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Monday, 30 May 2016

The Raft Rocks!

It is exciting to see that The Marine is going to see new life very soon.

Deny Cornette, a successful local restaurateur, and owner of The Raft in Milford on Sea High Street is opening a brand new restaurant on the ground floor of The Marine on the seafront.

New Interior at The Raft Rocks
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Named The Raft Rocks, the new venture will replicate the eclectic decoration of the original Raft, with a slightly revised menu, and knowing Deny there will be plenty of exciting twists to keep his customers happy.

The bar will also welcome people wanting to pop in for a drink and to chill for a while.

The Raft Rocks opens on Wednesday 1st June, so get down as soon as you can to enjoy another hot dining spot in the village.

The Raft in the high street will remain open until at least September when decisions will be made on the future lease.

Deny is currently looking for people to join his team, so If anyone would like to work at The Raft Rocks please contact Deny at - or message him through is Facebook page.

As Deny put it on Facebook: "Hi there Rafterers n Rafterettes The wait is over! - Very exciting, very windy, very daunting, very rocky n very tired!"

A bit more news - Blue Horizon: It is  understood that the Blue Horizon restaurant which was upstairs at The Marine, has now closed.

The Raft
Marine House, Hurst Road, Milford on Sea, SO41 0PY - and
11 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QF
Facebook: click here

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Charity Shop raises £800+

The Village Charity Shop held a successful Summer Sale in the Community Centre on Saturday 28th May.

Daina and Penny have dropped us a line to ask us to thank all who helped and supported the sale with donations or coming to buy.

The day impressively raised over £800 for the Community Centre.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Award for Milford Travel

Christina Pegler, owner of Milford Travel in the high street, had an unexpected surprise when she attended the Global Travel Group Conference in Dubai.

As she sat enjoying the Award Night event her name was suddenly called and Christina discovered that she had won the 'Best Newcomer in the South' Award.

Christina said: "I was really pleased, proud and very surprised to receive this award!"

Since opening her travel agency in Milford on Sea village in March 2015, Christina has bought traditional service values to finding the ideal holiday or travel arrangements for lots of local people. 

Christina was previously an air hostess, and knows many great places around the world - and the best ways to get there!

Milford Travel (in what was formerly Clifford's hairdressers) offers a full range of travel services including; bespoke holidays, cruises, exotic trips, flights, and even coach trips.

Obviously a lot of holidays are now booked on the web, but to do this takes a fair bit of research, and ultimately nothing beats a nice dose of personal service - and supporting a village business!

Milford Travel
78 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QD
Facebook: click here

Friday, 27 May 2016

Take Your Classic Car to the Everton Festival

Preparations are now taking place for the Everton Village Festival 2016, and the organisers are looking for local classic car owners to join in the fun.

The Picnic in the Park will feature a Classic Car Show at the from 12noon on Saturday 18th June 2016.

If you have a classic or vintage car that you would like to take along please contact Cheryl Fillmore: - 01590 644865

Everton Village Classic Car Show
Saturday 18th June 2016 - 12 noon
The Recreation Ground, Greenmead Avenue (off Wainsford Road), Everton, SO41 0UF

Everton Village Arts Festival

Would you like to be a Befriender?

A Steering Group has been formed to launch Milford Befrienders (In Association with the Hampshire Good Neighbours Support Service)

Their goal is to provide a regular friendly visit to anyone in the Milford area who feels isolated or lonely.

If you would like to get involved, they  are looking for one or more Volunteer Co-ordinators. 

Could you offer a few hours a week to support befrienders and match them with people who would benefit from the scheme? 

The Steering Group are hoping to find an enthusiastic person or persons with an appreciation of volunteering, to share the desire to build this neighbourhood scheme. 

Milford Befrienders intend to start in a small way, building and developing as they gain more experience. Full training and support will be offered through the Hampshire Good Neighbours network and the Co-ordinator(s) will also be supported by the Steering Group.

Do you have the following skills:
  • Good communication and organisational skills
  • The ability to support and empathise with volunteers
  • An understanding of the issues faced 
  • An understanding of the need for confidentiality 


The Milford Befrienders  are also looking for volunteers to offer friendship to local people (young and old) who may feel alone or isolated and would benefit from a friendly face; are you able to spare an hour or two a week? That’s all it takes to make a difference to someone’s life. 

 Full training and support will be provided.

For more information in the first instance, please contact Chair Tony Harrison on 01590 645404 or email

DIY for Marie Curie

Milford on Sea village now have a local fundraising group for Marie Curie terminal care which will be raising money for this very worthwhile charity over the next few months somewhere near you. 

The group covers everywhere from Brockenhurst to Barton-on-Sea and to help advertise events they would really like a couple of wooden A-boards. 

So, they have asked if there is anyone out there who either has some spare wood and/or can make the A-boards and has the time to help out this worthy cause? 

Any help would be very gratefully received and potentially rewarded in home-made cake made by Kate! 

If you can help please contact: Kate Wall on 07788 970 933 or

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Picnics for the Queen's Birthday Village Picnic

The Queen's Birthday Village Picnic is coming on the Village Green from 12noon to 4pm on Saturday 11th June 2016.

Choose Your Picnic
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To support our village businesses it would be great if you would buy a picnic from the tasty menu below, - or if you wish to bring your own picnic, please make the extra effort to buy all of your picnic contents in the village shops.

Organised by the Food Week Team, we are hoping everyone will come along for a relaxed afternoon, and enjoy some mellow live music by local performers, whilst surrounded by friends, family and fellow villagers.

Dress Up for Queen's Birthday Village Picnic. If you would like to dress up it will add to the afternoon's fun. Click here to view some ideas, or click here.

Please Note: This is a community event organised by the community, for the community. Everyone coming are responsible for their own safety, kids and property. Please take all you litter home with you, or a small group of people are lumbered with clearing up!

Queen's Birthday Village Picnic Menu

Britannia Thai
Chicken Thai Picnic - Chicken pad Thai, Chicken satay and Prawn crackers. £6.50
Vegetarian Thai Picnic - Vegetable pad Thai and vegetable spring roll. £5.50
(Plus, Free optional Prawn crackers)
Tel: 01590 642226 or Call in to order

Classic Picnic - Ham or cheese salad demi-baguette with a can of drink and standard bag of crisps. £4.00
(Also, 10% Off our takeaway fresh bean coffee all day.)
Tel: 01590 641882 or Call in to order

Polly’s Pantry
Polly’s Royal Cream Tea - 2 large fruit scones, clotted cream, jam and two teas. £5.00
Tel: 01590 645558 or Call in to order

Verveine Restaurant
Her Majesty’s Picnic - Magical and majestic home-made bread sandwich, surprise extras and treat – All made with Dave Wykes creative flair! (Call in for details) £7.00
Tel: 01590 642176 or Call in to order

Jones & Co Delicatessen
Balmoral Picnic - Traditional scotch egg, Salad and Coleslaw.£5.50
Windsor Vegetarian Picnic - Falafel Scotch egg (vegetarian), Salad and Coleslaw. £5.50
Sandringham Picnic - Pastrami, horseradish and pickles sandwich with sea salt and crushed pepper crisps. £5.75
Buckingham Palace Picnic - Brie, Apple and fig chutney sandwich with sea salt and crushed pepper crisps. £5.20
Tel: 01590 643837 or Call in to order

A Thriller at Hurst Castle

A new thriller book, 'The Hurst Chronicles' has been written by a local author Robin Crumby, and it is and based in and around Hurst Castle.

Better still, a free copy of the Kindle version of the 'The Hurst Chronicles' can be downloaded absolutely free for 48 hours from today (Sat 21st May). To get your free copy, please click here.

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Extract from the book; The survivors of the Millennial Virus now face a much greater danger: each other. 

Civilization has collapsed following the outbreak of a pandemic virus that devastated the world’s population. Those that survive scrape a living in remote outposts. Hiding behind high walls, far away from the smoking ruins of the cities, waiting, hoping. 

At the end of the world, surrounded by the tidal waters of the Solent, Hurst Castle stands alone. Its seventy-four occupants united in a struggle for survival against all the odds. The Millennial Virus is the least of their concerns.

When the arrival of outsiders threatens to tip the balance of power, Hurst is faced with a desperate choice: set aside their differences and join an alliance that promises new hope or unite against the newcomers and their plans for reconstruction. Who can be trusted? Only time will tell.

The battle for Hurst has begun.

If you've ever read 'Day of the Triffids' or 'The Road' or 'The Hunger Games', you'll probably like this. So even if you're vaguely curious now's your chance!

The Hurst Chronicles 
by Robin Crumby
click here for your copy

The Battle of The Somme remembered

The Milford on Sea branch of the Royal British Legion will be commemorating The Battle of The Somme.

The Battle of the Somme began at 07.30 hrs on the 1st July,1916. On the first day, 20,000 Servicemen died and a further 40,000 were wounded. The battle lasted until 18th November that year, a total of 141 days. Amongst those who died were many from The New Forest, Milford on Sea and the Old Lymington Borough.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at 0730 hrs, Friday 1st July 2016 to pay tribute to all who laid down their lives. This will take place on the Village Green Milford on Sea, where a wreath will be laid, which in due course will be taken to the War Memorial Hospital and placed on the boards listing all the men of the village who served in the Great War and did not return.

Prior to the Service of Remembrance a Vigil will be observed on the Village Green from 06.00 hours, when those present can reflect on the price paid for our freedom. 

You are invited to join in this Service officiated by Cannon Rev. Ray Hubble and to take part in the Vigil.

“At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them”

Milford on Sea, Royal British Legion
Mike Reed, Vice Chairman

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Everton Festival Expands to Everton Garden Centre

Everton Garden Centre must be the latest and most original venue for this year’s Everton Village Festival. 

The Festival, June 17-19th, is now in its third year, and its resourceful use of the Nurseries is allowing it to shape up like no other Festival in the locality. Being offered the use of this covered facility on Sunday the 19th, has really delighted the Organisers. Cheryl Fillmore, Festival Co-ordinator said recently that, "When Simon Collyer came on board this year it gave the Festival a huge lift, it’s really boosted us all and allowed us to expand and develop in a really unexpected way. I mean, where else could you sit and relax amongst banks of flowers and plants in a Garden Centre on a Sunday evening in June and get in the mood with big Band ‘Swing Unlimited?"

The use of this indoor venue has taken away the uncertainty of the weather and allowed the planning on Sunday of a wide variety of free entertainment. Music will start at 10.30 on Sunday morning and go on all afternoon until 5pm. Music ranges from brass to comedic songs from Polly Morris to piano recitals, puppet theatre ‘Hand to Mouth’ are giving two performances and the popular choir, Crescendi will be singing their hearts out.

The Nurseries are also hosting the Festival Finale during the evening at which the popular big band, ‘Swing Unlimited’ will be playing. There is an entry charge of £5 for this Finale. Tickets can be booked from Cheryl 01590 644865.

Steve Adams, the Festival’s ‘Music Man’ is equally delighted about the way the Festival is developing. Steve, a local musician has played at many of the larger Festival over the years and points out that during the weekend, ‘This Festival offers a huge range of music…from Folk to Rock and Roll to Big Band, and it’s all happening in the tiny village of Everton over 3 days!’ Steve adds that in his opinion, ‘ Everton is unique in that it may be a small Village… not only does it have a fabulously friendly atmosphere but it has masses of free parking and is very easy to find.’ 

During the weekend most of the events are free. Besides Garden parties, craft workshops and an Arts Trail, there is a Post celebratory Birthday Tea Dance for the Queen. There’s also a Folk evening planned and on Saturday a ‘Picnic in the Park’ with live music from Mudeford Crabs, Riverside Blues. During the Picnic on the Recreation Ground, Vintage cars will provide a stunning backdrop to a display of Birds of Prey. Thanks to the baking skills of the ladies of Everton, there will be plenty of home-made goodies and drink on offer. This will be followed by an evening gig with Empty Frets in the Everton & Lymore Social Club. 

Everton Village Festival 
Cheryl Fillmore
Festival Co-ordinator
01590 644865

Friday, 13 May 2016

Get on the BT Fibre Network

Are you one of the unlucky people still not connected to the BT Fibre Network for fast broadband?

Fibre broadband is unavailable for quite a large part of the Milford on Sea area, but anyone who has it will have an fast connection to the internet, which can improve productivity of local business and improve the experience for local residents.

Sam Turner, who works within the IT Department at Shorefield Country Park is working on improving their Fibre connections. Currently they have park wide Wi-Fi and would like to complete the same set up at Lytton Lawn. However Lytton Lawn is part of the unavailable area.

Sam, would very much like to get a community fibre partnership going within the local area and he has reminded us that Local Residents and Businesses are able to registering your interest for Fibre Broadband by clicking here.

The more people that register, the more BT will pay attention.

The BT community fibre network claim that they are helping to provide 95% coverage across the UK by the end of 2017, but aspire to go further and are always searching for ways to reach the last 5%. 

Let's hope we are not in that last 5%!

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Save Our Post Office Update

Press Release from Save Our Post Office Team

The team endeavouring to find an alternative Post office for Milford on Sea has been able to find a few local interested potential retail investors to take on this role. However, the business model based on commission sales without a salary has not been seen to be an attractive proposition when they have looked at the projected sales data that has been provided by Post Office Limited. 

For the last few months a special committee has therefore been pursuing the alternative of a visiting ‘Pop-up’ Post Office in a community facility for a few days a week. However the Post Office Limited has not yet been able to find a nearby Post Office operation to take on this facility and we have been informed that there will likely be a gap between the closure of the existing Post Office and a visiting service in the community.

Dick Coe
Save Our Post Office Team

Editors Note: The Milford on Sea Post Office is due to close on Saturday 21st May, thanks go to Sue for all her years of providing a valuable service to the village. The shop will however continue to trade selling kitting materials, stationery, books, greeting cards, stamps and more.

Freda the Guide Dog Puppy

The Freda Cheyney MBE Memorial Fund recently managed to raise £2500 thanks to the generosity of local people in Milford on Sea and village businesses.

This has now enabled the organiser, Sue Darby to sponsor a Guide Dog for the Blind on everyone's behalf in memory of Freda Cheyney.

The new puppy has been named 'Freda', and you can see her and her birth certificate to the left.

Freda Cheney was a major village personality & heart of the community for many years. Freda lived locally for more than 80 years and in 2002 she was awarded the MBE for her renowned work with the Women’s Section of the local Royal British Legion, Milford Guides, charities and community events.

You can find out more about Freda by clicking here.

Flowers Galore at the Baptist Church

The Wedding in Cana -
Pharaoh’s dream of seven years
of plenty and seven of famine

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Last weekend saw a few hundred people visit Milford Baptist Church in Barnes Lane, where members had put on an extravagant Flower Festival as part of the church’s 200th anniversary celebrations. 

Most of the 21 separate displays were based on passages from the Bible, and a lot of talent and imagination had gone into the arrangements of flowers and props. 

The Crucifixion
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The beneficiary of the event wasn’t the church itself but Oakhaven Hospice, which as a result will be receiving a donation of several hundred pounds. 

Milford on Sea Baptist Church
Rev David Hellsten
Barnes Lane, Milford on Sea, SO41 0RN
01590 645469

Did You Know the Village has a Defibrillator?

Milford on Sea village centre has had a defibrillator for anyone to use in an emergency for some months now, but not everyone notices that it is there.

If you take a look next time you pass the Charity Shop/Coop you will see the defibrillator on the side wall.

About 40 local people attended a familiarisation session at the Community Centre in April this year which showed considerable interest in the 'fool-proof' nature of the machine and the vital addition of CPR.

The defibrillator was organised by Colin Holdsworth, and funded by Milford on Sea Food Week, the Parish Council, the Milford on Sea War Memorial Hospital League of Friends, Milford on Sea Women's Institute and Hampshire County Council.

Thanks also go to the The Southern Co-Operative for their support in hosting the machine in such an ideal spot.

Like insurance, we hope the machine has no need to be used, but should the need arise, it is great for all of us that of fellow residents have made this vital service available.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Alice from Verveine Wins Hospitality Award

The Verveine team were delighted to be at the spectacular Lainston House last night (3rd May 2016) to attend the Southern Institute of Hospitality Student Awards Evening.

Alice Kingham (Verveine)
Southern Branch Student Award Winner
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Alice Kingham, who works front of house at Verveine and is studying hospitality at Bournemouth and Poole college had be nominated for a major award, and the Verveine team were proud to be there to see how she would get on.

As the awards ceremony was under way the announcement came: "and the winner of the Southern Institute of Hospitality Front of House Student of the Year is... Alice Kingham."

David Wykes, chef/patron at Verveine said; "Alice is a key member of our team she is extremely professional and friendly, and we are all very proud of her achievement."

As you might expect Alice and the team enjoyed the celebrations that followed.
Lainston House
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The Oscars-style glamour of the Institute of Hospitality (Southern Branch) Student Award presentations were enhanced by the attendance of MasterChef The Professionals 2013 Winner Steven Edwards, who is Chef Director at 'Etch'.

Furthermore, Andy MacKenzie, member of the Institute of Hospitality and Executive Chef of the Exclusive Chefs’ Academy, has commissioned a series of brief video interviews with those shortlisted, filmed within their college kitchens, to showcase on the night as the nominees and winners are announced. 

Alice with
Rosemary Shrager in Verveine
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Andy MacKenzie added, “As a member of the Institute and a keen supporter of young and aspiring chef talent within our industry, I am only too pleased to be part of this awards event and thrilled, with the support of Exclusive, to bring a touch of Hollywood style drama to this years’ gala evening which has received unprecedented entries."

Designed to reward the talent and efforts of hospitality and catering students studying a nationally-recognised qualification at Level 2 or 3 in colleges and training centres across the Southern region - comprising Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset - the Institute of Hospitality Awards recognise three categories, Front of House (sponsored by The AA), Pastry Chef, (sponsored by Yates Supplies) and Chef (sponsored by the Chefs Forum).

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PS: Dave and his team with be creating a magical picnic for anyone going to the free Queen's Birthday Village Picnic on the village green on Saturday11th June.

You can pre-order Verveine's: 'Her Majesty’s Picnic' for just £7. This will contain a magical and majestic home-made bread sandwich, surprise extras and a treat – All made with Dave Wykes creative flair! (Call in for details and order well before Friday 10th June as these will sell out fast)
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Verveine Fishmarket Restaurant
01590 642176
98 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QE

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Got any spare clothes hangers?

I didn't realise that I had a view on clothes hangers until today.

To explain, the Village Charity Shop dropped me a line to ask people in the village for any spare clothes hangers as they prepare for their Summer Sale.

This made me think about my wardrobe, which have to say is a thought that doesn't enter my mind too often. It was only then that I realised that I had always wanted a wardrobe that was full of neatly matching nice wooden clothes hangers.

So, up I went to my wardrobe an opened the doors. 

In front of me was a mass of clothes on a hotch-potch of hangers, - thin metal ones from the dry cleaners, funny plastic moulded ones, a weird padded fabric one, straight top ones, ones with a funny rubber band contraption underneath and some really weird ones with notches in the sides on the top. 

Then of course there were the 'special hangers' you get for Christmas. If you are a bloke, it is fair to bet you have unused hangers for ties, belts and even a hinged multi-level one for trousers, that even if you can put the trousers on it, you are unlikely to get them off in time to wear for wherever you are going. 

The nice wooden ones were in short supply and my perfect wardrobe dreams were shattered.

As I stood musing at my wardrobe contents, my wife came in and said; 'Oh, at last you can sort out the clothes in there that haven't fitted you for years!"

No chance, I need those shirts, even if it means I have to participate in a wrestling match every time I need to release a shirt to wear from the over packed rail.

I then considered sorting out my pants drawer, but soon came to the conclusion that I have already had too much trauma for the day. Plus of course, should my wife come in, she might make me throw away my threadbare 'lucky pants' that have followed Watford FC around the country over many years. (With me in them, not on their own.) It is a simple fact that a man and his lucky pants should never be parted.

 Anyway, back to the point that started all of this - The Village Charity Shop need loads of clothes hangers for their Summer Sale (which they will be holding at the Community Centre on Saturday May 28th starting 9.30am until 4.30pm)  - If you can help out with clothes hangers (preferably plastic), please just drop them off at the Village Charity Shop in Milford on Sea village centre.