic Italian specialties.
As we all made our choices we were able to take in the panoramic views across the bay from the Isle of Wight to Old Harry Rocks.

My wife and I chose to share a starter of Gamberi Alla Diavola, butterfly freshwater prawns in chilli & tomato sauce served with garlic ciabatta, (I say ‘we chose to share’, what I actually meant was ’my wife told me she was sharing mine’.)  I was allowed to have a main course to myself, so we had Tournesdos Rossini, fillet steak set on a crouton, with paté & truffles in a rich Madeira sauce, and Vitello Alla Milanese, breaded escalope of veal with spaghetti Napoli. (Although my wife substituted the spaghetti for chips – good girl!)  There were many other dishes on the table, but I can’t recall exactly what, as many included pasta, and that’s too boring to write about.
Sweet of course had to be Italian Profiteroles, and by this time my wife had returned to true form and was thankfully watching her figure again.
By all the comments made around the table, everyone had enjoyed their choices and the portions certainly ensured everyone was full.
After a lively evening of conversation, and catching up on some things that had been forgotten during the afternoon, it was time to leave.  After plenty of wine and a few beers, I was up for creating another surprise, but my wife’s threats of removing an important part of my anatomy if I threw anyone in the sea, ensured I was on my best behavior all of the way home.

Vesuvio Italian Restaurant
Seafront, Alum Chine, Bournemouth, BH4 8AN
Tel: 01202 759100 or 01202 765096
If you are wondering what the 40 B4 40 Dining Challenge is all about, please click here and all will be explained.


Monday, 27 August 2012

Sea Rescue Demonstration

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Pictures by Judy Valentine
A blustery Sunday afternoon welcomed the local RNLI lifeboats & RIB inflatables from Lymington, Yarmouth (IoW) & Mudeford to Milford on Sea beach front, together with the Coastguard Search & Rescue helicopter.

The RNLI team then carried out a number of rescue exercise demonstrations in front of a large and enthralled crowd.

The sea itself was pretty choppy, and looked cold for the RNLI volunteers who were winched from the helicopter onto a moving lifeboat. This appeared a tricky manoeuvre in such conditions, yet each man hit his target each time.

The helicopter must have been feeling the might of the wind, the man dangling underneath was swirling around like a rag doll & the boat was bouncing up & down on the substantial waves. But, once the guys got there ‘eye in’ they had a man in the lifeboat from the helicopter in no time.

A crowd of several hundred emitted a loud cheer & applause every time they hit their mark.

Led by Margaret & John Pruden, the village supporters of the RNLI also had a gazebo raising funds from selling RNLI gifts, and a band of enthusiastic wandering volunteers picked up plenty of cash in their collecting buckets.

Watching a training exercise like this makes you really appreciate what the RNLI does for all of the sailors and bathers in the sea around the UK. These guys are skilful & face real danger, long may we all support them when we can.

Soggy, Smiley Carnival

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Milford on Sea Carnival once again celebrated the final Summer Bank Holiday Saturday of the year.  I say, 'summer', but I am not sure we have had one.

It is hard to remember such a wet summertime.  By August I am normally tanned like a Greek God, but not this year, and my wife doesn’t find my pasty summer look so appealing.

Weather aside, a merry band of eager volunteers had been planning the Carnival for a number of months, and the morning saw a large range of stalls and entertainment appear on the village green.

Nope, can’t help mentioning the weather again. The morning decided to be a bit blowy and threatening of rain. However, many happily shopped at the craft stalls, and the kids were totally oblivious of any impending showers as they scaled the climbing wall and jumped manically on the bouncy castle.

As 4pm arrived for the start of the Carnival Procession, the heavens decided it was time to dump its copious rain. In typical stoical style, Milford on Sea turned out in great numbers to enjoy the parade of many colours, people and weird contraptions.

All in the parade were enjoying themselves too much to worry about a little rain, as they vigorously rattled their charity collection bucket.

A little later, on the main stage, the Milford Pre-School were awarded 1st prize for Best Decorated Float.

The evening ended on a washout, with the weather taking a torrential hold. However, by that time everyone that had visited had already taken away a little bit of Milford on Sea village magic.

Spice 'n' Easy Trophy

Claire Lee, founder of Spice ‘n’ Easy in Milford on Sea has won two top food producer national awards.

All of the Spice ‘n’ Easy produce is made in Milford on Sea village. Claire’s range includes delicious handmade Chutneys, Relishes, Pickles, Dressing and Sauces.  The word ’local’ in ‘local produce’ is important to Claire, and she ensures that her products include locally sourced raw ingredients from local suppliers.

Following the four Hampshire Life awards shared between the Milford on Sea food businesses, Verveine Fishmarket Restaurant and Simone Farming at Aubrey Farm last week, Claire has now added more recognition for food excellence to the village.

At Christmas time, on top of the regular Spice ‘n’ Easy product list, there is also a range of Christmas specialities, including Christmas Mincemeat with Whiskey & Ginger and Spiced Mulling Syrup for making Mulled Wine.

This year the Spice ‘n’ Easy Christmas range was nominated in the Guild of Fine Food Great Taste Awards.  This is a National Competition where products are judged by a panel of food experts, who blind taste each product to reach their conclusion.

Claire was thrilled to recently be informed that the Spice ‘n’ Easy Christmas Mincemeat was awarded 3 Gold Stars (The top award).  The premier 3 Gold Stars were only made to 123 products out of over 8807 entries.  To add to Claire’s award cabinet, the Spice ‘n’ Easy Spiced Mulling Syrup was also awarded 2 Gold Stars.

These awards have now attracted the attention of the food buyer for Fortnum & Mason who will be stocking Spice ‘n’ Easy’s award winning products in their Piccadilly Store this Christmas.

On top of this, Spice ‘n’ Easy was exhibiting at the last New forest Show during July when the Queen paid a visit as a finale to her Jubilee tour.  Her majesty was presented with a hamper of locally produced food which included Spice ‘n’ Easy’s Great Taste Award winning products from 2011 - Spiced Carrot & Pumpkin Chutney and Sweet Onion Marmalade.

You can buy a great selection of the Spice ‘n’ Easy range from Hollands Supermarket in Milford on Sea.  Paul & Maureen always look for local produce and unusual items to run alongside the regular range of daily food items. They also have a great ‘Deli Counter’ which include some fantastic local cheeses which would go great with the Spice ‘n’ Easy chutneys!  It is a privilege to have such a forward thinking independent supermarket in Milford on Sea village.

You can also find Spice ‘n’ Easy produce on the menu at Braxton Gardens Tearooms and at Inge-Lise’s Coffee Shop in the High Street, two place that are certainly worth a visit for a break or treat.

All in all, there is no doubt that; ‘Great cooks do it by the sea!’

Sunday for Others

The very popular Sunday Lunch Club has been running for over five years  - both in the old Community Centre, then during the building of the new Centre at the Church Hall and, for the last two years in the new Community Centre.

At the beginning there were only forty people on the Sunday Lunch Club list;  this has grown until now there are ninety members  - and a waiting list currently of twelve people.

The lunch club meets once a month – on the third Sunday – and usually numbers around 75 people.  The lunch club is designed for people who live on their own in Milford and it is a very lively and happy meeting.

Diners are given a glass of sherry or apple juice on arrival, a two course freshly cooked meal  - not always a traditional Sunday lunch and after pudding there is tea or coffee and chocolates.  The bar is open and diners can buy wine or beer or soft drinks to accompany their meal.

The lunches are not designed to be fundraising but, at a charge of £6 the organisers still find that there is a surplus for Community Centre funds.   They always do a raffle too  -  which the diners very generously subscribe to and which has provided lots of kitchen equipment to make cooking for large numbers a not so difficult task.
There are lots of helpers who do a great job  -  lunches happen like a well oiled machine. But, the team really would value some extra helpers so that no-one has to feel that this is a monthly commitment.  

Some helpers come at about 10.30 to help to set tables  (always linen tablecloths, napkins and flowers) and will stay to help serve.  Others come later and serve and then help to clear  -  there are stalwarts who are wonderful dishwasherers.  Other helpers offer their services to give lifts.    The more the better and then helpers may only have a few sessions a year  - unless they’d like to come every month of course.  The lunch is usually cleared and the centre vacated at about 2.30pm.

If anyone out there would like to join the team  -  why not drop in on September 16th and see the club in action  -  or email or phone Sue on - 01590 643404 or Marguerite on 01590 644212. 

The organising team do, though, have a really pressing need for more people who might join the cooks team.   If you feel that this is something you could help with then please do get in touch  -  they can team you up with a ‘regular’ cook so that you learn your way around the kitchen (very well equipped) and get a feel for what’s involved.    Again  -  this wouldn’t be every month  -  the more people the more flexible we can be. 
Sunday lunches are good fun and very rewarding.   Why not lend a hand, halping others is pretty rewarding!

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Local Farm Wins Top Award

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Our local Simeon Morgan Farming at Aubrey Farm in Keyhaven, which is operated by Simeon and his wife, Lisa, had an unexpected surprise this week.

The sheep farm had been shortlisted for the ‘New Forest Marque Producer of the Year Award’ by the Hampshire Life Food & Drink Awards, and Lisa had been planning which frock to wear to last Thursday’s gala dinner. The spectacular and glitzy evening was light years away from her normal days on the farm and as a busy mum.

The Hampshire Life Awards celebrate the finest restaurants, food and produce that Hampshire has to offer and give valuable recognition to restaurants, producers, growers and suppliers.

The awards night was held at the prestigious Four Seasons Hotel at Dogmersfield Park, near Church Crookham, where the great and good from across the food industry in Hampshire enjoyed a a fine dinner and were eargerly awaiting the award announcements.

As the award announcements were made, our very own Milford on Sea Verveine Fishmarket Restaurant proudly picked up an unprecedented three awards, ‘Chef of the Year’, ‘Best Local Menu’ and ‘Best Customer Service’.

As Lisa & Simone celebrated both their friends and Milford on Sea’s success, the next Hampshire Life Food & Drink Award nominations were announced.  Alongside the other local producers who had made the shortlist were: Loosehanger Cheeses and Tatchbury Manor Farm.  Simeon Morgan Farming's nomination was in recognition of their fabulous locally produced lamb.

Then, …’The winner of Best New Forest Marque Producer of the Year is...... Simeon Morgan Farming’. The ‘Milford on Sea contingent’ in the room erupted, and Stacey from Verveine, being pregnant, almost wet herself with excitement!

Simeon Morgan Farming owner, Simeon, said; “We are delighted that our customers took the time to nominate us for this prestigious award. We get a tremendous sense of pride when we sell our meat and get a real buzz when we are told how much it has been enjoyed. It makes all the hard work worth it. We are passionate about offering a very personal service supplying a high quality product; promoting the importance of animal welfare, food provenance and generally educating about food production and farming in the New Forest. We are pleased that our award may assist us in reaching a wider audience and in promoting Zwartbles sheep, a breed relatively new to the New Forest area.”

Lisa added: ‘We get a tremendous sense of pride selling our meat and love to hear how much it has been enjoyed! We are passionate about supplying a high quality product; promoting animal welfare and educating people about food production and farming in the Forest.’

Congratulations go to both Aubrey Farm & Verveine for their combined four awards.  Milford on Sea is certainly at the top on the 'Hampshire Food Map'!

A bit more about Simeon Morgan Farming at Aubrey Farm  
During the last Milford on Sea Food Week in April, the farm held ‘Keyhaven Lambing Live!’, where over 300 local people, families and children were all delighted to see behind the scenes at this arable and sheep farm. Simeon & Lisa are very much Milford on Sea people and enjoy welcoming school visits and explaining about all the food and animals they produce.

About the New Forest Marque

Managed by the New Forest National Park Authority and New Forest District Council, the Marque gives businesses a distinctive 'New Forest' banner under which to sell their goods and services and help customers identify quality New Forest produce. It encourages people to ‘buy local’ and reduce the environmental impact of transporting food long distances, while helping to sustain the New Forest’s local economy.

Explaining about the New Forest Marque, Sarah Hunt, New Forest Marque Manager, said: ‘It is a privilege to see so many New Forest Marque members nominated. These awards are chosen by the people who live and shop in Hampshire. It reflects the high quality of produce and service here in the New Forest. ‘The Marque is unique and it is the only scheme like it in the country. It is a contracted scheme that audits its farmers and producers to ensure a minimum content comes from the New Forest. Producers also have to adhere to a series of stringent standards before the product receives its ‘marque’ of approval.’

Friday, 24 August 2012

Verveine Sweeps the Board!

This year’s prestigious annual Hampshire Life Food & Drink Awards were held at the luxury Four Seasons Hotel in Dogmersfield Park last night

Having had fabulous success in winning ‘Restaurant of the Year’ and ‘Chef of the Year’ in 2011, the Verveine Fishmarket Restaurant team from Milford on Sea sat nervously awaiting the announcement of this year’s award winners.  Achieving recognition is tough, but repeating it is even harder.

Incredibly, they beat last year’s two awards, by winning three awards this year!  The glass trophies for ‘Chef of the Year’, ‘Best Local Menu’ and ‘Best Customer Service’ will be sitting in the restaurant next time you visit.

Verveine were also recently recognised as 'Hampshire's Best Fish Restaurant' by Trip Advisor.  Quite a performance by David, Stacey, Jon and the rest of the team.

What makes this story even more extraordinary, is that David & his business partner, Stacey, only opened Verveine in February 2010.

Verveine is an award winning contemporary dining venue in the heart of Milford on Sea village. The menu features fresh local produce cooked in innovative ways, and the team aim to bring you fine dining with quality local ingredients at affordable prices.

Uniquely, the restaurant also has an ajoining traditional village fishmongers offering local fresh fish & seafood.

The regularly changing restaurant menu consists of personal touches like freshly smoked salmon from the in-house smokery, homemade daily baked fresh bread, plus their own pasta, ice cream and sorbets. Believing that the New Forest has the best to offer all year round, they try their utmost to source all ingredients on the doorstep whether its wild bass from The Solent, crab and lobster from Lymington, local cheeses from Sway or pheasants from a local shoot in the New Forest.  You will also find even more is homemade, from the butter and artisan bread, preserves & pickles, and of course fish from their own fishmongers.

To ensure the freshest ingredients, David and his team can often be seen foraging for samphire and purslane in Keyhaven, elderflowers and dandelions in the village, or picking brambles, gooseberries and potatoes at the local farm.

Modern British cuisine is the speciality, with fresh fish and seafood dishes, complimented with exciting meat & pasta dishes. The kitchen prides itself on making every effort to make dining at Verveine a special experience, whether you are visiting for a light lunch or enjoying the evening dining menu.

Chef proprietor David Wykes trained in Michelin starred kitchens in France & the UK.  His initial apprenticeship was served at the 5 Star Grand Hotel in both Jersey and Brighton. David then moved to Oxford, where he worked at the Michelin Star and 3 AA Rosette kitchen in the Bath Place Hotel under the direction of Jeremy Blake O'Conner (Formerly executive chef at The Gavroche.)   From Oxford, David moved to France where he worked his way up through the ranks of many multi Michelin Star French kitchens including; restaurant L'Univers, Les Viviers, Auberge D'Azur, Restaurant Jules Albert, and the world famous Restaurant Chantecler at the Hotel Negresco in Nice.  As a head chef, David has won multiple AA Rosettes in his own right in Oxford and Royal Tonbridge Wells.

Ultimately, David has a passion to create quality food using only the finest produce. Nothing makes David's day more, than seeing people delighted by the food he creates.
The Verveine team always look forward to giving you a warm welcome whenever you dine with them, so why not book now to see why the are winning awards from every corner of the food world! | Tel: 01590 642176

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Join The Parade

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The Carnival Committee are still hoping to get more young people involved in the Milford on Sea Carnival Parade (This Saturday 25th August), especially as the route is shorter so easier for little ones to walk. 
Walking individuals and groups can still join in.  The theme is the Olympics, so even if the children just want to wear some sports gear and hold sporting equipment they are welcome to enter, or maybe they would like to be more imaginative?
The judging is going to take place as the parade passes the green, with the head judge being Rob Smith, the infamous ‘Lymington Olympic gold medal letter box painter’. 
Each entry will have a chance of winning their category and a trophy or shield.  Each child taking place will be given a rosette. 
So if you fancy joining in, just The parade is meeting in Swallow Drive from 3.15pm for registration and leaving at 4pm. 
Whether taking place or not, don’t miss all the fun on the green from 10am to 8pm, and of course the Carnival Parade at 4pm.

Care Group Winners

The Milford on Sea Carnival Achievers' Awards night was a huge success, with an excellent turn out and great party atmosphere.
The Milford Strummers and Total Voice performed on the night, and were warmly appreciated by the party goers.
Being the Carnival Achievers' Awards night, many were thrilled when it was announced that the Milford Community Care Group had won.  The group received a  £100 prize, which no doubt will be put to good use for local people.
Attached is a photo of the chairman of the sub-committee, Sean Reeves, presenting the cheque to Helen Lister from Milford Community Care Group.

Friends Knee’s Up

The Friends of Hurst Castle have been pretty busy, first they assisted in the International Lighthouse Day and now they are selling tickets for ‘The Good Old Days’ in the Garrison Theatre inside Hurst Castle.
The International Lighthouse Day held at Hurst Point Lighthouse Acetylene Room was an vent to bring everyone’s awareness to our lighthouses and other aids to navigation, and their importance to all forms of maritime activity, from large cargo ships and liners right down to small sailing craft, of which there are many in our locality.
Locally, this particular day was celebrated on Saturday 18th August on Hurst Spit, where the Acetylene Room, adjacent to the Hurst Point lighthouse, was opened up for visitors to learn about its use and operation.
At around 11am members of the Association of Lighthouse Keepers, Philip Hyde, Neil Deacon, Andrew Wyard and Keith Morton, opened the Acetylene Room and then gave a series of tours, each lasting about 20 minutes. The tours described the operation of the room between1923 and 1965, during which time it produced acetylene gas to light both the Hurst Point High Light and also the Low light – the grey steel one on the Castle Wall which, during its time of operation, was painted red.
The weather on the day started with very low cloud, very grey, and quite cool but that did not detour some 100 visitors to the Acetylene Room to partake in the tours. Later in the day the sun did shine but, by then, most visitors were making their way home for tea.

The Friends of Hurst Castle have pleasure in presenting for your entertainment, The Good Old Days.  This will be held in the atmospheric Garrison Theatre within Hurst Castle on Friday 14th September. 
Get out your boaters, bonnets and boas and come and have a sing song.  Solent Rose will leave Keyhaven at 6.00pm and return about 9.30pm. There will be wine and soft drinks for sale and time in the interval for a picnic
Tickets £12 from Gwen’s of Milford, or Bette on 01590 673985.  Everyone welcome.
For more information about the Association of Lighthouse Keepers and also the Friends of Hurst Castle go to:

or email:

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Paddling Handbag

A local Milford on Sea resident took advantage of the warm weather last Thursday, and ventured into the sea for a paddle.  This gentle excursion turned into a small drama when her handbag was suddenly washed out to sea on a strong wave.

As the beige/cream handbag made it’s exit, a lipstick, pen and plastic container could be seen slowly escaping from the bag.  Vain efforts to grab the bobbing bag from the incoming roll of the surf were thwarted by the strong draw of the tide.

The next day a kind soul handed in the found purse to Lymington Police Station.  All of the purse contents were in order and the police even dried the notes before returning them to the owner.

The handbag itself, and the rest of the contents remain missing.  So, if you have spotted, Two sets of house keys (one has a Citroen key fob & Spanish boat mascot, the other has a Mercedes key & yellow top key), a very soggy cheque book, or the handbag in question, please let me know by e-mail, and they can be returned to their car keyless owner.

Monday, 20 August 2012

End of An Era at Gwen's

Milford on Sea are about to lose a pillar of village life.  Gwen Peden has decided to close Gwen's Ladies Fashion Shop in Milford on Sea High Street towards the end of this year, after 48 years of trading.

The delightful Gwen, and Anne (her sister) plan to take a well earned retirement.  Gwen's daughter Michele, is also moving on to something new.

There can only be a few in the village that have not visited Gwen's shop at some time.

This is not to say that Milford is full of male cross-dressers, but many men boldly cross the threshold to visit the village's ticket sales office.

Whoever you are, male or female, young or old, the welcome has always been warm, and time for a chat the order of the day.

Generations of the whole family were born and still live in the village and have served local people in many ways.

I always found my visits fun and educational.  They all know so much about village days gone by, yet have embraced change and always had a warm welcome for people new to the village.

I remember them telling me how their father had been a butcher in a couple of shops in the village, including the current Gwen's.  Incredibly, where they stand behind the counter now, it is in the same location as the 'Butchers Paying Kiosk' they once stood in as children.  If I remember correctly, one of 'Dad's' old butchers shop even had an abattoir at the back.

Running a business is challenge enough, but the girls have also willingly provided support to many groups and organisations running events in the village.  The way they manage ticket sales is impressive and there efforts have made a major difference to the success of so many events.  The whole service is also always done with a smile and great efficiency.  I know this because they have been a wonderful help to me and the Food Week organising team.

It may surprise many, but they have never take anything for providing this service, they simply take pleasure in helping others.  How amazing and rewarding.

The shop itself is 'for the older stylish woman' and the range of stock pretty extraordinary.  Each customer has always been dealt with personally, and nothing is too much trouble.  Shops like these are lost forever once they go.

Retiring is often a time for mixed emotions, proving both a wrench and relief at the same time, I hope this retirement is simply full of happy memories.

Gwen is currently holding a 'Retirement Closing Down sale' with up to 50% off, I might even pop in myself, I have always thought I would look good in a 'two-piece'!

Personally, I will miss them, and send my thanks for all the support they have given me and Food Week, I loved dealing with you all.  I am sure there will be many other people with warm things to say in the coming weeks.

The village owes Gwen, Michelle, and Anne so much. Their tireless effort on behalf of the community has been nothing short of amazing, and all have more than earned a long, happy and healthy future.

Hopefully, living in this wonderful part of the world, they will all now get more time to enjoy it! 

Total Voice at Westquay

Milford on Sea’s very own Total Voice Choir are singing at Westquay Shopping Centre in Southampton on Saturday 10th November.  The choir has been invited to perform for the Southampton Hospital Charity to raise money for the Neonatal Unit, a charity choir leader Christine is fond of supporting.

Christine and the choir are all very excited and are hoping to enlist a rent a crowd from Milford on Sea to enjoy the performance!

Always busy, they are also hosting the ‘Total Voice: In Session with Rachel Button’ on Saturday 22nd September.  This is a Vocal Performance & Workshop to be held in the Guide Hut.

This event is a chance for singers of all ages and abilities to learn from a superb contemporary singer.  During the evening you can learn effective warm ups and exercises, get performance tips from a professional and sing backing vocals for Rachel.

You can also buy a ticket if you simply want to come and watch.

Tickets are £8.50 and available from: | 07824 966912 |

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Retreat Moves Forward

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The Retreat Beauty & Health Salon in Milford on Sea High Street have launched a new website.

The website highlights the wide range of treatments and therapies on offer; Facials, Massage, Manicures, Pedicures, Hair Removal, Body Wraps, Hot Stone/Thai Poultice Massage and application of make-up for weddings or special occasions.  In fact, loads of things us guys do not have a clue about.

If you fancy pampering yourself, or enjoying some time with the girls, there are special packages available for groups of friends, a visit could be a great way to relax and unwind.

I might even consider getting my wife a voucher, then whilst she is out, I can go to the pub with my mates.

Why not give Lola and her team call?

The Retreat Beauty & Health, 76 High Street, Milford on Sea
Tel: 01590 645151

Friday, 10 August 2012

Carnival Party Night

Our local Community Centre in Sea Road is preparing for a big Carnival Party Celebration next Friday, 17th August.

Having basked as a nation in the heroic performances of our athletes at the London 2012 Olympics, it is now time for Milford on Sea to have our own celebration.

Everyone in the village is invited to join in with an evening of music, nibbles and a serving bar.  During the evening the Carnival Committee will be announcing the winner of our 'Local Achiever', who will then go on to lead this year’s Carnival Procession on Saturday 25th August. The lucky winner will also be awarded a £100 prize.

Admission to the evening is free, so please just go along. The bar will open at 6pm and the entertainment will start with the Milford Strummers and Total Voice Choir.  All ages are welcome so bring the kids.

The Carnival Team hope to see as many of you there as possible to show a huge support for the amazing people in our community that really have achieved great things for others.